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Atta Girl! Ali is All-America again

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Senior Ali Glassbrenner placed sixth Saturday in the finals of the 1,500 in a career-best time to claim All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in La Crosse, Wis. That gave St. Thomas Women's Track and Field three team points.

Glassbrenner clocked 4:31.66 and claimed her second All-America honor of this year. She placed fourth in the mile last March at the national indoor meet.

She had the distinction of competing in NCAA championship meets in four different sports on her career -- extremely rare at any level of NCAA sports. She scored in Swim-Dive on a relay as a freshman in 2015; helped her team place in the top 25 at nationals in Cross Country both as a junior and senior in 2016 and 2017; was All-America in the mile at Indoor T&F in March 2018; and was sixth here in the 1,500 in Outdoor T&F in May 2018.

Glassbrenner improved her 1,500 season best from 4:41.39 in 2017 to 4:31.66 this season.

 

Friday story

Junior Grace Bordson cleared 5-6 in the high jump, but was only able to take 12th place out of 20 entrants Friday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

Senior Laura Eischens closed her career as she placed 13th of 22 entrants in the heptathlon with a score of 4,206. She had a season-best 17 3 1-4 in the long jump.

Senior Hannah Helstad closed her career as she clocked 2:12.64, just off her career best, but was unable to advance to Saturday's finals in the 800. She took 16th of 22 in the three prelims heats.

Senior Katie Murray closed her career as she was unable to advance in the 100 meters. Both Helstad and Murray's races were delayed several hours by stormy weather.

Senior Ali Glassbrenner runs Saturday afternoon in the finals of the 1,500 as she shoots for a top-eight finish for All-America honors.

 

Thursday story

St. Thomas senior Ali Glassbrenner was among 12 athletes advancing to Saturday's finals in the 1,500 meters, and senior Laura Eischens sits in 12th place at the midway point of the heptathlon Thursday after day one of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis.

Glassbrenner ran 4:37 and had the 11th-best time of the 12 moving on in the 1,500. Eleven weeks ago she placed fourth at indoor nationals in the mile to make All-America.

Senior Katie Murray clocked 26.19 in the 200-meter dash prelims and was unable to advance to Saturday's finals.

Eischens has 2,605 points led by a 15.36 time in the 100 hurdles,  4-10 1-4 high jump, a 28.47 in the 200, and a 37-2 1-4 throw in the shot put.

Eischens, Murray (100 dash prelims), junior Grace Bordson (high jump finals) and senior Hannah Helstad (800 prelims) compete on Friday.