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Folsom runner going to third NCAA Nationals

By: Staff Report
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Courtney Anderson, a 2009 graduate of Folsom High, has qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 7-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

This will be Anderson’s third trip to a NCAA DII Championship track or cross country event in the last 10 months.

Anderson, a senior at Cal State Stanislaus, will be running the anchor portion of the 4,000-meter distance medley relay. She runs the 1,600-meter leg of the group, which includes a 400-meter, 800-meter and 1200-meter runners. Cal State Stanislaus’ distance medley team is currently ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II national rankings. An eighth-place finish or better will qualify the girls as an NCAA All-American.

In November, Anderson participated in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship in Joplin, Mo. The cross country team finished the year ranked 20th in the nation. Anderson was the lead cross country runner on the team and was selected all Western Region at the NCAA Western Cross Country Regional’s held in Hawaii. She finished 14th in the region with a time of 22 minutes, 12 seconds.

Anderson’s championship run started last May in Pueblo, Colo., at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, where she competed in the women’s steeplechase event, finishing 13th in the nation, with a time of 11:26:60.

Anderson’s track and cross country coach, Diljeet Taylor, said “Courtney is an extremely dedicated and competitive runner, who continues to improve.” Taylor plans to red shirt Courtney for the current 2013 college track and field season, so Anderson can concentrate on qualifying for some USA Track and Field meets later this year. Anderson was the California State Community College Women’s Steeplechase champion in 2011.