Parker Valby breaks 5,000-meter college record

Parker Valby of Florida ran a collegiate record-breaking 14:56.11 in her first-ever indoor 5,000-meter race on Saturday at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener.

Emily Sisson's previous record of 15:12.22 was broken by Valby in 2015. 

Her performance also beats Jenny Simpson's 2009 record of 15:01.70, which stood as the all-time collegiate best in both indoor and outdoor track.

After splitting 9:38.82 at 3200 meters and finishing the last 1600 meters in 4:42, Valby completed the 1600 meters in 4:48.66.

In the event during a collegiate season, she is the first female competitor to break 15 minutes.

Her accomplishment follows a standout 2023 cross-country campaign in which she won the NCAA finals on November 18 after being undefeated in the regular season. 

In June, Valby also took home an NCAA championship in the outdoor 5,000 meters.

During the race, Valby and her coach weren't sure if she would even run, although she had completed two training since the nationals, according to an interview she made with FloTrack after the event. 

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