Amanda Mergaert finishes indoor career with All-American performance.
March 9, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Senior Amanda Mergaert capped off her collegiate indoor career with a fifth-place performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships earning her second All-American honor of the year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Amanda,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “The moment wasn’t too big for her, she handled all the pressure very well. Amanda looks forward to these opportunities and doesn’t’ focus on what she can’t control. Fifth place is one of the best finishes anyone from Utah has ever had and we are very excited and happy for her.”
Wrapping up her indoor collegiate career, Mergaert again inked herself into the Utah history books with a fifth-place performance in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Mergaert entered the finals after posting the tenth fastest time in the preliminary round. However in the finals, Mergaert improved on that mark and captured fifth with a time of 4:38.88.
Getting the race off to a quick pace, Mergaert fought hard to stay with the lead pack throughout the event. Falling back to the seventh spot with only 200m remaining, Mergaert put the hammer down and passed West Virginia’s Kelly Williams and Oregon’s Becca Friday to secure fifth. The race marks the first time in Mergaert’s career that she beat Oregon’s Friday and Anne Kesselring. Her performance also garnered All-American honors for the second time this year [cross country].
“Amanda did her best this weekend,” Kepler said. “Entering the weekend her goal was to be in a position to win and she gave herself that chance. Two All-American performances in one year are really incredible. She continues to make steps forward and had a terrific day. We are all very proud of her accomplishments.”
Mergaert wrapped up the 2013 indoor season, but the Utes will begin the outdoor season on Mar.15 at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego, Calif.