New USF Runner Crushes School Record in First Race for Dons

In her first race as a San Francisco Don, junior Jana Soethout reached a goal that many college athletes strive for throughout their entire career—she broke a school record. After just two laps around the track, the 23-year-old from Cologne, Germany had left the competition in the dust as she raced her way to a personal victory in the 5,000 meter race, finishing with a time of 16:11.78.

“I am very pleased with how Jana performed. She was very impressive and ran solo from 800 meters and posted a personal record and easy win,” Head Coach Helen Lehman-Winters said to
“These performances are great early season reads as we approach the outdoor season.”
The Friday night race was one of the first running events of the Husky Classic meet at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash.

Soethout’s record bests the previous record, set by junior Laura Suur last season, by over 12 seconds. Soethout’s time ended up being the fastest time of all the open heats of the night, which totaled 84 runners.

Other notable performances for the Dons included a first place finish in the 3,000 meter run by redshirt junior Sophie Curl and an eighth place finish by redshirt junior Alice Baker in the 5,000 meter.
Curl’s 9:27.59 finish in the 1.9 mile race was a personal best for the Bellingham, Wash native.

“Sophie was outstanding in her race execution this afternoon,” Lehman-Winters said to

“She was patient in her positioning and very competitive in the last phase of the race.”
The Dons run another indoor meet before beginning the outdoor season at the Cal All Comers meet on Feb. 16 in Berkeley, Calif.

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