BOSTON, MASS – Three of High Point University’s track and field’s top distance runners were in action this weekend at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener. Hocine Bouchrak set a school record in the 5000m while Hannah Brookover and Lindsey Ickes competed in the women’s 5000m. Brookover also set a school record in the 5000m.
Head coach Mike Esposito: “I am very pleased with Hocine’s performance today. This is something we knew he was capable of and has been in the oven for quite some time. He does all the right things so it was great to see it pay off today. There is more work to be done but we will celebrate this. Moving forward, we certainly expect a lot more.”
Bouchrak broke Jesse Cherry’s 5000m school-record time of 14:02.86 as Bouchrak finished the 5000m in 13:53.43. Bouchrak beat Cherry’s time by nine seconds. Cherry’s record stood in the Panther record books for over ten years as he ran 14:02.86 back in 2010. Bouchrak finished 32nd out of a group of 137 in the 5000 in Boston.
Brookover also set a school record in the 5000 as she finished in 16:48.48. A new school record but Brookover’s personal best indoors is 16:38.22. At the end of the year outdoors she ran 16:09.83 in the 5000. Her performance in Boston of 16:48.48 surpasses Zoe Geis’ school-record time of 17:00.65 at the Big South Championships in 2020. Brookover finished 42nd out of 79.
Ickes recorded a personal best time of 17:09.37. Her personal best performance placed her 50th out of 79.
Up Next: After the winter break, HPU will be back in action on January 14-15 in Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Invite as indoor track season will be in full swing.