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UVA’s Michaela Meyer wins NCAA Championship in 800m

UVA grad student Michaela Meyer won the 800m race at the NCAA Champinships. (Photo by Jamie...
UVA grad student Michaela Meyer won the 800m race at the NCAA Champinships. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)(Jamie Schwaberow | NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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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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