Barowski Finishes 5th in the 800 #NCAATF Final
Day 2 Recap
EUGENE, Ore. (6/11/16) - Senior Cecilia Barowski finished fifth in the women’s 800 at 2:03.09 at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
This is Barowski’s best finish in the NCAA Championships, after finishing sixth in the indoor championship this year and finishing 19th at the 2015 outdoor championships.
Barowski was in eighth at the bell and started the make her move with 200 meters to go. She gained ground and past three runners on the outside on the way to the finish line.
“I think I was really nervous and so hyper focused that it just happened in front of me,” Barowski said. “I wanted to be in a position like this for so long, and it got a little bit away…until the last 200 meters. I think I was a little passive the first 600 meters but thought I’d have a little bit more than I did a bit sooner and it was just sort of flat.”
This was the first race Barowski has not finished in first in this season, including all three of her NCAA races, in which she won the prelims at 2:04.85, the quarterfinals at 2:03.64 and Thursday’s semifinal at 2:03.50.
Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers defended her national title at 2:00.75. Barowski beat Rogers in the semifinals on Thursday. Stanford’s Olivia Baker was second at 2:02.65, BYU’s Shea Collinsworth third at 2:02.83 and Stanford Claudia Saunders fourth at 2:02.99. Barowski edged Anima Banks of Duke by two thousandths of a second 2:03.087 to 2:03.089 for fifth. LSU’s Morgan Schuetz was seventh at 2:03.72 and Washington’s Baylee Mires rounded out the final at 2:03.92.
This won’t be Barowski’s last race, and won’t be her last race here at Historic Hayward Field. Barowski will race in the US Olympic Trials in July here in Eugene, after qualifying in April with a time of 2:02.62.
Barowksi holds a remarkable 11 Princeton records and is a six-time Ivy League Heps champion. She has been a runner-up four times and has scored in an incredible six other events. In all, she has scored 118 total points for her team at Heps, including relays, and 68 singlehandedly.
In the race before Barowski's, Princeton alum Jasmine Blocker '15 took seventh in the 400 final at 53.14 She will be back here in Eugene in July as well as she posted the Olympic qualifying time in the 400 at 51.66.