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March 19, 2014

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMP

Seabrook's Little Repeats NCAA Championship in the 400 Meters

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That’s not to say Little didn’t watch the second heat intently.

Her teammate (and roommate), Meredith Scannell, was in that heat and placed second (third overall) in 55.92 behind runner-up Hulerie McGuffie of UMass Boston, who ran 55.28. It was a good day for the Bay State.

“We wanted to finish first and second,” Little noted.

Twenty minutes prior to the 400-meters, Little placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.70 seconds to earn All-America for the 10th time in her career. “I was happy with the run and to get a PR (personal record). I think once you digest it you can pinpoint what you could’ve improved upon. But I was definitely happy with the PR.”

Little’s finish in the 60-meter hurdles certainly primed her for the 400. They were 20 minutes apart.

She did not have that luxury on Friday when she ran the 200-meter preliminary, in which she finished 10th in 25.02 seconds, just 0.02 seconds short of qualifying for the final. Alas, it was her third race of the day.

“It just came down to focus,” she said. “The hurdles and the 400 (preliminaries) were 20 minutes apart, so I was still in the zone. After the 400, I allowed myself to step out of that mentality.”

Little refused to allow that to happen on Saturday in her fourth event of the weekend, the 4x400 meter relay, in which she and her teammates placed fourth in 3:50.43. Little ran a 55.5-second split.

“We were hoping for better, but we improved upon our time from earlier in the year,” she noted. “We did what we needed to do.”

Little, a 12-time All-American, is giving herself a whole two days rest this week before Wheaton opens the outdoor season Saturday at the Bridgewater State Invitational.

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