June 9, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - Brenna Peloquin finished in eighth place in the 10,000-meter run Thursday night at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field. Her time of 32:58.78 is a career best and also gives her first team All-America honors.
The eighth-place performance is the second-best 10K result at nationals for a women's freshman in school history. Peloquin was just shy of tying Abby Peters who took seventh in 2000 as a freshman thanks to a 34:19.93.
Running in just the third 10K of her young career, Peloquin came off the start line strong and quickly established herself near the front of the pack. She held that position for the majority of the race, finding herself in the top three until the last few laps.
The last 800 meters saw the eventual champion, Arkansas' Dominique Scott, pull away from the pack and significantly pick up the pace. The top eight competitors began to string out, and the Gig Harbor, Wash., native battled until the end, but gradually dropped back to eighth place.
Now with two All-America accolades to her name, Peloquin will rest tomorrow and prepare for the 5,000 meter run on Saturday.
Minttu Hukka ran a 10:36.67 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, good for 20th place and honorable mention All-America honors. The Finland native was just one of three freshmen competing in the event, taking 11th in the second heat of the evening.
Along with the All-America honor, Hukka finishes her first year as a Bronco with a Mountain West individual title in the indoor 5,000 meters and three All-Mountain West honors between indoor and outdoor track and field.
Peloquin will run in the 5,000 meter run on Saturday at 5:25 p.m. (PT).