COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of Colorado senior Erin Clark picked up a sixth-place finish in the women's 5,000-meter run here Friday night to record her third career indoor All-America honor at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.
What happened- 5,000 Meters
Clark finished the race in 15 minutes, 56.97 seconds and led a duo of Buffs in the race as sophomore Makena Morley placed 16th. Clark is now an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor 5K as she earned outdoor honors in 2017.
Clark ran a controlled race staying in the top eight from start to finish. NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer jumped out to the front of the pack to start the race and kept the pace slower than expected. As the race went on the runners spaced out into a single line with a distinguished top-eight, and Clark was cruising right in sixth. With Schweizer leading the charge, the pace quickened and the last few laps spaced out the runners even more.
"Erin did what we were hoping for by going off the form chart, and then race unfolded the way it did. It's probably a little bit better for her if the race is going fast the whole way. But, she still closed well for her and made the podium which is what we were hoping for."
Schweizer took the title with a 15:43.23 time and four seconds behind her was Ednah Kurgat of New Mexico finishing second. Clark gave her best kick in the last lap running neck-and-neck with New Mexico's Weini Kelati who finished fifth with a 15:56.73 time just .24 seconds ahead of Clark. Morley finished with a time of 16:44.35 to finish 16th and earn second-team All-America honors in the event for the second straight year.
"Makena was running under the weather; she was running with the flu. She warmed up and then made the decision to give it a try and I admire her courage but, her health just was not there today."
Clark's sixth place finish earned the team three points. As a team, the women are in 25th place.
Prelims - mile
Dani Jones had a great race in the preliminary round of the mile run, earning a spot in the finals on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. MT with a third-place finish in the first of two heats. Jones crossed the finish line third with a time of 4:38.17 to automatically qualify as a total of 10 athletes advance with the top four in each heat, plus the next two best times.
"Business-like race for Dani, just making sure that it wasn't too slow and keeping her eyes open. During the race, you saw her looking around making sure was in the top-four. She advanced pretty comfortably I think and we are excited about tomorrow."
Also, running in the mile on the men's side was Zach Perrin who finished 12th overall with a time of 4:05.54. Perrin finished fifth in the first heat and 12th overall and did not advance to the finals.
Action from the NCAA Indoor track championships will start at 3:20 with Dani Jones running in the women's mile.