Speakman, Van Dalen advance to quarterfinals in NCAA regionals

Eric Speakman

May 24, 2012

Jacksonville, Fla. - Senior Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand) and sophomore Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand) are each one step away from a trip to the NCAA Championships. Both athletes advanced in their heats of the 1,500 to Saturday's quarterfinals.

Van Dalen took second in the fourth heat in 4:23.97.

Speakman finished third in heat three with a time of 3:47.91.

The top five from each of the four heats plus the next best four times advanced to the quarters. The top five from the two heats plus the next two best times will advance to the NCAA Championships at Drake.

Sophomore Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and senior Patricia Barry (Tipperary, Ireland) competed at their first NCAA regional. Burne ran a 4.33.25 in the 1,500 (11th in heat four) and Barry took 35th in the 10,000 (37:04.02).