June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Oregon - Redshirt freshman Rachele Schulist capped off the action for the Michigan State track & field team at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday at Hayward Field. Schulist placed ninth in the 5,000m race, crossing in a time of 16:05.68.
Her finish earned her second-team All-America honors, and she was also the top freshman finisher in the field. Schulist exceeded her seed as she entered the NCAAs ranked 20th in the nation.
"I thought she was outstanding and competed really hard," said MSU Director of Track & Field Walt Drenth. "She entered as one of the last seeds, and to finish ninth was outstanding. The race was tactical early and they got out running really hard. She gave everything she had to try to score, which is remarkable. There were only two freshmen in the entire field; it is an upperclassman race and I thought she was just great."
"She was 10th for quite a bit of the race and fought her way back to outkick a woman for ninth. Obviously, we would have loved to have her score, but I don't think the outcome could have been any better. Considering how difficult her indoor championships were, she could have easily gotten frustrated or spent a lot of time worried about something negative happening. I thought she overcame a lot, overcame stuff that bothered her indoors and I can't say enough about her efforts."
As a team, the women's squad tied for 22nd with 10 points this week.