Eickhoff to represent Bates at NCAA Championships in the 1,500 meters

Ayden Eickhoff is set to compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, May 23-25. (Photos by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Five-time All-American Ayden Eickhoff will conclude her exceptional athletic career at Bates by competing in the women's 1,500-meter run this week at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) will be the second seed among 22 women in the 1,500, based on her career-best time of 4:27.53 at Open New Englands on May 11. She also qualified in the 800 meters and would be seeded fifth in that event, but will concentrate on excelling in one event at her final meet.

Eickhoff has won All-America honors three times in the 800, but this will be her first time racing in the 1,500 at nationals. However, she ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg of Bates' second-place distance medley relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

Eickhoff will be competing in the seventh NCAA Championship meet of her career and the third of her senior year, including the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November.

Eickhoff will first compete in preliminary trials on Thursday at 3:55pm. The finals for the event will take place Saturday at 12:25pm.

For each men's individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.  For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition. The top eight finishers in each event win team points and earn All-America honors.