McDonough Undergrad Becomes National Track Champion
When senior Emily Infeld walked into the Jacksons Track Center in Nampa, Idaho on March 10, she walked in as a nine-time All-American with one race ahead of her. She walked out as an NCAA Champion and now a 10-time All-American after winning the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:15.44 at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Boise State.
"I'm still in shock," exclaimed the business major following the race. "I'm so excited and I'm really happy that everything worked out and I was able to learn from my race yesterday.
"Coach Milt and I talked about the DMR yesterday and after that we decided to focus on this race and looking forward. My strategy was to stay relaxed for most of the race and really work on the last kick through the final 80 meters of the race and I'm just so happy that it worked out."
Infeld started the race with the group on the high end of the track and tucked into fifth place following the stagger. She kept in the top half of the race through the first mile and as the pace stayed consistent, Infeld started to make her move over the last 800 meters.
Infeld stayed with the lead foursome and on bell lap, as the field kicked, Infeld was just looking for the best spot to make her move. She made an attempt on the inside as she ran against the rail, threading through the lead runner on the inside and two making an attempt high on the outside. As she slipped by, she went on the outside of the lead runner and never looked back.
Her time of 9:15.44 is a new facility record at the Jacksons Track Center, breaking the previous record by more than 14 seconds.