Palacio Competes in NCAA Indoor Track Championships
Second-Team All-American Jess Palacio
March 9, 2012
Nampa, Idaho. - Navy senior Jess Palacio (Sun Valley, Nev.) placed 16th in the prelims of the mile run at the 2012 NCAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship at Jacksons Indoor Track on Friday in Nampa, Idaho.
By placing 16th, Palacio will earn All-America Second Team honors from the USTFCCCA. The official USTFCCCA All-America teams will be formally released next week.
Palacio becomes the first female Midshipman to earn All-America honors in indoor track and field at the Division I level after also becoming the first female Midshipman to qualify for the national championships at the nation's highest level.
Palacio ran in the second of two preliminary heats and stayed with the pack through the first three laps before a recent hamstring injury caught up to her and she fell off the pace to place eighth in her heat and 16th overall at 4:52.66.
"She started to feel that hamstring on the third lap but she did a great job to finish the race," Navy distance coach Karen Boyle said. "She will be ready for the outdoor season and will be totally healthy."
Palacio hit the half-mile mark at 2:28.50, just .90 seconds off the lead, but was unable to stay with the lead pack as the race progressed.
The top ten runners in the field advanced to the finals of the mile run, which will be contested on Saturday night. Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen confirmed her top seed time by running the fastest prelim time, a 4:40.29.
Friday's NCAA mile marks the end of Palacio's illustrious indoor track and field career, in which she won 31 of 39 career races and set school records in the indoor 800m, 1,000m and mile run.
Palacio also competed in the 2011 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championship last fall and will have the opportunity to qualify for a third NCAA Championship in her senior year by advancing to the national outdoor track and field meet in June.
2012 NCAA Indoor Mile Run Prelim Results
Place Name School Time 1Q Lucy Van Dalen Stony Brook 4:40.29 2Q Morgane Gay Virginia 4:40.45 3Q K. Gillespie Arkansas 4:40.47 4Q Becca Friday Oregon 4:41.03 5Q Jordan Hasay Oregon 4:41.23 6Q Aisha Praught Illinois State 4:41.50 7q Hannah Brooks Florida State 4:41.96 8Q Agata Strausa Florida 4:42.17 9Q Anne Kesselring Oregon 4:42.34 10q Shannon Osika Michigan 4:43.12 11 Cory McGee Florida 4:45.30 12 Emily Lipari Villanova 4:46.66 13 Laura Carlyle Oregon State 4:46.93 14 J. Moultrie New Mexico 4:49.56 15 Heidi Gregson Iona 4:52.18 16 Jess Palacio Navy 4:52.66