The distance squads followed their strong performances at the SCIAC Championships with another impressive effort at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday. The highlight of the meet was Kelly Garton breaking the 25-year old CMS record in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:29.26. She set a personal best by 7.5 seconds to break Brigid Stirling's mark of 4:29.50 from 1987. Garton's time is the second best in SCIAC history and currently sixth fastest in the nation.
Several other CMS top-10 marks were recorded at the meet. Rafer Dannenhauer and Breanna Deutsch ran the second fastest 5000's with times of 14:28.68 and 16:58.08 respectively with both times personal bests by 15 seconds and in the top 10 nationally. Bennett Naden (3:52.97) and Quinn Chasan (3:54.96) ran the fifth and seventh fastest men's 1500's. Sara Mostatabi moved up to eighth on the women's 5000 list with a time of 17:26.71.
Deutsch is just the second CMS runner to break 17:00 and her time is the fourth best in SCIAC history. Dannenhauer's time was just 0.04 seconds off the CMS school record and is the seventh best in SCIAC history.
Personal bests were also set by Laura Wyatt in the 1500 (4:48.18) and Julia Rigby in the 5000 (18:05.66). Additional strong marks were turned in by Allison Barnwell winning the steeplechase (11:06.37) and by Jennifer Tavé (17:20.87), Laura Sauvage (17:49.78) and Kaitlyn Spees (18:35.07) in the 5000.
Next up for the mid/distance crew will be the NCAA Championship hosted by CMS on May 24-26.