Aroostook County Native Wins National Track & Field Title
Washburn High School graduate Carsyn Koch is a national women's track & field champion after setting a new record in the 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor 800 Meter race, running for Cedarville University Ohio at Pittsburg State's Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Koch finished in 2 minutes, 5.12 seconds, besting second-place finisher Lynelle Decker of Seattle Pacific by more two seconds.
Koch advanced to the final after winning her preliminary heat with a time of 2:09.79.
The video below features all of the day's competition. Koch's run is at the 8:06:20 mark of the recording.
Last spring, Koch became Cedarville’s first woman NCAA All-American when she finished second in the 800 in the Div. II national outdoor meet.
During her high school years in Aroostook County, Koch was a five-sport competitor in outdoor sports and basketball. From 2011-2014 she was on four Class D Eastern Maine Champion teams and won the state title in 2013. She also won four individual Class C cross-country state championships and was on the 2012 Class C cross-country state champion team.