June 14, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Alabama senior Trish Bartholomew capped off her Alabama career in impressive fashion at Drake Stadium. Bartholomew placed second in the 400 meters Saturday to earn her second All-American honor of the season.
"I thought it was a hard fought race and I gave it everything I had," Bartholomew said. "This was a great way to end my Alabama career and I look forward to the future."
Bartholomew finished second overall with a personal best time of 51.29 just behind the 50.97 of Shana Cox from Penn State. With the runner-up finish its marks the second time this season that the Grenada native has finished second at the NCAA Championships. Bartholomew was the runner-up at the NCAA indoor meet earlier this season.
"It is exciting when you get a two-time All-American," head coach Sandy Fowler said. "I am excited for Trish because this means a lot of possibilities and opportunities for her future. She truly loves track and field and has done a lot to represent the University of Alabama."
With the personal best time of 51.29, Bartholomew etches her name as the fourth best performer in the 400 meters at Alabama. Lillie Leatherwood, who still holds the Drake Stadium track record is the all-time leader in the quarter-mile at Alabama with a time of 49.95.
"I was really pleased with the way Trish ran today especially the way she got out," assistant coach Scott Roberts said. "She got out at 23.8 in the first 200 meters while yesterday in the semifinal she was 24.4, so I felt we were in really good shape. She gave it everything she had coming down that homestretch and it was a great race all the way to the finish. She should be really proud to be a two-time NCAA runner-up."
Bartholomew hit the Olympic A qualifying mark in the 400 which puts her in a pool to compete for her home country of Grenada at the Beijing Olympics.