Running in an elite 5k field, Gregory nearly broke the UA record

WALNUT, California – Razorback Lauren Gregory nearly broke the Arkansas school record by 0.07 of a second as she placed eighth in an elite 5,000m field Friday night at the Mt. SAC Relays with the best time of her 15:25.17 race.

Dominique Scott still holds the UA record with her time of 15:25.10 from 2016.

Finishing as the third-best college student in the race, Gregory moves up to No. 2 on Arkansas’ all-time list. He previously he was at No. 4th with his time of 15:42.45 from 2019.

“Running 15:25 and missing our school record held by two-time Olympian Dominique Scott by seven-hundredths of a second is a very small margin in athletics,” said Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter.

“She has more opportunities here in the future. There were two other good college guys that she competed against today that she will be facing again in the near future. It was a great final”.

Karissa Schweizer won the race with a world leading time of 15:02.77 for 2022 ahead of Emily Infeld, runner-up with 15:05.80 as the fourth fastest time this season, and Laura Galván, third with 15:09 .80.

Colorado’s Abby Nichols was the best collegiate on the field, placing fifth in 15:15.95 with Alabama’s Mercy Chelangat sixth in 15:17.28.

“Once we started rolling, it felt natural to keep rolling with them, trying to respond and run like I could run,” Gregory noted. “This was a good first outdoor 5k for the season. The last one was at the NCAA Indoor and it’s a completely different feeling. It’s the same distance, but a completely different race.

“So, it was fun to feel that again, get on the train and keep rolling. Hopefully it’ll be a little faster next time, but we’re just getting started. So, keep building on that, hopefully.”

Nichols, now No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list, held the collegiate lead time of 15:27.11 for the 2022 outdoor season that begins this week. That mark was lowered to 15:21.47 by Oklahoma State’s Taylor Roe on Thursday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Nichols got it back with his performance at Mt. SAC.

Behind Gregory were Natosha Rogers, ninth in 15:27.23, and Arkansas alum Taylor Werner, 15the with a 15:43.10.

“It was great, and it was a great experience,” Gregory said. “You don’t always understand that, especially in college. Even having college students in that major who are absolutely amazing.

“It’s great to line up next to the people you’ve seen on screen, thinking they’re so fast. So you’re toeing the line with them. That was very special. I was trying to capture some things that they were doing, thinking ‘okay, I need to do that’”.

Isabel Van Camp won another section of the 5,000m with an outdoor debut of 15:54.70, which beats her indoor best time of 15:55.02 set earlier this year. Sydney Thorvaldson was eighth in the race with a time of 16:12.38.

Arkansas alumna Shafiqua Maloney finished second in the 400m with a time of 51.89, behind Hurdle Mechanic’s Nicole Yeargin’s winning time of 51.63. Paris Peoples was the best collegiate in third place with a 52.01. Also running for the Razorbacks were Rosey Effiong (52.24) and Morgan Burks-Magee (53.34).

Amanda Fassold matched the winning height of 13-11.25 (4.25) in the pole vault and finished third on fault. Michigan’s Brooke Tjerrild claimed the win with Cal State Bakersfield’s Miranda Miller as the runner-up.

After improving on a career best in the steeplechase earlier this week at Azusa Pacific, Logan Jolly finished third in the 1500m at Mt. SAC with a time of 4:18.78. Kennedy Thomson won another section of the 1,500m in 4:22.67, placing fifth overall, with teammate Krissy Gear providing pace assistance.

Jayla Hollis ran 13.30 in the 100m hurdles for fourth place, while Yoveinny Mota did not finish. In the preliminaries, Hollis ran 13.22 as the runner-up in her heat, while Mota won her heat in 13.23.

Baylark finished seventh in the 200 with a 23.15. Other Razorbacks runs in the event included Hollis (23.65), Reid (23.67) and Mota (24.00).

Quinn Owen posted a time of 2:08.49 to place fifth in her 800m section, finishing 17ththe general.

In the 100 m preliminaries, Baylark advanced to the final with an overall lead time of 11.13 seconds (2.6) while Reid clocked 11.53 to finish 17th.the.

The Arkansas 4×100 relay won its preliminary heat in 44:35 with a crew of Effiong, Baylark, Hollis and Reid.