CCU’s Bothman caps stellar freshman season at NCAAs

ccu-bothmarunCoastal Carolina redshirt freshman Annie Bothma, the first Chanticleer to qualify in the 10,000-meter run, closed out the track and field season at the NCAA Finals at Hayward Field, in Eugene, Ore. Thursday evening.

Bothma jumped out to the early lead in the first 400m but was overtaken by Anna Rhorer from Notre Dame. Rhorer quickly pushed the pace causing Bothma to drop back gradually after getting jostled around fighting for position. Alice Wright, of New Mexico, took control from the 4400-meter mark and set the pace until the second to last lap when Charlotte Taylor, of San Francisco closed the race for the win. Bothma finished in 19th with a time of 34:13.77.

The Stellenbosch, South Africa native was trying to become the first track and field champion for Coastal. Jolene Williams was a runner-up in the 3000-meter, in the 1998 NCAA DI Indoor Championships.

Bothma closed a successful 2016-17 season as follows; 2016 Sun Belt Cross Country Champion, Sun Belt First Team All-Conference, Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, Sun Belt Runner of the Year, 2016 Southeast Regional Champion, Southeast, NCAA Cross Country Participant, 2017 Sun Belt Indoor Champion (5000m), Sun Belt Women’s Indoor Track & Field Newcomer of the Year, 2017 Sun Belt Outdoor Champion (10,000m), NCAA East Preliminary Round Winner, NCAA Finals Qualifier.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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