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Indoor nationals next for Portland State’s Katie Camarena – Portland Tribune

In just a few months, redshirt senior transfer has rewritten Portland State records in multiple races.

For Katie Camarena, Portland State offered one last chance to compete as a college athlete.

In her brief time running for the Vikings, Camarena has demonstrated what can be accomplished when an opportunity is seized.

When she steps on the track at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama on March 11-12, Camarena will be capping her college track experience and putting one last footprint into the Portland State record book when she races in the women’s mile and women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A graduate student in her only season running for Portland State, Camarena has made a lasting impression in a short amount of time.

One place that impression can be seen is the Viking record book. In the fall, Camarena ran the fastest cross-country times by a Portland State woman at 4,000 meters (13 minutes, 47.1 seconds), 5,000 (16:35.3) and 6,000 (20:00.4) distances. This winter, she ran school-record indoor times in the 5,000 (Big Sky record 15:51.49), 3,000 (Big Sky record 8:58.08), mile (4:32.27) and 800 (2:11.65).

She set the 6K mark on Oct. 16 at Santa Clara, a result that was a personal-best by more than 30 seconds, a school record by more than 47 seconds that convinced her the cross-country season could be more than a training exercise.

Camarena is just the third PSU athlete to qualify for the indoor national championship, and the first to qualify in more than one event either indoors or outdoors. She qualified with the third fastest time in the mile and the 13th in the 5,000. Only the top 16 athletes in an event qualify, so reaching indoor nationals is a challenge.

The indoor season is the end of Camarena’s college eligibility. She ran for UC Santa Barbara, where last spring she was named Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year after scoring 26 points for the Gauchos at the Big West Conference Championships, including winning the 5,000 title. She set the UCSB record in the 1,500 last spring.

Given that resume, the Vikings knew they were getting an accomplished runner when Camarena chose PSU for her final college cross country and indoor track seasons.

Camarena chose Portland State at the urging of Miranda Ross, a former UCSB teammate who ran her final track season with the Vikings last spring. Ross’ recommendation helped convince both Camarena and the PSU coaches that the fit was a good one.

“She just seemed like someone who cared about running, but didn’t overthink it, and wanted to work hard and see how good she could get,” PSU distances coach Josh Seitz said.

Camarena made the NCAA West Regionals in 2019 and 2021 in the 1,500. But the cross-country nationals in December was her first national championship event and the first time a Viking ran in the cross-country nationals. She finished 70th in a field of 250 in that race at Tallahassee, Florida.

That experience should help Camarena at the indoor nationals.

“Probably cross-country nationals was the most nervous I’ve been in a race,” she said. “I feel like in track I’m a little bit more comfortable and confident. So, I think just the experience of being around all the best runners in the nation …….

Source: https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/12-sports/538184-430942-indoor-nationals-next-for-portland-states-katie-camarena

In just a few months, redshirt senior transfer has rewritten Portland State records in multiple races.

For Katie Camarena, Portland State offered one last chance to compete as a college athlete.

In her brief time running for the Vikings, Camarena has demonstrated what can be accomplished when an opportunity is seized.

When she steps on the track at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama on March 11-12, Camarena will be capping her college track experience and putting one last footprint into the Portland State record book when she races in the women’s mile and women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A graduate student in…….

In just a few months, redshirt senior transfer has rewritten Portland State records in multiple races.

For Katie Camarena, Portland State offered one last chance to compete as a college athlete.

In her brief time running for the Vikings, Camarena has demonstrated what can be accomplished when an opportunity is seized.

When she steps on the track at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama on March 11-12, Camarena will be capping her college track experience and putting one last footprint into the Portland State record book when she races in the women’s mile and women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

A graduate student in…….

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