BYU's Angela Wagner would have needed a superhuman performance Friday to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. But she isn't going to complain about her results.
The sophomore from South Africa finished sixth in the event with a time of 10:06.05 her second-fastest time ever and good enough to earn All-America honors.
Colorado's Jenny Barringer won the event with a time of 9:29.10. Barringer's time set a new Drake Stadium record, an NCAA championship meet record and a collegiate record. It was also the fastest time recorded in the United States.
"She's amazing," Wagner said, referring to Barringer. "I have really learned a lot from her. It was an honor to run with her and an honor to compete in this event. I can't feel badly about finishing sixth. It was an incredible honor to be here. This has been such a great experience. It has been awesome."
Silje Fjortoft, a freshman from Southern Methodist, finished second with a mark of 9:55.54 while Penn State's Bridget Franek, Stanford's Lindsay Allen and Texas Tech's Irene Kimaiyo rounded out the top-five.
Senior Sariah Long from Weber State also competed in the steeplechase and finished eighth with a time of 10:07.77. The Cougars' Leif Arrhenius also earned All-American honors Friday with his performance in the men's discus throw. Arrhenius' mark of 57.27 meters was good for fourth place behind Kentucky's Rashaud Scott, Virginia's Yemi Ayeni and Liberty's Clendon Henderson.
Arrhenius said he was pleased with the results, but thought it could have been better.
"I could have thrown farther for sure, but I just didn't finish it," Arrhenius said. "I feel like I left some in the tank."
Chelsea Shapard from the University of Utah competed Friday, but struggled in the semifinals of the 400-meter hurdles. Shapard finished 15th with a time of 59.19. According to head coach Kyle Kepler, Shapard didn't get off to a fast start. She also hit the first hurdle, forcing her to play catch-up the rest of the way.
BYU's Carlee Clark-Platt did not compete Friday, but will take part in the 800-meter finals today.