Gulf Shores, Ala. – Anna Havranek (JR/Sugarcreek, Ohio) got Shawnee State track and field off to a good start in the NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday evening, placing second in the 10,000-meter run.
Havranek, a junior from Sugarcreek, Ohio, finished the race with a time of 36:42.88, defeating Concordia (Mich.) runner Stephanie Johnson by three tenths of a second. Havranek finished 14 seconds behind race winner Ellie Willging of St. Xavier (Ill.), who had a time of 36:28.78.
The 2017 10,000-meter run is third consecutive run that Havranek has qualified for. Havranek finished seventh in last year's run and was a NAIA All-American. Havranek will also run in the 5000-meter run later this weekend.
Shawnee State women's track and field is currently tied for 12th overall after Havranek scored the Bears eight points to start the meet. Shawnee State's men will begin their meets later today, with Seth Farmer (SO/Waverly, Ohio) and Adrian Ross (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio) having yet to run.
Note: A previous version of this release stated that Havranek had not qualified for the 10,000-meter run at the NAIA National Championships before. This information was factually incorrect. We apologize for any confusion regarding this.