Distance Runners Reach Career Bests at West Coast Invite

Distance Runners Reach Career Bests at West Coast Invite

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Pacific women's track and field distance runners shined at the West Coast Invite, hosted by Santa Clara University. 

Jasmine Gonzales, Emma Winkler, and Saira Purhar all set new career marks in the 3,000 meters. Gonzales finished fourth overall behind runners from Santa Clara and Saint Mary's with a time of 10:21.31, surpassing her previous best by .15. Winkler finished sixth and topped her previous career mark by over five seconds with a 10:33.07 mark. Purhar knocked over 10 seconds off of her best time last season, registering a finish of 10:43.75. Also competing in the event were Anna Martinez (11:39.43), Ailey Butler (12:03.73), and Kimberly Villegas (12:10.41).

Emily Wylie and Skylar Duignan both made their first appearance of the season in the 1500 meter run. Wylie finished 13th (5:14.07) and Duignan finished 14th (5:24.77).

Four sprinters — Naomi Nunis (13.27), Kailey Espinoza (14.76), Mary Alzammer (14.79), and Megan Rabatan (14.86) — opened the day with a Tiger dual in the 100 meter dash. 

Tigers will be back in action next weekend when they attend the annual Kim Duyst Invitational, hosted by Stanislaus State in Turlock, Calif.