Slutsky, Stromhaug Earn NCAA Outdoor All-American Honors

Slutsky, Stromhaug Earn NCAA Outdoor All-American Honors

THE BASICS:

- Location: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

- The Lead: On day one of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the No. 8 ranked MIT women's track and field team picked up a pair of All-American honors as the Engineers are tied for 12th overall in the three-day event with a total of four points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Junior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 144 feet, nine inches as she picks up her first career All-American honor in her second-straight NCAA nationals appearance. Her top throw came in her final attempt as she moved into the top eight overall. 

- Freshman Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.), who entered the championship as the No. 22 seed, placed eighth in a career-best clearance of 12 feet, 7.5 inches. This marked the second All-American honor of the year for Stromhaug as she also earned the distinction at the NCAA indoor championship. Senior Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) capped off her collegiate career on Thursday, placed 12th overall in the event with a height of 12 feet, 5.5 inches as she posted her career-best performance after coming in as the No. 17 seed nationally.

- Freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.), who was the top-seeded freshman in the country, won her heat and posted the top time of the day in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 10:44.81 to advance to the final. She led by almost 80 meters late in the race before finishing nearly 13 seconds ahead of the runner-up in the prelims.

- Junior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) advanced to the final of the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday as she finished seventh overall in the prelims with a time of 1:01.70.

- Freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) nearly qualified for the final in the 1,500 meters, finishing in a time of 4:34.70 in her heat. Placing as the second freshman in the field, Bacher came into the meet with the No. 23 time in the country and missed advancing to the final by just .47 seconds.

- In the long jump, junior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) finished 12th overall with a jump of 17 feet, 11.5 inches, while junior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) placed 22nd overall in the 10,000 meters with a time of 38:40.29.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action over the next two days as the Engineers compete at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Next up for the Engineers is Chen competing in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon.

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