CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Thunderbird track and field teams opened up a big weekend of competition in California late Thursday night, with the distance teams taking center stage at both the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays.
Bryan Clay Invitational
Kasey Knevelbaard won the 5,000-meter late Thursday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational, setting a new personal best of 13:50.08, which moves him into third in the SUU record book. The mark puts him right amongst the top in the entire country, and going into this week would put him into the top-five.
The only two athletes above Knevelbaard in the record book are Cam Levins, who holds the top spot, and teammate Mike Tate, who was No. 2 in the country coming into this weekend of competition.
In the same heat as Knevelbaard Josh Collins ran a personal best, finishing with a time of 14:12.86.
Brady Olsen ran a personal best of 14:49.95, as did Jason Quinn with a 15:13.59.
On the women’s side Julia Mahlke ran a big personal best in the 5K, running it in 17:39.04. Maddy Kauffman ran a personal best as well, finishing the same event with a 17:47.14.
At the first night of the Mt. SAC Relays SUU’s Matthew Wright competed in the 10,000-meter, running a personal best of 29:27.91.
Wright broke into the top-10 of the SUU record book with that time, and now sits sixth all time in SUU history in the 10K. Wright finished fourth in his heat of the event.
Competition will continue tomorrow at both meets, with the Thunderbirds also starting competition at the Long Beach State Invitational.
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