July 22, 2018
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Former Washburn standout athlete wins national title

Daniele Modderman Photo | BDN
Daniele Modderman Photo | BDN
Carsyn Koch (right) of Cedarville University leads the pack before finishing second in the 800 meters during the NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field Outdoor Championships last May. Koch won a national championship in the 800 at the NCAA Division II indoor track championships Saturday night in Pittsburg, Kansas.


PITTSBURG, Kansas — Cedarville (Ohio) University sophomore Carsyn Koch, a former Washburn District High School standout athlete, captured a national championship in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field championships Saturday night at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center.

Koch finished in a meet-record time of 2 minutes, 5.12 second, beating second-place finisher Lynelle Decker of Seattle Pacific by over two seconds. Fellan Fergurson of Johnson C. Smith finished third in 2:07.99 in a field of eight competitors.

Koch’s winning time broke the record of 2:05.75 set by Grand Valley State’s Steph Kuhlman in 2003.

Koch advanced to the final after winning her prelim heat earlier in the day with a time of 2:09.79, the fourth fastest time for the final.

Last spring, Koch became Cedarville’s first woman NCAA All-American when she finished second in the 800 in the Div. II national outdoor meet.

Koch enjoyed one of the most successful and well-rounded athletic careers at Washburn. She competed in five different sports including basketball, soccer, cross country, outdoor track and soccer.

From 2010-2014, Koch claimed four Class C cross country individual state championships and one Class C team title (2012). She played on four consecutive Class D basketball state title teams (2011-2014) and helped Washburn win the school’s first girls soccer state crown in 2013.


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