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Track and field: Canby alumna McKayla Fricker earns spot in national finals

The Seattle Pacific runner qualifies for the Division II championships in the 800 meters.


Canby alumna McKayla Fricker is on her way to another NCAA national championship meet.

The Seattle Pacific senior has earned a ticket to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Division II indoor track and field championships in the 800 meters March 14-15.

This will be the runner’s third year in a row competing in the McKayla Frickerindoor 800 at the national competition. Her previous two trips have ended with All-American finishes: fifth place with a 2:11.69 at Mankato, Minn., in 2012 and fourth last year in 2:10.76 at Birmingham, Ala.

Fricker arrives as the No. 4 seed with a time of 2:10.53. The top four are bunched within one second of each other. Top-seeded Shawnee Carnett of Concord (W.V.) is at 2:09.52; No. 2 Sarah Sawatzky of Simon Fraser is at 2:10.05, and No. 3 Marissa Bongers of Nebraska-Kearney is at 2:10.17. Fricker’s 2:10.53 is a converted time from the 2:09.04 she clocked on Feb. 1 at the UW Invitational.

In addition to two previous indoor meets, Fricker has run in two NCAA cross-country meets. She was also at last year’s NCAA outdoor finals in Pueblo, Colo., in the 800 and the 1,600-meter relay.

—Seattle Pacific University athletics



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