Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, In. - Freshman Kaitlyn Fischer closed out her first season as a Tiger today, at a cold and muddy NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, IN. The SEC Freshman of the Year battled adversity and emerged with a 79th-place finish among 253 of the NCAA's top female distance athletes, crossing with a final time of 21:10.8 for the 6k course.
"Gutsy race. Coming in as a freshman for her first National experience, on a day like today when the course conditions were not easy, and hold her place as she did and grinding it out, she ran the perfect race," said Head Coach Joe Lynn. "I couldn't be more proud. She's definitely going to be hungry in the future; this is only the tip of the iceberg."
Fischer got out great from the line, tucking in off of the front pack and maintaining until some jostling around the 3k mark knocked her down for a few moments. Fischer was quickly back up, bloody knee and all, and resuming her position.
"She was running so well, that's why I didn't notice [the blood] at first. She just ran tough. Staying in the top 80 after that, it was a heck of a race," Lynn said.
Thus ends an impressive debut season for the Pevely-native, as she comes away with an SEC Freshman of the Week Award; All-SEC First Team, All-SEC Freshman Team, and All-Region finishes; as well as the award for SEC Freshman of the Year. She led the Tigers in five of her six meets this season, including to a winning performance at the Bradley Invitational, as well as their highest finishes yet at the SEC Championship (7th) and their highest NCAA Midwest Regional finish since 2006 (6th). Now, though, it is time for a well-deserved break before she prepares for the upcoming indoor track season.
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