Freed, Koerner Close Season at NCAA Championships
GENEVA, OH – Johns Hopkins sophomores Tasha Freed and Felicia Koerner closed out the 2017 season at the NCAA Division III Women’s Track and Field Championships on Saturday. As a team, the Blue Jays totaled five team points at the championships and tied for 48th in the final standings.
Freed competed in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase to open the day and earned a 10th-place finish. She clocked in at 11:05 after running with the lead pack for the first one-third of the race. Freed covered the first three laps in 3:34.99 to sit sixth at that point and was still in contention for a top eight finish and All-America honors.
She was still in a tight pack of seven runners two laps later, but eventually settled in just behind the final medalists. Freed was one of just three non-juniors or seniors to place in the top 13.
Koerner, who had placed fourth in the 10K on the first day of the championships, placed 10th in the 5K in the next-to-last race of the championship.
Koerner crossed the line in 17:19.48 and missed a podium finish by just over five seconds. Koerner ran among the top five for the first half of the race before settling in among a pack of five runners who eventually finished w.thin eight seconds of each other to occupy places seven through 11.
Koerner was the only non-junior or senior to finish in the top 12.