Kelsey Kirchoff continued her outstanding junior campaign, running the second fastest 6,000 meter time in UNI history at the Bradley Classic today.
“Kelsey put together one of the best races in school history tonight,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “She’s finding ways to push herself to new levels every time she goes out on the course and when you can do that, big things will happen.”
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The Denver, Iowa native placed 14th overall out of 267 runners in the women’s 6K, turning in a time of 21:01.50. It was a huge personal-best for Kirchoff and kept her in the top-15 in the race for the fourth time this season.
Callie Matthews finished second for the Panthers, setting a new personal record of 22:08.90, burning almost a minute off her previous best. Ashley Norem came across the line third for UNI, also notching a PR time of 22:11.80. Rounding out UNI’s top-four finishers was Tara Jackson, who turned in a personal-best time of 22:27.00.
On the men’s side, Trai Bunch grabbed a top-40 finish in the 8,000 meter race, placing 35th overall. His time of 24:48.80 tied his previous best, keeping him ranked 20th all-time at UNI.
Ben Fick scored a course personal record for the Panthers, running a time of 25:10. Coming in third for the UNI men, Dylan Eigenberger ran a time of 25:13.20 while Shane Kirchoff followed shortly after with a PR time of 25:13.70.
“We had a lot of personal-best performances tonight which is what you want to see this time of season,” Paulsen said. “We need to continue to work on tightening our spread across the board to give our team more depth as we head into the MVC Championships.”
The Panthers will return to action on Oct. 31 when they travel to Evansville, Ind. for the MVC Championships.