Bowling Green State University’s Aliyah Gustafson and Rachel Walny concluded their seasons Thursday evening at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Gustafson finished 15th in the shot put and Walny placed 18th in the 10,000.
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For Gustafson, the result makes her a second team All-American for the second time in her career, adding to the same honor from the indoor national championship this year. She was an honorable mention All-American during the 2016 outdoor season. Walny earned honorable mention All-American status for the second consecutive year in the 10,000.
- Aliyah Gustafson finished 15th in the shot put with a distance of 16.47m (54-feet-0.5).
- Gustafson’s best toss was her first and she was sitting in ninth place after that throw, the would-be last spot to finals.
- She was unable to improve upon her distance on her second throw and dropped to 10th place. Once again, Gustafson could not improve on that opening throw on her third attempt, dropping to 15th.
- Gustafson’s finish was nine spots higher than she finished at the outdoor national championships two years ago when she made her first appearance. She did not qualify a year ago.
- Rachel Walny placed 18th in the 10,000 with a time of 34:19.02.
- At the 3,000m mark, Walny was sitting in last place but she slowly worked her way up the leaderboard over the final 7,000 meters.
- Walny’s 18th place finish equals her result from a year ago when she also placed 18th.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
- “There were a lot of positives to the year. Starting during indoor season, we placed third at the MAC Championships and Aliyah Gustafson became our first qualifier to nationals since 2001. Then, we had two athletes here for the first time in 20 years and we have to be appreciative of that. We have a young, talented group coming back next year.” – Head Coach Lou Snelling