EUGENE, Oregon – University of Tennessee at Martin distance standout Ann Asipan put the finishing touches on her collegiate career with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on Saturday evening to earn All-American honorable mention honors by the United States Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association.
Despite competing in her first NCAA Championship event, the senior put the Skyhawk track & field program on the map it is debut season with a record-setting performance to complete a decorated career. Competing against the nation’s best distance runners, Asipan joined a loaded field of 24 competitors to ultimately finish 18th overall with a school record time of 16:06.55. With the record-setting time, Asipan became the program’s first All-American, earning honorable mention honors.
Asipan leaves UT Martin having single-handedly rewritten the program’s record book. Her All-American honors join a pair of OVC Championship runner-up finishes in the 1,500m and 3,000m events while finishing fifth in the indoor 5k during her track career. Additionally, Asipan won back-to-back OVC Cross Country Championships in 2015 and 2016 – becoming just the fifth athlete in OVC history to accomplish the feat.
Overall, Asipan has set numerous school records. On the track alone, she holds program records in the 1,500m (4:26.3), mile (5:03.6), 3k (9:42.7) and 5k (16:06.5). She has also owns the program’s six fastest times in program history on the cross country side. For her speed and athleticism, Asipan has been rewarded by earning All-American honors, along with three All-OVC first team accolades and a pair of All-Region cross country designations.
Along with her individual accomplishments, Asipan has transformed UT Martin into a program to watch on both the regional and national level. Behind her leadership, the Skyhawks reintroduced the school’s indoor and outdoor track & field programs while leading the women’s cross country squad to the program’s first regional ranking in school history and a 12th place finish at the NCAA South Regional.
“We are so proud of Ann and all that she has achieved,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “Thanks to everyone for the messages of support. It has truly been a great first year for the program. Although it is the end of Ann’s great Skyhawk career, I know it is just the beginning for our fledging program.”