Yerkes Claims First Place in Indoor Track & Field National Championships

Runner sets new school record in the process

TERRE HAUTE, In. --- Robin Yerkes won first place in the 400m at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. The championships were held at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.

Nearing the end of the last turn Yerkes was behind event favorite Hannah Baker of Wartburg, but she took control in the final 50 meters as she passed Baker to become the national champion. Yerkes' time of 56.09 seconds in the 400m is a school record and a personal best. Baker finished in second place with a time of 56.58 seconds.

Yerkes earned her fifth All-American honor and is the second Maroon in Roanoke history to be a national champion in track and field. The first was Casey Smith who won the 10,000m in 2001 with a time of 35:05.63.

Yesterday, Yerkes competed in the 55m dash trials and finished ninth. She was one hundredth of a second short of advancing to the finals. Her time of 7.23 seconds set a new school record in the event.

Yerkes' outstanding performance wraps-up the indoor season for the Maroons. The team will start their outdoor season on Mar. 21 as they host the Roanoke Invitational. Events start at 9 a.m.

View a video of Robin's race.

Released: March 16, 2009
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