Bobcats’ Demorest earns second-team All-American honors

EUGENE, Ore. — Heather Demorest claimed second-team All-America honors after placing 11th in the 3000 steeplechase finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this afternoon. The senior crossed the finish line in 10:01.68, knocking another second off of her school record.

The pace was almost 20 second faster than the semifinals were on Thursday, as Colleen Quigley of Florida State ran a pace of 9:29.54 to win the event. Demorest came into the meet ranked 21st and pulled away for an 11th place finish.

“She’s accomplished a lot over her five years,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “What a great senior year for her. I really can’t say enough about her and the mark she left on the program. She’s mentored a lot of younger runners and really set the bar high for the future. She was just a small town kid and went all the way to the moon in this sport and I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

The Darby native finished her career in Blue and Gold, but her name will be at the top of the record books on several occasions. Demorest owns the 3000 steeplechase record in addition to a spot on the distance medley relay team. She holds the second spot in the 1500 and the indoor 5000 and remains in the top 10 in several other events.

— MSU Sports Information

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