Dallas grad Regan Rome qualifies for nationals during NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post | March 9th, 2016 2:07 pm

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

Dallas graduate Regan Rome qualified to end her winter season at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rome was scheduled to compete in the Saturday night, March 12 women’s 3,000-meter run at Birmingham.

The William & Mary sophomore is one of 16 in the event to qualify for the national championships.

Rome, the first William & Mary women’s runner to ever qualify for nationals in the 3,000, made it as the 11th seed.

After earning All-American honors in the fall by finishing 25th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Rome set career-bests in each of her three events during indoor track season.

Running at Penn State in January, Rome took more than three seconds off the 3,000-meter school record, finishing in 9:19.67. She ran the 5,000 meters in 15:58.07 at Iowa State. Rome lowered her 3,000 time to a new record of 9:09.74 at Boston University to qualify for nationals.

Rome is one of just seven women to rank in the top 20 in the nation in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

The top eight in each event earn first-team, All-American honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Those who finish between ninth and 16th make the second team.

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