University of New Mexico sophomore Elise Thorner earned Mountain West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week recognition, the MW conference office announced on Tuesday.
Thorner earned the honor after a phenomenal performance in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford on April 29, where she ran a time of 9 minutes, 32.42 seconds. Her time was eight seconds better than her previous season best and puts her at third on the NCAA Division I national qualifying list. Her time is also the fastest in England under-23 history all-time, ninth fastest in NCAA collegiate history, and the fourth fastest time at all levels in the country this season.
The Lobos take this week off of a competition to prepare for the Mountain West Outdoor Championships, which are set for May 12-14 in Fresno, California.