Katie Van Horn qualifies for NCAA in 10,000-m

STANFORD, Calif. - In her first career race at 10,000 meters, University of Tennessee sophomore Katie Van Horn ran the fastest time by a Lady Vol at that distance in 22 years and met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard late Saturday night at the Stanford Invitational.

A native of Glendora, N.J., Van Horn covered the distance in 34 minutes, 34.91 seconds to put her name on the secondary list for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif.

Only the women's 10,000 meters and heptathlon feature national qualifying standards, while all other events have regional marks to achieve.

Van Horn's performance, which placed her 21st in the fastest of five talent-laden sections, is the third-best readout ever registered by a UT woman, trailing only 34:08.0 and 34:29.0 outputs by Alison Quelch in 1985 and 1983.

Senior Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio), meanwhile, didn't fare as well Saturday night, logging a 17:28.04 clocking that left her 27th and well shy of the 16:52.00 regional cut.

The Lady Vols will return to action April 6-7, as the entire squad travels to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays.

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