Pomperaug's Michaela Meyer wins 800 meters with personal best at NCAA Championships

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In her final collegiate race, Former Pomperaug standout Michaela Meyer won the national title in the women’s 800-meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday night in Eugene, Oregon, with a personal best time of 2:00.28.

Saturday’s win is the first national title for the Southbury native after setting program-records at both Delaware and Virginia. With the victory, Meyer becomes the first woman to win a national title in track and field at Virginia.

Meyer, who was the No. 1 seed in the event heading into Thursday’s prelims with a time of 2:00.40, started Saturday’s race by moving into the third place spot within the pack after the first 200 meters. After running the first lap in 57.6 seconds, Meyer held on tight to her spot in front of the pack despite falling as far back as fourth place. In the final 150 meters, Meyer pushed through to surpass the third place runner and slid into second place. She then used her kick and sprinted the final 100 meters to grab a hold of the lead with about 25 meters left.

“The ACC made me hungry, made me want it more. I just trusted my coaching staff and I just wanted to put it all on the line today,” Meyer told announcers at the meet following her victory.

Meyer will return to Eugene later this month to compete in the 800 at the Olympic Trials.

OTHER TOP STATE FINISHES AT NCAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  Wilbur Cross High School alum Danae Rivers (Penn State) finished in fourth in the women’s 1,500-meters with a personal best of 4:10.47 on Saturday.

  Bloomfield’s Sean Dixon-Bodie finished in fourth in Friday’s men’s triple jump finals with a personal best of 54 feet and 6 inches (16.61 meters). His top finished helped LSU win the men’s overall meet title with 84 points on Friday.

maggie.vanoni@hearstmediact.com