EUGENE, OR--Boise State freshman Brenna Peloquin finished 8th in the women's 10,000 meter run tonight at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 32:58.78. Arkansas senior Dominique Scott won with a time of 32:35.69, followed by New Mexico junior Alice Wright (32:46.99) and Hannah Everson, senior at Air Force (32:47.25), giving the Mountain West Conference three of the top eight positions.
Peloquin, who earned All-America honors last fall with a ninth-place finish in the NCAA National Cross Country Championships, added another All-America honor tonight in the 10,000. Peloquin beat her personal best in the event and ran the second-fastest 10,000 time in school history. Only Emma Bates has run a faster 10,000 than Peloquin at Boise State. Bates set the school record at the Payton Jordan Invitational last year with a time of 32:13.28. Peloquin ran a 33:03.48 in the 10,000 at the Payton Jordan on May 1 in the first 10,000 of her career and finished ninth at the NCAA West Regionals two weeks ago with a time of 34:25.45.
The freshman from Gig Harbor, Washington was among the top two runners for the vast majority of the race entering the final mile. As runners jockeyed for position, it appeared that she was stepped on a couple times and faded to eighth. But Peloquin gamely sprinted to the finish to take eighth and run a sub-33 minute 10,000. Peloquin, the only freshman in the national final, beat all but two sophomores and finished ahead of seven seniors and eight juniors.