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June 8, 2007

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Virginia’s Katie Read ran a personal best tonight in the 10K in the finals of the NCAA Championships, taking tenth and earning All-American honors in the process. Her 33:54.92 is the fifth-fastest time in school history, just 1.6 seconds behind teammate Kara Scanlin’s time, run earlier this year. She is Virginia’s first All-American in the 10K since Aileen O’Connor in 1982. Teammate Erin Crawford qualified for the semifinals of the 400 intermediate hurdles, running a 58.07 and taking second in her heat to advance to Friday’s competition.

Read ran a 13-second personal best to earn her first All-American citation. She is the fourth All-American for the Virginia women’s program in the 2006-2007 year, joining Emily Harrison and Kara Scanlin, who earned the honor during the cross country season in 2006. Both women ran with Read tonight; Harrison finished 13th overall with a 34:05.24 while Scanlin ran 35:01.62.

Virginia also had an entry in the men’s 10K; Fulbright scholar Andrew Dumm finished 19th with his 29:52.90. Earlier in the day he was named an Academic All-Regional honoree by CoSIDA; Dumm earned first-team honors in Region III and is now eligible for national Academic All-American honors by the organization.

Joining Crawford in competition on Friday are Tomika Ferguson (triple jump), Yemi Ayeni (discus) and Jan Foerster (steeplechase). Both men are competing in the finals of their respective events while Ferguson will compete in the preliminaries of the triple jump.

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