EUGENE, Ore. – After a long season and many qualifying rounds, the finals of the 800-meter run were held on Friday at the NCAA Championships at the University of Oregon. Junior Kate Grace competed as one of the top eight runners in the country in a tough event, which should qualify her for All-American honors.
Grace finished in a time of 2:05.92. This is remarkably consistent with her time on Wednesday of 2:05.32. Her splits at every 200 meters in the finals were 28.90, 30.81, 32.34 and 33.88. She finished seventh. The champion was Phoebe Wright of Tennessee, who won in 2:01.40.
This was Grace's third time at NCAA Championships outdoors, but her first time in the finals; Grace has one more season to look forward to coming back to national competition, and she will surely be preparing to do so as she takes her rest over the summer.