Bonds Hits Second NCAA Provisional Standard of Indoor Season at Meyo Invitational

Feb. 6, 2010


Senior Lauren Bonds was the first to cross the finish line in the mile at the Meyo Invitational, as the senior from Hutchinson, Kan., beat 60 other competitors in the event with a season-best time of 4:44.09. Bonds’ winning-time also met the NCAA provisional standard, which is the second event she has qualified in this season.

“Lauren had an excellent kick,” said KU coach Michael Whittlesey. “She closed in the last 400 meters and pushed to the finish. I am very proud of her effort.”

Bonds has also hit a provisional standard in the 3,000 meters, which she accomplished at the Jayhawk Classic on Jan. 29, with a time of 9:30.9 (h). Her mile-time of 4:44.09 currently ranks second in the Big 12 Conference and tenth in the nation. Not only does Bonds already own the school record in the event at 4:43.74, which she set last season, but she now holds the third-fastest time in Kansas history as well.

In addition to Bonds, sophomore Rebeka Stowe and juniors Amanda Miller and Kara Windisch competed at the Meyo Invitational, and all three Jayhawks set personal records at the meet.

Stowe joined Bonds in the mile event, finishing in eighth place overall with a career-best time of 4:50.30. The Olathe, Kan., native bested her previous PR by more than eight seconds to win her individual heat.

Windisch also won her heat and took 18th overall in the 3,000 meters, recording a new PR of 9:48.30, while Miller finished third in the heat and 20th overall, in a career-best 3,000-meter time of 9:49.05.

“All the girls raced really well today, considering,” said Whittlesey. “We were hoping to be pushed a little more, but unfortunately, we ended up leading the pack in both events. Every one still turned in an impressive time, and I am quite pleased with their performances.”

Women’s Mile

1. Lauren Bonds, 4:44.90

8. Rebeka Stowe, 4:50.30

Women’s 3,000 Meters

18. Kara Windisch, 9:48.30

20. Amanda Miller, 9:49.05