Women's 400-Meter Dash
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Notes: Calvin College junior Rachel Boerner won the 400-meter title in a time of 54.50 seconds. Roanoke College senior Robin Yerkes was runner-up for the second year in a row with a time of 55.25 and Coe College sophomore Keelie Finnel was third in 55.30.
Rachel Boerner Quotes
What it feels like to be both indoor and outdoor national champion: “It feels really good. It feels good to go out there and run. My goal was to break 55 seconds, and I did that. It’s a great feeling, and something I can’t describe.”
What was your mental mindset headed into this event? “I was really nervous for the 400 open. My main event is the 400 hurdles. I kind of did the open as a team thing as we needed a person to do it. I had the confidence to stay with my other competitors, and I had that final kick to go out and edge them at the line.”
Expectations of her primary event the 400 Hurdles: “I hope to do really well in that also. I hope to get out and run a good race and finish first in that as well.”
400 Meter Dash Round 1, Heat 1 1 Keelie Finnel, So, Coe College 55.26Q 2 Hillary Higgs, So, Williams College 56.35 3 Kwesi Seabrook, So, Capital University 56.88 4 Onesa Bowman, Sr, Univ of Redlands 57.27 5 Kathleen Folbrecht, Sr, Wisconsin Stevens Pt 57.53 6 Portia Jones, So, Mass Inst Technology 57.66 Round 1, Heat 2 1 Nevada Morrison, So, Wartburg College 55.36Q 2 Natasha Arnold, Jr, Wisconsin River Falls 55.87q 3 Ali McCoy, Sr, Illinois Wesleyan 55.93q 4 Hannah Baker, Sr, Wartburg College 56.25 5 Mary Mahoney, Fr, Mount Union College 57.21 6 Christina Washington, So, Lynchburg College 57.36 Round 1, Heat 3 1 Robin Yerkes, Sr, Roanoke College 55.14Q 2 Rachel Boerner, Jr, Calvin College 55.30q 3 Chelsey Jacobs, Sr, Wartburg College 55.64q 4 Marcia McCord, Jr, Ithaca College 56.08q 5 Nikki Arola, Sr, Univ of St. Thomas 56.28 6 Jenny Kordick, Sr, Wartburg College 56.69 Final 1 Rachel Boerner, Jr, Calvin College 54.50 DIII Season's Best 2 Robin Yerkes, Sr, Roanoke College 55.25 3 Keelie Finnel, So, Coe College 55.30 4 Marcia McCord, Jr, Ithaca College 55.79 5 Chelsey Jacobs, Sr, Wartburg College 55.81 6 Nevada Morrison, So, Wartburg College 55.84 7 Natasha Arnold, Jr, Wisconsin River Falls 55.95 8 Ali McCoy, Sr, Illinois Wesleyan 56.45