GENEVA, OH – Johns Hopkins University sophomore Felicia Koerner placed fourth in the 10,000-meter run on the opening day of the 2017 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute. Koerner, who earns All-America honors with her fourth-place showing, also contributes five points in the team standings for Johns Hopkins.
Koerner’s time of 35:07.8 is the second best of her career, the third fastest in school history and one of just six sub-36-minute 10K performances ever by a Johns Hopkins runner. This is her third All-America finish of the year as she previously earned All-America status in cross country and indoor track. She helped Johns Hopkins to the 2016 NCAA Championship in cross country and placed second in the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.
On Thursday morning, Koerner went out quickly with eventual champion Taryn Cordani of Ithaca, runner-up Amy Regan of Stevens and sixth-place finisher Audrey Miller of Loras. The four covered the first of the 25 laps in less than 78 seconds to build an early four-second lead on the fifth-place runner.
The foursome gradually increased the distance between their lead pack and the second grouping, pushing the margin out to more than 30 seconds after 10 laps with Regan leading at that point with a time of 13:42.154; all four covered the first 10 laps within one second of each other.
The group was down to Cordani, Regan and Koerner 10 laps later as Miller fell about eight seconds off the pace after 20 laps; Cordani’s 27:53.069 led the way at that point with Regan (27:53.438) and Koerner (27:54.413) just behind.
Cordani and Regan separated slightly a short time later with Koerner settling in several meters behind. Cordani never gave up the lead over the final five laps and finished just over nine seconds ahead of Regan. Colorado College’s Katie Sandfort used a 76-second final lap to edge Koerner in the race for third place.
Koerner will return to the track on Saturday (May 27) when she competes in the 5K. That event will be the next-to-last of the championship with a scheduled start time of 3 pm (ET).
Sophomore Tasha Freed competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase preliminaries Thursday, advancing to the finals with a time of 10:53.16. Freed ran most of the second heat in second place before falling off for a sixth-place finish in the heat. Her time of 10:53.16 is just 3.76 seconds off of her Hopkins program record time.
Freed advances to the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals Saturday (May 27) at 11:30 am (ET).