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Kooistra Qualifies For Nationals At Opening Outdoor Meet
Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2008
ATLANTA, Ga. - Opening up its 2008 outdoor campaign, the UW-Eau Claire women's track and field team finished fourth out of 18 teams at the Emory Invitational here today.
Jacksonville State took first place with 124 points, while Cedarville University finished behind them with a score of 110.5. Emory University finished in third with a score of 82.5 and Eau Claire scored 73.5 for its fourth place finish. Hope College finished one place behind the Blugolds with 61 points.
Liz Kooistra (Jr.-Lakeville, Minn.) had the best finish for the Blugolds today, taking the top spot in the 400-meter dash. Kooistra’s time of 55.89 automatically qualified her for the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, which will take place in May. She finished almost three seconds ahead of the second place finisher. In the same event, Laura Broner (Jr.-Madison, Wis./Memorial) took fourth with a time of 59.61.
Liz Faller (Sr.-Marinette, Wis.) also finished well, taking first place in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished with a time of 15.04, missing an NCAA provisional qualifying time by 0.04 seconds. The 4x400-meter relay team, which competed at the indoor national championships last weekend, also took the top spot today but missed a provisional qualifying time by less than a second.
Finishing in second place today was Amy Oldenburg (So.-Minocqua, Wis./Lakeland Union) in the triple jump with a distance of 34-8 1/2. Claudia Borlee (Sr.-Green Bay, Wis./Preble) also finished in second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:31.75.
Up next the Blugolds will head to Rock Island, Ill. for the Viking Olympics. The meet is set to begin at noon next Saturday.
- KM -