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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 12, 2010
GREENCASTLE, Ind. --- Colby College's Emma Linhard (Brunswick, Maine) qualified for the final of the women's mile run with a clocking of 5:01.91 at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at DePauw University on Friday.
Linhard finished in fourth place in the second heat, with the top four finishers all finishing within a half-second of each other. The top three finishers in the two heats and the next four fastest times qualified for Saturday's 2:10 p.m. final. Linhard had the eighth-fastest time of the day.
Linhard came into the meet seeded fourth out of the 13 entrants, with the top eight finishers earning All-American honors Saturday.
Linhard had her best time of the season with a 4:55.88 clocking in winning the mile at the ECAC meet last Saturday. Bethel (Minn.) University's Marie Borner has the best time this season at 4:49.53 and is followed by Lauren Reich (4:53.81) of DePauw and Laura Paulsen (4:54.80) of Johns Hopkins. Reich and Borner were the winners of the two heats.
In last year's NCAA indoor meet, Linhard placed sixth in the mile to earn her second career All-American honor. She had a time of 5:00.44 and the winning time was 4:54.66.
Round 1, Heat 1
1 Lauren Reich, Sr, De Pauw University 4:58.88Q
2 Laura Paulsen, Sr, Johns Hopkins 4:59.17Q
3 Randelle Boots, Fr, Wellesley College 4:59.58Q
4 Maeve Evans, So, New York University 5:01.45q
5 Brooke Johnson, Fr, Mass Inst Technology 5:03.89
6 Jennifer Lynch, Sr, Muhlenberg College 5:09.95
Round 1, Heat 2
1 Marie Borner, Sr, Bethel University(Mn) 5:01.54Q
2 Claire Roberts, So, Wisconsin Stevens Pt 5:01.57Q
3 Melissa Sullivan, So, Amherst College 5:01.89Q
4 Emma Linhard, Jr, Colby College 5:01.91q
5 Mary Bridget Corken, Sr, Loras College 5:02.75q
6 Amy Wilfert, Jr, Tufts University 5:03.22q
7 Kat Zimmerly, Jr, Ohio Wesleyan 5:07.63
MILE RUN Saturday 2:10 pm
Top 3 in each heat plus next 4 fastest advance. Two alleys
Last year's winner: 4:54.66; Ayla Mitchell, Sr, Wisconsin Oshkosh
NCAA meet record: 4:43.92; Missy Buttry, Wartburg College, 2005
Hollensteiner Track record: 4:55.85; Bethany McCoy, Olivet Nazarene, 2/10/2007
Collegiate record: 4:25.91; Jenny Barringer, Colorado, 2009
Lane Name Team Time
1 Claire Roberts, So Wisconsin Stevens Pt 5:01.57
2 Emma Linhard, Jr Colby College 5:01.91
3 Lauren Reich, Sr De Pauw University 4:58.88
4 Amy Wilfert, Jr Tufts University 5:03.22
5 Mary Bridget Corken, Sr Loras College 5:02.75
6 Laura Paulsen, Sr Johns Hopkins 4:59.17
7 Marie Borner, Sr Bethel University(Mn) 5:01.54
8 Maeve Evans, So New York University 5:01.45
9 Randelle Boots, Fr Wellesley College 4:59.58
10 Melissa Sullivan, So Amherst College 5:01.89