One of the great distance running careers in Bradley University track and field history came to an end on Thursday when senior and Freeburg native Kristen Busch placed 20th in the women’s 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Chahmpionships in Eugene, Ore.
A former state champion in both cross country and in the 3,200 meters during her high school career, Busch, running on the same Hayward Field track where the lengendary Steve Prefontaine made famous over four decades ago, finished with a time of 34 minutes, 11.69 seconds to earn third team All-American honors.
Dominique Scott, of the University of Arkansas, won the race in 32 minutes, 35 seconds, 11 seconds faster than Alice Wright of the University of New Mexico.
Henderson places 13th in the shot put
While Busch earned third team All-American honors in the 10,000 meters on Thursday, former Edwardsville high school standout Emmonnie Henderson claimed her second straight second team All-American finish in the shot put when she placed 13th with a throw of 53 feet 8 1/2 inches.
Henderson, who was 16th in the finals a year ago, placed well behind champion Raven Saunders of the University of Mississippi. Saunders throw of 63 feet, 5 inches was four feel more than Chase Ealey of Oklahoma State who had a toss of 59 feet, 1/4 inch.
Former Carlinville High School star Kelsey Card, a senior at the University of Wisconsin, earned fourth place and first team All-American honors with a throw of 57 feet 11 inches.
Henderson will compete in the discus on Saturday. She was third in the event a year ago.