Lucy Van Dalen, a former Stony Brook University athlete who is representing New Zealand in the London Olympics, has qualified for the semifinals in the women's 1500m race, Stony Brook University athletics announced Monday.
Van Dalen, who graduated this past spring, ran a 4:07.04. While she finished eighth in her heat – the top six from each heat advance to the semifinals – her time was good enough to earn her a spot among the six next best finishers.
Following the race, Van Dalen said to the TVNZ news network: "I feel like I had a really strong race today. I felt really good out there. The last 200 was a little bit pushy and shovy and they got away from me a bit but I feel like I did my best today and I'm pleased with the performance."
NBC will re-air the race at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Her next race will be Wednesday.
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