Place 7th at 10,000 meters

   Minnesota Duluth sophomore Morgan Place of Ellsworth, Wis., earned a sixth All-American award Thursday night by placing seventh in the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field women’s 10,000-meter final at Irwin Belk Track Complex in Charlotte, N.C.

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 Stillwater, Minn., advanced to final events in Thursday qualifying races. Championship races are Saturday.

Leonard finished seventh at 400 meters in a school-record 54.34 seconds to be among eight qualifiers. She held the previous Mankato mark of 54.98. Mankato was also fourth among seven qualifiers in the 400 relay with Linnelle Clark, Becca Schmidt, Leonard and Brittany Henderson. They ran 45.71.

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.

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