MONTANA STATE SPORTS INFORMATION
EUGENE, Ore. – Alyssa Snyder put together one of the best performances in Montana State women’s track and field history on one of the sport’s biggest stages. Snyder toppled her own school record while taking fourth in the 10,000-meter run to earn First-Team All-America status at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at historic Hayward Field on the Oregon campus in Eugene.
Snyder crossed the line with a time of 32 minutes, 58.31 seconds, shattering her previous MSU-record mark by more than 45 seconds. Her time is the second fastest by a Big Sky Conference member institution runner in the event.
She became the Bobcats’ fifth First-Team All-American at the NCAA outdoor meet joining Emily Tyrrell (2012), Elouise Rudy (2007, 2006), Erin Jones Graf (2006) and Shannon-Agee Jones (2002). Snyder tied Rudy for the team’s best performance ever at the NCAA Championships, with Rudy taking fourth in the pole vault in 2007.
The Coalville, Utah, native sat in eighth through the first 5,000 meters before she made her up way towards the front of the pack.
Snyder moved up to sixth and eventually settled into fourth with 4,000 meters remaining. She kept up with a pack of four that were leading the race and by 7,200 meters she’d built an eight-second edge over fifth place.
Snyder fell back from the top three finishers, but continued her strong pace away from trailers for the final 2,400 of the race.
Montana State earned five points behind Snyder’s fourth-place finish in the 10K Thursday. The Bobcats earned four points at the NCAA meet in 2012 and five points in 2007.