UVA’s Michaela Meyer wins NCAA Championship in 800m
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia graduate student Michaela Meyer became the first female athlete in program history to win an NCAA individual title, after taking first place in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Oregon.
Meyer finished with a personal-best and school-record time of 2:00.28, which is the ninth-fastest 800-meter time in NCAA history.
“I started the same way all of my races do, and I knew that I wanted to stay in the top pack, and if I were able to stay up there the first lap, I knew I would have a chance to contend for the title,” says Meyer. “With about 150 to go, I knew it was now or never, so I just went for it and I gave it my all. I was just running my own race. I didn’t know the schools that were around me or the people that were around me. I knew I wanted to run my race and to kick with 100 to go, and see what happened. I am just so grateful for this opportunity and I’m happy to be representing Virginia. It is an amazing feeling. I am beyond grateful.”
Meyer will remain in Eugene to prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which are June 18-27.
UVA graduate student Andrenette Knight finished third in the 400-meter hurdles (55.81) to take the bronze medal at the NCAA Championships on Saturday night.
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