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Weber State Woman is Favorite for NCAA Track & Field Championships

Weber State Woman is Favorite for NCAA Track & Field Championships

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Kathy Aiken ReportingThe NCAA track and field championships begin tomorrow in Sacramento and all five division one schools in Utah will be represented. BYU will send the most athletes, with 17.

One of the women's favorites is Weber State's Lindsey Anderson. The young lady from Morgan ran the fifth best time in the world this year in the steeplechase.

She stands just 5 foot 3, but Weber State's Lindsey Anderson currently towers over her competition. In April Anderson blew past her competition, breaking the NCAA steeplechase record by more than three seconds.

Lindsey Anderson said, "It was kind of unreal at first for me, but now that it's sunk in, it's fun. It's just neat to have that record."

With the record, Anderson is now the favorite heading into the NCAA Championships, starting tomorrow in Sacramento. Not bad for the star from Morgan who was overlooked by most division one schools.

"I've never been in a position where I've been the favorite in a big meet and it's exciting for me. That's what we train to do, to be the favorite, so it's exciting."

Paul Pilkington, the Weber State distance coach, said, "She can compete with anyone and it's been fun to see her progress and get that confidence."

Anderson credits coach Paul Pilkington for her steady improvement over her career. Now the Wildcat senior has an automatic bid to the Olympic Trials and who knows, maybe a trip to Beijing.

"It's funny, I'll tell people that hearing my name in the same sentence as the Olympic trials, it's new to me, but exciting and hard to put a new vocabulary into my running," Anderson said.

Maybe this math major will educate the rest of the world with what she can do on the track.

Anderson also qualified in the 10,000 meters, but chose to focus solely one the steeplechase.

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