Lindsey Butler, Virginia Tech junior from Corning, an NCAA indoor track champion

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Lindsey Butler: NCAA Champion.

The Virginia Tech junior from Corning earned that distinction Saturday night with a top finish in the 800-meter race in NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Birmingham, Alabama.

Butler entered as the No. 1 seed and came through with a winning time of 2 minutes, 1.37 seconds. Runner-up was fellow junior Claire Seymour of BYU in 2:01.96.

She becomes the second woman in ACC history to take the indoor 800 title, joining Clemson's Natoya Goule (2015).

Corning-Painted Post graduate Lindsey Butler of Virginia Tech celebrates after winning the women's 800m in 2:01.37 during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 12, 2022.
Corning-Painted Post graduate Lindsey Butler of Virginia Tech celebrates after winning the women's 800m in 2:01.37 during the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 12, 2022.

Butler repeated as ACC indoor 800 champion with an NCAA-best 2:01.23 to secure Saturday’s top seed. That time left her No. 9 in collegiate history.

She placed fourth at 800 meters in 2021 Indoor Nationals.

Shortly after completion of Butler’s race, Emily Mackay, Binghamton University graduate student and Union-Endicott High grad, placed 15th in the 3,000 on a 9:11.29 clocking. The winner was Oklahoma State sophomore Taylor Roe (8:58.95), with North Carolina State freshman Katelyn Touhy second (8:59.20).

Binghamton University's Emily Mackay competes in NCAA Indoor Nationals, March 12, 2022.
Binghamton University's Emily Mackay competes in NCAA Indoor Nationals, March 12, 2022.

On Friday, Mackay failed to pass through the one-mile preliminary.

This article originally appeared on Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin: Corning's Lindsey Butler wins NCAA 800-meter championship