JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (5/30/14) - Freshman Lizzie Bird was thisclose to qualifying for her first NCAA Championship, missing an advancing spot by one place in the steeplechase on Day 2 of the NCAA East Regional at the University of North Florida.
Bird ran a PR of 10:13.15, more than three seconds faster than her previous best to finish 13th overall. She was fourth in her heat.
Bird gave it her all posting the fastest split of the final 400 meters, at 1:17.45. She inched her way from ninth to fifth after the first 1000 meters. Bird moved into third place at 1400 meters and held that for two laps before dropping into fourth at 2200 meters. At the bell she sat in seventh before her final push into fourth place.
The final Tiger to compete is senior All-America Imani Oliver in the triple jump. The event begins at noon tomorrow.