Wallace qualifies for NCAA Championships with school record time

Marshall Hampson

Lea Wallace and Renisha Robinson both qualified for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships by getting NCAA provisional times in the 800-meter run at the Last Chance Meet at University of Washington on Saturday.

The Last Chance Meet the last opportunity for athletes to reach a qualifying time for the NCAA Indoor Track Championships on March 12-13 in Arkansas.

Wallace placed first the 800 in 2:04.73, making it the seventh fastest in the nation and a new school record. Wallace also held the former school record.

Wallace’s teammate Robinson, finished second right behind Wallace with a time of 2:05.38 and was good enough for second in school history, also breaking Wallace’s old school record. Robinson missed the automatic bid time of 2:05.00 and will find out Tuesday if she made it into the championships.

The two beat out Cori Moore from Portland University and Zoe Buckman of University of Oregon in the finals by less than a second.

Robinson, along with her other teammates who made NCAA provisional times in any event throughout the season, will be waiting for Tuesday when the NCAA announces who will be going to Arkansas for the championships.

Marshall Hampson can be reached at mhampson@statehornet.com