SACRAMENTO, CalifCathy Parker (Westford, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s outdoor track and field program smashed her previous 3000-meter steeplechase school record by over seven seconds and cruised to an eighth place finish at NCAA Division I National Championships in Sacramento, California on Wednesday.

Parker notched her finest performance of the season on track’s grandest stage with a blistering record-breaking time of 10:06.45. The junior harrier was one of 14 runners to qualify for finals on Friday (June 8). Parker was the lone New England representative to qualify for the final heat and was one of five juniors to earn a chance to leave California as an All-American. The top-12 runners out of the 14 finalists receive All-American status.

Parker’s prior success was at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Florida on May 26. She cruised to a seventh place finish in a time of 10:15.18. She is also the current America East champion and record holder in the steeplechase. Parker enjoyed similar success on the cross country course this past fall as champion of the America East. She placed 111th finish at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships back in November.

Here is a look at the final heat for Friday’s race:

Section 1  Final
  1  Anna Willard                       SR   Michigan         10:04.03
  2  Bridget Franek                    FR   Penn St.           10:08.24
  3  Emily Brown                       SR   Minnesota        10:07.44
  4  Liz Wort                               SR   Duke                  10:01.04
  5  Jennifer Barringer             SO   Colorado          10:02.17
  6  Lindsay Allen                     JR   Stanford            10:01.53
  7  Sariah Long                       JR   Weber St.         10:05.42
  8  Nichole Bush                     JR   Michigan St.     9:58.20
  9  Barbara Parker                  SR  Fla State            9:57.71
 10  Lindsey Anderson           SR  Weber St.          9:56.14
 11  A. Havahla Haynes         SR  Wisconsin        10:07.75
 12  Amy Fowler                        SO  BYU                 10:01.19
 13  Catherine Parker              JR   UNH              10:06.45
 14  Kassi Andersen                JR   BYU                10:04.75

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