Dani Jones took home her second title of the weekend as she clocked a 9 minutes , 9.20 seconds in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.
Jones started off steady settling into her pace while also staying within the middle of the pack for most of the race. But, with about 400 meters left Dani Jones started making moves pushing her way into third. As shown from Friday's final leg of the DMR, Jones has a lethal kick to the end of her races and Saturday's 3,000 was no different. With about 200 meters left coming around the final turn, Jones kicked it into gear passing up Missouri's Karissa Schweizer (who won the 5,000 the day before) to win the title.
"Dani Jones was brilliant. There was a lot of bumping around and some tactical mistakes here and there that were driving coach [Heather] Burroughs and myself a little crazy, but she solved the problems with a few laps to go," coach Mark Wemore said. "She put herself in position and just like last night, closed hard over the last 30 or 40 meters off the final turn for an unexpected and really exciting win."
Jenny (Barringer) Simpson was the last Buff to win the 3,000 meter indoor National title in 2009 when she clocked an 8:42.03 which is also the NCAA meet record.
This is the first time a Colorado track athlete has won two titles in the same year at the Indoor National Championships.
Teammate Erin Clark also put together a strong 3,000 meter performance coming in eighth place to not only earn All-American honors but gather points towards the team score. This is Clark's second first-team All-America honor in the 3,000 meters as she placed fifth last year.
On the men's side Joe Klecker paced the trio of Buffs competing in the 3,000 meters as he finished in fourth place with a time of 7:58.90. Klecker earned his first All-American honor and earned five points for the team. John Dresselin his second event of the weekend also added his second All-America accolade finishing in eighth place overall with a time of 8:01.93. Ben Saarel rounded out the Buffs competing in the 3,000 meters finishing in 15h place with a time of 8:21.01 to earn second-team All-America honors.
Saarel kicked off the day for the Buffs in the finals heat of the men's mile. Saarel collected his first mile All-America honor on Saturday placing eighth with a time of 4:07.84. He also earned a point towards the team score in his first of two events on the day.