Balouris Earns All-America Honors In 10,000 Meters
EUGENE, Ore. – It was a great start for the CAA on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday night.
William and Mary junior Elaina Balouris finished 10th in the nation in the 10,000 meters, posting a time of 34:13.53. The race was won by Iowa State's Betsy Saina in 33:08.85, while the eighth-place finisher ran 34:03.35 for the final team point.
Balouris' performance represented a seven-place improvement over her seed coming into the night, and a nine-place improvement over her performance in last year's NCAA final. It was also the best-ever place for the junior, besting her 13th-place showing at the NCAA cross country championships last fall. With her 10th-place finish, Balouris earned second-team All-America honors from the USTFCCCA, and now has three All-American certificates in the last calendar year. Her time of 34:13.53 was the fifth-best ever for a Tribe runner, and the third-best of Balouris' career.
George Mason senior continued his quest for a national title by advancing to the finals of the 400m dash.
Verburg ran the fastest time of the day in heat 1, crossing the finish line in a season-best time of 45.19. The time was nearly 0.2 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore (45.36).
Verburg will next take to the track on Friday at 9:05 p.m. EST on his quest for Mason’s first national title in the event since 1995 when Greg Haughton took home the title.
He will also compete again on Thursday as a member of the men’s 4x400m relay. The men’s relay will run at 9:40 p.m., while George Mason's women’s 4x400m relay takes to the track immediately before at 9:20 p.m.