Kristen Zillmer is making her debut on the national stage, after posting a career-best time of 10:04.51 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round to qualify. The junior holds the No. 3 time in ISU history in the event, while qualifying for three regional appearances. Zillmer was the 2012 Valley Champion in the event and ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation this season.
At the 2013 MVC Championships, Zillmer scored 27.5 points, posting top-three finishes in all four events she competed in, including a Valley title in the 1,500-meter run. As a result, she helped the women's team to its first national ranking of the season, entering NCAA West Region action at No. 25.
Zillmer makes her debut on the national stage Thursday, June 6 at 7:35 p.m., for the steeplechase semifinals. The finals in the event will be run Saturday, June 8 at 4:57 p.m.