Nicole Crawford Makes OSU's All-Time Top Five In The 10,000 Meters

April 23, 2005

Eugene, Ore. - Oregon State women's track participated in the Oregon Invitational this weekend, boasting a second place finish as well as an all-time top five finish in the 10,000 meters. The Beavers ran and placed well in the 10,000 meters for the first time Friday evening, also showing strong finishes in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters on Saturday at Hayward Field.

OSU's Nicole Crawford was the only lady entered in the 10,000 meters for the Beavers, finishing fifth with a time of 38:17.04. Crawford's time also placed her fifth on OSU's list of all-time performers in the event, behind Anne Harry's 1982 time of 38:13.59 in the event.

'This was Nicole's very first year of running track,' OSU head coach Kelly Sullivan said. 'She didn't run track in high school and this was pretty new to her. She is the first lady on the team to have a chance to run the 10,000. She went out and ran against other collegiates that have been doing this for awhile, so she did incredibly and handled it with a tremendous amount of grace.'

Jean-Marie Peterson finished third in the first section of the 1,500 meters and 16th of 30 runners overall, with a time of 4:45.68. While Kaitlin Poggi finished ninth in the second heat of the 1,500 and 10th of 30 runners overall, with a time of 4:40.97. Peterson's finish marked her best time in the event so far this season, while Poggi's finish marked her second best time in the event this season.

'Taylor Bryant participated in the 1,500 as well but clocked down half way through the race,' Sullivan said. 'This is the second week in a row we have had someone get tripped, so it was unfortunate.'

Noelle Harer also ran a season best, finishing sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:19.86.

'We are plugging along and being consistent and running our personal best,' Sullivan said. 'Overall we had a good day.'

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