April 18, 2003
WALNUT, Calif. -- Washington State University senior Anna Blue broke the school's 10,000m record late last night at the Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif.
Blue, from Olympia, Wash., finished seventh in the women's invitational race in a school record time of 34 minutes, 25.63 seconds. The previous school record was 35:21.2, run by Lisa Braun in 1988.
"It was a great effort for her first attempt at this race," Cougar distance coach Jason Drake said.
This year, Blue has raced to school indoor records in the 3000m (9:42.22i) and 5000m (16:35.18i), and the school's outdoor 5000m record (16:14.55).
Her time in the 10k is an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark: the men's and women's 10k, the heptathlon and decathlon are the only events the NCAA still has automatic and provisional rather than regional qualifying standards.
Action continues today for select Cougar athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays while the rest of the team travels to Boise, Idaho, for the State Challenge Cup Meet.