KY Distance Weekend Boom: Sandlin/Hillenbrand 4:01, Kinnaird, Anderson Win Big, Hoop School Record

Five former Kentucky distance runners won races, set school records, or just ran freaking fast this past weekend.  Check out clips from the school websites.


From Bellarmine Athletics
One Mile Run - Robert Sandlin (Bellarmine University) 4:01.20
The Bellarmine University track field competed at the UIndy Relays on Friday and Saturday, while Robert Sandlin, Jr., went to Notre Dame to compete in the "Meyo" mile, arguably the most elite college mile race in the nation.
Sandlin was up to the challenge, running a 4:01.20 mile to finish sixth in the race full of some of Division I's top competitors.  The time not only shattered his own school record by four seconds, but it was the fastest mile recorded at the DII level this year. (Two other times are listed as faster, but those have been altered due to altitude.)
5,000 Meter Run - Liz Anderson (Vanderbilt University) 16:36.11 SB;
The Commodores had a large number of showings that ranked among the top-10 in the program's history, including a school record set by freshman Sarah Bell in the pole vault, a first-place finish by senior Liz Anderson in her first-ever indoor 5K and an attention-grabbing performance by freshman Courtney Clayton with a second-place finish in the 800. 
The Commodores set the tone for their strong showing on Friday, when Anderson competed in an indoor 5000-meter run for the first time in her career and posted a first-place time of 16:36:11. 
800 Meter Run - Tretez Kinnaird (Indiana University) 1:49.49
Freshmen Tre’Tez Kinnaird and Danielle Quinn each set top-10 marks in program history as the Indiana track & field team wrapped up competition at the Meyo Invitational on Saturday.
Kinnaird won his heat and finished with the fastest time in the 800m as he crossed the finish line in 1:49.49, the third best time in the Big Ten this season and seventh fastest time in school history.
One Mile Run - Matt Hillenbrand (University of Kentucky) 4:01.27 
Not to be outdone by the women’s team, Matt Hillenbrand represented the UK men’s squad in style. The defending Southeastern Conference mile champion posted a conference-leading mile time of 4:01.27 that made him the meet’s top collegian finisher with a time that also ranks inside the national top-16
3,000 Meter Run - Danielle Hoop (University of the Cumberlands) 10:06.27 SB
On the women's side of the competition in the running events senior Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH) competed in the women’s one mile run. Mascotti won the event in 5:05.40 which was not only good enough to hit “A” standard for nationals, but now also holds the meet record. Junior Danielle Hoop  (Owenton, KY) competed in the women's 3,000 meter run and also won her event in 10:06.27. Hoop’s time set a new school record for the event. Both Mascotti and Hoop then competed in the 4x400 meter relay with freshman Ayanna Pringle (Miamisburg, OH) and junior Aneta Elliot (Acworth, GA). The ladies finished third in the relay with a time of 4:20.51.