Women's 1,500-Meter Run
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Notes: Bethel University senior Marie Borner defended her title in the 1,500-meter run with a stadium record time of 4:23.85, the fifth fastest in Division III history. Simpson junior Catie Ellingson was second at 4:27.23 and St. Thomas senior Kelly Russ was third in 4:28.55. Both Ellingson and Russ repeated as All-Americans.
Marie Borner Quotes
Thoughts on her national title defense from a year ago: “I think winning last year gave me the confidence I needed. I have really been digging deep, and steadily improving my times all season. I knew if my legs were strong and could hold up, I knew I had it in me to go out and have a great race and a chance at a national title.”
Her race strategy headed into today: “I went out quickly, but I really had to do that. I was in lane one, which means I had to go and leave quickly and get out fast or you could get boxed in. The inside on lane one is the perfect spot for me. I just had to run smart and make sure I didn’t get passed by people and then get boxed in. You can get yourself in trouble if you get boxed in. So, I felt really good. I hit a pretty good third lap. There was a girl right beside me on the bell lap, and I knew I had some good strength left in my legs.”
1500 Meter Run Round 1, Heat 1 1 Jacqui Wentz, Sr, Mass Inst Technology 4:36.62Q 2 Jennifer KuiKen, Sr, Wartburg College 4:36.73Q 3 Catie Ellingson, Jr, Simpson College 4:37.01Q 4 Melissa Sullivan, So, Amherst College 4:37.64Q 5 Margo Cramer, So, Middlebury College 4:38.05 6 Molly Schlamb, Sr, Washington (Missouri) 4:41.39 7 Claire Roberts, So, Wisconsin Stevens Pt 4:41.52 8 Randelle Boots, Fr, Wellesley College 4:41.78 9 D'Arcy Hlavin, Sr, Baldwin Wallace 4:42.25 Round 1, Heat 2 1 Marie Borner, Sr, Bethel University(Mn) 4:33.71Q 2 Lauren Reich, Sr, De Pauw University 4:33.75Q 3 Clare Egan, Sr, Wellesley College 4:33.94Q 4 Kelly Russ, Sr, Univ of St. Thomas 4:34.02Q 5 Mary Bridget Corken, Sr, Loras College 4:34.19q 6 Grayce Selig, Jr, Brandeis University 4:34.37q 7 Liz Phillips, So, Washington (Missouri) 4:35.06q 8 Emma Linhard, Jr, Colby College 4:35.17q 9 Maeve Evans, So, New York University 4:35.87 10 Jennifer Lynch, Sr, Muhlenberg College 4:42.47 Final 1 Marie Borner, Sr, Bethel University(Mn) 4:23.85 DIII Season's Best Stadium record Was 4:30.734:30.55; Jayna Mathieu, St. Olaf College, 1999 2 Catie Ellingson, Jr, Simpson College 4:27.23 3 Kelly Russ, Sr, Univ of St. Thomas 4:28.55 4 Grayce Selig, Jr, Brandeis University 4:28.72 5 Jacqui Wentz, Sr, Mass Inst Technology 4:28.91 6 Clare Egan, Sr, Wellesley College 4:29.33 7 Jennifer KuiKen, Sr, Wartburg College 4:29.88 8 Emma Linhard, Jr, Colby College 4:31.43 9 Lauren Reich, Sr, De Pauw University 4:32.10 10 Liz Phillips, So, Washington (Missouri) 4:33.13 11 Mary Bridget Corken, Sr, Loras College 4:35.24 12 Melissa Sullivan, So, Amherst College 4:38.49