Connell Breaks Own 200 Record in Final Race
Track season came to an end with 13 school records broken over the course of the 2017 campaign.
LONG BEACH, California -- Izzy Connell lowered her own school record in her signature event, the 200 meters, as the Pepperdine senior ran for the final time on Saturday at the Waves' season-ending meet, the Beach Invitational.
Connell (Campbell, Calif./The Harker School) posted a time of 24.31 seconds, good for 19th place out of 106 runners. Her previous record, set just last weekend, was 24.43 seconds.
Connell, Pepperdine's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, will graduate holding all of the Waves' sprint records and with nine school records in all. In outdoor track, she holds the 100, 200 and 400 plus two relay teams, and in indoor track she set the 60, 200 and 400, plus one relay mark.
She almost broke her 100-meter record of 11.95 seconds today, but a wind-aided time of 11.86 seconds won't count. She placed 15th out of 98 runners in that event.
Connell's record adds to a hugely successful 2017 outdoor season that has come to an end. The Waves broke school records 17 times in 13 men's and women's events, and also established new marks in two other men's events that were run for the first time.
"Today's meet went pretty well," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "Izzy's school record was a nice way to finish. It was our last meet of the season and it was fairly emotional for several of our athletes who were running for the final time. All in all it was a great season with lots of school records. I'm very proud of our men and women who represent Pepperdine in track. I'm proud of them for making it all the way to the end through grueling workouts, bad weather, injuries and everything else and for still coming out winners."
In addition to Connell, a number of other runners competed for the final time on Friday or Saturday, including Nick Blanchard (Portland, Conn./Portland HS), Ben Fox (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain HS) and Torin Wile (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice HS) for the men, and Kendall Dunn (Aurora, Colo./Cheney HS/Arapahoe CC), Gabrielle Ellis (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland HS) and Claudia Rodriguez (Nashville, Tenn./Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet HS) for the women.
Ellis ran a PR in the 200 meters in 25.19 seconds. She already ranks #2 in the event on the Waves' all-time list behind Connell.
Dunn ran her second-best 800 of the season (2:18.79), while freshman Talya Holenstein (Portland, Ore./La Salle Catholic College Prep) posted her third-best time in the 400 (57.72). Freshman Emma Engelland (Gig Harbor, Wash./Gig Harbor HS), who already holds the school record in the 100 hurdles in 15.23 seconds, posted a wind-aided 15.43 today.
The 4x400 relay team of Ellis, junior Catie Barilla (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS), Holenstein and Connell had its second-best time of the season (3:55.83).
Freshman Treet Allison (Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS) led the men in both the 800 and 1,500 meters.