SACRAMENTO, Calif. - University of New Hampshire junior Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the women's track and field team placed 11th overall (10:08.16) in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Division I NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California on Friday.
Parker capped off arguably one of the most successful and dominant seasons as a member of the Wildcat track and field program. Only three juniors and one sophomore finished ahead of Parker as six seniors placed in the top ten. Parker was the lone New England represenative along with the only America East conference runner to compete on the national stage in the steeplechase.
Parker smashed her own steeplechase school record by over seven seconds (10:06.45) during the preliminaries. She was seeded 16th overall in the 27-member field before placing eighth in her respective heat. The top-14 times qualified and Parker had to defeat two runners to claim All-American status.
She is also the current America East champion and record holder in the steeplechase. Parker enjoyed similar success on the cross country course this past fall as champion of the America East. She placed 111th finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships back in November. She also recorded the fastest 5K time of any UNH female harrier in an amazing time of 16:50. She was just the second runner to ever break the 17-minute mark during a conference championship.
Parker, who is just a junior, will be a force in any track event or cross country course she competes in during the 2007-08 academic school-year.
Event 26 Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase
2 Heats. Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 4 times.
American: 9:29.32 7/31/2004 Briana Shook, Toledo
College Best: 9:41.94 6/4/2001 Elizabeth Jackson, BYU
NCAA Meet: 9:44.95 6/13/2004 Kassi Anderson, BYU
Hornet Stad: 9:39.35 7/15/2004 Ann Gaffigan, Nebraska
Name Year School Finals Points
1 Anna Willard SR Michigan 9:38.08 10
2 Lindsey Anderson SR Weber State 9:46.48 8
3 Barbara Parker SR Florida State 9:48.82 6
4 Liz Wort SR Duke 9:51.76 5
5 Kassi Andersen JR Brigham Young 9:52.10 4
6 Nichole Bush JR Michigan State 9:56.68 3
7 Jennifer Barringer SO Colorado 9:59.81 2
8 Sariah Long JR Weber State 10:05.22 1
9 A. Havahla Haynes SR Wisconsin 10:07.09
10 Emily Brown SR Minnesota 10:07.40
11 Catherine Parker JR New Hampshire 10:08.16
12 Bridget Franek FR Penn State 10:11.68
13 Amy Fowler SO Brigham Young 10:22.75
-- Lindsay Allen JR Stanford DNF