Weigel Seventh In 1500, Earns All-America Honors

Weigel Seventh In 1500, Earns All-America Honors

Canton, N.Y. - Sophomore Maya Weigel (pictured) finished in seventh place out of 22 qualifiers in the 1500 meters to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Women's Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon at St. Lawrence University. 

Weigel finished the race in 4:30.75 to finish in the top eight for All-America honors. She was six-tenths of a second ahead of eighth place and a comfortable 1.5 seconds ahead of ninth place to safely pass the All-America cutoff. Tricia Serres of Luther finished in first place with a 4:26.30. 

It was the second All-America honor of the year for Weigel, who also earned the distinction in the spring during cross country season, finishing 22nd at the NCAA Championships after winning the West Regional (the top 36 earn All-America in cross country). She is the first Sagehen to earn dual All-America honors in both sports in the same calendar year since Annie Lydens in 2009-10, who finished ninth in cross country and third in the 5000 during track and field season.

Weigel also qualified for the finals in the 5000 meters, which she ran less than three hours later, but didn't have the same energy level and finished in 18th place with a time of 17:47.48 (Melissa Skiba of Cal Lutheran won in 17:04.04). Weigel only started running the 5000 competitively in April and had a personal best time of 17:07.69 at the Azusa Pacific Invitational on a day that she didn't run the 1500 first.

Junior Ailene Nguyen also qualified for the nationals for Pomona-Pitzer in the long jump for the third year in a row, ending in 18th place with a top jump of 17 feet, four inches, falling short of qualifying for finals. 

Weigel and Nguyen will return to the Sagehens next year and will look to add to their accolades.