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Annie Lydens '13 Takes Second at National Meet

Annie Lydens running n the national championships

In a thrilling homestretch run in the 5000m race, sophomore sensation Annie Lydens took second place in the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, in Delaware, Ohio. Lydens clocked 17:07.13 to finish just behind the 17:06.76 of winner Jennifer Gossels of Williams College.

Lydens had stuck behind Gossels early in the race, then made a strong move to take the lead with just less than a lap remaining, but Gossels came back in the last 50 meters to win.

"Annie ran great," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "This was only her fourth 5000 race of her life, and to take the runner-up spot at Nationals is a terrific accomplishment. She ran hard, she raced smartly, and she put herself in a position to go for the win. She's an unbelievable talent, and she'll have lots more chances to race on the national stage."

Lydens's second place finish garnered eight points to put Pomona-Pitzer at 30th place in the team standings in Division II--and the highest-placing team in SCIAC.

In April, Lydens won two events at the at the 2011 SCIAC Championships hosted by Pomona-Pitzer on Strehle Track. She clocked the national-qualifying 4:34.49 to win the 1500m, the second-best all-time for Pomona-Pitzer and the ninth-best mark ever recorded in SCIAC history. And she won the 5000m in 17:58.12.

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