Stowe Breaks School Record at Payton Jordan Invite

May 2, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. – Kansas sophomore Rebeka Stowe ran the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase in school history Saturday at the Payton Jordan Invitational. The Olathe, Kan., native was the first to cross the finish line in a blistering time of 10:15.92, which smashed the previous KU record, held by Sarah Heeb since 1996, by nearly 10 seconds. In addition to etching her name in the record book, Stowe jumped up to No. 8 on the NCAA descending order list for the 2010 outdoor season. Stowe is one of four athletes from the Big 12 Conference ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the event.

Senior Lauren Bonds also had an incredible race in Stanford, Calif., as she won her section of the 1,500 meters in a career-best time of 4:17.27, which was only eight hundredths of a second off the school record. Bonds’ time is currently ninth in the nation, while ranking first in the Big 12 Conference.

Sophomore Cori Christensen and junior Amanda Miller also competed at the Payton Jordan Invitational, as Christensen took seventh in the 800 meters with time of 2:09.89, and Miller finished 22nd in the 5K, recording a career-best time of 16:54.21.

On the men’s side, sophomore Donny Wasinger ran a 3:53.79 to finish sixth in section five of the 1,500 meters, while redshirt freshman Austin Bussing recorded a new personal record of 9:09.05 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

After returning from the Payton Jordan, the Jayhawks will have two weeks off from competition as they prepare for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo., May 14-16.