GENEVA, Ohio -- Bates senior Ayden Eickhoff achieved her sole objective in Thursday's trials of the women's 1,500-meter run on the first day of the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which was to advance to Saturday's finals.
Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) finished sixth in the second and faster of two heats, also the sixth-fastest time in the trials, in a time of 4:34.96, only 0.94 seconds behind heat winner Anna Passanante of Williams. Top seed Emily Bryson of Brandeis won the first heat in 4:38.81.
Eickhoff is seeded second among 22 women in the event and needed to finish among the top 12 runners to advance to the event final on Saturday. Her best time this season is 4:27.53.
Saturday's final will be run at 12:25pm, with 12 runners competing. Eickhoff will attempt to finish among the top eight in order to score team points and secure a sixth career All-America honor.