Jenielle Hunt set a program in the 3000 meter steeplechase Saturday en route to qualifying for the NCAA Championships
May 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC- Jenielle Hunt qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships on the final day of the East Regional on Saturday, placing 11th in the 3000 meter steeplechase. The senior set a program record in the process, running a very impressive time of 10:31.98. She beat the next qualifier by almost a full second, as Anne Lovelace of Yale snagged the final spot with her 10:32.92.
"Coming in ranked 44th in the event and finishing like that is just phenomenal," said head coach Clay Calkins. "To achieve something like this at such a high level of competition during her senior year truly is a testament to her drive and ability."
Hunt is no stranger to success in the 3000 meter steeplechase, as she shattered the prior program record with her 10:39.77 at the Stanford Invitational on March 27 before ultimately breaking it again today.
"Assistant coach Mitch Bentley has done a great job of preparing our distance runners to compete at such a high level," added Calkins.
Annie Beecham (Granville, Ohio) competed in the 5000 meter run later in the evening, placing 19th overall with her time of 16:39.29. Though this time did not qualify her for the NCAA Championships, it shattered the prior team season-best by over 11 full seconds.
With her tremendous performance on Saturday in Greensboro, Hunt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will now compete at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 9-12. The competitions will be held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field and more information can be found here.