WALNUT, Calif. - Freshman Zoey Johnson and senior Leah Brooks highlighted night one as members of IUPUI women's track team participated at the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays as the two meets are separated by less than nine miles.
On a near perfect California evening, Johnson rolled her way to a new school record in the 10,000m event at Mt. SAC, recording a time of 35:25.95 in her collegiate debut at the distance. The Seymour, Ind.-native took 85 seconds off the previous mark, finishing 18th of 38 runners in her race.
"I enjoyed my first 10K. It was different running so late at night," Johnson said of her race, which began after 11 p.m. Pacific. "I didn't quite hit the goal time I had in mind, but I'm ready to attack my second 10K at conference."
Brooks also took full advantage of ideal running conditions and top flight competition, spinning a personal record time of 17:35.03 in her 5K race, placing seventh of 18 runners. She took almost 30 seconds off her personal best outdoor time and became the sixth runner in program history to go under 18 minutes in the process.
Later in the evening at Mt. SAC, Alexis Lewandowski and Jennifer Emery competed in the 10K against nationally elite competition. Lewandowski, making her debut in the event, ran a time of 37:31.33, putting her second on the program's all-time list. Emery followed with a time of 38:15.75, taking 37 seconds off her previous best time established last season. Lewandowski placed 28th of 38 runners while Emery was 33rd.
Four IUPUI runners will be on the track tomorrow, splitting among the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invite and Beach Invite.
This article was originally published on April 15, 2016 at IUPUIJags.com, the Official Site of IUPUI Athletics.