Track and Field Turns in Great Weekend at Rice

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The Patriot Track & Field teams had their best showing of the 2012 season at the 9th annual J. Fred Duckett Twilight Invitational held on Saturday night on the Rice University campus. With 18 seasonal or personal bests on the day, the Patriots are hitting their stride at the right time with the National Christian College Championships only two weeks away.

Leading the Patriots, as she has done most of this outdoor season, was Kelsey Bruce in the Women’s 3000 Meter Steeple Chase. Bruce ran a personal best and a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11:01.00 to win the steeple chase in dominating fashion. Teammate Linet Kibet also set a personal best in the event with a time of 12:15.85 to finish fifth overall.

Junior Ashley Spivey had another personal best in the Women’s 1500 Meter Run with her time of 4:51.48. Spivey has set a personal best in each 1500 Meter Run that she has entered this spring. Also setting personal bests in that event were Katie Mark (5:01.66) and Tiffany Brown (5:11.30).

Finishing off the night for the ladies was the 5000 Meter Run in which Glynnis Meade (18:08.26), Julie Durrwachter (18:47.00), Tawnee Wimsatt (19:03.23) and Molly Snook (19:14.16) all set personal bests.

The men were led once again by Joshua Pauley in the 1500 Meter Run. Pauley broke the school record for the third consecutive meet with a personal best/school record performance of 3:57.04. Pauley, as has been the case all season, was followed closely by teammate Jacob Phillips in a time of 3:58.20. Phillips time was also under the former school record. Jameson Tomlin (4:09.49) and Joseph Hale (4:11.36) also set personal bests in the Men’s 1500 Meter Run.

Other Patriots that set personal bests were Jordan Koser (1:59.96) and Nic White (2:00.54) in the Men’s 800 Meter Run, and Zach Morgan (15:16.90) in the Men’s 5000 Meter Run.

The Patriots will be back in action on Friday at the Texas State University Invitational. In two weeks the Patriots will head to the National Christian College Championships hosted by Judson University.