College Track and Field Barefoot

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    Some news from Friday/Saturday:

    Friday at the Sun Belt Conference outdoor track championship meet, South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe competed in the women's 10,000 meter race. She finished 10th in a time of 40:31.91. Ran the race in shoes instead of her normal taped bare feet (long distance involved).
    Nicole and Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen are both competing in the women's 5000 meter race Sunday evening. Not sure if either or both of them will be allowed to run barefooted in the race. (Conference usually pretty strict in regard to requiring spikes to be worn at conference outdoor meet - they did allow Nicole to compete in bare feet at indoor conference meet,FYI.)

    Update on Hawkeye CC's Joanna Topham. School announced on their Twitter page this morning that she is competing next weekend at the NJCAA national outdoor track meet in the women's steeplechase event only.(She will run in spikes -also coming off ankle injury)
     
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    Sunday:

    At the Sun Belt Conference outdoor track and field championship meet in Texas:

    Women's 5000 meter race - Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen and South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe ran in the race. Nicole finished 19th out of close to 40 competitors in the race, while Lisha dropped out of the race early due to the heat and humidity down in Texas.
    Lisha wore spikes in the race, but Nicole ran barefooted (taped feet). Don't think it was a coincidence.

    I took a couple of screenshots off of a story on Coastal Carolina's IG page and am posting these on the Facebook page showing that Nicole did indeed run barefoot.
     
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    From the NJCAA national outdoor meet this past weekend (May 17-19):

    Hawkeye CC freshman runner Joanna Topham finished 18th on Friday in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase event out of 23 competitors with a time of 12:48.03(in spikes- bad ankle).

    Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorekwe finished 6th in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase event on Friday with a time of 9:38.63 running barefoot. He finished 9th in his heat and 13th overall Saturday in the men's 5000 meter race(also in bare feet).

    Mesa CC freshman Quin Johnson had the busiest weekend.
    She ran the anchor leg of the 4x800 relay in 2:22.88 barefoot as the relay finished 7th in 9:48.06 on Thursday.
    Friday, she started by running the prelims in the women's 1500 meters. She finished 2nd in her heat and 3rd overall with a time of 4:50.83 running barefoot. She qualified for the finals. She then competed in the women's 800 prelims, but she struggled badly as the hot temps in the air and on the track in Kansas forced Quin to run the race in spikes instead of her usual bare feet. Quin finished last out of 9 in her heat and 25th overall out of 27 competitors with a time of 2:32.59(DNQ for finals).

    Saturday, she competed in her last race of the year in the women's 1500 meter final. She was back on the track in her bare feet in the race as she finished 10th with a time of 5:02.72.

    I have already posted two photos of Quin from Friday 1500 prelims w/her bare feet and will post a pic from the Saturday 1500 final of Quin with bare feet on the Facebook page.

    This ends the track season as neither Nicole van der Merwe(South Alabama) or Lisha van Onselen(Coastal Carolina) qualified for the NCAA regional prelims in their respective events, thus ending their seasons.
     
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