Weigel Breaks School Record In 1500

Weigel Breaks School Record In 1500

Los Angeles - Sophomore Maya Weigel set a new school record in the 1500 meters at the Occidental Invitational on Saturday, breaking a mark which had stood for 18 years. 

Weigel ran a 4:29.57 to become the first Sagehen to ever come in under the 4:30 mark. The previous record of 4:30.79 had been held by Stephanie Shideler since 1997. Weigel's previous personal best of 4:32.55 had been set earlier this season. 

In addition to breaking the school record, Weigel's run should put her in excellent position to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships, which are hosted by St. Lawrence later this month. Weigel entered the weekend ranked No. 12 nationally in the 1500 (the top 22 receive invitations), but her time would move her all the way up to fourth if everyone else's times stayed the same. Weigel also entered this weekend ranked 15th in the 5000, which puts her in position to potentially qualify in two events. 

If Weigel does qualify, she would have a chance to earn All-America honors in both cross country and track and field this academic year. She won the NCAA West Region championship in cross country in the fall, and earned All-America honors by finishing 22nd overall at nationals. The top eight in each track and field event earn All-America distinction.