Woolnough Paces Women of Utah with Record Setting Night on Thursday
WALNUT, Calif. – It was an eventful Thursday night between the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays for the Utah track & field team as several Utes set new PRs while others entered the record books – including a record setting night from Cara Woolnough in the 5000m run.
Brooke Manson started the day off for Utah at the Bryan Clay Invitational, winning her section of the 800m race with a PR time of 2:05.94 and moved herself up one spot to seventh in the record book. Emma Earl followed suit and picked up the victory in her section as well behind a new personal record (2:10.31) while Brooklyn James rounded things out in the 800m race with a mark of 2:14.73.
Woolnough, who had been knocking at the door this season, finally broke through on Thursday and passed former teammate Sarah Feeny for the top 5000m time in school history with a run of 15:40.52. The Brisbane, Australia, native finished the race in sixth overall against a very fast section that saw the top-four finishers all break the facility record of 15:39.42 by over 10 seconds.
Keelah Barger didn't waste any time either and secured herself the victory in her 5000m invite section with a PR run of 16:10.66. Morgan Jensen also competed in the same heat and clocked in at 16:53.75 while Hannah Butler competed in the 5000m open race (17:18.01).
Over at the Mt. SAC Relays, Emily Venters ran with poise in the 10000m women's invite race and not only crushed her previous PR but also jumped into second all-time at Utah with a mark of 33:07.74 passing Bella Williams for the second-fastest 10k time at Utah. Venters was the second collegian to finish the race with Andrea Ramirez from the JMRC taking the victory. Meanwhile, Williams made her outdoor season debut in the same race coming in eighth-overall with a time of 33:59.39.
The chaotic part of the weekend for Utah begins on Friday, April 15, with every Ute competing between the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mr. SAC Relays throughout the day.
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