UC Davis senior Raquel Lambdin from Camarillo ran the fastest time of her career and shattered her own school record in finishing fifth in the women’s 1,500 meters at Saturday’s NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Lambdin finished in 4 minutes, 15.28 seconds, topping her school record of 4:17.09 last month as she won her third consecutive Big West Conference championship.
Rhianwedd Price of Mississippi State came from behind (4:09.56) to edge defending national champion Shelby Houlihan (4:09.67) of Arizona State at the finish line and win the NCAA title. Sara Sutherland (4:13.48) of Colorado was third, and Natalja Piliusina of Oklahoma State (4:15.01) took fourth.
Lambdin was seventh after 700 meters and eighth entering the bell lap. But she turned in a 67.28-second last lap – the fourth-fastest in the 12-person race – to surge across the finish line in fifth place.
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Lambdin earned All-America first-team honors to join former teammate Lauren Wallace (800, 2013) as the only UCD track athletes to receive that distinction.