May. 26, 2015
Eggleston Runs Her Way to All-American at NCAA Division II Championships
Central Washington University junior track and field standout Dani Eggleston earned All-America honors finishing 8th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championships.
Eggleston, who owns the school record in the event, eclipsed her own mark finishing with a time of 10:28.79, nearly five seconds faster than the following competitor, securing all-American standing, her first such accomplishment of her collegiate career.
"It felt pretty good to become an all-American," Eggleston said. "I have been waiting a long time for this and now that it is her it is very surreal."
In yesterday's preliminary race, Eggleston finished eighth overall clocking in at 10:35.21. Despite finishing in the top eight on Friday Eggleston knew it would take a great effort to repeat the finish in the finals.
"I was pretty confident after yesterdays run," Eggleston added. "I knew today was going to be tough and I knew I was physically capable of finishing top eight, but I had to make sure I was mentally tough. During the race I kept telling myself I was ready and I kept thinking of everyone at home who had been supporting me all year, which really helped."
Eggleston wraps up a fantastic season for the track and field team that placed four participants at Nationals and finished in the top three (both men and women) at the GNAC Championships.