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SM Northwest runner Born makes history at Brooks PR Invitational

June 20, 2016

— Shawnee Mission Northwest distance runner Molly Born placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run Saturday at the Brooks PR Invitational at Renton Stadium after clocking in with a time of 10:11.36, which was the fastest mark by a high school girl in Kansas history.

"It was a good race," Born said on Sunday night after flying back into Kansas City. "It was really cool to be able to run against the top runners in the nation. That was really cool and challenging."

The time was a personal best for Born by nearly nine seconds, which she previously set at the Kansas state track and field championships on May 27 at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium. Born's time of 10:20.22 at state had ranked as the second fastest 3,200 time in Kansas history until Saturday. Cathy Saxon of SM West held the previous record after clocking in at 10:14.83 in 1979.

"It's really cool to be at the top of a list full of the best runners in the history of Kansas," Born said. "It's a really cool feeling to know that you're up there."

Canadian native Shona McCulloch won the race with a time of 9:59.87, which was also a personal-best time.

"I think I raced really well against some of the best runners up there," Born said. "It was really cool to be able to just have everyone go out there and just embrace the competition. We were all there to get PR's. We were all running against each other to help each other to get our personal bests, and that was really cool."

The trip to Washington wasn't one that was planned out very far in advance as Born had remained focused on finishing up her sophomore track season. It was the first time that Born had traveled to the west coast.

"I didn't know that I was going until a couple of weeks ago," Born said. "Once I found out, I started training back up again. I did track workouts and stuff with my coach and I think that helped really prepare me for this race."

The SM Northwest standout also was named as an All-Sunflower League track and field first team selection in the the 1,600 and 3,200 meters on Tuesday.

Born is now shifting her focus to training for her junior season of cross country, and defending her Class 6A state championship.

"I'm excited about training with my team this summer, and getting ready for cross country," Born said.

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