By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BOSTON – Rice junior distance runner Katie Jensen made the most of her last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships by breaking the school record in the 3000m with a time of 9:05.66 at Sunday’s Boston University Last Chance Meet to punch her ticket to Texas A&M (March 11).
Jensen, who was a part of three C-USA Indoor titles last weekend and was named the C-USA Female Track Performer of the Meet, bested Pam Klassen’s previous 3000m record of 9:11 set in 1987, which was the longest-standing Rice women’s T&F indoor record before Sunday.
Jensen jumped from 30th in the nation in the 3000m to eighth overall and qualified to race at the NCAA Indoor Championships hosted by Texas A&M on Saturday, March 11 (6 p.m.).
“I’m so proud of Katie,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “She has now set six personal bests this indoor season and is our new school record holder in the 3000m. She really responded to the opportunity, just one week after a heavy work load at the C-USA Championships. Katie is such an outstanding young lady.”
At the same meet, Rice senior jumper Cybil Obiozor set a season-best (12.69m) in winning the triple jump.