Geneva, OH – Freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) finished second in her 800-meter run heat with another school record run to earn a spot in Saturday's title race at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, hosted by Mount Union at the SPIRE Institute.
Packard reset her own record with a time of 2:10.56, an improvement of .26 from her performance at the MIT Last Chance meet. The rookie, who's time would have been fifth in last year's race, is in the hunt for All-America accolades. Junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA), meanwhile, will go in the books as the 17th-place runner with a time of 2:13.37 in the same event.
Today's heat winners were last year's champion Emily Richards of Ohio Northern, runner up Carmen Mejia of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and fifth-place Washington U's Annalise Wagner. The 1:50pm race also includes regional foes Ayden Eickhoff from Bates and Yvonne Bungei from Williams.
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