Curham Takes 11th in the 10k for Second-Team All-America Honors
EUGENE, Ore. (6/12/14) - Freshman Megan Curham earned second-team All-America honors in her first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Curham ran 33:29.03 to finish 11th and was just seconds off her PR and school record of 33:24.79.
Curham had three of the fastest split times, on lap 2, 3 and 9. She held steady in the top pack until things started to spread apart. After 4 of the 25 laps she was in seventh place and reached fifth at 3600 meters. At the halfway point, 5000 meters, she was in 12th place. Curham dropped back one spot to 13th but never dropped any lower as she the runners started to stretch into a single file line with 10 laps to go. At the 8k mark the top 11 had been decided, just what place they would finish came down to the final lap. Curham held tight to 11th place for the final six laps to take All-America honors for the second time this season. Curham became the first freshman in Princeton women's cross country history to earn All-America honors this past fall.
It was an exciting finish with Emma Bates (Boise State) edging Elinor Kirk (UAB) at the finish line for the win, 32:32.35 to 32:32.99.
"It was really cool to come out here," Curham said. "At Regionals what I really liked was all the competition. With the small dual meets in season your running by yourself or with just a few other people but at Regionals it was exciting because you're with a lot of people and here it was even more so. You know going into the race you know you're going to have someone to run with and that's really exciting to me."
Curham erased a decade long record in the 10k, previously held by Emily Kroshus '04, when she clocked 33:24.79 at Heps. At the Regional two weeks ago she ran 33:25.12.
Curham will be back in action in just a few months when she leads the Princeton cross country team out to its 2015 season in September.