EUGENE, Ore. – Dartmouth senior Helen Schlachtenhaufen will compete in her first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship Meet on Thursday evening.
The senior is in Oregon at Hayward Field, competing in the 1500m semifinals Thursday at 7:46 p.m. EDT looking for a bid to run for the national championship in Saturday's final set to get underway at 6:41 p.m. EDT.
The Lake Forest, Illinois, native punched her ticket to Eugene and Tracktown USA by winning the NCAA East Regional's 1500m national quarterfinal in Kentucky last weekend. Schlachtenhaufen ran a 4:11.15 to finish first overall in the field of 24. In the first round of the event two days earlier, the senior ran a 4:22.85 and was 13th in the initial field of 48.
Not only was her quarterfinal performance an incredible 11-second improvement from her first run in Kentucky, it was the best time of any student-athlete running in the event from either the east or west regional meets.
Additionally, it was also a new Dartmouth program record — an impressive feat given the names of All-Americans who have come through the program in Schlachtenhaufen's discipline in recent years — as well as the third-best time in the nation this season.
This is the senior's first foray to the NCAA meet during either indoor or outdoor season in any event. As a sophomore in 2014, Schlachtenhaufen competed in the national championship in cross country.
Fans looking to follow Schlachtenhaufen can do so on the ESPN family of networks. Thursday's race will be carried on ESPN2, while Saturday's final can be seen on ESPN.
Were Schlachtenhaufen to make and compete in Saturday's final, the period immediately following her race becomes a sprint across the country as she is set to graduate from Dartmouth Sunday morning in Hanover.