May 25: GULF SHORES, Ala. – Running well in the 5,000-meter heats on Friday night did not translate to guaranteed success as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) women's track athletes could not keep pace with the country's top runners in the final of the 5,000-meter race on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tale of two Eagles as the NAIA was introduced to Ariana Anderson (FR/Torrance, Calif.) and said goodbye to Keili Dorn (SR/Kailua Kona, Hawaii) in the final of the 5,000 meter race. Dorn was among the leaders during the first 2600-meters of the race setting a blistering pace for the group to keep up. She tried to keep speeding along but the group passed her dropping from second to 13th just like that. She may have started too fast and fell to 15th where she would finish the race. That ends the career of the two time All-American, as she will move on to a new chapter in her life.
For Anderson, the race was a little different. The majority of the race saw Anderson in the middle of the pack just keeping up. She would make her move in the final 1600 meters when she passed three runners before posting the fifth fastest lap of the day at 1:17.09. There may be more of these events in the future for Anderson who showed tremendous closing speed on the final lap and finished tenth.
With their results finalized, the Eagles will now recuperate this summer as most of the track athletes will be competing for the cross-country team in the fall of 2019. As for the seniors, they will move on to do much greater things as most of the graduates of ERAU do.