PUEBLO, Colo. – Junior Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills HS), Bentley University's three-time All-America, won her heat in the preliminaries of the 800 meters Friday night in the NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Neta and Eddie DeRosa Thunderbowl, on the campus of Colorado Sate-Pueblo.
The finals will be Saturday evening at 8:55 pm ET (6:55 MT) with Varsell having the third best advancing time, 2:09.95. Seven of the finalists came out of heat one, and Varsell was one of only two to qualify from the second heat.
Varsell was in fifth place at the merge and gradually moved up into second, behind Grand Valley State's Chanelle Caldwell, who entered the meet with the nation's best time (2:07.74) and led virtually from the start. The Bentley standout caught and passed Caldwell over the final 50 meters, reaching the finish line eight-hundredths of a second before Caldwell.
The top two in the opening heat were Hillsdale's Amanda Putt and Lincoln (Mo.)'s Twishana Williams, with times of 2:09.63 and 2:09.77.
Putt, Caldwell and Varsell went 1-2-3, in that order, in the 800 at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in March.
NCAA Division II Championships
Colorado State - Pueblo
Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl - 5/24/2012 to 5/26/2012
Event 4 Women 800 Meter Run
Name Year School Prelims H#
1 Amanda Putt JR Hillsdale 2:09.63Q 1
2 Amy Varsell JR Bentley 2:09.95Q 2
3 Twishana Williams JR Lincoln (Mo.) 2:09.77Q 1
4 Chanelle Caldwell SR Grand Valley St. 2:10.03Q 2
5 Jaylen Rodgers FR Angelo State 2:09.97q 1
6 Melissa Agnew JR U-Mary 2:09.98q 1
7 Alycia Wright SR Saginaw Valley 2:10.52q 1
8 Lexi Williams SR Minnesota-Duluth 2:10.72q 1
9 Ayesha Rumble JR Abilene Christian 2:10.95q 1
10 Ewa Zaborowska FR Harding 2:11.13 2
11 Jennifer Shaffer SR Hillsdale 2:12.71 2
12 Valerie Sanchez JR Cal St. Los Angeles 2:13.61 2
13 Kaley Temaat SR Pittsburg St. 2:15.66 2
14 Taylor-Ashley Bean FR Virginia State 2:16.34 1
15 Rachel Webb JR Western State 2:17.15 2
16 Lindsay Bingaman SR Shippensburg 2:19.56 2
17 Amanda Raudabaugh SR Shippensburg 2:20.72 1
18 Sierra Clayton SR Virginia State 2:24.94 2