GRINNELL, Iowa - Senior Katie McKay earned All-America status with a sixth-place finish in the final of the 800-meter run on Saturday at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships, held at the Grinnell College Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center.
McKay, who entered the race seeded eighth follow Friday's preliminaries, finished in a time of 2:13.98. The field stayed fairly tight for the first three quarters of the race with McKay in the middle of the pack. The pack began to disperse over the final quarter of the race as the three leading runners began to separate from the group.
McKay finished just behind Laurisa Titterud from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, who placed fifth with a time of 2:13.88. Michelle Dobbs of the University of Chicago won the race with a time of 2:11.34.
McKay, the 2016 USTFCCCA West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year, ran a time of 2:13.93 during Friday's preliminaries and qualified for the final with a fourth-place finish in her heat. Sophomore Kayla Leland placed ninth in the same heat with a time of 2:21.52.
The preliminaries field was composed of 17 competitors in two heats, with the top eight times advancing to the finals. The top eight finishers earned All-America status. McKay became the first Whitworth All-American performer at the indoor national championships since Casey Monahan placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles during 2014.
With the indoor season officially concluded, the Pirates turn their full attention to the outdoor season. Whitworth has already competed in two outdoors meets and continues the season on Thursday and Friday by hosting the Buc Scoring/Combined Event Invite at the Whitworth Pine Bowl.