Engelland Breaks Hurdles Record at UCLA

Emma Engelland (Jeff Golden photo)
April 1, 2017

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Emma Engelland earned her first school record and Izzy Connell twice came within a tenth of a second of breaking her own records as the Pepperdine women's track team competed at the UCLA Legends Invitational on Saturday.

A week ago, Engelland (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor HS) ran 15.24 seconds, which would have broken Tori Occhipinti's 2015 mark of 15.38 seconds, but the time was disallowed because it was wind-aided. But the Pepperdine freshman left no doubt today, running 15.23 seconds with allowable wind in the "college" race.

"The highlight today was Emma breaking the hurdles record," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "We had some good performances today. As we approach our final two meets everyone is excited for our upcoming races. We'll taper and get everyone fresh for those two races and look to finish strong."

Connell (Campbell, Calif./The Harker School) came close to breaking her records in the 100 and 200 meters. The Pepperdine senior went 11.98 seconds in the "invitational" 100, just .03 off her record set earlier this season. And in the "invitational" 200, she ran 24.54 seconds, just .05 off her record set in 2016.

Senior Kendall Dunn (Aurora, Colo./Cheney HS/Arapahoe HS) posted a strong 2:17.35 in the "invitational" 800 meters, a personal best. She already ranked #3 all-time in the event at Pepperdine but cut more than a second off her previous PR set last week.

Senior Gabrielle Ellis (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland HS) had good showings in the "college" 100 and 200 meters, finishing ninth out of 23 and 10th out of 25, respectively.

Junior Claudia Rodriguez (Nashville, Tenn./Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet HS) had a season-best 1:00.10 in the "college" 400 meters. Freshman Talya Holenstein (Portland, Ore./La Salle Catholic College Prep) ran in the "invitational" 400 and sophomore Catie Barilla (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) competed in the "college" 400 hurdles.

The Waves almost got another school record in the 4x100. The quartet of Rodriguez, Ellis, Barilla and Connell won their heat in the "college" event with a time of 47.85 seconds, close to the 47.60 run earlier this season.

Next Saturday (April 8), Pepperdine will be at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.



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