INDIANAPOLIS - First-year distance standout Waverly Neer will represent Columbia on the national stage once again when she competes at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
Neer will compete in the 3,000m against 17 of the fastest runners in the nation. She auto-qualified for the national championship meet on Feb. 10 when she ran a 9:08.72 in the 3,000m. That time stands as the 14th-fastest in the country this year. It also broke the school record set by former Honda Award winner Caroline Bierbaum in 2005 by nearly 10 seconds.
Fans can watch Neer run live on ESPN3. The women's 3,000m is scheduled for a 10:10 p.m. (ET) start on Saturday and ESPN3 starts its coverage at 8 p.m. (ET).
Neer was the Ivy League champion in the 3,000m at the 2012 Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track & Field Championships at Cornell's Barton Hall. She took first with a time of 9:21.82.
Friday will mark Neer's second appearance this 2011-12 school year competing at the NCAA's highest level. On Nov. 21, Neer competed at the 2011 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. She was the top first-year finisher, placing 40th (20:30.4) out of 254 runners to earn USTFCCCA All-American honors.
Boise State is the host school for this year's NCAAs at Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center. Tickets for the championships are available here.
The complete list of participants is available here.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 9 from 7:30-11:45 p.m. ET and March 10 from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 pm ET).