Colorado’s Jenny Barringer Sets School 3k Record
SEATTLE, Wash. – University of Colorado senior harrier Jenny Barringer set the school record in the 3,000-meter run at the UW Indoor Invitational on Saturday.
Barringer’s time of 8 minutes, 53.88 seconds is an automatic qualifying time for the 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship March 13-14 in College Station, Texas. This was her first race since finishing ninth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympic Games in August. It is her first indoor race since the 2006 season.
“I felt really good,” Barringer said. “This is what I’ve been training for over the past few months. It’s nice to see that my racing is matching my training and it’s very exciting. I have some fun and exciting races coming up. I’m happy with this performance but I am not satisfied.”
The Oviedo, Fla. native blew out the rest of the field by more than 17 seconds. Lauren Centrowitz (Stanford) came in second with a time of 9:10.99. The time is also a Dempsey Indoor Stadium record.
“I went out by myself from the gun,” Barringer said. “I went out very hard from the start and was trying to get a specific time. It was definitely a solo effort.”
Barringer became the first Buff to run the 3k in under nine minutes. Sara (Gorton) Slattery had held the 3k record for the past six years at 9:07.16. She set that mark at the NCAA Indoor Championship on March 15, 2003. Slattery took third place overall at the championship.