Proctor Breaks 10k School Record At Stanford
Apr. 2-3 | Stanford, Calif. | Cobb Track & Angell Field
STANFORD, Calif. – Junior Tibebu Proctor is the new long distance top Dawg, breaking the 20-year-old school record for the men's 10,000-meters tonight at the Stanford Invitational. Proctor covered the 25 laps tonight in 28-minutes, 31.59 seconds, bettering the school record by three seconds, and breaking his old PR by 23 seconds.
A native of Ethiopia who came to Seattle in elementary school, Proctor is in his fourth year at UW but this is just his second outdoor track season with the pandemic and a first year redshirt. Tonight he broke David Bazzi's mark of 28:34.54 which had stood since 2001.
"I am happy I broke the school record tonight but I shouldn't get all the credit," said Proctor late Friday night. "There are people behind the scenes that helped me to this moment. I thank my loved ones, families, coaches, friends and teammates for their help whether it is on the track or in the kitchen helping make healthier choices. Dawgs got to eat!"
It's also the first Husky outdoor school record set on the men's side in any event since 2016.
Proctor's 10k was the last event of the first day of the two-day Stanford Invitational, held at Cobb Track & Angell Field. The first event on the track was another big Husky highlight.
Senior Katie Rainsberger proved that an experienced Dawg can still learn new tricks, as she tried the 3,000m steeplechase for the first time and took to it quickly. One of just two women in the race, the 12-time All-American Rainsberger essentially ran a solo effort, as she won by more than a minute. She crossed in 10:00.29, which is the No. 4 time in school history and the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season.
Next up the Huskies got a win in the men's steeplechase from senior Julius Diehr, who returned for another shot at a final outdoor season and got back to the steeple for the first time in nearly two years. Diehr won in 8:53.67 which would rank as the second-fastest time in the NCAA based on marks entering the weekend. Redshirt freshman Joe Waskom also had a good debut in the steeple, taking fourth in 9:06.76.
Pac-12 cross country champ Haley Herberg took second in the 5,000-meters tonight in 16:00.03, with freshman Naomi Smith placing fourth in 16:13.31.
In earlier field event action, Makenna Barton won the women's pole vault clearing 13-1 ½.
Senior Lyndsey Lopes took second in the long jump, first among collegians, with a wind-aided 19-5 ¼ and Ida Eikeng was fourth at 18-11 ¾, with Hannah Rusnak fifth with a best of 18-8.
Eikeng also took third in the javelin with a throw of 158-feet, 1-inch. Lopes tossed 119-4 for a season-best. In the men's long jump, Ollie Thorner got himself a PR of 22-2 ½.
The Stanford Invitational resumes on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.