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Mecke comes up short in NCAA Championships quarterfinals on Friday night

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AUSTIN — Senior Dana Mecke's illustrious UTSA career came to an end on Friday night in the 800-meter quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds.

Mecke circled the Mike A. Myers Stadium oval twice in 2:08.51, which was 18th in the field of 27 middle distance runners. The top three finishers in each of the three heats, along with the next three fastest times advanced to the national semifinals in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Bulverde native finishes her time in the Alamo City with two appearances in the NCAA Championships quarters and a total of 10 Southland Conference Championships (six indoor/three outdoor/one cross country). However, her list of accolades don't stop there, as she was named the 2010 Southland Outdoor Athlete of the Year, 2009 Outstanding Indoor Track Performer and 2008 Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Mecke also leaves UTSA as the program record holder in the indoor mile (4:49.82) and outdoor 1,500m (4:24.33) in addition to ranking second in the 800m (2:09.25 indoor/2:07.44 outdoor).

She also received numerous accolades for her outstanding work in the classroom, including being named a third-team Academic All-American in 2009 and a four-time recipient of the Southland Student-Athlete of the Year award (2009-10 indoor/'10 outdoor/'08 cross country). Mecke received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering a year ago with a 3.87 GPA and has completed one year of graduate course work in biomedical engineering (3.60 GPA).

Meanwhile, Southland Outdoor Freshman of the Year Shahira Ehiemua was the only other Roadrunner to compete during the second day of action and she placed 43rd (24.67) in first round of the 200m.

The three-day meet concludes on Saturday.

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