Lawler and Wayne finished sandwiched between two unattached runners while breaking a nine-year old record, previously held by Taryn Surtees (35:41.80, 2009). Lawler finished more than 20 seconds ahead of Surtees time and set the new school mark at 35:20.53, while Wayne posted the second best all-time Bears time by crossing the finish line in 35:26.38.
The men also posted solid times during the 10,000m race as senior David O'Gara led the way with a time of 30:34.37 and junior Peter Johnsrud was not far behind, 30:51.92. O'Gara placed sixth and Johnsrud ninth out of more than 70 runners from various levels of athletics. Sophomore Ben Gersch was 33rd with a time of 32:20.07.
More than 135 student-athletes competed in the women's 5,000m as WashU nine of the top-81 times. Sophomore Sophie Watterson placed seventh overall as she posted the top Division III mark of the meet with a time of 17:26.33. Junior Lisa Gorham (17:38.31) and senior Mattie Gottbrath (17:48.07) also finished in the top-20 with 12th and 18th place finishes respectively.
Nearly 200 competitors took to the track in the men's 5,000m as the Bears had all seven of their entries to finish post times in the top-84. Senior Kirby Simon led WashU with a 13th place finish, 14:45.21, while freshman Joe Stover finished 25th by crossing the finish line in 14:59.50.
The WashU invitational will continue Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. with javelin, while there will also be a senior recognition for WashU at the 50-yard line at 10:15 a.m. followed by a small ceremony to commemorate the 2017 Indoor & Outdoor Women's Track & Field National Champions. Be sure to stay up to date on all your scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.