Minnesota Duluth sophomore
On an 80 degree night, Place ran a school-record 35 minutes, 17.69 seconds. That broke her mark of 35:27.70, set earlier this year. Senior Tanya Zeferjahn of Queens University of Charlotte won in 34:46.59.
“Morgan couldn’t have run any better than she did,” said UMD coach John Fulkrod. “It was warm and only two runners ran personal bests, and Morgan was one.”
Place has won two All-American honors in cross country and three in indoor track. Friday marked her first outdoor track All-American recognition after placing ninth in the 10,000 final last year. She will run in 5,000 qualifying Friday.
Minnesota State-Mankato senior Kelsey Leonard of Hermantown and Minnesota Duluth junior Michelle SanCartier of
Leonard finished seventh at 400 meters in a school-record 54.34 seconds to be among eight qualifiers. She held the previous
SanCartier was fifth among 12 qualifiers in the 1,500 with a time of 4:31.17. Seattle Pacific senior Jessica Pixler led at 4:28.68.