EUGENE, Ore. -- Amber Henry capped one of the best individual seasons in Weber State history by finishing third in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Saturday in Eugene, Ore., earning All-America honors for the second-straight season.
Henry, a native of Mountain View, Wyo., posted a career best time of 9:43.39 to claim third place at the national meet. That time is the second fastest in Weber State history and is more than eight seconds faster than her previous career best.
"I went out at fast pace but I felt good throughout the race," Henry said. "I probably got a little fatigued at the end but I'm pleased with my finish. I knew I could run that fast but hadn't done it yet, so this is definitely a confidence booster for me. This is great motivation and will keep opening more opportunities for me to get better."
"Amber ran a great race and really competed hard," WSU distance coach Paul Pilkington said. "That's a great improvement on her career best and she just missed the world championship qualifying time. She is definitely moving to a different level nationally."
Emma Coburn of Colorado won the women's race with a time of 9:35.38. Colleen Quigley of Florida State was second.
Henry's third place finish is the best finish by a Wildcat since Lindsey Anderson took second in the steeplechase at the 2007 NCAA championships.
The race wrapped up a stellar season for Henry who won the Big Sky title in cross country and earned All-America honors. She also won three Big Sky titles at the conference outdoor championships.
Meanwhile, a dropped baton cost the Texas A&M men an outright NCAA outdoor track and field team title.
The Aggies' finished last in the 1,600-meter relay after mishandling the baton before the first exchange, propelling event winner Florida into a tie for the title Saturday.
Each team finished with 53 points for the first co-champions since 1978. It was the second consecutive team title for the Gators after a string of three straight for the Aggies.
Florida won the relay in 3 minutes, 1.34 seconds.
"I just told the guys let's go win the relay," coach Mike Holloway said. "We don't see it as Texas A&M dropping the baton, we see it as we didn't drop it."
On the women's side, top-ranked Kansas wrapped up its first women's team title earlier in the day and finished with 60 points, thwarting Oregon's "triple crown" attempt to sweep team titles this year in the sport's three NCAA championships. The Ducks wound up third behind Texas A&M. The Ducks' Lauren Crocket, and Ogden High graduate, was 19th in the high jump. Utah State's Chari Hawkins was 21st in the same event.
Clemson junior Brianna Rollins broke her own collegiate record in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 12:39 to top her mark of 12.47 set in the semifinals Thursday. That time bested the previous record of 12.48 set by Southern California's Ginnie Powell at the 2006 NCAA outdoor championships in Sacramento, Calif.
LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan won the women's 200 in a wind-aided 22.04 tying her for the fastest collegiate 200 in any conditions. Last year's Bowerman Award winner is the first woman to win the event in three consecutive years.
Oklahoma State's Natalja Piliusina won the women's 1,500 in 4:13.25. Utah's Amanda Mergaert finished third.
Oregon's Mac Fleet thrilled the Hayward crowd as an upset winner of the men's 1,500. He surged the final 300 meters and pointed to cheering fans as he crossed the finish in 3:50.25. Even Bruce Hornsby, who sang the national anthem, stood to applaud for the junior Duck.
In the men's 5,000, Arizona junior Lawi Lalang won in 13:35.19 for his seventh overall NCAA title.