GULF SHORES, Ala. – Senior Allison Steinbeck and freshman Alex Berends both earned All-American honors for the Taylor women's track and field team on the final day of the NAIA Outdoor National Championships on Saturday.
Steinbeck battled scorching temperatures to post a great time of 3:09:38 en route to a fourth place finish and All-American honors in the marathon. The senior posted the second-fastest time in Taylor history for the marathon and became the first TU marathon runner to earn All-American honors since Julie Nor in 2001. Anissa Richards also raced in the marathon but the blistering temperatures eventually forced the junior to withdraw from the race after she became dehydrated.
Berends was equally impressive in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the freshman claimed fourth place with a time of 10:58.69. The Hudsonville, Mich., native earned her fourth All-American honor (cross country, indoor 3,000-meter, indoor distance medley relay) to cap off her stellar freshman campaign. This marked the second consecutive season the Trojans have had an All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with Elaine Schmeltz earning the honor in 2014.
For more information, including links to photo galleries and video recaps visit the Taylor Track & Field National Championship Central Page.