EUGENE, Oregon – For the rest of her life Dartmouth senior Megan Krumpoch can literally say she saved her best for last, setting a new school record in the 800m national final Friday evening at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, running a 2:03.82 at Historic Hayward Field.
Krumpoch passed three other competitors in the final 100 meters to take fifth place in the event and earn All-America status for the third time in 2014.
The old record of 2:04.61 — set at the 2014 NCAA East Regional — lasted just two weeks before Krumpoch bested the mark and became just the seventh Ivy League woman to run a sub-2:04 during a collegiate career.
“I knew it was going to be a fast race,” Krumpoch said. “I just wanted to put myself in a good position at the end where I could make a move and get by some people. I am pleased with how that worked out for me today.”
In front of 10,104 spectators in the facility known as ‘Track Town USA’, Krumpoch ran out of lane 1 after earning the final at-large spot during Wednesday’s semifinals. Boxed in and in eighth after 600m, the senior from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, saw daylight on the inside and passed Kansas State’s Sonia Gaskin at the final turn, setting up the exciting finale.
In the last straightaway, Krumpoch passed Alexis Panisse of Tennessee and Stanford’s Amy Weissenbach, putting herself in the heart of the pack and earning the first points of the meet for the Big Green women, picking up four with her placement on the podium.
Krumpoch is the first Dartmouth woman ever to reach the final in 800m during outdoor season, but the senior is no stranger to running the event on a national level.
During the indoor championship meet at New Mexico in March, Krumpoch placed sixth in the event. She was also on the women’s distance medley relay team that placed eighth at indoors. Friday’s performance was her third All-America recognition of 2014 and the fourth of her stellar Dartmouth career.