Katie Van Horn
March 29, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Headed to where the weather is usually conducive to good times for long distance running, a pair of Lady Vols will lace up their shoes at the Stanford Invitational this weekend in hopes of hitting NCAA qualifying standards.
Senior Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) and sophomore Katie Van Horn (Glendora, N.J.) will make the trip westward, hopeful that the climate and strong competition that characterize this meet will spur them to strong performances in their outdoor season debuts. For one Lady Vol , the goal is to earn a ticket to the NCAA Mideast Regional meet in Columbia, Mo., on May 25-26. For the other, qualification to the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif., is the target.
Flaute is slated to run in the fast section of the 5,000 meters at 8:06 p.m. Pacific Time (11:06 p.m. ET) on Saturday. Van Horn, meanwhile, is scheduled to run later that night at 8:55 p.m. PT (11:55 p.m. ET) in the fastest section of the 10,000 meters. Flaute has to equal or dip below 16:52.00 to make the regional cut. Van Horn, meanwhile, is running in an event that features provisional and automatic qualifying marks for the national meet. She must run 33:30.00 to hit the auto cut and has to match or beat 35:00.00 to make the provisional list.
The rest of the team will return to action April 6-7, as Tennessee travels to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays.