Track & Field
Nicole Bush Breaks School Record At NCAA Championships
June 7, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Michigan State junior Nicole Bush broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:58.20 for a third-place semifinal heat finish at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday evening.
"We competed well tonight," director of track and field Walt Drenth said. "We always ask our athletes when they compete to do what they've done before and when they exceed those expectations, it means they did a great job."
Bush, a 2006 All-American, who finished fifth at last year's NCAA Championships in the steeplechase, had the third-fastest time among the 27 competitors. She broke the nine minute mark for the first time in her career and surpassed her former school record (10:01.04), which was set during last year's finals at the national meet.
"Nicole looked like the fifth-place finisher from last year's meet," Drenth said. "She is really reaching her peak and has a great shot at not only scoring, but earning All-America honors again. She had great poise during the race and we look forward to seeing her run in the finals."
In her first trip to the NCAA Championships, Sarah Price completed her 3,000-meter steeplechase heat in 11th place, 21st overall, with a personal-best mark of 10:20.87. She has improved her personal-best time in each of the last four races she has competed in.
"It was her first time at the national meet and she should come back with two more years of eligibility left," Drenth said. "She did really well, and from her race on Wednesday night, she should be in the finals next year."
Alissa McKaig was one spot out of the finals heat with a 17th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Her time of 16:21.66 was her second-best time of the season.
"She ran a good race and managed herself very well this season," Drenth said. "She kept her perspective the whole competition and was able to maximize her potential."
"Of course you want to see everyone make it to the finals, but the great thing is that all three women will be back next year and will be a major part of the MSU track and field program," Drenth said.
Bush will run in the finals on Friday, June 8 at 10:25 p.m. EST. Also on Friday, sophomore Jonathan Allen will compete in the qualifying heat of the triple jump at 4:45 p.m. EST.
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