NCAA Track Championships: Fitter Comes Up Short in 800-meter Prelims

CLAREMONT, CA.  5/25/12 – Keene State College's Maggie Fitter came up short in her bid to reach the finals of the 800-meter event at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College on Friday night.

Running in the first of three heats, Branford, a junior from Branford, Conn., finished fourth in her heat and 11th overall with a time of 2:11.43. She needed to place in the top-nine to earn a spot in Saturday's final.

Emily Schudrowitz, a senior from St. Norbert College posted the fastest qualifying time (2:07.84) in the third heat.

Fitter, who earned All-American as a member of the Owls indoor distance medley relay team as a sophomore, was making her first trip to the national meet after qualifying in an individual event.  She came into the race seeded in the 14th in the event.

Fitter had a strong outdoor season for KSC, winning the 800-meter races in the Little East, New England Division III and ECAC Championships.

Two Keene State athletes will be in the hunt for All-America honors on Saturday at Fritz B. Burns Stadium.  Senior Andrea Walsh will be looking to earn her first All-America in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and junior Glenn Guilmette (Kensington, N.H.) will try to earn his second consecutive All-America honor in the javelin after finishing fifth at last year's championship.