NCAA Track and Field Championships
NCAA Championships Central
Rhode Island junior Lotte Black became the first track individual to advance to the NCAA Championship final in the 1500 meters Thursday night in Austin, Texas. Black shattered her previously held record of 4:17.28, crossing the finish line in 4:13.03 for seventh in her heat and ninth overall. Black will compete in the finals on Saturday, June 8th at 6:41 p.m. EST.
Black is just the fourth individual to advance to the final rounds in program history. The others to reach the final round include current throwing coach Crystal Bourque (Hammer, 2011), Jasmine Jennings (Hammer, 2008; Hammer, 2009) and Sarah Thornton (Hammer, 2008).
The Ambler, Pa. native continues her record-setting year in 2019. Her most recent 1500 meter time was the eighth record she has set during her junior campaign. During the outdoor season, she raked in three A-10 Track Performer of the Week accolades and broke four school records in the four meets she competed in for Rhody. She was crowned champion in both the 1500 meters and 800 meters at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championship on her way to being named the Track Performer of the Year by the league. She broke three school records in the indoor season, and was named to both the Indoor and Outdoor Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference teams. A two-time winner at the A-10 Indoor Championships - mile and 1000 meter - Black was also named the Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship Performer of the Meet.