June 14, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Anna Layman, a redshirt freshman at Washington State University, battled crosswinds and a strong field Saturday afternoon to finish eighth in the women's 800m during the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium.
Layman, from Spokane Valley, Wash., ran a time of 2:06.93 after running a lifetime-best and the second-fastest time in school history of 2:04.03 in Thursday's semifinals. Michigan junior Geena Gall won the final with a time of 2:03.91.
"Anna does not run well when she gets swallowed up in the pack," WSU Assistant Coach Mark Macdonald said after the race. "The plan was to get out and compete for the lead and I think she made a move to do that, thought she was okay, but then a second wave came from those outside lanes. She got buried in there when they started to move on the back stretch and that pack broke away. At this point in her career, she struggles running in a pack. If, on that initial break on the first 200, she were able to be on the outside shoulder and be up with the leaders, I think it could have been a different race. She felt good going into it and was confident and ready to do something."
Layman became the fourth Cougar to earn All-America status at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining men's 400m hurdles champion Jeshua Anderson, McKenzie Garberg (fifth in women's discus, sixth in hammer), and Trent Arrivey (ninth in men's high jump).
Florida State won the men's team title with 52 points. WSU's men finished with 11 points, tied for 23rd. The LSU women won the team title with 67 points while the Cougar women scored 8 points and tied for 31st.