ROXBURY, Mass.--The 2018-19 indoor track and field season officially closed as Lauren Perkowski completed competition at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center on Friday.
Perkowski was competing in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters, having been seeded 15th and 19th, respectively, in each race. In the 5,000 meters, Perkowski completed the race in 17:51.02 to finish in 19th place.
Earlier in the day, Perkowski had raced in the preliminaries of the 3,000 meters, where she finished ninth in her heat in a time of 10:16.45. The competition wraps up a hugely successful season for the KSC junior, who won the LEC individual championship in cross country, as well as earning LEC First Team All-Conference and LEC Runner of the Year honors. In the indoor season, she was the LEC 5,000 meter champion with a time of 18:40.92, which set both a PSU facility and LEC championship record, and was named the LEC Indoor Runner of the Year. She also earned All-New England honors at the New England Division III Championships, and USTFCCCA All-Region Honors and was the first KSC female indoor track athlete to qualify for the NCAA championships in five years.
"This was definitely an experience that Lauren will learn from," said KSC head coach Tom Pickering. "Her 5K time tonight was faster that last week (at the Tufts Last Chance qualifier) and almost as fast as at New Englands. We're very proud of her for qualifying in two distance events and I'm confident that this experience will make her hungrier for the next time on the national stage."
Earlier in the week, Perkowski was interviewed on KSC's sports newsmagazine show, Inside Owl Athletics. Click here to watch as she shares her thoughts on qualifying and her successes thus far this season.