GENEVA, Ohio (May 25, 2019) – After winning her second NCAA Division III National Championship in the 3000m steeplechase, Annie Rodenfels won her third national title when she won the women's 5k Saturday afternoon.
Unlike the steeplechase, Rodenfels did not enter the women's 5k with the fastest time in the country. Her school-record time of 16:45 had her ranked third in Division III going into today's championships.
But in the 85-degree heat of Geneva, Rodenfels came through with a time of 16:55.45, pulling away in the final quarter of the race to claim her second national championship of the day and now the third of her career.
It is the first championship for Rodenfels in the 5k after finishing as the national runner-up in the event at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships in Boston in March. Rodenfels won today's race by just under 12 seconds, pulling away from a group of four that were all still within one second of each other nearly 12 minutes into the race.