Courtney Returns to NCAA Championships
June 6, 2007
MILWAUKEE, WIS. - For the second-straight year, senior Michaela Courtney, a member of the Marquette women's track & field team, will compete in the 1,500m of the NCAA Championships, Thursday, June 7, at 6:25 p.m. PST, in Sacramento, Calif. Competing against 28 others in the field, Courtney will try to duplicate her performance of a year ago when she finished fifth in an MU record time of 4:17.44, earning All-American honors.
"Having been to the championships and competed well last year, she has an advantage this year because of her experience," said head coach David Uhrich. "Her workouts the last three weeks have been better than last year at this time, and she is feeling very confident. She is ready to run even better than she did last year. That is what we are looking for."
Courtney will compete in the first of two heats of 14, with the four fastest times from each heat, along with the next four fastest times between the two heats, advancing to the final, scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 11:22 a.m., which will be broadcast live on CBS. Her season-best time of 4:19.06 is tied for the sixth-fastest in her heat and tied for 12th-fastest overall in the event.
"She takes these big meets and uses them to her advantage and gets exited, gets ready to run and knows she has to run fast to make finals and do as well as last season," added Uhrich.
The senior was selected to compete in the championships after earning an extra-qualifying spot in the 1,500m following the NCAA Mid-East Regional, where she finished sixth after recording a season-best time of 4:19.06 in the preliminary race. The top five place-finishers from each of the four regions automatically qualified for the championships. Courtney, along with seven others from around the country, were named extra qualifiers in the event based on their season-best times.
This will be Courtney's third trip to the NCAA Track & Field Championships. In addition to her fifth-place finish last season, Courtney also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2006, placing 16th in the mile. Only one other female student-athlete (Brianna Dahm in the 3,000m steeplechase in 2002, 2003 and 2005) in school history has participated in three NCAA Track & Field Championships.