By Tim Donnelly
Recently on ESPN Ithaca’s Between the Lines, host Tim Donnelly spoke with Denise Ibarra of the Ithaca College Track and Field Team. Ibarra recently won the 3000m at the Towson Tiger Invitation, an event that included many Division I participants. Here is a snippet of that conversation; to hear the full interview, visit ESPN Ithaca’s on-demand PodCenter at ESPNIthaca.com.
Tim Donnelly: What does it mean as a Division III athlete to go into a competition with Division I athletes and then come away with that win?
Denise Ibarra: It’s actually a really cool experience and sensation just because, you know, there is a whole stigma that goes around with the Division I and the Division III athletes. I think it was really cool to show that Division III has a super competitive side. I’m super proud to be a part of this Division III program that has so often done super well against other Division I schools. I think it is a really neat and cool experience, for sure.
TD: Your time in the 3000m was the second fastest of your career. When you think of how you want to finish the rest of the season, what is the main thing you are trying to accomplish?
DI: My main goal is definitely to, I’ve never competed at the indoor nationals meet for track, I’ve competed in outdoor track and cross country a couple of times, but never in indoor. So, I would definitely want to qualify for the national championship, but my goal is actually to qualify in the 5000m. So, I would have to hit a pretty low 17’s in order for that to happen. So that is currently the main goal, right now.
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