EUGENE, Ore. — Less than two weeks after her younger sister Bryn put the bow on her family’s running legacy, Makena Morley earned all-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Morley, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, placed 11th in the women’s 10,000-meter run, Thursday’s only track final at the outdoor championships. The eight-time Montana state track and field champion clocked a 33:28.66 in the 25-lap race Thursday evening. Her time set a new personal record.
Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi won the race in 32:09.20, a new meet record. The top six times each bested the old meet record of 32:28.57, set in 1988.
Morley placed eighth at the Pac-12 Championships, running a 33:42.64 to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor championships. Thursday’s second-team all-American finish was the latest in a long line of running accolades for Morley, who was a two-time all-American during her prep career — placing fifth in the two-mile race at the New Balance Indoor nationals, while earning a runner-up finish at the New Balance Outdoor nationals in the same race. She was a four-time Montana state cross country champion, earning a third-place finish at the Foot Locker National Championships her senior year.
Morley was a three-time all-American on the cross country courses, with an impressive win at the Great Buppa Cross Country Championships in Scotland. She spent one cross country season at the University of Montana, winning the Big Sky Conference championship in just her third race.
She placed 17th at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor championships, while also earning a second-team all-American honor in the women’s 5,000-meter run as a freshman.
— Colorado Buffaloes Track & XC (@CUBuffsTrack) June 8, 2018