Point Park's Shields claims NAIA Indoor All-American in Mile, 1,000 M
March 5, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
Anna Shields runs during the prelims of the 1,000 M on Friday from Johnson City, Tenn. Photo by Ron Weaver -- NAIA.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Point Park University sophomore runner Anna Shields claimed NAIA All-American honors in two different events on Saturday, the final day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships from Johnson City, Tenn.
Shields, from Torrington, Conn., placed second in the mile with a time of 4:51.39. Two hours later, she competed in the 1,000 meters and again placed second with a time of 2:51.80.
Shields became the first-ever NAIA All-American for Point Park track and field, which is in its third year as a program. The top eight finishers in each event earned NAIA All-American honors.
With Shields' placements, that earned a total of 16 points in the team standings for Point Park. That put the Pioneers 18th in the nation in the final team standings.
In the mile to start the day, Shields led until the end. That's when Oklahoma City's Aminat Ololwora, from Nigeria, made a move in the last 50 meters to win at 4:48.01.
In the 1,000 meters, it was Shields and Adri Sigafoose from Aquinas (Mich.) as the top competitors. In the end, Sigafoose edged out Shields by a mere 1.06 seconds for the NAIA national championship at 2:50.74.
Only a sophomore, Shields established herself as top runner within the NAIA at this weekend's indoor national championship. She had qualified for a total of six events at NAIA indoor nationals. She focused in on the mile, the 1,000 meters and the distance medley relay at NAIAs but also qualified nationally in the 800 meters, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
Shields ran a very strong mile leg of the distance medley relay prelims on Thursday to pass many runners and put the Pioneers in 10th place nationally. The top eight advanced to finals.
For complete results from the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championship, click the link above. For an in-depth feature on Shields from the Hartford (Conn.) Courant (March 4), click here.