STANFORD and HAYWARD, Calif. – Alaska Anchorage distance standout Caroline Kurgat continued to etch her name in the record books by running a record-breaking 10,000-meter time of 32 minutes, 33.24 seconds, Friday at the Cobb Track and Angell Field in Stanford, Calif.
Her time stands as the second fastest ever for a Div. II athlete in the event, trailing only Sylvia Mosqueda of Cal State LA who ran 32:28.57 at the 1988 Div. I Outdoor Championships – back when DI and DII athletes competed together at nationals.
Kurgat, a junior from Eldoret, Kenya and the 2017 Div. II cross country national champion, recorded a time that would have been the fourth quickest in Div. I in 2017. She shattered Joyce Chelimo’s UAA and GNAC record of 33:14.41 – a time that now ranks sixth in DII history.
Kurgat used a 5:14-minute mile pace to cover roughly 6.2 miles to finish seventh out of 29 competitors. She was the only DII athlete in the field, competing against professional and DI athletes.
The majority of the Seawolves competed at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in Hayward, Calif. on Friday. Mariah Burroughs, Emmah Chelimo and the women’s 4x400-meter relay highlighted the meet with NCAA provisional qualifying times. Both Burroughs and Chelimo eclipsed the provisional standard of 11:04.19 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Burroughs clocked 10:51.76 and Chelimo finished in 11:00.09.
The 4x400-meter relay of Yemi Knight, Danielle McCormick, Tamara Perez, and Vanessa Aniteye crushed the field with a 16-second victory, clocking 3:43.01. The time is a provisional mark, second quickest in program history and fourth best all-time for the GNAC.
Junior Yvonne Jeschke won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4.25 inches. She bested a field of 24 athletes and cleared the GNAC Championships qualifying standard (5-3.75).
On the men’s side, four Seawolves recorded GNAC qualifying marks or event wins, while freshman Brandon Nicholson set a program record in the triple jump.
Nicholson, from Wasilla (Colony HS), leapt 47 feet, 5.25 inches to finish third in the event and qualify for the GNAC Outdoor Championships. Sophomore Christopher Brake cleared 6 feet, 6.25 inches to win the high jump. Brake bested 28 other jumpers.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay of Nicholas Taylor, Daniel Remington, Darrion Gray, and Liam Lindsay cruised to a comfortable two-second victory, crossing the line in 3:16.66.
Junior Jorge Sanchez also earned a spot at the GNAC meet, following a time of 31:20.37 in the 10,000 meters.
The No. 19 women’s team and men’s program return to the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Saturday. Both meets run throughout the day and will be streamed on FloTrack.org, with a fee.
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