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Heider and Zellers run personal best times to make the national lists

Heider and Zellers run personal best times to make the national lists

Posted by swoosh on April 21, 2007
Written by UAH Track Staff

Knoxville - Senior distance runner Caitlin Heider (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and sophomore Erin Zellers (Red Lion, Pa ran personal bests at the Sea Ray Relays over the weekend and in the process, earned spots on the NCAA Division II national performance lists.

Heider placed second overall in the 10,000m with a time of 36:52.72. She ran a time of 37:00 at the same meet in 2005 which was her ticket to the National Championship meet. Her time from this past weekend currently ranks her 13th in the nation this season in DII.

Meanwhile, Zellers improved on her best time in the 1500m with a time of 4:39.13, which currently ranks her 16th on the national performance list in that event.

On the men's side, school records were broken in the 10,000m and the 1500m. Freshman Mark Temple (Huntsville) shattered the 10K record with a time of 32:26.73, besting the old mark of 33:25.14. However, senior Brandon York (Tuscaloosa) didn't allow his teammate to hold the record long as he rolled to a time of 31:51.42 in his first 10k on the track.

The 1500m record was broken by a couple of freshmen standouts as Will Rodgers (Denton, Tex.) posted a time of 3:58.21, and Matt Ross (Denton, Tex.) won his heat with a new record time of 3:57.21.

There were a couple of others who also used the high level of competition to set new personal best times. Juneil Gadson (Montgomery) improved her 400m time to 57.55, and Emily Harden (Hamilton) dropped her 3000m time to 10:38.03.

"I could not be more pleased with how our team performed this weekend," said David Cain, head track coach. Almost everyone we took to compete ran personal best times. Brandon York, Mark Temple, and Caitlin Heider gave huge efforts in what may be the most grueling event on the track in the 10,000m. It is exciting to see their efforts pay of in personal records."

Cain is anxious to see what his runners can do in their next meet, the Vanderbilt Invitational. "I can't wait for our next meet because I think we will see many more top performances this weekend in Nashville," he said. "It looks like we will finally have some calm weather to race in, and I believe our team is ready."