Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase
Notes: MIT senior Jacqui Wentz won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:16.16, the third best all-time in the history of Division III. Baldwin Wallace junior Kim Chinn was second in 10:30.53 and last year's winner, Stephanie Perleberg of UW-La Crosse was third in 10:32.64.
Jacqui Wentz Quotes
How her 2009 fourth-place finish helped her this year: “It helped me to calm down and make me feel more comfortable already having the national experience I had from last spring down in southern Ohio. I knew I was going to be just as good as the other competitors that were out there. I just had to run my own race.”
How last year’s champion (Stephanie Perleberg (UW-LaCrosse) set the early pace and how it affected her race:“My race plan was to stay right behind the race leader no matter who was out there ahead of me. That was my plan until the final three laps. Then, I was going to push the pace, run my own race, and wanted to see where I was at during the bell lap. It did help that she went out early and set that early pace.”
Improving from the sixth-fastest time in history to today running the third-quickest mark: “I feel like I had a good performance in me today. A few weeks ago, I set my time to qualify to get in here. I knew if I ran my race, I could better that time and do well today. I am very proud of my performance today.”
3000m Steeplechase 1 Jacqui Wentz, Sr, Mass Inst Technology 10:16.16 DIII Season's Best 2 Kim Chinn, Jr, Baldwin Wallace 10:30.53 3 Stephanie Perleberg, Sr, Wisconsin La Crosse 10:32.64 4 Hannah Humbach, Sr, Wisconsin Eau Claire 10:40.18 5 Elizabeth Smit, Sr, Calvin College 10:43.79 6 Katie Dolan, Sr, Luther College 10:44.23 7 Greta Sieve, Sr, St. Catherine 10:44.29 8 Kerry Arouca, Sr, Westfield State 10:45.07 9 Kimber Mattox, So, Willamette University 10:48.16 10 Michelle Wallace, Sr, College of New Jersey 10:52.10 11 Jena Peacock, So, Rowan University 10:52.58 12 Megan VanDenHengel, Sr, Elizabethtown College 10:58.30 13 Sophie Galleher, Sr, Amherst College 10:58.85 14 Jenny Piskor, Jr, Wisconsin Oshkosh 11:01.35 15 Gretchen Braymer, Jr, Calvin College 11:06.22 16 Alyssa Sybilrud, So, Wisconsin Eau Claire 11:06.57 17 Marissa Liberati, Fr, Geneseo S U N Y 11:13.55 18 Kat Zimmerly, Jr, Ohio Wesleyan 11:46.79