05/25/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2019 20:32
GULF SHORES, Ala.-- Two University of Jamestown distance runners finished their collegiate careers with the marathon Saturday morning at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Matt Young (SR/Woodland, Wash.), running in his fourth NAIA marathon, came in tenth place with a new collegiate-best time of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 3.42 seconds. He improved on his 26th place time of 2:59:48.40 a year ago.
'This was Matt's fourth time at the NAIA marathon and by far his best,' said UJ head cross country coach Jim Clark. 'Matt did a good job of hydrating and was patient enough in the early miles to be still running strong through the late stages of the race.
'Matt has had one of the best careers of any distance runners in UJ history. He is an honor student in Biochemistry, and more importantly a good person. It was rewarding to see him wrap up his Jimmie career on a high note.'
Allison Foster (SR/Rugby, N.D.) finished her second NAIA marathon by coming in 34th place with a time of 3:56:38.19. The two-time marathon qualifier turned in a 27th place finish in 3:46:36.80 at last year's race.
Young qualified for nationals with a first-place finish at the Brookings (S.D.) Half Marathon as his time of 1:13:31.86 met the NAIA standard.
Foster ran 1:29:16 to win the Jamestown Half Marathon and met the NAIA standard as well.