WALNUT, Calif. – Senior Cory Thorne of the University of Louisville men’s track and field team set a school record while running an NCAA Mideast Regional qualifying and nation’s fastest time of 8:39.19 in the invitational 3,000-meter steeplechase on day one of the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday.
Thorne, a Portsmouth, N.H. native, surpassed the previous record of 8:49.41, which he had set two years ago at the Mt. SAC Relays, by over 10 seconds. He also ran a new personal best in his first attempt at the event this season.
Teammate Matt Hughes finished fifth in the event with a time of 8:47.36, the second best in school history. It also was an improvement upon his previous regional mark, giving him the fourth best time in the nation.
The Cards will conclude the meet on Friday with sophomore Matt Bruce competing in the 5,000-meter run at 10 a.m. PT and redshirt freshman Emily Borsare, the lone Cardinal women representative, in the open 5,000-meter run at 10:35 p.m. PT.
The Cards will return to action on April 23-25 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa and the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.