Johnson Qualifies for Regional Meet as Distance Runners Run at Stanford Invite

April 6, 2008


Complete Results

At the Stanford Invitational on Friday evening, senior Cowgirl Gretchen Johnson re-wrote her name in the record books with her regional qualifying, 5,000-meter time of 16:35.98, .04 seconds off the top time set by L. Barinaga in May of 1980.

Johnson already holds the second best time in UW history in this event, but now her time is just that much closer to the top mark set in 1980. Her previous record was 16:41.21 that she set in April of last year. Johnson currently has her name written in the record books four times; she holds the record for the fastest time in the 5,000-meter race during the indoor season, as well as third in the 3,000-meter event. Currently for the outdoor season, Gretchen holds tight the second best times in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter events.

"Gretchen (Johnson) ran a very solid race, she started out well and when the rest of the pack began to slow she keep her pace and really moved through the field," said UW assistant coach Randy Cole.

Along with Johnson, freshman Alysha Davis set her personal best time in the 5,000-meter race with the sixth best time in UW history at 17:18.25.

For the Cowboys, Brett Schuler ran a personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with his time of 9:21.17, good for 11th place.

"Brett started off well but started to fade after the midway point of the race," said Cole. "He and Greg (Miller) are really starting to understand how the race needs to be ran and are making improvements every time they run."

Freshman Eliud Chirchir had some tough luck when his back tightened on him in the middle of the 5,000-meter race. He was still able to run a time of 14:58.17 that is currently first in the Mountain West Conference.

The UW teams will again split up and take in two meets next Saturday, April 12th. Half the team will head to Boulder, Colo., for the CU Invitational, while the rest will head to Norman, Okla., to compete in the John Jacobs Invitational.