Records Keep Falling for Waves at Pomona-Pitzer

Talya Holenstein (Jeff Golden photo)
April 8, 2017

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CLAREMONT, California -- Izzy Connell and Talya Holenstein broke school records in the women's 200 and 800 meters, respectively, on Saturday as the Pepperdine track teams competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Treet Allison established a new mark in the men's 200 as well.

Connell (Campbell, Calif./The Harker School), who holds six individual outdoor or indoor program records, lowered her own mark in the 200 with a time of 24.43 seconds. It bettered her own time of 24.49 set last year, and the senior finished in fifth place out of 94 runners.

Holenstein (Portland, Ore./La Salle Catholic College Prep) briefly held the record in the 400 earlier this season, but Connell took it back two weeks later. Holenstein got a different one today as the freshman ran the 800 for the first time in her college career and smashed the Pepperdine record, finishing in 2:13.79 for ninth place out of 101 runners. She broke the previous mark, set by current assistant coach Stasia Demick in 2016, by nearly three seconds.

"This was another great meet for Pepperdine as we had our final meet with our full team," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "Our top runners will compete next week at the Beach Invitational. The biggest highlight was Talya smashing the 800 record. She was sick and we weren't sure if she was going to run, but she wanted to give it a try and ran an incredible race. We had lots of PRs today and are coming out of today's meet with a lot of happiness and joy. It's been a great year with a lot of outstanding performances."

Senior Gabrielle Ellis (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland HS) finished in sixth place out of 75 runners in the 100 meters with a time of 12.29 seconds.

Also on the women's side, freshman Cori Persinger (Lee's Summit, Mo./Lee's Summit West HS) ran the team's best time of the season in the 1,500 meters (5:00.16), while other top-finishing Waves were freshman Emma Engelland (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor HS) in the 100 hurdles, junior Madison Blume (Glendora, Calif./St. Lucy's Priory HS) in the 400 and freshman Samantha Maness (Raleigh, N.C./Broughton HS) in the 5,000.

For the men's team, senior Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS) ran a personal-best 3:56.77 in the 1,500 meters, giving him 15th place out of 135 competitors. It was a PR by more than a second and he won his heat. He already ranks #2 all-time in the event at Pepperdine.

Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) was the team's top runner in both the 200 and 800. This is the first season that the Waves have ever competed in the 200 and Allison posted a season-best time of 23.33 seconds. The first-year runner has already set school records in the 400, 800 and 1,500.

In the 400, freshman Josh Ortega (Clairemont, Calif./High Tech HS) posted a PR of 52.80 seconds. He was already #4 on Pepperdine's all-time list in the event.

The Waves compete next weekend (April 13-15) at the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State.



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