Friday, May 14, 2010
Howe's Record Sends a Message
Kennesaw State’s Mackenzie Howe placed an exclamation point on the Owls’ performance in day one of the Atlantic Sun Track and Field Championship.
The junior repeated as the A-Sun 10,000-meter champion and set a meet record in the final event of the day in a time of 35:16.97. The win gave Howe the best time in the Atlantic Sun this season and might propel her in the NCAA East Regional.
“I felt good today,” Howe said. “I wanted to run under a 35:45 because I think that is the time I would need to make regionals.”
The junior not only accomplished her goal but put conference foe Jacksonville in an unfamiliar position. The Dolphins have claimed the last nine Atlantic Sun Track and Field Championships (five indoor, four outdoor). The win by Howe, combined with a second-place showing in the race by Erin Sutton, moved the Owls 33.5 points clear of the Dolphins entering Saturday’s final day.
“I wanted to run 85-second quarters,” Howe said. “I started off a little fast but I felt good so I kept going. The competition here is tough you never know what to expect and I was just able to have one of my best races today.”
The win gives Howe two consecutive in the 10,000-meters and moves the Owls into a position to contend with Jacksonville Saturday. Howe will compete in the 5,000 meters and another performance like the one on Friday could may leave people asking “Howe does she do it?”