Three head to track and field nationals

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 19, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College senior Anna King (Greenland, N.H.) will head to the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships as the favorite in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after running the best time of the year.

Competition in the NCAA meet will begin on Thursday at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Colby teammate Cassie Knight (Carlisle, Mass.) will compete with King in the steeplechase race, while first-year runner Emma Linhard (Brunswick, Maine) heads to the national meet in the 1,500 meters. Linhard will run a trial race on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. (EST) and the 1,500 final is set for Saturday. King and Knight will compete on Friday at 8 p.m. (EST).

King, a three-time All-American, finished fifth in the steeplechase at last year's national meet and was seventh in her first year at Colby. She has the best time of the season with a 10:34.65 in winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title. King also won the Open New England race and was first in the 1,500 meters at the New England Division III Championships this year.

King will be challenged by Dickinson senior Caitlin Bradley, who finished third last year at the national meet in 10:21.04 and has a best time of 10:35.41 this season. Amherst junior Elise Tropiano has run a 10:36.46 this year and placed seventh in the steeplechase at the NCAA meet a year ago.

Knight, who is just a sophomore, continues to put up better times as the season goes on and comes in ranked fourth with a time of 10:39.90. She finished second to King at the NESCAC meet with a time of 11:10.22, but clocked her best time of 10:39.90 in taking second at the New England Division III meet. None of the other 14 runners have had a time of 10:45 or less.

Linhard comes into her race seeded eighth out of 18 competitors with a 4:34.43 in winning the NESCAC 1,500-meter title. The top eight runners in each event will earn All-America honors. Alya Mitchell of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will have home track advantage and is the top seed in the 1,500 at 4:26.87.

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