Payne Earns Qualifying Time for Nationals at Kansas Relays
Even with the rain, the cold, and the lightning, Shannon Payne earned a provisional qualifying time in the 10,000 meter run at the KU Relays. Payne's qualifying time was 36 minutes, 19.43 seconds, and the provisional qualifying time is 37:30.00.
"Payne had a provisional qualifying time-top five in the country," said UCCS coach Mark Misch. "The girl that won (the ace) ran the fastest time in the country for this year, so far."
"It's been dumping rain all day and in the 40s; we had delays and lightning," Misch said. "The track's been flooded, the kids were freezing, and we just saw it all today."
With her provisional qualifying time, Payne will compete in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships coming up in May.
Also in the 10,000 with Payne was Alicia Del Pardo who finished with a time of 40:35.82.
Alex Vazquez inched his way closer to a national qualifying time in the men's 800-meter run. He finished with a time of 1:53.05, putting him in third place among 72 other runners.
He was very close to a NCAA provisional qualifying time two weeks ago, but Thursday he knocked .71 seconds off of that time.
Competing in the 800 with Vazquez was Chris Reynolds. He finished with a time of 1:57.51, ahead of 52 other runners.
"Vazquez was very close again; he had a solid performance," Misch said. "Reynolds had a good day, also."
Dan Pinter placed 16th among 56 runners in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:03.82. Only seconds behind Pinter was Alex Tiernan with a time of 4:06.91, and finishing with a time of 4:13.07 was Dustin Simoens.
"Pinter had a great race," Misch said. "He was very solid; we just had some great performances."
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Joel Kienitz finished in fifth place out of 17 competitors. He finished with a time of 10:04.30. Branson Bartlett competed in the 5000 meter run and finished with a time of 15:35.47.
Gabe Small competed in the 10,000-meter run, having a personal best of 32:26.79.
"Small had a personal record in the 10K," Misch said. "We had good quality performances."
Competing in the women's 800 meter run were Tracy Falsetto, Kristin Knobbe, and Melissa McKinley. Falsetto finished with a time of 2:28.25, Knobbe with a time of 2:31.34, both behind teammate McKinley who finished with a time of 2:22.00.
Kaitlin Frier finished the 5000 meter run with a time of 18:42.94, and Christy Severy finished with a time of 19:20.41. In the 3000 meter run, Vivian Reed finished with a time of 11:04.56.
"Frier and Severy both had great races," Misch said. "Both also had personal records."
The Mountain Lions are set to continue competition at the KU Relays Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th
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