June 5, 2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- It started slowly, but as predicted, the women’s 10,000 meters finished in a flash Wednesday at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Wisconsin senior Caitlin Comfort ran at the front early but faded late and claimed a 12th-place finish to earn second-team All-America honors in the event for the second-consecutive year. Comfort clocked in at 34 minutes, 35.42 seconds in her final race in a Badgers uniform.
Iowa State senior Betsy Saina won the national title in 33:08.85, with Wichita State senior Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton second in 33:14.12.
The duo paced the entire race, and Comfort ran in the top five through much of the early going of what was a plodding pace through the first two kilometers. Eventually things picked up as Saina and Tuliamuk-Bolton broke away from the rest of the field.
As things strung out, Comfort settled into a chase pack of runners in places 4-8. She hung on to that group as it picked up the ninth place runner, but she eventually slipped back and was absorbed by the second chase pack.
Comfort capped a career that saw her claim a pair of Big Ten championships in her final season, including the conference’s 10,000 meters crown last month in Columbus, Ohio.
The Badgers continue competition at Hayward Field on Thursday, with senior Dorcas Akinniyi and junior Deanna Latham getting underway in the heptathlon at 1 p.m. (CT). Sophomore Kelsey Card and senior Taylor Smith compete in the discus at 4 p.m., with Latham coming back to the track for the 100 hurdles semifinals at 7:05 p.m. and senior Ashley Beutler racing in the semis of the 3000 steeplechase at 7:35 p.m.