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IU’s Pease earns All-American honors

IU’s Pease earns All-American honors
IU’s Pease earns All-American honors
Indiana University’s Sarah Pease, right, jumps over a barrier Saturday during the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Nationals in Eugene, Ore. Photo by Indiana University Athletics (click for larger version)

For the second-straight season, Sarah Pease has earned All-American honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, representing Indiana University last weekend. The South Central Junior-Senior High School graduate, who is a junior for the Hoosiers, improved from a seventh-place finish in 2009 to fourth in 2010 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
In the steeplechase, Pease finished in the same position she spent most of the race, taking fourth with a time of 9:56.91. The time improves her own school record by more than two seconds.
Pease earned Indiana’s fourth All-America certificate in the event and is the only Hoosier ever to score points at the national meet in the steeplechase. Pease was just five seconds out of second place in the race. The junior is the highest outdoor placer in an event longer than 800 meters for Indiana since Colette Goudreau posted a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters in 1987.
Bridget Franek, a senior from Penn State, was first with a time of 9:38.86.
The Indiana women scored 16 points in the meet for 16th place, and the Hoosier men finished the meet with 13.5 points for 20th place.
To qualify for the NCAA Championships, Pease turned in a solid performance at the NCAA East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C.
Pease won her heat of the steeplechase in 10:13.09. She was six seconds ahead of the second-place runner in her heat and had the second-fastest time over the three heats.
At the Big 10 Championships in Bloomington on May 15, Pease clocked a then-school-record time of 9:59.16 to place second.
Pease improved on a third-place finish in the event last season. She was the first Hoosier to break 10 minutes in the event.
The Hoosiers’ season continues June 24 through 27 at the USA Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.