Lindsey Butterworth swept the 800-meter titles this year, winning both the indoor and outdoor NCAA national championships.

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Lindsey Butterworth wins national title

May 25, 2015
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By Steve Frost

Simon Fraser University senior Lindsey Butterworth won the 800 metres in near-record fashion, capping her collegiate career with her second national title at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on May 23.

Butterworth won the 800 in a near-record time of 2:02.88. She missed the 25-year old championship meet record by just four-tenths of a second. Her time was just 78/100ths of a second off the Great Northern Athletic Conference record of 2:02:10 set by SFU’s Helen Crofts in 2013.

“I'm in shock. I had no idea I could run that fast,” says Butterworth, who posted a personal best that was almost two seconds faster than the 2:04.11 she ran at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 2.

Butterworth, the season-long national leader in the event, ran even with Cedarville (Ohio) freshman Carsyn Koch through the bell and into the final lap. She then turned it on with about 300 meters to go, leaving no doubt about it as she came across 2.43 seconds ahead of Koch.

“I ran a tactical race staying to the outside, trying not to get boxed in and then with 300 metres to go along the back stretch I made my move,” says Butterworth. “I didn't take the lead until 200 metres to go and then I just ran hard to the finish and I didn't look back.

“I gave everything I had. I didn't know I was capable of running so fast. This time was a breakthrough for me.”

The win gave Butterworth a sweep of the 800-meter titles this year as she also won the indoor national championship in February at Birmingham, Ala.

“I couldn't be happier to finish my SFU career with a national championship,” says Butterworth. “It is kind of sad that five years has come to an end but now it is on to the next challenge."