TURNER'S 3K RECORD HIGHLIGHTS DAY ONE OF SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Day #1 Results (.pdf)
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Freshman Savannah Turner eclipsed her previous 3,000m record to lead the Jaguars on day one of The Summit League Indoor Track Championships, being held at the IPFW Fieldhouse this weekend. North Dakota State leads the seven-team field with 65 points and Omaha is second with 34 points.
South Dakota (30), South Dakota State (24), IPFW (20), Western Illinois (14) and the Jaguars (7) round out the day one standings.
Turner did her part, taking sixth in the 3,000m race in a time of 10:10.04, bettering her own school record by more than four seconds. Sophomore Lexi Hunt took 11th in the same race, running a personal best time of 10:40.86.
"Savannah got after it," IUPUI Head Coach Antonio McDaniel said. "Four women kind of took off and Savannah fell into the second group with some South Dakota State runners. She was able to chase down a girl late in the race, which was good. The best part, we're just starting to scratch the surface with her. She's only going to continue to get better.
"Lexi put herself out there and ran a new PR. She got gapped by herself, but was able to push through it and continue to run hard by herself. That's something we've worked hard with her on."
The distance medley relay made for a quirky end to the day as the 800m leg was cut one lap short by meet officials, skewing times and frustrating coaches. The Jaguars team of Leah Brooks, Valeria Guzman, Julie Riggins and Rachel Zajac finished fifth in a time of 11:50.35.
"It's frustrating because it kind of threw off everything we were doing," McDaniel said. "Julie looked really good and looked like she was going to run around 2:20. After that, we kind of told Rachel to back off because she wasn't trying to chase anyone down.
"That changed everything. Even with the finish, it still would've been nice for those ladies to get a school record and feel good about their work. Then maybe that positivity carries over to Saturday - you never know."
Guzman and Katie Williams opened the day in the second of three heats of the 800m, with Guzman running a school record time of 2:18.25. Williams finished at 2:25.31 as neither made Saturday's finals.
"Valeria ran a great race. It was the first time a race got out pretty quick for her and that's been a theme for these championships so far," McDaniel said. "The goal is to always make the finals, but it's against tough competition.
"To PR by four seconds in the last race of indoor season is pretty good."
The two-day meet will conclude on Saturday (Mar. 1), beginning at 9:30 a.m..