Amanda Mergaert narrowly missed out on representing the US at the World Championships
June 22, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa – Utah's Amanda Mergaert finished seventh this afternoon in the finals of the 1500 meters at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. She finished with the second-fastest time by a collegiate runner in the event.
"I just never stop being surprised at what she can do," head coach Kyle Kepler said."I could see in her face this morning that she was going to try and do something special. From the beginning of the race her body langauge was phenomenal. I'm so proud of her and everything she has accomplished."
The senior All-American had qualified for the finals after placing eighth in the semifinals on Thursday with a time of 4:15.54. She advanced to this afternoon's heat by six one-hundredths of a second and had the third-fastest time of any collegiate runner.
Today, Mergaert led until the final 600 meters and ran 4:30.99, finishing just a little more than one second off the time that would have sent her to Moscow for the World Championships.
A few weeks ago, Mergaert became only the second Ute to earn All-American honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track as she finished third in the 1500 meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mergaert eclipsed her best time of the season by running 4:14.30 and becoming the seventh Utah outdoor track and field All-American.
Mergaert was one of five NCAA student-athletes this season to finish in the top 15 during the cross country championships and also earn All-American honors in both indoor and outdoor track. She also became the first All-American for Utah in the 1500m since 1982 (Carla Pittelkow).