Varsell Earns 4th All-America Award with 5th-Place Finish in NCAAs

PUEBLO, Colo. – For the fourth time in her career, Bentley University junior Amy Varsell (Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills HS) has earned Division II All-America honors.

The latest came Saturday night when the Falcon athletic and academic standout finished fifth in the 800 meters at the 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field Championships at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo.

In windy conditions, Varsell finished in 2:12.70, just getting nosed out for fourth place by Ayesha Rumble of Abilene Christian (2:12.65). Lexi Williams of Minnesota-Duluth captured the championship in 2:11.46 and Jaylen Rodgers of Angelo State followed her across the finish line, in 2:11.60.

It looked like Grand Valley State's Chanelle Caldwell was going to run away with the race as she opened a commanding lead and the rest of the field appeared to be in a battle for second.  However, Caldwell tailed off significantly and finished a distant eighth in the nine-time field.

Varsell ran second or third for most of the race and entered the stretch run in contention for the championship.

Varsell previously finished third in the 2012 indoor 800 and fourth in both the indoor and outdoor 800 in 2011.

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

 Meet Record: * 2:02.48  5/26/1990   Teena Colebrook, Cal Poly SLO             

    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points        

Finals                                                                         

  1 Lexi Williams             SR Minnesota-Duluth       2:11.46   10           

  2 Jaylen Rodgers            FR Angelo State           2:11.60    8           

  3 Melissa Agnew             JR U-Mary                 2:12.24    6           

  4 Ayesha Rumble             JR Abilene Christian      2:12.65    5           

  5 Amy Varsell               JR Bentley                2:12.70    4           

  6 Alycia Wright             SR Saginaw Valley         2:13.69    3           

  7 Twishana Williams         JR Lincoln (Mo.)          2:15.03    2           

  8 Chanelle Caldwell         SR Grand Valley St.       2:17.89    1           

  9 Amanda Putt               JR Hillsdale              2:23.75         

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