Tarleton’s Rathke breaks school record in 1500

CALIFORNIA – Tarleton Track & Field had its distance runners competing in a pair of meets in California on Saturday.


Chase Rathke ran the 1500-meter ELITE at the Mt. SAC Relays in Norwalk, Calif. and broke his own school record with an NCAA provisional time of 3:44.15. The senior finished in second place in his heat and eighth overall out of 21 runners from Division I and II schools. Rathke’s time is tops in the Lone Star Conference this season and second in the nation entering tonight.


Dylan Willett ran the 1500-meter at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. and came away with a first-place finish in his heat with an NCAA provisional time of 3:48.92. Willett set a new personal best for the 1500-meter and his time currently ranks second in the Lone Star Conference behind Rathke.

“I’m really proud of their performance this weekend, especially Dylan and Chase,” said head coach Pat Ponder. “Chase breaking his school record was nice to see and he looked good doing it. Dylan ran great at the Bryan Clay Invitational. He won his heat and I’m really proud of how he competed out there.”


After running the 5000-meter at the Bryan Clay Invites yesterday, Aly Coughlin competed in the same event at the Mt. SAC relays tonight and finished in an NCAA provisional time of 17:18.35. Coughlin has the top four times in the 5000m in the Lone Star Conference this season.

“Aly just ran on tired legs but I’m really proud of her; she went after it tonight,” Ponder added. “And Katelin setting a personal record yesterday was great for her. I’m very proud and satisfied with the kids. It’s always worth our trip coming to California to run. The kids do an amazing job and the competition is amazing out here.”

Tarleton Track & Field will compete at the East Texas Invitational on Saturday, April 16 in Commerce, Texas.

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