AUSTIN, Texas – Kori Gilley is running with purpose.
Gilley ran the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10.23.11 at the 88th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Thursday evening, and the junior distance runner claimed another Humboldt State all-time program record.
The El Cajon, Calif., native finished second in Austin, but came in first in the school’s record books, topping Megan Rolland’s 10:27.77 time from 2010.
“Kori's pacing tonight was excellent and she ran another smart race,” said HSU Head Coach Scott Pesch. “With another school record and an NCAA automatic qualifier in the steeplechase, we will have to sit down and plan the second half of the season in order prepare for the national championships in May.”
This is the second week in a row in which Gilley has posted record-breaking marks.
Gilley’s strong performance in the 1500-meter run (4:23.97) at the Hornet Invitational last week gave her the top spot in the meet’s record books and HSU’s program mark. She was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week. The result was also an NCAA automatic qualifier.
Prior to the Texas Relays, Gilley was ready to take on some of the best Division I programs in the country.
“I’m excited. We don’t have a lot of opportunities to go against top athletes,” Gilley said prior to the meet. “We are ready. We’re hungry for some better times. What better place to do it than at a big meet with some big NCAA Division I competition.”
Pesch believes one factor in Gilley’s success Thursday was the fact that Earle was on hand to support her.
“I think it really helped to have her teammate with her,” said Pesch.
He also thinks Gilley will return the favor as Earle competes in the 100m hurdles Friday morning.
“Today was ‘Kori Gilley Day’ and tomorrow is ‘Kate Earle Day’,” said Pesch. “We will be cheering for her and it really does help. It hurts when you go to these meets and you don’t have your team with you. That is how things will be at nationals. Having extra people there can really change the dynamic and keep the nerves down.”
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