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Bilo Earns All-American Honors with 10th-Place Finish at NCAA Championships

Bilo Earns All-American Honors with 10th-Place Finish at NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. — Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo finished in 10th place at the NCAA Championship for the women's 5,000 meters on Saturday evening, earning Second Team All-American honors at the national track & field finals at Oregon on ESPN.

She ran a time of 15:52.82, only 2.18 seconds away from the school record set by Amy Harper in 1983. Bilo becomes the 72nd All-American in track & field all-time at the Division I level for the Mustangs, including the 31st on the women's side.

Starting out among eight of the 24 individuals assigned to the front line of the double-waterfall start at Hayward Field, Bilo came in with the country's 16th-fastest overall performance this season.

She stayed on the outside early, patiently in the back third of the pack through the opening three laps, before making her decisive move approaching the sixth lap.

Some six minutes into the race, Bilo moved up almost 10 spots, as her 1,800-to-2,200-meter split of 1:16.80 was the fastest among all two-dozen competitors.

By the bell lap, she had established her 10th-place position and held on the rest of the way.

Missouri junior Karissa Schweizer, also the 2017 NCAA indoor champion and a qualifier for the IAAF World Championships in London this August, won in 15:38.93 — 4.91 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Eastern Michigan junior Alsu Bogdanova.

Following the initial turn, Bilo's splits were 1:20.33, 1:16.99, 1:17.74, 1:17.29, 1:16.80, 1:18.41, 1:13.93 as the pace accelerated from 2,600m to 3,000m, 1:15.17, 1:14.24, 1:16.16, 1:14.25, and 1:12.88.

Morning rain had dissipated by the start of the race (5:25 p.m.), leaving behind humid conditions along with temperatures in the low-60s.

Bilo, the Big West Conference champion for the event, nearly matched her career-best 15:52.01 from the Stanford Invitational on March 31.

The field included student-athletes from five countries, as well as seven conference champions (also the SEC, Big Ten, SoCon, Mid-American, Ohio Valley and Colonial Athletic Association).

The top 16 made the All-America Team, with the first eight landing first-team distinction and spots 9-16 garnering second-team honors. Bilo was also a cross country All-American (23rd) this past fall.