June 4-5, 1999: Carrie Tollefson Captures 3000-5000 Double
On June 4 and June 5, 1999 Carrie Tollefson executed a rare 3000-5000 double at the NCAA championship meet in Boise, Idaho, winning two NCAA titles in a 24 hour period. Her performance landed her on the cover of Track & Field News. In the 3000 meters, Tollefson defeated Kara Goucher (then Kara Wheeler), Julie Stamps, and Jenelle Deatherage, among others. She came back the next day and won the 5000, over such names as Katie McGregor and Amy Yoder. The wins were her third and fourth NCAA individual titles of her Villanova career (she had won the 1998 NCAA cross country title and the 2009 NCAA indoor 3000 meter title previously).
Here are the results from each race:
Women's 3000 meters
1. Carrie Tollefson Villanova University 9:26.51 10
2. Kara Wheeler University of Colorado 9:29.89 8
3. Maria-Elena Calle Virginia Commonwealth 9:33.04 6
4. Sharolyn Shields BYU 9:34.41 5
5. Sally Glynn Stanford University 9:40.06 4
6. Julia Stamps Stanford University 9:40.82 3
7. Jenelle Deatherage University of Wisconsin 9:43.31 2
8. Sarah Dupre Providence College 9:46.18 1
9. Maggie Chan BYU 9:48.55
10. Kristen Gordon Georgetown University 9:54.51
11. Tara Haynes BYU 10:05.24
12. Lindsay Jones BYU 10:14.42
Women's 5000 meters
1. Carrie Tollefson Villanova University 16:09.51 10
2. Leigh Daniel Texas Tech University 16:12.72 8
3. Katie McGregor University of Michigan 16:15.75 6
4. JoAnna Deeter Notre Dame 16:18.56 5
5. Amy Yoder University of Arkansas 16:20.93 4
6. Jessica Koch University of Arkansas 16:23.80 3
7. Maggie Chan BYU 16:27.95 2
8. Elizabeth Jackson BYU 16:31.94 1
9. Christy Nichols NC State University 16:33.25
10. Sherri Smith Baylor University 16:35.75
11. Mary Cobb Stanford University 16:47.35
12. Kara Ormond BYU 16:48.46
13. Hanna Smedstad Oklahoma St. University 16:48.71
14. Melinda Campbell Boise State University 16:53.59
15. Tara Chaplin University of Arizona 17:01.63
16. Janelle Kraus Wake Forest University 17:04.78
17. Karin Ernstrom Baylor University 17:17.09
18. Kathleen Linck Georgetown University 17:24.75
19. Heather Burroughs University of Colorado 17:33.32
20. Bri Scott-Messick University of Colorado 17:40.52
21. Marie Davis University of Oregon 17:55.18
Here's how Villanova's athletic department reported the story:
Tollefson Wins Fourth Career National Championship
Carrie Tollefson won her second title of the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 6, 1999
Boise, Idaho--- On Saturday, June 5, at the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, Villanova University senior Carrie Tollefson (Dawson, Minn./ Dawson High School) won her second National Championship of the meet and fourth career NCAA crown, by taking the title in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 16:09.51. Tollefson's time was a personal best and established a new Bronco Stadium record. With a title in the 5,000m on Saturday, she becomes the first Wildcat female ever to win NCAA titles in both the 3,000m and the 5,000m in the same outdoor season.
Tollefson stayed with the pack for most of the race on Saturday evening, before taking the lead with about 600 meters to go and opening up the lead in the last 400 meters. Leigh Daniel of Texas Tech finished in second place with a time of 16:12.72, while Katie McGregor of Michigan placed third in 16:15.75.
"I came to Boise looking to win one gold and I came away with two golds," said Tollefson. "I am really excited about winning both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. I feel very fortunate to have been able to run so well all week long. It was a great week, and the fans in Boise were a great group to run in front of."
In addition to titles in the 3,000 and 5,000m at these 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Tollefson also won titles at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships and in the 3,000m at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships. With her victory in the 5,000m on Saturday, she became the 14th Villanova women to capture an outdoor national championship and the fourth Wildcat female to win an NCAA title in the outdoor 5,000m. Tollefson is now a ten-time All-American.
Competing in the finals of the 1,500m on Saturday, Villanova junior Carmen Douma (Cambridge, Ontario/ Woodland Christian High School) finished in sixth place with a time of 4:24.59. With her sixth place finish, Douma becomes a five-time All-American.