Nov. 12, 2006
Portland, OR - Gael harrier Karrie Hagedorn finished her season by competing in the NCAA Regionals this Saturday. Hagedorn finished the 6K race with a time of 24:54.
The NCAA Western Regionals featured some of the best competition in the nation, including No. 1 ranked and defending national champion Stanford. No. 7 UC Santa Barbara, No. 8 Arizona State and WCC Champion Portland University were also among the field.
Hagedorn came out of the gates in an impressive fashion. The junior was in the top half of the competition and set to run a new personal best time when she ran into bad luck. The week of rain had created less than favorable conditions on the course. Hagedorn hit a bad patch of deep mud that sucked her shoe right off of her foot. In a true showing of grit, determination and character Hagedorn tossed the show to her coach and ran the next 1500 meters with a bare foot. By the time Hagedorn could meet back with her coach and get her shoe on she had lost roughly 50 places.
Hagedorn finished the race with a time of 24:54 and place of 160th. Although Hagedorn's time and place were not what she was hoping for, she did have an inspiring race on Saturday. Hagedorn displayed the admirable athletic drive and character which led to her impressive junior campaign.
Overall, the race was won by Stanford and their lead runner Arianna Lambie with her time of 20:58. This marks the second straight year that Lambie has won the NCAA Western Regional.