Sheppard Sets School 400-meter Mark at Vandal Indoor

Feb. 16, 2002

MOSCOW, Idaho - Senior sprinter Kelsey Sheppard broke her own school record for the indoor 400-meter run late last night at the University of Idaho's Vandal Indoor, becoming the third Husky runner to better an all-time UW indoor mark this season. The win was one of four by Husky athletes at the meet, which featured Division-I and Division-II colleges from throughout the Northwest.

Sheppard's winning time of 55.11 seconds was more than a quarter-second ahead of her previous best of 55.38, which established the prior school record in 2000. The Kirkland, Wash., native is one of just four Husky women in school history to run the 400-meters indoors in less than 56 seconds.

She is also the third Husky runner to break an indoor school record this season, joining sophomore distance runner Eric Garner (3,000 meters) and freshman pole-vaulter Kate Soma, who each established all-time UW bests in their respective events at last week's UW Invitational.

Joining Sheppard on the victory stand was Husky freshman Lisa Gibbs, who won the 3,000 meters in 9:55.78 in just her second race since suffering an injury after her All-American 2001 cross-country campaign. Other Husky event winners included the men's 4x400-meter relay team, in 3:14.24, and 2001 indoor All-American Brad Walker, competing unattached in the pole vault.

With seven competitions already under their belt in 2002, Washington's track squads will take the upcoming week off in preparation for the Husky Last Chance Qualifier Track and Field meet on Mar.2, the final indoor competition before the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mar. 8-9.

For full results, visit the University of Idaho's official website,

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