Palkie second in 800

Minnesota Duluth senior Liz Palkie of Carlton became a five-time All-American and broke her own school record Saturday in placing second in the NCAA Division II women’s 800-meter final in San Angelo, Texas.

Northwest Nazarene senior Ashley Puga won the eight-runner final in 2 minutes, 7.24 seconds and Palkie was less than a second behind in 2:08.02, breaking her UMD mark of 2:10.61 set earlier this month.

“I knew [Puga] was the one to beat, but I was there to win, not to finish second or third. I tried with all my heart,” said Palkie, who placed fourth in the 2008 Division II meet. “When [Puga] took the lead 300 meters into the race, I went with her and then she was all I concentrated on. I told myself ‘If you don’t win, you’re still going to run a heck of a time.’ She just had a little more speed down the last straight away.”

Palkie’s runner up finish is the best in UMD history by a woman track athlete in NCAA competition and the best finish overall since Jodi Swenson won the 1990 Division II women’s indoor high jump title.




UMD freshman Morgan Place of Ellsworth, Wis., placed ninth among 12 runners in the women’s 5,000-meter final. Shippensburg (Pa.) University freshman Neely Spence won in 16:35.36 and Place ran 17:13.40, breaking her school record of 17:19.90 set in April.

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Palkie Second in 800





Minnesota Duluth senior Liz Palkie of Carlton became a five-time All-American and broke her own school record Saturday in placing second in the NCAA Division II women’s 800-meter final in San Angelo, Texas.

Northwest Nazarene senior Ashley Puga won the eight-runner final in 2 minutes, 7.24 seconds and Palkie was less than a second behind in 2:08.02, breaking her UMD mark of 2:10.61 set earlier this month.

“I knew [Puga] was the one to beat, but I was there to win, not to finish second or third. I tried with all my heart,” said Palkie, who placed fourth in the 2008 Division II meet. “When [Puga] took the lead 300 meters into the race, I went with her and then she was all I concentrated on. I told myself ‘If you don’t win, you’re still going to run a heck of a time.’ She just had a little more speed down the last straight away.”

Palkie’s runner up finish is the best in UMD history by a woman track athlete in NCAA competition and the best finish overall since Jodi Swenson won the 1990 Division II women’s indoor high jump title.

UMD freshman Morgan Place competed in the women’s 5,000-meter final later Saturday.

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Palkie Second in 800





Minnesota Duluth senior Liz Palkie of Carlton became a five-time All-American and broke her own school record Saturday in placing second in the NCAA Division II women’s 800-meter final in San Angelo, Texas.

Northwest Nazarene senior Ashley Puga won the eight-runner final in 2 minutes, 7.24 seconds and Palkie was less than a second behind in 2:08:02, breaking her UMD mark of 2:10.61 set earlier this month.

“I knew [Puga] was the one to beat, but I was there to win, not to finish second or third. I tried with all my heart,” said Palkie, who placed fourth in the 2008 Division II meet. “When [Puga] took the lead 300 meters into the race, I went with her and then she was all I concentrated on. I told myself ‘If you don’t win, you’re still going to run a heck of a time.’ She just had a little more speed down the last straight away.”

Palkie’s runner up finish is the best in UMD history by a woman track athlete in NCAA competition and the best finish overall since Jodi Swenson won the 1990 Division II women’s indoor high jump title.

UMD freshman Morgan Place competed in the women’s 5,000-meter final later Saturday.

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