LA CROSSE, Wis. — Bates junior Kallie Nixon placed 13th in the finals of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, matching her seeding going into the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) finished in 11:16.75, a subpar time compared to her others in the steeplechase this season.
On Thursday 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, trimming 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.
Nixon's previous PR was 10:56.13, run at Open New Englands three weeks ago. The top 14 finishers moved on to the finals. 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. Lambert, the 2012 NCAA champion, finished third in Saturday's final in 10:27.14, while Alyssa Smith of Geneseo State won in 10:17.38.
The race represented the end of the 2012-13 academic year for the Bates women's track and field program.
Nixon ranks as the second-fastest steeplechaser on Bates’ all-time performance list, trailing only three-time All-American Kathryn Moore ’07, who was Bates' most recent competitor at NCAAs in the steeplechase prior to Nixon.
This was 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.