Feb. 14, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - UC Davis senior Steve Laurie ran a personal-best time of 14 minutes 11.12 seconds in the 5,000-meter race on Saturday, breaking the school record in the event at the Demspey Indoor Invitational at the University of Washington.
Laurie, racing in an NCAA Division I field at the meet, finished seventh, just over a second behind Casey Burchill of Arizona State and more than a second ahead of Mark Mandi of Washington. His time was more than a minute better than his personal-best of 15:22.69 and faster than the previous school record of 14:22.59 set by Jeff Kaiser at the 2001 NCAA Division I Championships.
"Steve ran a super race, " said assistant coach Jason Jaques. "He was very consistent all the way through and stayed on pace almost the entire race and then had a good kick at the end."
Middle distance standout Kyle Dunst also participated in the meet, finishing 23rd in the 800 with a time of 1:53.85. Kevin Elliot of the Farm Team won the race in 1:49.53.