Crabb Runs NCAA Provisional Mark at Cannon Meet Mile
Feb. 10, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - University of Oregon senior Katie Crabb claimed her first NCAA indoor qualifying mark of her career Saturday in the mile at the Cannon Meet at the National Institute for Fitness and Sport.
The All-America senior finished fifth overall and second among collegians in the mile with her NCAA provisional time of 4:46.38. Unattached entrant Jamie King won the race (4:41.09), over adidas runner Maureen Ferris (second, 4:43.37), New Orleans' Michael Mannova (4:45.05) and Priscilla of Hein of the Indiana Invaders (4:45.93).
'Katie made a huge jump from last weekend's effort,' Oregon women's head coach Tom Heinonen said. 'She ran smart, stayed control and moved up from sixth to fifth in the last 100 meters. The pace was fast the whole way and she was right in there staying in lane one. She competed hard and stayed in control.'
Crabb's time Saturday proved a 13-second improvement over last weekend's race in Reno at altitude (4:59.13), and now puts her on the NCAA qualifying bubble.
Since Saturday's race was run on a 200-meter banked track, the NCAA will add .60 seconds to Crabb's time on the NCAA qualifying list which will leave the Chico, Calif., native with a provisional time of 4:46.98. That time would have qualified for the NCAA field in four of the past five years, except 2000. The NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 9-10 in Fayetteville, Ark., will feature at least 17 entrants, or potentially more depending on fast the qualifying field is at the end of the year.
'She's very much on the bubble,' Heinonen said. 'We have to assume she can run faster, so we'll have to decide when or where to try. Regardless, she made a very big step to give herself a chance with today's time.'
Crabb's qualifying window extends three more weekends, and the Ducks last scheduled meet of the indoor campaign is the Mountain Pacific Championships, Fri.-Sat., Feb. 23-24 at Flagstaff, Ariz., which is at 6,877 feet altitude. She could also compete at another meet somewhere else in the country during that period.
Crabb's time now puts her 10th on the Duck all-time list in the mile, a group led by Leann Warren (4:30.36). Crabb is also only the second runner in the past decade to join the group with former teammate Kaarin Knudson (fifth, 4:43.88) from the 1999 NCAA Championships.
Her Duck women's teammates have next weekend off from competition, then compete in two weekends at the Mountain Pacific Championships.
National Institute for Fitness & Sport
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001
Mile - 1, Jamie King, Unat., 4:41.09. 2, Maureen Ferris, adidas, 4:43.37. 3, Michael Mannova, New Orleans, 4:45.05. 4, Priscilla Hein, Indiana Invaders, 4:45.93. 5, Katie Crabb, Oregon, 4:46.38. 6, Mari Chandler, Unat., 4:46.58. 7, Rebecca Mitchell, Villanova, 4:47.07. 8, Katie Yemm, Colorado State, 4:48.02. 9, Erin Doherty, Arizona, 4:49.32. 10, Geraldine McCarthy, Villanova, 4:52.10.