The Times West Virginian

June 13, 2010

WVU’s Hamric, Bland race to All-America

Times West Virginian

EUGENE, Ore. — Seniors Karly Hamric and Keri Bland raced to All-America honors Saturday afternoon in the finals of the 1,500-meter race at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Hamric, a Bruceton Mills native, earned her first honor of the season with a sixth-place finish, crossing the line with a time of 4:17.78.

“Karly Hamric has now become the highest placed 1,500-meter finisher in WVU’s history,” WVU coach Sean Cleary said. “What a year, Big East Champion, NCAA runner-up and now she leaves Eugene as the third-best American Collegiate mile runner. It’s simply outstanding.”

Bland, earned her fourth honor of the season, by virtue of finishing as one of the top U.S. citizens. The Fairview native and North Marion graduate finished ninth with a time of 4:19.98.

This marks the second time in her career that Bland has earned All-America honors in three sports in one season. Her first honor of the season came in cross country as she placed 34th (20:45). Bland then earned two honors in the indoor season, first as a member of the eighth-place (11:16.39) distance medley relay team. She then finished eighth in the mile with a time of 4:42.79.  

“Keri and Karly used to battle for bragging rights against each other in high school in the 800-meter race,” Cleary admits. “Now they are leaving the championships with All-America status and great memories together.”

WVU finished the meet in 16th place with 16 team points.