RALEIGH, N.C. – Haylee Dawe and Allyson Oram set a couple of school-records in the 10,000-meters and 5,000-meters, respectively, on Friday night, March 29, as the distance members of the Elon track and field team competed at the Raleigh Relays at the Paul Derr Track and Field facility.
“It was a great day overall for our distance program,” said Phoenix head cross country and assistant track and field coach Christine Engel. “The girls are feeling really great, they were supportive of each other today and it was a breakthrough day for this season as we have the conference championships ahead.
“We’re feeling really good and that’s going to excite for the next few weeks of training and also of the Duke Invitational next week.”
Dawe ran a time of 36:15.16 in the 10K race to beat the previous mark by nearly 15 second. Oram broke under the 17-minute mark with a program-best time of 16:59.38 in the 5K run, beating her former school-record time of 17:04.29.
“Haylee just executed the race plan perfectly,” said Engel. “She was very patient and composed in the race. It was a great, great performance for her. Allyson’s goal was to break 17 (minutes) and she did after running a tough and gutsy race. To break that barrier for a 5K runner is a huge boost.
“Both of them had great efforts for us and it culminated in a couple of school records today.”
Tereza Novotna and Caroline McCaslin and Emily Tryon ran the third, fourth and fifth fastest times in school history in the 1,500-meters with marks of 4:38.77, 4:38.84 and 4:39.17, respectively. All three would finish in the top-10 for Elon in the 130-person race.
Jenny Gallagher (39th, 4:49.25), Ellie Taff (47th, 4:50.81) and Christine Pacewicz (54th, 4:53.62) also competed for the maroon and gold in the 1,500m.
Four other runners competed in the 5,000-meters for the Phoenix. Sabina Bains had a time of 18:43.88 while Erin Macbeth (19:03.06) and Kylie Womack (20:28.59) rounded out the competition for Elon in the race.
The meet will conclude tomorrow with the field events kicking off at 8:30 a.m.