Bridget Flynn will race in the NCAA East Regionals in the 1,500 after a breakthrough season that saw her lower her PR by more than 10 seconds.
Flynn, a Dartmouth junior from Ocean City, entered her junior year with a 1,500 PR of 4:41.14 from the 2015 Raleigh Relays. But she didn’t run any 1,500s last year, focusing instead on the 800. This year she had a breakthrough at the Raleigh Relays, where she ran 4:28.97 in the trials (she didn’t run the final) in addition to an outdoor-PR 2:10.36 in the 800.
At the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., she lowered that 4:28 to 4:25.28 and then two weekends ago, at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association meet in Williamstown, Mass., she locked up with Shannon Murdock of New Hampshire and both went under 4:25, Murdock winning in 4:24.16 and Flynn recording another PR of 4:24.60, No. 10 in Dartmouth history.
That’s the rough equivalent of a 4:45 mile.
Flynn is in the first of four 1,500-meter heats at the NCAA prelims at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Lexington, Ky. The regional final — which is also the NCAA quarterfinal — is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The top five from each of five heats plus the next four-fastest times from Thursday’s races advance to Saturday, where the top five from each quarterfinal plus the next two-fastest times will advance to Eugene.
Flynn’s high school PR was 4:54.88 for 1,600 meters, so she’s improved a whopping 12 seconds since arriving in Hanover.