DES MOINES, Iowa – Senior Dacia Barr earned All-America honors on day four of competition at the NCAA Championships for Arkansas Lady Razorback track and field. Arkansas finished 22nd in the team standings with 11 points.
"Dacia (Barr) ran brilliantly," head coach Lance Harter said. "It was one of the fastest races in collegiate history and she ran perfectly according to the race plan. It was a little windy so all of the runners were battling that element. She got another big PR and was so close to the school record. I think, with good conditions at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, she has a great chance of breaking Christin Wurth-Thomas’ school record."
Barr, who repeated her finish from the event in 2007, was the fourth runner to cross the line in the 1,500-meter finals. In one of the fastest 1,500-meter races in collegiate history, she clocked a time of 4:11.02, her third PR of the season and the second-fastest time in school history. The top two finishers, Hannah England of Florida State and Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech, were both below the previous meet record of 4:06.75.
"I can’t be too upset because I had another PR," Barr said. "I did want to finish higher but that was a tough race and a great field. It was a really quick race in windy conditions. I’m hoping to keep this momentum going as I train for the trials. With good conditions in Eugene, I hope to break the 4:10 mark."
Many current and former Lady’Backs will compete in the US Olympic Trials, June 26-July 7, at Oregon’s Hayward Field. For complete results of the NCAA Championships, visit www.ladybacks.com.