June 10, 2006
Sacramento, CA-- Senior Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) ran in the finals of the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships on Friday and placed sixth with a time of 10:06.83. Willard's finish gives her All American status for the second time in her collegiate career and sets both a new school and personal record. Willard first became an All-American with the Distance Medley Relay's eighth place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
Willard qualified for today's finals after finishing third in her preliminary heat on Thursday. Willard ran a tactical race today and used her 800m speed to pass three people in the final 300m.
Meanwhile, senior co-captain Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) finished second in her flight of the triple jump on Friday with a leap of 13.16m (43'2.25") and qualified for the finals where she placed tenth overall with a jump of 12.69m (41'11.5"). Grovey has proven her leadership and toughness throughout the entire season as she has been hindered by a stress fracture for months. However, her finals mark was still strong enough to earn her All-American honors as two athletes ahead of Grovey were not citizens of the United States. Competition in the preliminary round yesterday upped Grovey's pain level and she was unfortunately not able to get to full speed on the runway in Saturday's finals.
Both Willard and Grovey concluded extremely successful athletic careers at Brown this weekend. Grovey has captained the track team for two years and is the school record holder in the triple jump both indoor and outdoor and also broke onto the top ten board in the long jump. She is the Heps meet record holder indoors for the triple jump, four-time NCAA Regional qualifier, four-time Heptagonal triple jump champion, earned All-American honors for 2005-06, was named Academic All-Ivy and the Northeast Region's Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. Willard is a two-time All-American in track and is the school record holder in the outdoor 800m, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m, and the indoor school record holder in the 1000m. Willard is also part of the school record holding 4x800m and distance medley relay teams for both indoor and outdoor track. Additionally, Willard captained the 2005 women's cross country team and led them to their highest finish at the Heptagonal Championships in four years.