Catherine Theobald Adds 800 Meter Record To Resume
SPOKANE, Wash. - Add the women's outdoor 800 meters record to Gonzaga University sophomore Catherine Theobald's resume.
Theobald, already the school record holder in the indoor 800 and a member of the school-record holding 4x400 meter relay, won the 800 meters in 2:14.84 Thursday at the Whitworth Twilight Mini Meet at Whitworth University. That broke the mark of 2:16.23 by Kate Brayko in 1997. Theobald also set the Boppell Track record, beating the record of 2:15.10 set by Jaime Miller of the University of Montana in 2001.
"Catherine ran a remarkable race," head coach Pat Tyson said. "She led start to finish."
Tyson was also happy with the top four sweep by the Bulldog men in the 1500 meters, led by Willie Milam's winning time of 3:58.94 for a personal best. Andy Phillips, running unattached for the Bulldogs, was second in 4:00.69, Andrew Walker was third in 4:02.12 and Kyle Branch was fourth in 4:02.77.
Not to be outdone by the men, Lauren Bergam led a wave of five Bulldogs in the women's 1500 meters, taking the victory in 4:52.02. She was followed across the finish line by Megan Batty in 4:53.61, Emily Albrecht in 4:54.70, Lara Tuthill in 4:56.34 and Jordan McCann in 4:59.35.
Tyson held several of his top runners out of Thursday's meet as Emily Thomas on the women's side and Tate Kelly and Colin O'Neill on the men's side did not compete. They will be in action a week from Saturday when the Bulldogs head to Eugene, Ore., and the Oregon Relays.