FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Senior Tyler Mulder capped off his stellar career at the University of Northern Iowa with a third place finish in the 800-meter run Saturday afternoon at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The senior sat neck and neck with leaders Tevan Everett of Texas and Oregon’s Andrew Wheating with just over 100 meters left, but Everett and Wheating used one final kick with 50 meters to go to finish just ahead of Mulder.
The now eight-time All-American clocked in a career-best and school record time of 1:46.80, finishing just behind Everett who finished second with a time of 1:46.27. Wheating took the title, clocking in at 1:46.21.
Mulder finishes his career in the Purple and Gold as the most decorated athlete in school history, with eight All-America honors along with winning the 2008 NCAA indoor 800-meter crown. Mulder set individual school records in the 800-meters (outdoor) and 1,000-meters (indoor). The Orange City, Iowa native also aided in setting school records in the 4x400-meter relay (outdoor), sprint medley relay (outdoor) and distance medley relay (indoor).
Mulder will now prepare for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore.
INDIANA STATE RECAP
Indiana State junior Lauren Martin wrapped up the Sycamores competition at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships today, finishing 10th in the women’s triple jump.
Martin advanced to the finals of the women’s triple jump, placing ninth in the preliminaries with a leap of 43’2.5” (13.17m). The junior did not have as good a leap in the finals today with a best leap of 42’5.5” (12.94m).
Martin and junior Kylie Hutson were named All-Americans by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award is given by the USTFCCA to the top eight American finishers in each event.
Hutson and Martin were also Indoor Track & Field All-Americans in 2009. Sycamore junior Erica Moore just missed reaching All-American status after finishing 17th in the heptathlon.
Hutson captured her second national championship of 2009 late Friday night, claiming the 2009 NCAA Outdoor National Championship with an Indiana State record vault of 14’5.25” (4.40m).
The Sycamore women finished in a tie for 29th in the team standings with 10 points along with Indiana, Colorado, Providence, Texas Tech and Arkansas. Texas A&M won the team championship with 50 points with Oregon second with 43 points, Arizona State third with 41 and Florida State fourth with 40 points.
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