June 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah track and field's Rosalie Waller became the first All-American in the 800 meters by earning honorable mention this evening at the NCAA Outdoor Championships from Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
"To see where she is now from where she started, not even running this particular event until her sophomore year, that's so impressive," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "She developed over four years without red-shirting and that's a credit to her fortitude and perseverance. I would also give some credit to Coach Bockman as well for working with her.
What Rosalie does in the classroom (3.99 GPA in bio medical engineering) combined with everything she's done, she is an amazing person. She has no limits and I wouldn't be surprised with anything she does. She has remained humble throughout all of this and is just every coach's dream."
In her first trip to the NCAA Championships, Waller finished sixth in her semifinal heat with a time of 2:06.45. At the NCAA Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark., she placed third in the quarterfinals with a time of 2:04.76.
"The pace was slightly quicker than it usually is," Kepler said. "She laid back and made her move where she had been the last couple of races. Unfortunately, she got pushed out wide. If she were on the rail at the start, she would have been fine but she was in a tough lane. Her group was by far the deepest and it was a fight with everyone bunched up from the beginning."
Earlier this season, Waller ran the 800m in 2:04.71 at the Drake Relays, setting a new school record.
She also finished second at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash. (2:07.20).