Weiss fifth, All-American in the 800 Meter Run
Tue, Jun. 1, 2010 - [Track]
2010 NCAA Div. III Championships RESULTS

The Loras College track and field teams sent a total of five competitors to the NCAA Division III Championships in Ohio over the weekend, and the event provided the Duhawks with plenty of drama to go around and concluded with Hannah Weiss on the All-American stand.

On the men's side, the 400 Meter Hurdles race was the first source of drama for head coach Bob Schultz and Duhawk senior Chris Swift. After entering with the eighth fastest time in the nation, Swift finished fourth in Heat 1 of the three heat preliminaries. Each of the three racers ahead of him in the heat qualified for one of eight spots in the final - the last of which was a 0:53.08. Swift posted a 0:53.12 and waited with the rest of the opening two heats to see where he finished. Unfortunately for Chris, Terry Smith of McMurry University finished third in Heat 2 in a time of 0:53.11, leaving the senior from East Dubuque on the outside looking in by 0:00.01. Swift's 0:52.91 earlier this season at North Central put him second on Loras' all-time list.

For the women's team, a pair of Duhawks qualified for the finals in their events while two others were left very different tastes in their mouth.

Laura Rieger ran a 2:12.05 in Heat 2 of the 800 Meter Run, a time that would have put her sixth in the finals and ahead of many other qualifying times. However, the finals were comprised of the top two finishers in each of the three heats and the next two fastest times, leaving Rieger, a junior, about a half second from the cutoff.

In Heat 1 of the 800 Meter preliminaries, Hannah Weiss finished second in 2:12.78, putting her in the finals and on the All-American stand. She wasn't sure of exactly where until the final, when she posted 2:11.99. That time was good for fifth in the race behind national champion and Women's Track Athlete of the Meet Marie Borner of Bethel. Borner set a championships record by cutting nearly six full seconds off her time when she edged Weiss at the line in the prelims.

Two other seniors, Mary Bridget Corken and Barb Kremer had the final races of their careers end with a little more heartache than they had hoped.

Marie Borner won the 1500 Meter Run as well, after posting the top time in qualifying and setting a new stadium record. Corken was a part of the much faster Heat 2 in prelims that included Borner, and qualified with the fifth fastest time, a 4:34.19. The finals saw Borner set another blistering pace and cut another tremendous 10 seconds off her qualifying time. Corken was pushed back to eleventh place, posting a 4:35.24 and closing out one of the most decorated careers in the Loras uniform.

Barb Kremer's weekend was certainly the most gut-wrenching of all the Duhawks. On Friday, Kremer's bid for back-to-back All-American finishes in the 100 Meter Hurdles was validated, taken away, and eventually denied after much discussion, a trip to the video review area, and a run-off.