Feb. 13, 2010
BOSTON, MA -- If she wasn't already a favorite to challenge for a national championship in the one-mile run, Johns Hopkins senior Laura Paulsen served notice on Friday that she was as she broke the Johns Hopkins and Centennial Conference records in the event with a time of 4:53.90 at Boston University's prestigious Valentine Invitational.
Competing in one of 12 sections in a 140-person field, Paulsen placed second in her section and ninth overall with her record-breaking time. Among the eight individuals who finished ahead of her, two were from Boston College, two were from Syracuse, one was from Iona and three were from non-collegiate running clubs. She was the only Division III runner to finish in the top 15 and her time is the best in the nation by a Division III runner this season.
Not to be outdone and feeding off of Paulsen's effort, the 4x400m relay team of Amelia Vallenilla, Stephanie Chung, Leah Sibener and Paula Osborn also broke the school and Centennial Conference records with a time of 4:03.97. The Blue Jays finished second in their section (there were seven sections in this event) and 20th overall in the a strong 35-team field.
Johns Hopkins will continue action on Saturday at day two of the Valentine Invitational .