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SEATTLE – Sophomore Chloe Foerster announced herself as a mid-distance star in the making today, breaking the Washington School Record and the Husky Classic Meet Record in the mile with a blazing time of 4:28.14, and winning by more than three seconds against a loaded field. Foerster, a Portland native, dropped eight seconds off her previous mile PR, and went to No. 11 in NCAA history.
Foerster’s stunner was accompanied by an extended School Record in the shot put by Kaia Tupu-South, and a potential NCAA qualifier in the pole vault from freshman Amanda Moll, as the major highlights on the final day of the Husky Classic inside the Dempsey.
Four School Records fell at the 2024 Husky Classic, with Foerster and Tupu-South’s records added to Friday’s records from Jayden White in the weight throw and Haley Herberg in the 5,000-meters.
Stalked her prey, and then pulled away ??
Chloe Foerster brought Mile City back to life with this Meet Record and School Record 4:28.14 ??
— Washington Track & Field and Cross Country (@UWTrack) February 10, 2024
Despite the ever-faster times continuing to spread throughout NCAA distance running, the UW women’s mile School Record set by Katie Flood of 4:28.48 had stood since 2012, also set at the Husky Classic. Flood in that season anchored the UW DMR to the NCAA title, and she then won the 1,500-meter NCAA title outdoors. At the time it was the fourth-fastest mile in collegiate history.
No Husky since had gone sub-4:30 in the mile, but Foerster was on a mission today. The top heat of the mile went out quickly and despite the talent in the field, it was strung out with gaps forming just a couple laps into the race. Portland’s Laura Pellicoro, a two-time NCAA mile qualifier, pushed the pace, with Foerster stalking her in second-place for much of the race. On the backstretch of the final lap, Foerster passed on Pellicoro’s right, and began to build a lead. Down the homestretch she kept her form through the line and leaned across to earn herself the school record in 4:28.14. It’s the…