Like Falcon, Huber ran her second race of the night cautiously. I felt tired," she said. "I was glad when Trina Leopold of Texas took it out. It was a break to be able to follow for a while." Hovering on Leopold's shoulder, Huber passed the 1,600-meter mark in 4:58. With 600 meters to go, Huber followed Stern's advice. "He told me when I went, to just go—no second thoughts—because you don't get a second chance."
At the bell lap she led Heidi Olafsdottir of Alabama by 10 yards and held that margin to win in 9:05.67. Villanova needed more than Huber, though, in the team competition; the Wildcats finished second. Texas won its second title, thanks in large part to frosh Carlette Guidry, who won the long jump and the 55 meters, ran a leg on the winning 4 X 400-meter relay and placed second in the 200 meters, and was named the meet's outstanding performer.
Uncle Marty is a great believer in long-term planning. Months ago he and Huber agreed that on this night at the Myriad she would be running for Villanova. That will soon change. "She needs to make the Olympic team in July," Stern says, referring to the U.S. trials on July 15-23, in Indianapolis. "We won't ask her to do this [the double] outdoors when she is close to doing things that will be important for the rest of her life."