Olivia Johnson's 4:28.59 Not Enough To Advance
May 27, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Olivia Johnson ran her second-fastest time of the season in the first round of 1,500-meter run at the West Preliminary Round of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday afternoon. Johnson's time of 4:25.59 and 32nd-place finish left her short of qualifying for Saturday's quarterfinals, as only the top-24 runners advanced.
"Olivia ran a good race today but it just wasn't enough for her to advance," head coach Bert Rogers said. "She ran well and finished her heat solidly."
Senior school record holder Rachel Thiel also competed Thursday in the shot put, but fouled on all three of her attempts.
"Rachel has had a great career at Marquette and has fought through a lot of adversity. Today just wasn't her day, but she has a lot of which to be proud."
A former NAIA All-American in the 1,500, Johnson competed in her first NCAA Division I Regional competition in her second year at MU. Racing in the event's fourth and final heat, Johnson made a move to the middle of the pack in the third lap, but as the other competitors pulled away in the final lap she was unable to keep up the pace.
Senior Jeff Kluge will be the first Golden Eagles to compete Friday at 3 p.m. in the hammer throw and will look to take down Damian Anisko's school record in the event. Also looking to move up from second place in the steeplechase are senior Jayne Grebinski and junior Peter Bolgert. Bolgert and Blake Johnson will race at 8:30 p.m., followed by the women's event with Grebinski at 9:10 p.m.
Live streaming video and results for tomorrow's competition can be found at the links provided above.
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