Swanson breaks school record in steeplechase

Swanson breaks school record in steeplechase

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A week after winning the Northwest Conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, senior Frances Swanson became the Lewis & Clark record holder in the event after her showing at the Oregon State High Performance Meet on Friday at Whyte Track & Field Center.

Swanson raced to a finish of 11:17.97 in the event, which placed her 19th and broke the Pioneers school record. It's the second-straight year the school mark went down at the OSU High Performance Meet. Last year, Kori Groenveld had a time of 11:22.60, which moved her past Corinne Innes' time of 11:23.49 from 2012.

The time moves Swanson to 31st nationally among NCAA Division III competitors this season.

Swanson's ran a final split of 1:28.142 on Friday to close out the record-breaking performance.

At the NWC Championships a week ago, Swanson won the steeplechase title with a time of 11:30.99, clearing the field by nearly 10 seconds.

As a team, Lewis & Clark is expected to have some entrants for the Oregon Twilight meet in Salem, Ore. on May 5.