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Emily Thomas Breaks Her 10,000 Meters School Record

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 04/06/2012
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            SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Gonzaga University sophomore Emily Thomas broke her school record in the 10,000 meters Friday morning, finishing third at the SF State Distance Carnival is 35:01.46.

            Thomas set the previous record of 36:03.13 last season at the West Coast Invitational at Willamette University.

            The Bulldogs also got strong showings from Tate Kelly and Colin O'Neil in the men's 10,000, and from Robert Walgren in the men's 5000 meters.

            Kelly finished third in Section 2 in 30:48.22 while O'Neil was fifth in 30:49.43, both runners just shy of the school record of 30:45.22 set by Joe Miller in 2005 while setting personal bests. In the timed placing for the finals Kelly and O'Neil held their positions among the 36 finishers. Sharles Simon of Grand Canyon won the event in 30:40.08 as he was in the same section as Kelly and O'Neil.

            Walgren was third in Section 3 in 14:35.64, a couple of seconds off Chris Boyle's school record of 14:33.87 set last season. Walgren's time placed him 14th overall. Walgren also knocked 22 seconds off his career best of 14:57.52 set earlier this season.

            Thomas was the first collegiate finisher Friday, Michelle Meyer (35:00.71) and Alicia Freese (35:01.05) of the Impala Racing Team taking the top two spots, respectively.

            Thomas is currently ranked No. 1 in the Western Regional and based on last year's qualifiers would rank in the Top 48 which would earn her a trip to the NCAA Western Regional in Austin, Texas, according to head coach Pat Tyson.

            "Obviously, the Stanford Invitational will shake things up Saturday," Tyson said. "To run this fast at 8 a.m. on a chilly San Francisco morning is a remarkable feat."

            The meet is the fifth annual SF State Distance Carnival at Cox Stadium on the San Francisco State University campus as more than 50 colleges and universities will be represented in one of the biggest meets on the West Coast. A total of 665 athletes are expected to participate in the meet, which has grown rapidly since its inception in 2008 when the event attracted 100 competitors.

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