Lyngstad Advances to Women's 1,500 Meter Final at NCAA



June 3, 1999

Boise, Idaho - Junior Hanne Lyngstad posted the fastest time of the day in qualifying for the finals of the women's 1,500-meter run Thursday at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.

Lyngstad, a native of Elverum, Norway, registered a time of 4:23.95 in semifinal No. 2 to win the heat by 23 one-hundredths of a second. She advances to Saturday's final, which is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CDT. Lyngstad, the two-time defending Conference USA champion in this event, is attempting to earn outdoor All-America honors for the second consecutive season. Last year she earned the honor with a fourth-place finish in the 1,500.

Senior Alison Lambert closed her Tulane career with an eighth-place finish in the same 1,500-meter run. The Walnut Creek, Calif., native, finished eighth in semifinal No. 2 with a time of 4:30.85 and did not qualify for the finals. It was Lambert's first career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Junior Lana Garner posted a fourth-place finish in semifinal No. 1 of the women's 400-meter dash. Her time of 54.26 seconds did not qualify her for the finals. It is the third consecutive season that the San Diego native has participated in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Senior Amos Kipyegon, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, finished seventh in semifinal No. 2 of the men's 1,500-meter run. His time of 3:51.42 did not qualify him for the finals. It was the final appearance for one of the Green Wave track and field program's most decorated athletes.

The 1999 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships run through Saturday, June 5 in Boise. Boise State University is hosting the event.