Bothma Closes Track and Field Season at NCAA Finals
Eugene, Ore. - Coastal Carolina's Annie Bothma, the first Chanticleer to qualify in the 10,000-meter run, closed out the track and field season at the NCAA Finals at Hayward Field, in Eugene Thursday evening.
Bothma jumped out to the early lead in the first 400m but was overtaken by Anna Rohrer from Notre Dame. Rohrer quickly pushed the pace causing Bothma to drop back gradually after getting jostled around fighting for position. Alice Wright, of New Mexico, took control from the 4400-meter mark and set the pace until the second to last lap when Charlotte Taylor, of San Francisco closed the race for the win. Bothma finished in 19th with a time of 34:13.77, to earn Honorable Mention All-American honors.
The Stellenbosch, South Africa native was trying to become the first track and field champion for Coastal. Jolene Williams was a runner-up in the 3000-meter, in the 1998 NCAA DI Indoor Championships.
"Annie competed great in her first of many NCAA Championships. The experience she gained will assist her in future championships," said Director of Track & Field & Cross Country Sandy Fowler. "She now knows what the NCAA Championships are all about, which will assist her as she matures and grows in the 10,00-meters. Her future is bright and the sky is the limit."
Bothma closed a successful 2016-17 season as follows;
- 2016 Sun Belt Cross Country Champion
- Sun Belt First Team All-Conference
- Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
- Sun Belt Runner of the Year
- 2016 Southeast Regional Champion
- Southeast Regional Women's Runner of the Year
- NCAA Cross Country Finals Participant
- 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (5000m)
- Sun Belt Women's Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year
- 2017 Sun Belt Outdoor Champion (10,000m)
- NCAA East Preliminary Round Winner (10,000m)
- NCAA Finals Qualifier (10,000m)
- Honorable Mention All-American