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A Broken Record, Again

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Published
April 19, 2008
By
Gary Pine
WALNUT, Calif. – It’s a broken record.

No, really, it is a broken record that keeps repeating the same sound over and over and over.

Another week of competition and more school records for NAIA All-Americans Aron Rono, Jaime Canterbury and Jackie Kipwambok. And the trio could not have set their records on a bigger stage.

At the 50th Annual Mt. SAC Relays, Rono, Canterbury and Kipwambok all established school records in their respective events. While Rono and Canterbury broke their own previous standards, Kipwambok, a sophomore out of Kenya, shattered the school’s 11-year old record in the women’s 10,000 meters. Kipwambok won the Mt. SAC Relays university/open division of the 10,000 with an outstanding time of 34:37.25, beating Auburn’s Laurel Pritchard by 3 seconds. In the process, the crushed the former Azusa Pacific record of 36:36.08 set by Sarah Laufer at the 1997 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

For Kipwambok, it’s her second school record this season after transferring to Azusa Pacific from Cowley Community College (Kan.) last summer. During the indoor season she broke the school record in the mile with a 4:56.13.

Fellow Kenyan Rono won the Mt. SAC Relays invitational 10,000 with a 28:13.75, to best his former school record of 28:50.81 that he set last year at the Stanford Invitational. Rono was strong and impressive throughout the whole race, clocking a 14-minute 5,000 the opening half of the race before coming back with a sub-14 over the final half of the race. He currently owns the sixth fastest 10,000 in the world this year.

Rono continues to hold 4 school records: 1500 (3:43.25), mile (4:06.91), 5,000 (14:11.67) and the 10,000.

Likewise Canterbury broke one of her own school records, besting her previous standard in the 1500 with a 4:23.61 in the invitational portion of the Mt. SAC Relays. Last year she clocked a 4:25.69 at the Occidental Invitational. Earlier this year, Canterbury set the school records in the 3000 (9:48.45) and the 5000 (16:34.41).

All 3 runners will be back in action this week at the 22nd Annual Golden State Athletic Conference championship Meet hosted by Azusa Pacific. Each athlete is entered in the 1500 and 5000 for the conference meet.