Camarena and MacIntosh break school records by 3,000 to lead Vikings at UW theatrical premiere
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SEATTLE, Wash. –
We love you, 3000.
A record sweep of the men’s and women’s 3,000 meters provided a clear highlight for Portland State’s athletics program on Saturday as the Vikings kicked off their 2022 schedule at the UW indoor preview. .
Jordan McIntosh and Katie Camarena broke both Vikings records, finishing the men’s and women’s 3,000 meters in 8:07.94 and 9:16.35, respectively.
Camarena set the first day record for the Vikings at the Dempsey Indoor facility. A record-breaking performance by Camarena has become routine for the Vikings, as Saturday’s 3k record gave Camarena his fifth school record in just over four months competing for the Vikings. In fact, Camarena has run five different distances between the cross country and indoor seasons at Portland State, and she holds the records in all five events.
Camarena finished 20 seconds ahead of the old 3k record set by Amber Rozcicha at 9:36.83 in 2013. Her time of 9:16.35 also lifted her to fifth all-time in Big Sky conference history, and scored the fastest time by a Big Sky Athlete since Amber Henry ran a time of 9:13.81 in 2012.
Additionally, Camarena’s time propelled her to 13th nationally in the 3,000 meters this season, putting her – for now – in the top 16 that will qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. The 16 fastest times have generally been faster than Camarena’s time on Saturday – the 16th fastest times in 2020 and 2021 were both around 9:07 – but Camarena is now on the qualifying bubble in both the 3k and the 5k. Camarena ranks 17th nationally in the 5k after setting another record with her time of 15:51.49 in season opener Sharon Colyear-Danville of Boston University.
MacIntosh ranks 20th nationally in the men’s 3k following his record performance on Saturday. His time of 8:07.94 was nearly nine seconds faster than Alex Cisneros’ previous record of 8:16.45, which Cisneros set on the same track at the 2018 Husky Classic.
Keynan Abdi also dipped below Cisneros’ old record, as he finished in 8:14.04 while running in the same heat as MacIntosh. Abdi’s time marked a 28-second improvement from his previous indoor 3k record, which he set in 2019 while competing at Lubbock Christian University.
MacIntosh actually has a 3k faster time under his belt, having run 8:02.60 at the Hawkeye B1G Invitational last season while competing for the University of Minnesota.
Three more Vikings made their 2022 debuts on Saturday in Jordan Gloden, Chase Lovercheck and Harley Montgomery. Gloden was the first athlete on the track on Saturday, and he also had the busiest day of any Vikings. Despite the busy schedule, Gloden started her season well with a second place in the final of the 60 meters hurdles among others.
Gloden ran 8.44 in the 60-meter hurdles prelims, a time that propelled him to a tie for sixth place all-time in the event at Portland State. Gloden finished the final in 8.50 seconds, placing him second overall and making him the top middle schooler in Saturday’s encounter.
Gloden also placed sixth in the long jump with a best jump of 22-01.75 (6.75m). Additionally, he joined Montgomery in the 200 meters, where he placed 10th in 23.42 seconds.
Montgomery finished ahead of Gloden in the 200 meters, as he placed eighth overall in 23.35 seconds. It came after Montgomery made his Vikings debut in the 400 meters, where he finished fourth overall in 51.34 seconds.
Lovercheck opened the distance events for the Vikings, as he ran only his second 1,000-meter race as a Viking on Saturday. Lovercheck finished in 2:34.29, exactly one second off his 2020 UW indoor preview personal best, which ranks third all-time at Portland State.
The Vikings will make a trip back to Seattle in two weeks as they head north for the UW Invitational on Jan. 28-29. The Vikings will stay home next week as they cross the river for the Portland Indoor Two meet at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center on Sunday, January 23.
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3000m: 5. Katie Camarena, 9:16.35.
200m: 8. Harley Montgomery, 23.35; ten. Jordan Gloden, 23.42. 400m: 4. Harley Montgomery, 51.34. 1000m: 3. Chase Lovercheck, 2:34.29. 3000m: 14. Jordan McIntosh, 8:07.94; 18. Keynan Abdi, 8:14.04. 60H (preliminaries): 3. Jordan Gloden, 8.44. 60H (finals): 2. Jordan Gloden, 8.50. Long jump: 6. Jordan Gloden, 22-01.75 (6.75m).