SACRAMENTO, Calif. â€“ Junior Nicole Bush finished in sixth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning All-America honors and sophomore Jonathon Allen posted a tie for 12th to advance to Saturdayâ€™s final flight in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships on Friday.
â€œWe are excited about Jonâ€™s jumping,â€ director of track and field Walt Drenth said. â€œHe did a great job and created some energy to make the next round. We are excited about his chances in the finals. Once again, Nicole ran another great race. She was very assertive and she looked like she belonged out there with the best runners in the country.â€
Bush earned her second consecutive All-America accolade in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after posting a 9:56.68, breaking her own school record by nearly two seconds, which she set at Wednesdayâ€™s semifinals heat. This is the second consecutive race that the junior has broken the nine-minute mark.
Last year at the National Championships, Bush finished in fourth place in the same race, also earning the prestigious All-America award. She becomes the 38th Spartan woman to earn the accolade.
â€œI donâ€™t know if she could have ran a better race. Once again, she broke her own school record and had a personal-best time. Bush has made a lot of progress this past year. She has a lot of talent and has the chance to be a national champion if everything goes her way next year.â€