AUSTIN, Tex. — Redshirt sophomore Venessa D'Arpino broke her own school record in the 200 meters on Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships at the University of Texas.
D'Arpino placed fourth in her heat and 26th overall in 23.60 seconds to eclipse her old mark of 23.63, set at the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational on April 22. She was ranked 44th and beat her seeding by 18 places, but just missed out on advancing to the quarterfinals by .08 seconds, as the final qualifier finished in 23.52.
It was the sixth time this season D'Arpino set the school record. She first broke Rosie Williams' old record of 23.96, set in 1988, by running 23.83 at Stanford on April 1. She then ran 23.82, 23.81, 23.72 and 23.63 in subsequent meets before lowering it one more time on Friday night.
D'Arpino set the school record in the 100 (11.70), 200 (23.60) and 400 (54.14) this spring. On Thursday, she outperformed her seeding by 22 places and took 26th in the 400 at 54.21, just .07 behind the 24th and final runner to advance to the quarterfinals.
Also on Friday, sophomore Juliana Mount placed eighth in her heat and 24th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:43.17. She was ranked 33rd and bettered her seed by nine places.
Senior Morgan Anderson runs in the 5,000 meters on Saturday. She is seeded 42nd in 16:17.50, the No. 2 all-time mark. She will be OSU's only competitor.