Bellarmine University’s Meghan Roby didn’t let her title of All-American collect any dust.
On Friday at the Division II NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Roby motored to 11th place in the 400-meter dash preliminaries at the Robert W. Plaster Center on Pittsburg State (Kan.) University’s campus. While she didn’t advance to the finals, which are reserved for the top eight in the prelims, Roby did earn second-team All-America distinction by placing in the 9-12 range.
This is Roby’s third All-America accolade in track and field, which trails only the four amassed by Meghan Jones. As a freshman, she gained one first-team All-America honor in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in relay events.
Roby was seeded 16th out of 18 qualifiers in the 400. Judging by that, she certainly placed better than anticipated, zooming past the finish line in 55.39. Shorter’s Ayana Walker won the event in 53.41.
“She competed well and was not rattled at all by the environment,” Bellarmine Coach Aaron McAndrew said of Roby. “She could have executed a little better at the cut-in and could have run a little faster, but it would not have affected her making the finals. She gave it everything she had and finished ahead of her seed, and we gained valuable experience that will help her as we head into the outdoor season.”
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