On Iowa’s grandest stage from the Blue Oval at Drake University, sophomore Audrey Miller stole the show in the women’s 10,000 meter, knocking off 26 NCAA Division I runners to set a school record and record the third best time in Division III this season.
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Women’s 10,000 – Audrey Miller – 34:53.98
Having never competed in the 10k, Miller showed no signs of inexperience on Thursday night. Beginning in 15th place after the first 400 meters, Miller steadily picked off each runner on her way, breaking into the top-five with 5k to go. Heading into the final 1,000 meters, Miller moved past Micki Krzesinki of Fort Hays State to take the lead. On her final lap around the Blue Oval, Miller ran her fastest split of the race in 1:14 and beamed her trademark smile for all to see as she crossed the finish line and became Loras’ first individual Drake Relays Champion since Andy Stoecken won the high jump in 2006. Miller’s time surpassed the previous school record of 35:45 by 52 seconds, set by Maggie Saenz-Ruiz at the 2014 Drake Relays.
Men’s 10,000 – Mason Tope – 30:41.75
Minutes after witnessing his teammate become a Drake Relays Champion, Tope toed the line for his 10k and maintained a consistent pace through the first five plus miles. With three laps remaining, Tope jumped from 15th to 13th, including a 1:09.50 lap to end the race, finishing in 13th. His time ranks sixth All-Time in Loras history and 19th Nationally.
Men’s 800 – Kylian Lally – 1:52.35
Junior Kylian Lally continued to show progress this season in the Men’s 800, winning his heat and finishing fifth in a field of 19. His time moved him into 14th in Division III this season and fifth all-time at Loras.