Hall posted a 17:28.35 time on the Kezar Stadium track the best ever by a Spartan for the distance in a track and field environment. Sahli also broke the 18:00-mark with a clocking of 17:34.19. No other runner in the 19-entry field posted a time better than 18:00.
Five Spartans finished in the top-10. Juniors-to-be Heather Laptalo was fifth, Marlene Elizalde was ninth and Allison Stiller was tenth. Laptalo’s time of 18:23.04 was more than 40 seconds better than her personal best for 5,000 meters on a track.
San Jose State returns to action in September when it embarks on its traditional cross country season.
University of San Francisco Invitational track and field meet
Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Calif.
April 29, 2006
5,000 meters 1, Tiffany Hall, San Jose State, 17:28.25. 2, Erica Sahli, San Jose State, 17:34.19. . 3, Jen Major, New Balance Track Club, 18:14.33. 4, Liz Noey, USF, 18:19.79. 5, Heather Loptalo, San Jose State, 18:23.03. Other San Jose State finishers 9, Marlene Elizalde, 18:46.32. 10, Allison Stiller, 18:55.10. 13, Rebecca Palm, 19:05.55. 14, Tabitha Guzman, 19:08.63. 18, Laura Fairley, 19:56.68.