Bolf Runs NCAA Auto 10k Mark
STANFORD, Calif. - In her first 10,000-m run of the outdoor season, University of Colorado junior distance runner Christine Bolf ran a near-13 second personal best and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 34 minutes 00.94 seconds to finish 18th in her section, and overall, at the Stanford Invitational here late Friday night. Bolf paced a five-member travel party that turned in her NCAA automatic time as well as a pair of NCAA provisional marks and a single regional qualifying effort.
In addition, her time leads the Big 12 Conference best list in the early season and is seventh on the CU all-time outdoor 10k chart, "Christine was trying to break the automatic qualifying time of 34:10.00, and ran a very methodical race, hitting the splits very carefully, trying not to run harder than was necessary trying to get under that mark," said head coach Mark Wetmore.
In the men's 10,000-m, Jon Severy's career setting senior season continued with a monster 63.34 second personal best and high NCAA provisional qualifying run o f29:15.14 to finish sixth in the second section. In his first outdoor 10k, junior Payton Batliner followed suit, as his 29:37.52 was also a pr and provisional qualifier, finishing 19th in the section. Austin Baillie, who Wetmore explained usually runs about what Batliner does, had an off day and finished 45th in a pr 30:15.75 in his first career outdoor 10k.
"Jon ran a very nice race. It was a huge pr and will be a high provisional on the NCAA descending order list," said Wetmore. "Austin didn't have his best run, but there's lots of time to get back to work to fix it."
Senior Natalie Florence's 16:48.44 effort in the women's 5,000-m run was a regional qualifier for the late May meet and was good enough for a 16th place finish in the second of three sections.
"Natalie came here to surpass the 16:52 necessary to qualify for regionals. That's what we came here to do, and she did."
In additonal spring break action, thrower Chase Mullen, in the first meet of his senior season, threw a 190-0.50 to finish second in the men's hammer throw at the Rob Upton Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.
The outdoor slate continues on Saturday when the team takes the short trip up to Greeley for the Northern Colorado Invitational, April 2.
STANFORD INVITATIONAL (Stanford, Calif.)
Women's 5,000-m Run (Section 2 of 3): 16. Natalie Florence, 16:48.44
Men's 10,000-m Run (Section 2 of 2): 6. Jon Severy, 29:15.14; 19. Payton Batliner, 29:37.52;l 45. Austin Baillie, 30:15.75.
Women's 10,000-m Run (Secion 1 of 2): 18. Christine Bolf, 34:00.94
ROB UPTON INVITATIONAL (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Men's Hammer Throw: 2. Chase Mullen, 190-0.50