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Perkinson shatters 10K record again, Poteracke logs PR at Distance Carnival

HAYWARD, Calif. — Southern Oregon University star Jessa Perkinson kept up her annual tradition of breaking records at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, and Kevin Poteracke followed suit by hitting a national qualifying standard at the meet on Friday at Chabot College Track.

Perkinson won the 59-person 10,000-meter race — which consisted almost exclusively of NCAA Division I and II runners — with a time of 34 minutes 35.33 seconds, clearing the runner-up by 10 seconds. Hers was the fastest collegiate time at any level so far this season, the fastest for any NAIA runner since 2013, and easily erased her old top SOU mark of 36:10.83.

It was the first time Perkinson had run the 10K since she won the NAIA outdoor title in 2016. It was also the third year in a row she’s broken a school record at the Carnival.

In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Poteracke — a two-time NAIA All-American in the event — placed 19th of 82 overall by finishing in 9:13.02. He beat his old PR of 9:13.98, which was established at the same meet last year, for the fifth-fastest time in school history, and he cleared the NAIA ‘A’ standard by 11 seconds to become the country’s first automatic qualifier this season.

Ray Schireman paced three Raider runners in the men’s 10K with a time of 32:40.67, the best in the Cascade Conference this season, and Caleb Diaz joined him with a CCC-championship qualifying time of 33:29.02.

Tristan Carpenter checked in with a 68th-place finish among a 131-person field in the men’s 1,500, clocking in at 4:03.54.

Additionally for the women, Jenna Storms ran CCC’s fastest 5K of the season in 18:06.27 to take 82nd of 151 in the 5K and Shayla Potratz recorded a CCC-qualifying mark of 18:42.74. Kayle Blackmore was 76th of 166 in the 1,500 (4:49.09) and Bree Weber was 46th of 55 in the steeplechase (11:45.87).