Note: This story was posted on Wednesday, May 24 at 11:55 a.m. ET
GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Point Park University women's track and field is once again represented at the NAIA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships being held later this week May 25-27 at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala. It is the 37th annual championship being held, and the Point Park women are represented there for the second year in a row.
Anna Shields, a sophomore from Torrington, Conn., is competing in two events at the NAIA outdoor national meet. Shields is the No. 1 seed in the 1,500 meters, where she posted a time of 4:22.35 at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic April 14 for her career- and season-best time. That placed her third at Bucknell.
Shield is the No. 2 national seed in the the 800 meters, where she has a time of 2:09.41. That time was set April 15 at Bucknell, and it placed second overall there for a school and personal record in the event.
The NAIA outdoor national championship begins May 25 with trials for the running events. Shields will not need to run a trial for the 1,500 meters as all 12 runners entered in that event go directly to the finals on Saturday, May 27 at 3 p.m. CT. Shields' first competition at outdoor nationals will be the 800-meter trials on Friday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. CT. The finals for the 800 meters are Saturday, May 27 at 4:50 p.m. CT.
So far this season, Shields has earned many honors. She was named the River States Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after much success at the conference meet April 29. There she won the RSC championship in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters, placed second in the 400 meters and was a part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team.
On the national level, Shields was named NAIA Women's Track Athlete of the Week a total of four times -- twice during indoor and twice during outdoor. She earned two NAIA Indoor Track All-American honors as she placed second in the nation in both the 1,000 meters and the mile. After the indoor season, she was named the NAIA Great Lakes Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA.
Shields also qualified for the NAIA outdoor meet in the 5,000 meters but is not running that event at nationals. Her time of 16:47.06 placed her third at the Ohio State University Jesse Owens Classic April 21 and qualified her for outdoor nationals. Point Park's Katie Guarnaccia qualified for nationals in the 10,000 meters with a time of 37:40 as her best time.
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