LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Bates junior Kallie Nixon ran the 13th-fastest time among 22 athletes in her preliminary heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Thursday, to reach Saturday's final at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Nixon (Medfield, Mass.), the 13th seed in the event, trimmed 4.93 seconds off of her personal best in the event with a time of 10:51.20, which was the seventh-fastest in the second of two heats Thursday night. The event final will be run Saturday at 1:45 Central time. Her previous PR was 10:56.13, run at Open New Englands three weeks ago. The top 14 finishers move on to the finals, where the top eight finishers will be named All-Americans.
The 14th and final qualifier, Bard's Perry Scheetz, finished in 10:54.82. Amherst's Keri Lambert won Nixon's heat at 10:37.13.
Nixon ranks as the second-fastest steeplechaser on Bates’ all-time performance list, trailing only three-time All-American Kathryn Moore ’07.
This is Nixon’s first individual event at a national championship meet. She also was a member of Bates’ distance medley relay team at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, helping the team finish eighth to win All-America honors.