Schlueter Struggles in 3000mSC at NCAA Championships

May 30, 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. - California senior Marielle Schlueter struggled in her first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday night at Moore Track Stadium. She was the only Golden Bear competing on the second day of the national event.

The San Francisco product, who has been coping with a foot problem in recent weeks, finished last out of 19 athletes in the 3000mSC, clocking in at 11:03.07. She was seeded No. 19 in the event with her school record of 10:22.38, set at the Big Meet earlier this month.

Toledo junior Briana Shook was the top qualifier for Saturday's final, finishing in 9:58.97. BYU freshman Michaela Manova had the second-fastest time (9:59.54). The top four times in each of the two heats plus the next four fastest times advanced to the final.

Tomorrow, the Bears have senior Jennifer Joyce and junior Sheni Russell competing in the discus at 5 p.m. PT. Senior Bubba McLean, the Cal men's lone representative at NCAAs, looks to repeat as an All-American in the pole vault at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Women's 3000mSC Prelims (in order of times):
1. Briana Shook (Toledo) 9:58.97, 2. Michaela Manova (BYU) 9:59.54, 3. Ida Nilsson (Northern Arizona) 10:05.09, 4. Lisa Aguilera (Arizona State) 10:05.38, 5. Mollie Defrancesco (JMU) 10:05.51, 6. Carol Henry (North Carolina) 10:07.01, 7. Laura Turner (Stanford) 10:07.77, 8. Roisin McGettigan (Providence) 10:11.23, 9. Katie Sabino (NC State) 10:11.86, 10. Margot Larson (Colorado State) 10:12.22, 11. Ann Somerville (Michigan State) 10:14.51, 12. Megan Coombs (NC State) 10:17.2, 13. Dawn Cleary (Virginia) 10:22.70, 14. Nan Evans (BYU) 10:27.56, 15. Barbara Wenger (Purdue) 10:30.96, 16. Melanie Matthews (Virginia) 10:32.18, 17. Lesley Higgins (Colorado) 10:35.92, 18. Brianna Dahm (Marquette) 10:53.88, 19. Marielle Schlueter (Cal) 11:03.07.

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