Newly minted record-holder Mary Beth Hamilton looks to qualify for NCAA Indoor Championships with “last chance meet”


Senior Mary Beth Hamilton looks to carry the momentum from her record-breaking mile race into the upcoming Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 18.
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On Monday and Tuesday, they call her Ms. Hamilton. On Wednesday and Thursday, they call her Mary Beth.

Student-teacher Mary Beth Hamilton found success last weekend at the Husky Classic, breaking a 17-year record in the mile with a time of 4:39:11.

“It’s so cool to hang my name on the wall of this program,” Hamilton said. “I’m very new to the event … it was my third time running it.”

With her fourth season coming up, the senior is excited to shave off several seconds to climb up to a top-16 ranking and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

“The Alex Wilson Invitational is the (ideal) meet for distance running,” distance coach Brad Herbster said. “(The meet) is predominantly last chance for DMR (distance medley relay) to get in.”

The Longhorns are looking to qualify for the NCAA meet in the distance medley relay for the first time since 2010, while No. 28 Hamilton aims to claw her way up to a top-16 ranking in the  mile. “(We) just want to go where the majority of people go and get it done,” Herbster said.

The Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., begins on Feb. 18.