NCAA Championships Results
DES MOINES, Iowa - To give you a sense of how competitive the 800 is at the NCAA Championships, consider this: Penn senior Jesse Carlin entered the meet with the school record, at 2:05.47 (nearly three full seconds ahead of the second-best time in program history).
Thursday night at Drake University, in an NCAA semifinal heat, she nearly matched her record time, clocking 2:05.88.
It still was not enough to advance her.
Carlin's attempt to earn All-America honors for the second time in the distance this year was thwarted by a pair of blistering semifinal heats Thursday, as she finished fifth in her heat and was unable to advance to Saturday's 800 final.
The top three runners from each of the two heats automatically advanced, with the last two spots to be filled by the next two best times. As it turned out, those times came from the fourth-place finisher in each heat, as Tennessee's Phoebe Wright clocked 2:04.38 in the first heat and Brigham Young's Carlee Clark-Platt was timed in 2:04.10 in the second.
While Carlin's career came to an ending two days earlier than she might have liked, it does not diminish the outstanding career she had. Carlin graduated with five individual school records, and seven others as part of relay teams. She was a two-time All-America earlier this year, and this spring pulled off a rare triple with wins in the 800 at the Heptagonal, ECAC, and NCAA East Regional Championships.