Runners lace up for NCAA Championship

The Last Chance meet at UW-Stevens Point this past weekend provided an exciting day for a few Duhawks on the track and field team. Senior Bree Powers and first-year Audrey Miller both shattered school records in each of their events.

After a first-place finish in the 5K at the Iowa Conference Championships, Miller tried her odds again in Stevens Point. This time, she squeaked out another competitor for the win. In doing so, she set a new school record of 17:27.20, breaking the previous one set in 1998. It’s quite the accomplishment for a first-year, and her performance placed her in the running for an NCAA National Championship spot.

Powers also experienced success at the meet. She ran in the 200 meter dash and was coming off a fifth place finish at the Iowa Conference Championships. On Saturday, she took third overall with the time of 25.63, which eclipsed the old record by 0.08 seconds. Holding the record is a big deal for Powers.

“It feels amazing to hold a record at Loras,” she said. “As a freshman coming into Loras, I never could have imagined being someone who could break a school record. When I finished, I was exhausted and could barely smile as the coaches were telling me I broke the record.”

It goes beyond breaking the school record for her, however.

“It’s also extra special to me have the women’s indoor 200 record because my high school coach, who encouraged me to come to Loras, holds the indoor 200 record for the men.”

Powers has had an impressive season this year, and with this performance, she’s closing in on her lifetime PR set in the outdoor season last year.

On Monday morning Powers received the exciting news that she made the cut-off and will be competing at the National Championship meet this weekend. She will race alongside senior Zach Frey in the 800-meter run and junior Elizabeth Brandenburg in the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault.

With Powers’ lifetime PR so close, her goals this weekend are quite clear.

“My goals for Nationals this weekend are to beat my lifetime PR from outdoor last year (25.56) and also to make finals.”

These three will compete at Grinnell College for the National meet this weekend.

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