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STANFORD, Calif. — A small group of six student-athletes on the University of Iowa track and field team competed at either the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California, or the San Francisco Distance Carnival in San Francisco on Friday.
Finishing fifth in her heat, junior Tess Wilberding raced to a collegiate-best 4:30.75 in the women’s 1,500 meters at the prestigious Stanford Invitational. Wilberding’s time is a three-second improvement on her previous personal best of 4:33.51 set at the season-opening Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 18.
Sophomore Michael Melchert (13th/30:10.32) toed the men’s 10,000-meter line for the first time in his collegiate track career at the San Francisco Distance Carnival hosted by San Francisco State University. The Monticello, Iowa, native finished 25 seconds behind the event winner (29:46.48) and narrowly missed entering Iowa’s all-time list (10th/30:08.40).
“Tess and Michael were the highlights of the day,” said head cross country and track and field coach Layne Anderson. “Both of them continue to race well and are poised to continue a great season. They put themselves in a position to compete well from the outset, and now it’s a matter of continuing to race all the way to the finish.”
Also competing at the Stanford Invitational was sophomore Daniel Gardarsson (9:25.84) in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, while the San Francisco Distance Carnival included men’s 5,000-meter runners junior Kevin Docherty, who posted a personal-best 14:37.15, and freshmen Daniel Soto (14:55.02) and Ian Eklin (15:26.52).
The rest of UI track and field resumes competition at the 72nd-annual Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. (CT).