Eugene, Or. - On Thursday evening, both Jacksonville's Michelle Howell and North Florida's Eden Meyer closed out their incredible collegiate careers at the NCAA Championship Finals.
A decorated career for Jacksonville University women's track and field came to a close Thursday evening as Michelle Howell competed at the NCAA Championship Finals at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Howell placed fifth in her heat and 15th overall in the 800-meter run semifinals in 2:06.34 to earn Second Team All-American honors.
"The quality of this meet is simply amazing, truly world class. I am so proud of Michelle's effort," stated Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Grigg. "She had an exceptional season and a memorable career. We look forward to watching her post-collegiate running experiences."
A two-time All-American, Howell also earned the distinction during the 2017 indoor season. A native of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., she is a six-time ASUN Conference Champion during the outdoor season, including a pair of titles in the 800 in 2016 and most recently in 2018. She also holds the second-quickest time in the event in program history – 2:04.37 – a time set at the NCAA East Prelims two weeks ago.
North Florida senior distance runner Eden Meyer capped her record-setting career with a 20th place finish in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championship.
AROUND THE TRACK
- Making her second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championship 10,000m, senior Eden Meyer clocked a time of 35:03.00 in her final race of her collegiate career
- Eden collected the field's fastest 400m split for the race's fifth lap (1600m to 2000m), running a time of 1:16.67
- The race featured a new NCAA Championship meet record time as well as the top six finishers all besting the previous meet record mark
Eden Meyer had a storybook career which included the following:
- 2nd team All-American honor
- ASUN Student-Athlete of the Year
- 3x NCAA Championship qualifier (2x 10k, 1x XC)
- 7x ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year (XC, ITF, OTF)
- 2x UNF Athlete of the Year
- 3x UNF Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- 14 ASUN gold medals
- 1 ASUN silver medal
- 2 ASUN bronze medals
- UNF Record Holder: Indoor 5000m, Outdoor 5000m, Outdoor 10,000m
The NCAA Championship marked the conclusion of the 2018 track and field season for UNF. The Ospreys will be off from competition until Cross Country season begins in the Fall.
PIGG'S POINTS (Comments from Head Coach Jeff Pigg)
"I'm so proud of all that Eden has accomplished over the past four years. She and Grace have both been so instrumental in helping build a clean living, hard working culture for our program. The race today was not quite what we hoped for but her career has been sensational. It will be exciting to see what she continues to do as a runner as I know there are some great races left in those legs."
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