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Distance shines at Day One of the Penn Relays

Leah O'Connor placed first and earned a new personal-best in the Steeplechase.

April 27, 2012

PHILADELPIA, PA. - Leah O'Connor took first place in the College Women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase to lead Michigan State in Thursday action at the Penn Relays. 

O'Connor's time of 10:25.65 was nearly a 25-second improvement over her time of 10:49.77 at the Spartan Invitational.

Josh McAlary represented the Spartans in the Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase Championship, breaking the nine-minute barrier for the first time in his career.  McAlary placed fourth - just behind Indiana's Andrew Poore, Temple's Travis Mahoney, and Texas A&M's Stephen Curry with a new personal-best of 8:58.68.

Another standout performance came from Sara Kroll who placed second in the College Women's 5000 Meter Championship, smashing her previous collegiate best of 16:40.38 (indoors) with 16:16:52.  She was followed by Katie Haines in eighth (16:43.00) and Carlie Green in eleventh place at 16:45.63.

Rounding out women's distance was senior Rebekah Smeltzer, who took the top spot in the Olympic Development Women's 5000 meters with a time of 16:36.28.

Michigan State Individual Results:

Olympic Development Women's 5000m
1st - Rebekah Smeltzer (16:36.28)             
8th - Julia Otwell (16:51.10)

College Men's 3000m Steeplechase Championship
4th - Josh McAlary (8:58.68)

College Women's 5000m Championship
2nd - Sara Kroll (16:16.52)           
8th - Katie Haines (16:43.00)       
11th - Carlie Green (16:45.63)

College Women's 3000m Steeplechase
1st - Leah O'Connor (10:25.65)    



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