Kinyanjui Breaks School Record at Texas Relays

April 1, 2004

Austin, Texas - TCU distance runner Mary Kinyanjui broke her own school record in the 5,000 meter run, highlighting the second day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin on Thursday.

Kinyanjui, a senior from Kiambu, Kenya, completed the 5K distance in a school record and NCAA regional qualifying time of 16:41.81 to finish second behind Janet Kogo from Harding University, who broke the tape in 16:39.70. The previous school record was 16:47.84, set by Kinyanjui at the Conference USA Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina last May. Kinyanjui easily topped the NCAA regional qualifying standard of 16:56.43.

"Mary went into the race thinking she could win," said TCU distance coach Derek Koonts. "She was in good position for the entire race, but just got out-kicked in the last 150 meters. It was a little disappointing for her to not win, but she ran a good race."

The only other TCU athlete to compete on Thursday was 400 meter hurdler Nathaniel Garcia. Garcia a senior from Elgin, Texas, placed 29th among 59 runners with a time of 54.29 seconds.

The nationally-acclaimed meet continues at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus Friday and continues through Saturday.

TCU RESULTS (Thursday):


400 meter Hurdles: 29. Nathaniel Garcia 54.29


5,000 meters: 2. Mary Kinyanjui 16:41.81



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