Top DI Track & Field Schools: Women’s Middle Distance
Middle distance; considered one of the hardest event fields due to the physical as well as mental energy athletes in these events require to perform. These events are also among the most competitive events to qualify out of preliminary rounds which are typically conducted the day before semifinals allowing a mere twenty-four hours for these elite athletes to recover. As with our sprints category our list was compiled based on NCAA Regional results. The top schools making our list were chosen based on the number of athletes universities qualified for the meet, how many athletes placed in prelims, and how many athletes advanced to compete in the NCAA Division I finals taking place on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.
|Middle Tennessee||Colorado||Mississippi State|
|Texas A&M||New Mexico||Minnesota|
In the East the times for the 800 were drastically faster than in the West. The 12th position in the East was 2:04 compared to the West’s 2:06. Georgetown showed its strength with three athletes hitting in the 2:03 range, the fastest group of athletes from any of the schools making our list. Middle Tennessee followed suite with two athletes in the 2:05 range. Oregon had all three athletes advance to finals as did Texas A&M’s duo Katie Willard and Jazmine Fray.
In the 1500 Oregon had four athletes in the race with two advancing to compete again in front of their home crowd. In the East Michigan had three athletes breaking the 4:20 barrier. New Mexico’s Sophie Connor, who placed 5th at Indoor Championships qualified within the top 10 along with Emily Hosker-Thornhill.
In the steeple Mississippi State dominated with performers taking second and sixth in the West Regional where eight out of the twenty four athletes competing broke the 10:00 barrier. Mississippi State’s Marta Freitas ran a 4:09 in the 1500 the fastest time out of the east and west by over 4 seconds. New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier won the event in 9:55, the second fastest time ran in the West and East behind New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs.
Colorado has become famous for producing professional runners such as New Balance’s Emma Coburn. The Buff’s had two athletes within the West’s top twelve steepler’s as well as a win in the 150o by freshman Dani Jones in 4:17 with teammate Maddie Alm placing 11th. Arkansas had two athletes in the top five adding depth to their team advancing to NCAA Finals.
Minnesota had three athletes competing in the steeple tied with South Dakota State for the most athletes qualifying to compete in the meet. Out of the three competing one athlete ,Kalia Urick ,advanced to the NCAA Finals with a 12th place finish edging out teammate Strandemo who took 13th.
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