Each year after the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association awards the prestigious All-America award to those athletes who place among the top 16. On Thursday night in Austin, the trio of Lauren Gale, Keira Christie-Galloway and Erinn Stenman-Fahey each earned their first All-American distinction.
Gale was the first to run, competing in the 4×100 metre relay with her Colorado State Ram teammates. As she has done all year, the freshman runner ran a strong leg on the back stretch, helping to propel the Rams to a fifth place finish in their semi-final and a new school record of 43.92 seconds. It was the fouth time the Rams had broken the school mark this season and this time it placed them 16th in the country to claim the final All-American spot.
Next on the track was Christie-Galloway who did not disappoint in posting the second fastest time of her life over the 100 metre hurdles. The Iowa State Cyclone crossed the line in 13.15 seconds to finish sixth in her heat and place 16th overall. The next focus for Christie-Galloway will be the upcoming World University Games set to take place in less than a month’s time in Naples, Italy.
The elder statesman of the group, Stenman-Fahey, closed out her collegiate career in the best way possible – with a new personal best. The Cyclone senior concluded in two lap tour of Mike A. Myers Stadium in two minutes and 5.11 seconds – 31 thousandths faster than she had ever done before. The result was a sixth place finish in her heat and third top 16 performance for the Lions.
Congratulations to our three All-American Canadians!