After successful cross country seasons, Amanda Rothbauer, a senior at Division 3 UW-River Falls and Sarah McMahon, a junior at Division 1 Bradley University kept right on running as they finished off the indoor track season for their respective schools last month.
Rothbauer ended her indoor career by setting the Falcon school record in the 800 m run at 2:12.95 during the preliminaries of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Lincoln, NE March 14. She finished 10th of 17 competitors and was just .23 hundredths of a second away from finishing in the top eight and getting into the finals. She qualified for that meet by running a 2:15.34 (her season best up to that point) at the NCAA Last Chance meet held in Stevens Point March 8. During the WIAC meet at UW-Whitewater, she finished seventh in the 800 at 2:17.19 and also ran a leg of the 4 X 400 relay as the team placed eighth at 4:12.24.
McMahon specializes in longer distances as she placed fifth at the Missouri Valley Conference meet in Cedar Falls, IA in the 3,000 m run with a time of 9:48.14. She missed being named All Conference by six seconds but helped the team set a school record of 46 points for an eighth place finish in the meet. She ran a career best time in the 5,000 meter race at the Iowa State Classic earlier in the season at 16:40.07 which was the second fastest time in the conference this year. The time was 12 seconds better than her personal best and just two seconds short of the school record. For the third time in her career (second for indoor track), McMahon won the MVC Elite 18 Award for having the Highest Achievement in Academic and Athletics, posting a 4.0 grade point average as an English major.
Both women will compete in the outdoor season this spring.