STANFORD, Calif. -- Senior Lauren Jimison ran Azusa Pacific’s first-ever sub-34 minute 10,000 meters, meeting the U.S. Olympic Trials “B” qualifying standard while breaking her own school-record in the event at this weekend’s Stanford Invitational.
Jimison, who set the school record at the Mt. SAC Relays a year ago, bettered that mark by nearly 18 seconds with her time of 33:58.91, which is just over a second below the Olympic Trials “B” standard of 34:00.
Hers is easily the fastest NAIA qualifying time of the season in the event, and it was one of 18 NAIA-qualifying marks turned in by Cougar athletes during the team’s trip to the Bay Area. Fifteen of the qualifiers came from Stanford’s two-day meet, while three more came from a trio of women’s distance runners who met the NAIA “A” standard in the 5,000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.
Leading that trio was Kristie Sikma, with a time of 17:19.97 that ranks as the NAIA’s fifth-fastest so far on the national performance list. Joining her with “A” qualifiers in the event were Melissa Telon (17:26.45) and Sarah Higgens (17:39.03).
There were three other “A” qualifiers for Azusa Pacific’s women’s team. Megan Vanwinkle registered 18-feet, 8.5-inches in the long jump, and Breanna Leslie ran a 14.16 in the 100-meter hurdles, and the Cougars qualified their 4x400 relay team with an “A” time of 3:50.79.
The Azusa Pacific men’s teams registered seven NAIA qualifiers, with five of those meeting the “A” standard. Abednego Magut ran a 14:28.17 in his first 5,000 meter race of outdoor season, but the remaining four “A” qualifiers had already met the NAIA’s top standard for their events. Junior hurdler Javen Correia, who hit the exact “A” standard of 14.75 in the 110-meter hurdles a week ago at Cal State Fullerton, improved to 14.67, which currently ranks seventh on the NAIA outdoor performance list, and true freshman sprinter Remontay McClain clocked a 21.45 in the 200 meters.
The other two “A” marks came in the throwing events, where Brad Beckwith registered a throw of 161-feet, 6-inches in the discus and David Musson tossed the javelin 199-feet, 6-inches. Both had already previously qualified with NAIA “A” marks this season.
Kyle Clark moved to within a tenth of a second of the “A” standard in the 400 meter hurdles, turning in a time of 53.90 which registered nearly a half-second of improvement from his time in the same event last week at Cal State Fullerton.
The only other men’s NAIA qualifier was Cedrique Smith, whose 15.08 in the 110-meter hurdles met the “B” standard although he has already qualified in that event with an “A” time. David Shulte was less than a second away from hitting a qualifier in the 400 meters, finishing in 49.47, and Zach Ginn was just about 40 seconds away from meeting a qualifying standard in the 10,000 meters after running it in 31:56.37 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. The men’s 4x400 relay team was also close to a qualifying time, as the 3:18.42 the Cougars recorded was less than 1.5 seconds off the pace of the NAIA’s “B” standard of 3:17.00.
Anita Fung recorded a 12.50 in the 100 meter dash to move to within a quarter-second of the “B” qualifying standard (12.25) in the event. The Cougar women registered four other “B” marks to go with their seven “A” qualifiers on the weekend. Leslie registered 18-feet, 1.75-inches in the long jump, while Kathleen Luna posted qualifiers in the shot put (43-feet, 0.5-inches) and hammer throw (157-feet, 11-inches). The other “B” mark also came in the hammer, with Jordan Robusto registering 160-feet, 6-inches.
The Cougars are back in action next week at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Azusa Pacific hosts the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational multi events April 18-19, followed by the Bryan Clay Invitational (April 20) and the GSAC Track & Field Championships (April 27-28) to round out the home portion of the outdoor season, which concludes with the May 24-26 NAIA Outdoor Championships in Marion, Ind.