June 10, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - Miami University redshirt junior Rachel Patterson completed a stellar RedHawk career by running in her second national championship of the season Friday as she competed in the 5000m run final at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake University's Drake Stadium.
Patterson (Rochester, Mich.), who placed 46th of 253 at the NCAA Cross Country Championship in November, finished 21st in the 24 woman final Friday in 16:23.04, the fourth-best time in school history. By qualifying for the 5K final, she earns Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
Patterson entered the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, held at Indiana University two weeks ago, ranked 31st nationally with her school-record 5K time of 16:14.45 from the Mt. SAC Relays (April 14). She placed seventh overall and fourth in the second heat (of two) at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a clocking of 16:16.95, which earned her a berth at the NCAA Championships.
"It was a very fast 5K. Rachel put herself in great position in the first half of the race. She went after it, ran a great race, but just ran out of the gas the last mile," head coach Kelly Phillips said. "She had a great year and we will definitely miss her next year."
Villanova's Sheila Reid, who won the NCAA Cross Country individual title in November, captured the 5K championship as well in 15:37.57 while Georgetown's Emily Infeld was second in 15:38.23. Patterson was the lone representative from the Mid-American Conference, as she was the 5K runner-up at the MAC Championships but won the 10K at the league meet.
Miami freshman Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) also competed at the NCAA Championships, as she took 20th of 24 in the javelin on Thursday, garnering Honorable Mention All-America honors as well. With both `Hawks having now competed at the NCAA Championships, the Miami women's track and field team's season is now finished.