Rancocas Valley’s Kemp, now a N.C. State, races to U.S. #2 in the 5,000!!!!!!!!!!

rsz_kemp_fpp_indoor_trackErika Kemp just keeps getting faster and faster, and the Rancocas Valley graduate, now a North Carolina State junior, is now not only the the fastest collegian at 5,000 meters, she’s No. 2 in the world.

Kemp ran a blistering 15:45.46 for 5,000 meters at the Boston University Invitational, finishing second to Courtney Frerichs, who attends New Mexico but was running unattached.

Frerichs and Kemp now rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, and, in fact, every time on the IAAF world list so far is from that race in Boston.

Kemp’s previous PR for an indoor 5,000 was 16:17.06, which she ran this past February at the ACC indoor championships. Her previous overall PR was 15:57 84 from the Raleigh Relays last spring.

Kemp’s time is actually fourth-fastest indoors or outdoors in N.C. State history and fastest in 14 years, behind only Betty Springs [15:33 in 1983], Kristin Price [15:35 in 2002] and Julie Shea [15:41 in 1980].

The previous N.C. State indoor 5,000 record was 15:55.26 set on 1991 by NCAA champ Laurie Gomez, who is now Laurie Henes and is Kemp’s coach

There is no official all-time college indoor list anywhere, but I compiled one from various sources, and it looks like Kemp’s time is No. 28 in indoor college history and No. 18 in U.S. collegiate history, although some of the runners listed as Americans may not be.

Most importantly, Kemp’s time as you can see is the earliest time of 15:45 ever run by a college distance runner. By one day.

  • 15:12.22 … Emily Sisson [Providence], Feb. 28, 2015, New York
  • 15:14.18 … Kim Smith [Providence/New Zealand], March 12, 2004, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:17.28 … Sonia O’Sullivan [Villanova/Ireland], Jan. 26, 1991, Boston
  • 15:20.57 … Sarah DiSanza [Wisconsin], Dec. 6, 2014, Boston
  • 15:27.42 … Sally Kipyego [Texas Tech/Kenya], March 9, 2007,  Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:28.11 … Abbey D’Agostino [Dartmouth], March 8, 2013, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:31.62 … Liv Westphal [Boston College/France], Dec. 6, 2014, Boston
  • 15:33.66 … Betsy Saina [Iowa State/Kenya], March 8, 2013, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:34.5h … Margaret Groos [Virginia], Feb. 20, Blacksburg, Va.
  • 15:37.02 … Kathy Butler [Wisconsin], Feb. 8, 1997, Indianapolis
  • 15:37.97 … Arianna Lambie [Stanford], March  9, 2007,  Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:38.00 … Aliphine Tuliamuk [Wichita State/Kenya], March 8, 2013 Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:39.25 … Sarah Gorton [Colorado], March 14, 2003, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:39.43 … Mary Cullen [Providence/Ireland], Jan. 27, 2006, Boston
  • 15:39.65 … Lisa Koll [Iowa State], March 12, 2010, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:39.75 … Amy Skieresz [Arizona State], March 7, 1997, Indianapolis
  • 15:40.30 … Jordan Hasay [Oregon], March 8, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:40.45 … Rachel Johnson [Baylor], Dec. 13, 2014, College Station, Texas
  • 15:40.74 … Deborah Maier [Cal], March 9, 2012, Nampa, Idaho
  • 15:40.88 … Kate O’Neill [Yale], March 14, 2003, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:41.00 … Sarah Collins [Providence/Switzerland], Dec. 7, 2013, Boston
  • 15:41.12 … Jen Rhines [Villanova], March 10, 1995, Indianapolis
  • 15:42.27 … Katie Matthews [Boston University], March 8, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:42.60 … Laura Nagel [Providence/New Zealand], Dec. 7, 2013, Boston
  • 15:42.71 … Marie McMahon [Providence/Ireland], March 8, 1996, Indianapolis
  • 15:42.81 … Lindsey Scherf [Harvard], Dec. 3, 2005, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 15:43.04 … Alicia Craig [Stanford], March 15, 2003, Fayetteville, Ark.
  • 15:45.46 … Erika Kemp [North Carolina State], Dec. 5, 2015

The fastest 5,000 meters on record by a South Jersey native is Marielle Hall’s remarkable  15:06.45 last June for second place at USATF nationals. But Hall doesn’t have a fast indoor  5,000 on her resume, and it appears Kemp’s 15:45 is the fastest on record by a South Jersey alum indoors.

 

 

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