Garrahan Wins Third National Title; Amherst Places Fourth at NCAA Championships
From a UW-Oshkosh Release
May 26, 2007
OSHKOSH, WI – After an outstanding opening two days of competition at the NCAA Division III National Championships, the Amherst College women’s track team fell from the top of the leader board to place fourth nationally. Led by senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan’s (Fairfax Station, VA) trio of first place finishes, the Lord Jeffs racked up 41.0 team points, just 16.0 points behind eventually team champion, Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Garrahan won a National Championship on each day of the three day meet, starting with a win in the 10,000 meter run on Thursday, where she set a J.J. Keller Field record with a time of 34:48.19. Garrahan followed the 10,000 meter with a first place result in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Friday. She took the steeplechase with a time of 10.13.33, setting an NCAA Championships record, and laying down the best time in Division III this year. The star Lord Jeff capped off her weekend with a win in the 5,000 meter run this evening. She took her final event with a time of 16:49.54, setting her third site record.
Also helping Amherst rack up points this weekend were junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) and sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY), who finished in 6th and 7th place, respectively in the 10,000 meter run. Tropiano placed 7th in the steeplechase to help earn Amherst points, before taking 16th to Wilson’s 14th in the 5,000 meter run
The final Amherst runner to compete at the National Championships was senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Oreno, ME). Millard finished sixth in her qualifying heat for the 800 meter run, and missed landing a spot in the final by just .05 seconds. Millard also placed 5th nationally in the 400 meter hurdles final, with a time of 61.38, after qualifying second in her heat.
Garrahan was named the Women’s Most Outstanding Athlete for the weekend for her three National Championships, and has also qualified for the US Olympic Trials for her time in the steeplechase. The fourth place team finish will help Amherst earn valuable points in the tight Director’s Cup race as well.