UMD’s Lexi Williams wins Division II women’s 800; Goucher in Boulder

Minnesota Duluth senior Lexi Williams of Rice Lake, Wis., claimed the women’s 800-meter title Saturday night at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo.

She became the first outdoor individual champion in UMD women’s track history. High jumper Jodi Swenson won the 1991 Division II indoor women’s title. UMD men’s national champions are Kerrick Johnson (indoor shot put in 1992 and outdoor discus in 1993) and Dan Soldner (outdoor shot put in 2004).

Williams won in 2 minutes, 11.46 second on the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl track on the campus of Colorado State-Pueblo. She edged out freshman Jaylen Rodger of Angelo (Texas) State by .14 seconds, second in 2:11.60. University of Mary junior Melissa Agnew was third in 2:12.24. There were nine runners in the finals.

In the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference outdoor championships May 12 in Bismarck, N.D., Agnew won the 800 title in 2:08.99 and Williams was second in season-best 2:10.19. In Friday’s qualifying heats, Williams ran 2:10.72.

The UMD women’s outdoor 800 record is 2:08.02 run by Liz Palkie of Carlton, finishing second in the 2009 Division II championship race.

Official results from Saturday’s women’s 800 are below.

Video of the race, showing Williams at the 108:09 mark, is here.

The UMD sports information office has a release on the 800 title here.

Also, U.S. Olympic marathoners Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan will be in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, site of the Bolder Boulder 10K, although they won’t be racing. An update from the Boulder Camera here.

NCAA Division II Championships                         
                            Colorado State - Pueblo                             
          Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl  - 5/24/2012 to 5/26/2012           

Event 4  Women 800 Meter Run
 Meet Record: * 2:02.48  5/26/1990   Teena Colebrook, Cal Poly SLO              
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
  1 Lexi Williams             SR Minnesota-Duluth       2:11.46   10            
  2 Jaylen Rodgers            FR Angelo State           2:11.60    8            
  3 Melissa Agnew             JR U-Mary                 2:12.24    6            
  4 Ayesha Rumble             JR Abilene Christian      2:12.65    5            
  5 Amy Varsell               JR Bentley                2:12.70    4            
  6 Alycia Wright             SR Saginaw Valley         2:13.69    3            
  7 Twishana Williams         JR Lincoln (Mo.)          2:15.03    2            
  8 Chanelle Caldwell         SR Grand Valley St.       2:17.89    1            
  9 Amanda Putt               JR Hillsdale              2:23.75