Blundell Sets School Record in 5,000 Meters in Irvine
March 23, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Junior Wesley Blundell of the Pepperdine track team set a new school record in the men's 5,000 meters on Friday during the opening night of the UC Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Invitational.
Blundell (Brush Prairie, Wash./Prairie HS) broke the record by more than 12 seconds, as he finished third out of 19 runners in a time of 14:46.08. The old school record of 14:58.42 was set by Chris Ogle at the 2008 Mt. SAC Relays. Blundell was running for only the second time this season, and it was his first attempt in the 5,000 meters.
"Wes ran a really tough race," Pepperdine Coach Robert Radnoti said. "There were two Utah State guys, two from Grand Canyon and Wes, who all separated themselves fairly early on. He just kept pushing. One of the others would take the lead, and then another took the lead, and Wes just hung in there. That was his strategy, to get pulled along to a great time. It worked really well. He gutted it out and finished strong, and outkicked a couple of guys at the end. We're really excited about his performance."
Pepperdine's only other competitors on Friday were also in the men's 5,000 meters. Junior Jonathan Rahaeuser (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel HS) was seventh and senior Kenny Smith (Willits, Calif./Willits HS) was 13th.
The meet continues on Saturday, which is when the bulk of Pepperdine's runners will be competing.
"We've got our entire sprint crew going tomorrow," Radnoti said. "Last week in the rain everyone was a little slower, so hopefully we'll have good temperatures and fast races in all of the sprints."
The school record was the sixth set already this season by the Waves.