Linhard competes in 1,500 meters at nationals

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 22, 2008
OSHKOSH, Wis. --- Colby College's Emma Linhard (Brunswick, Maine), competing in her first NCAA Division III Track and Field Championship meet, placed seventh in her heat on Thursday and did not qualify for the 1,500-meter women's final.

Linhard, a first-year runner, had a time of 4:39.10 in the second heat of nine competitors. The first heat had seven runners with times of 4:30.62 to 4:34.12. Linhard's heat was much slower, with the winner posting a time of 4:37.70. Linhard had the 14th fastest time of the 18 runners, but only 12 moved on to Saturday's final.

Linhard came into the race seeded eighth with a 4:34.43 in winning the NESCAC 1,500-meter title.

Colby senior Anna King (Greenland, N.H.) and sophomore Cassie Knight (Carlisle, Mass.) will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday night at the NCAA meet. King has the top time in the country this season at 10:34.65, while Knight comes in ranked fourth in 10:39.90.

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.

1500 Meter Run

Round 1, Heat 1

1 Catherine Beck, Sr, Tufts University            4:30.62Q;     2 Katy O'Brien, Sr, Tufts University              4:30.71Q;     3 Marcia Taddy, Sr, Wisconsin Platteville        4:30.73Q;     4 Lauren Reich, So, De Pauw University            4:31.12Q;     5 Olga Kondratjeva, So, Williams College          4:31.87q;     6 Jennifer KuiKen, So, Wartburg College          4:32.94q;     7 Stephanie McNamara, Fr, Tufts University        4:34.12q;     8 Carly Killam, Sr, Willamette University        4:40.22;     9 Tiffany Kulp, Jr, Elizabethtown College        4:40.48

Round 1, Heat 2

1 Meghan Nolan, Sr, Geneseo S U N Y              4:37.70Q;     2 Lauren Bergstrom, Jr, Calvin College            4:37.76Q;     3 Ayla Mitchell, Jr, Wisconsin Oshkosh            4:37.79Q;     4 Marie Borner, So, Bethel University(Mn)        4:37.90Q;     5 Liz Driscoll, Sr, Augustana (Illinois)          4:37.95q;     6 Kelsey Owens, Sr, Pacific (Oregon)              4:38.01;     7 Emma Linhard, Fr, Colby College                4:39.10;     8 Casey Stepan, Jr, Linfield College              4:40.46;     9 Ashley Schnell, Fr, Coe College                4:41.46

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