Alma - Arnold finishes 12th at the NCAA Track and Field Championships
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Waverly, Iowa - Junior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest) capped off her junior year seasons after competing today (Saturday, May 28) at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Amy Regan of Stevens Institute led every step of the way in the race and was the first place finisher with a time of 16:27.32. The remaining runners were the chase pack behind her and Arnold battled her way through the pack for a 12th place finish after being placed as the 15th seed. She recorded a time of 17:22.65, marking her third best finish of her career.
Arnold has broken the Alma College school record in the 5000 meter run multiple times this season, her last coming on May 13 when she finished with a time of 16:58.84 to seed her 15th at the Championships. She was the first female athlete at Alma College to ever break the 17:00 threshold. Arnold will have one more year of collegiate competition in all three sports, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Head Coach Matt Chovanec
on the race...
We knew the race wasn't going to be about time. It was going to be about place. We had a goal of top 8, but it was also about learning to run at this level. She went in seeded the 15th and finished 12th, I'd say she had a very successful day. I really believe Kaitlyn will take this experience, grow from it and come back even better net year. It was a great experience for all involved. We're so proud of Kaitlyn and how she represents Alma College every place we go."