Naperville, Ill. - Youngstown State senior distance runner Samantha Hamilton set the school record in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday night at the North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier with a time of 34:51.17.
Hamilton's career-best time puts her near the top 50 in the nation in the event and could land her a spot in the NCAA Preliminaries which are later this month. The field for the preliminiars, of which YSU has already qualified seven athletes, will be announced early next week.
Running against UIC's Tess Ehrardt, Hamilton defeated her conference rival by 56 seconds at the Benedetti-Wehrli Statdium. Overall, eight runners competed in the 10K race.
Hamilton's previous-best time was 35:30.60 which she established on May 2 at the Horizon League Championships, a race in which Ehrardt also placed second, but by 10 seconds.
It is the fourth outdoor school record for Hamilton's outstanding career. She also owns the school marks in the 1,500m, 5,000m and the steeplechase. YSU's previous outdoor 10K mark was held by Anna Pompeo who ran a 35:25.96 race on March 30, 2013.
On the indoor side, Hamilton ended her career as the school-record holder in the 1,000 meters, mile run, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters giving her eight school records for her YSU track and field career.