Viehweg Breaks School Record in 3000m Steeplechase

April 3, 2009

Redshirt senior Ciara Viehweg charged back onto the steeplechase scene in a big way on Friday evening as she broke the nearly four year old school record to win the event on day one of the UCLA Invitational.

Viehweg set a new personal best time by nearly eight seconds, running 10:27.73 (old best, 10:35.70 from 2007). Her time broke Alison Costello's school record of 10:31.34, which was set in 2005.

The senior won by just over 40 seconds as she picked up her regional qualifying mark in the event. Her time also ranks amongst the top-15 in the NCAA.

Also in the steeple, freshmen Sadie Martinez and Paige Rackley took a crack at the event as Martinez finished third in a time of 11:21.80 and Rackley was fourth, running 11:25.12.

In the 5000m, freshman Taryn Pastoor finished fifth in a time of 18:18.80.

Earlier in the afternoon, sophomore Jade Niemeyer picked up a regional qualifier in the hammer as she threw a lifetime-best 167-6 (old best, 163-10) to finish third overall. That mark ranks seventh all-time in UCLA history.

Jessica Cosby, the women's throws coach and 2008 Olympian, opened up her outdoor season with a big hammer toss of 231-5 to win.

Also in the hammer, sophomore Catherine White finished fifth (152-11, lifetime-best) and freshman Brittany Borman was eighth (139-3).

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