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Mills Places 10th At NCAA Outdoor Championships In 5000 Meters

Mills Places 10th At NCAA Outdoor Championships In 5000 Meters

NCAA 5000 Meters - Final Results

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Bridgewater junior Olivia Mills placed 10th Saturday in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Championship Meet hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

"Olivia ran a good race," Bridgewater assistant track coach Brian Flynn said. "It was a really slow pace which is really not her style, but she ran well. As you would expect at the national championships, the people she were running against were the real deal."

According to Flynn, Saturday's pace was typical of a 5K championship event.

"Typically in the 5K at this level, you're probably not going to run a personal best," Flynn explained. "Today for the first 2K they were probably running at about an 18:30 pace. No one wants to be the one to go out and set the pace. The 5K at this level is a much more tactical race."

The 10th place finish left Mills just short of earning All-American honors as the top eight were recognized as All-Americans.

Hopefully, according to Flynn, the 10th place finish will set Mills up for a strong senior season.

"Olivia qualified for nationals in cross country and the outdoor 5K and 1500 and she really ran well at the national level," Flynn said of his standout runner who placed in the Top 50 at the cross country national meet this past fall.

"Running at the national meets this season has certainly been a good experience for her. I'm confident she can take another step forward next season and once again be in the mix for All-American honors."