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Bigfork’s Makena Morley earns all-America finish in 10,000 meters at NCAA Championships

Posted at 2:49 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 16:49:24-04

AUSTIN, Texas — Add another all-America nod for Makena Morley.

The former Bigfork High School star now running at the University of Colorado placed 11th in the women’s 10,000-meter run Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The second-team all-America finish is the third consecutive for Morley in the invite after 17th- and 11th-place finishes in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

On Thursday, Morley crossed the line in 33 minutes, 39.27 seconds in a tightly contested race. She was less than a second behind 10th-place finisher Abbie McNulty of Stanford. New Mexico sophomore Weini Kelati won the 10k with a time of 33:10.84.

Morley still has the 5,000-meter run on her schedule at the NCAA Championships. That race is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. (MDT) Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Morley finished sixth in her heat at the NCAA West Prelims with a time of 15:42.55.

Former Corvallis High School standout Sadi Henderson also competed at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, running in the 800-meter run. Henderson, who is in her graduate season of eligibility at the University of San Francisco, placed fifth in her heat with a time of 2:04.56. That mark was good enough for 12th overall, but it wasn’t enough to advance to Saturday’s final. Henderson was previously a four-time all-American at Boise State.

The NCAA Championships started on Wednesday and will continue through Saturday. For the complete broadcast schedule, please click here.