New London, Conn.-- Sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney has been named the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Athlete of the Week, announced by the USTFCCCA.
Mooney clocked the third fastest time in NCAA DIII indoor history in the 3000 this weekend at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University. She crossed the finish line in 9:27.25, which put her seventh overall in a stacked field against four professionals and several NCAA DI athletes.
That left her just three seconds shy of the second fastest mark all-time of 9:24.34, owned by Felicia Koerner of Johns Hopkins. The NCAA DIII record is still quite a bit away at 9:13.13, which Missy Buttry blasted 14 years ago in 2005.
She also was a part of the relay team consisting of, Anita Green, Anna Beck,and Adora Lawrence that finished second overall in the distance medley. This performance is currently the #1 best performance in NCAA DIII and is the third all-time at Coast Guard.
This is the first time that Mooney has been named National Athlete of the Week during the indoor season.
Mooney and the Bears are back this weekend at the Wesleyan Invitational.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions that sponsors indoor track & field). The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.