Forum staff reports, Published January 27 2014
South grad Roesler posts fastest 800 time of the seasonLEXINGTON, Ky. – Laura Roesler of Fargo posted the fastest 800-meter time in the United States this year and the second-fastest in NCAA indoor history at last Saturday’s University of Kentucky’s Rod McCravy Invitational.
Roesler, a University of Oregon senior from Fargo South High School, ran a blistering 2 minute, 1.32 second 800. The NCAA indoor record is 2:00.75 set by Tennessee’s Nicole Cook in 2005.
Roesler finished runner-up in the 800 at both the indoor and outdoor championships last year to Louisiana State’s Natoya Goule, who has since transferred to Clemson. Goule will sit out this season under transfer rules, making Roesler the early favorite to win the 800 this season.
“Laura is training at a really high level, and is reaping the benefits of the work she put in over the summer,” said Oregon head coach Robert Johnson. “There are a few things we can still clean up, but to come out and run the way she did is a real positive sign.”
Roesler also ran a leg on Oregon’s distance medley relay team that posted a winning time of 10:56.77, shattering the McCravy meet record and Nutter Fieldhouse record.