The junior from Leominster, Mass. ran a school record time of 2:09.80, smashing the old mark of 2:11.19 held by Gaudreault (set earlier this year) and by Heather Cayward in 1993.
By scoring five points for her team in the event, Springfield finished with five points overall, and placed in a tie for 44th of 77 scoring teams.
Christy Cazzola of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the 800 with her NCAA Division III Championship record time of 2:05.93. Gaudreault was one of nine competitors in the finals. Her time of 2:12.14 was eighth best of the nine advancing runners in the preliminary heat one day ago. Running in Lane 8 in today's final. Gaudreault settled into seventh after the first of two laps around the track. But she quickened the pace in the backstretch of the second lap, quickly ran by three competitors in very short order, and held on down the stretch to finish fourth.
Gaudreault thus becomes an All-American, Springfield's first in history in the 800 meter run. It also marks the seventh consecutive season for a member of the Pride to be named an All-American in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
One other member of the Pride, sophomore Amanda Martin (Bristol, Conn.) also competed today. She finished 13th in the triple jump with a hop-skip-jump of 11.55 meters or 37-feet, 10 3/4-inches. Martin had been seeded 21st of 22 competitors in this event. Two days ago, Martin finished 19th (of 22) in the long jump with a leap of 5.25 meters or 17-feet, 2 3/4-inches.
Also in this competition, senior Laurie Jenkins competed in the 100-meter dash prelims, and SC's foursome of Jenkins, sophomore Elizabeth Saia, freshman Darian Dailey, and senior Crystal Davis finished 11th in the pre-lims of the 4x100-meter relay. Neither, however, made the finals.
Of teams from New England in this competition, Springfield finished in a tie for ninth with those five points.
Photo credit: Frank Poulin