BRADENTON, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Colett Rampf set a new personal best time on her way to a third-place finish in Friday night's women's 3000m steeplechase final at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at IMG Academy Field.
Rampf posted a time of 10:04.60, running the sixth-fastest time in meet history and besting her previous personal record by nearly seven seconds.
Western State (Colo.) sophomore Alicja Konieczek won the race with a time of 9:55.39, while Minnesota-Duluth senior Breanna Colbenson finished just ahead of Rampf in second place with a time of 10:02.12.
"Perfectly executed race," declared Kent Reiber, Saint Leo's head cross country and track coach. "We told her going in that it was probably going to go out a little hard, but she didn't have to do anything exceptional to do well today. She just had to run normal, and that's what she did – she ran what she has been doing consistently."
"The coaches have put in a lot of work and Colett has put in a lot of work to get to this point, and we still have tomorrow to go. We're excited, we're going to celebrate this moment, but then we're going to get ready for tomorrow," said Reiber.
Rampf still has one more race to run at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships; she will compete in the women's 5000m run on Saturday night at 8:05 p.m.
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