Katrina Seymour places 8th in 400mH at NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – In the 400m hurdle finals at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., senior Katrina Seymour placed eighth with a time of 59.68 at historic Hayward Field.
Seymour claimed lane one for the final and competed against competitors from power five schools such as Purdue, University of Southern California, Arizona and Texas.
Seymour's eighth place finish is the highest finish by an ETSU track and field athlete since Heidi Dahl finished sixth in the 1500m at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
The New Providence, Bahamas native garnered First Team All-American honors after making the 400mH final by recording a time of 57.22 to finish third in her heat in the semifinals on Thursday.
This outdoor season, Seymour claimed four event victories, 13 top ten finishes and set the ETSU school record in the 400mH four times. At the NCAA East Prelims, Seymour set the ETSU and Bahamian national record with a time of 56.32 in the 400mH.
Seymour becomes the first individual ETSU women's track and field athlete to make it to the NCAA Championship final and garner first team All-American honors since Heidi Dahl did so back in 2009.
It's the second straight year that ETSU has had an athlete recognized as an All-American as Michael Williams earned Second Team All-American honors in the 400mH a year ago.
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Buchalski Garners First-Team All-American at NCAA Championships Saturday
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Allie Buchalski garnered first team All-American honors Saturday in the final day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Buchalski, who ran at the front of the pack throughout the race, finished sixth with a time of 15:48.07 in the 5,000m to earn All-American honors in the event for the second-straight year. Last season she finished 14th to claim second-team honors. A junior from Johns Creek, Ga., Buchalski placed fourth with a time of 16:08.92 at the East Prelims to reach the finals after entering the prelims with the top time in the East, 15:35.55, a new Paladin record which she set in March at the Raleigh Relays. A five-time All-American, Buchalski notched All-American accolades in cross country in 2015 then captured All-American honors in both the 3,000m and 5,000m during the 2017 indoor track season.
On Friday, junior Troy Reeder posted a season-best time of 8:38.64 to finish eighth in the 3,000m Steeplechase, earning first team All-American honors for the second-consecutive year in the event. A native of Fishers, Ind., he finished third in his heat and tenth overall with a time of 8:43.57 in the semifinals on Wednesday to punch his ticket through to the finals. He won his heat and placed eighth overall with a time of 8:44.48 last week at the East Preliminaries to earn a spot in the semifinals. Reeder, who holds the Furman record of 8:36.51 in the event, entered the prelims with the top time in the East, 8:40.57, which he posted at the Stanford Invitational in March to qualify.
Earlier in the week, junior Frank Lara and sophomore Ryan Adams earned honorable mention All-American citations at the championships. Lara placed 19th with a time of 29:44.82 in the finals of the 10,000m after finishing 11th in the semifinals last week at the East Preliminaries. Lara, who hails from Houston, Texas, ran at the front of the pack throughout the prelims, posting a time of 30:04.28 to advance through to the championships.
Adams finished 22nd with a time of 3:49.48 in the 1,500m at the meet. Last week in the quarterfinals, he finished seventh with a time of 3:47.32 to advance to the semifinals, after placing tenth with a time of 3:50.37 in the first round. Adams, who hails from Hudson, Ohio, entered the event ranked 15th in the East with a top time of 3:42.90 this season. The Paladin record holder with a time of 3:42.25, he notched his qualifying time at the Raleigh Relays in March.
The top eight finishers in each event at the NCAA Championships are deemed first team All-Americans, with finishers nine through 16 earning second team All-American accolades. Honorable Mention All-American citations are bestowed on athletes who finish in 17th through 24th place.
NCAA Championships (All times noted are Eastern Standard Time)
7:46 p.m. - Men's 1,500m Semifinal – Ryan Adams - 22nd (3:49.48)
8:02 p.m. - Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal - Troy Reeder - 10th (8:43.57)
10:08 p.m. - Men's 10,000m Final – Frank Lara - 19th (29:44.82)
8:54 p.m. - Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Final - Troy Reeder - 8th (8:38.64)
8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000m Final – Allie Buchalski - 6th - (15:48.07)
Samford's Nelson Takes Third Place at NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – Samford's Karisa Nelson continued to solidify herself as one of the top distance runners in the nation Saturday as the Bulldogs' junior native of Brewton, Alabama, earned a third-place finish in the 1,500-meter competition of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships being held at historic Hayward Field.
Nelson, who earned Samford's first Division I national title earlier this year during the indoor season, led Saturday's race heading into the final lap. The contest started with a slower-than-expected pace, so the Bulldogs' champion made her way to the front of the pack and set the tone.
Down the stretch, multiple competitors made runs in the event and with approximately 100-feet remaining it proved to be anybody's race.
Nelson, who was racing on the outside in lane four, seemed poised to overtake Michigan's Jaimie Phelan in the inside, but Arkansas' Nikki Hiltz sped out of nowhere to take a brief lead in lane five and broke Nelson's stride momentarily down the stretch.
Hiltz ended up taking second place behind eventual-champion Phelan, while Nelson was able to finish strong en route to third-place performance with a brilliant time of 4:13.96.
Phelan and Hiltz's times were 4:13.78 and 4:13.80, respectively, in a photo finish to decide the competition.
Nelson's third-place outing earned six total team points for Samford as the Bulldogs were ranked No. 28 in the nation at the time of publication.
Nelson, the reigning Southern Conference Female Athlete of the Year and National Champion in the indoor mile, is only a junior and will have her entire senior season in 2018 to continue to rack up accolades.
Samford's historic 2017 campaign continued this week as the Bulldogs' Keyth Fightmaster, Arsène Guillorel and Nelson all qualified to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Guillorel placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run Wednesday, while Fightmaster competed in the men's high jump competition Friday.