July 8, 2013
KAZAN, Russia -
Oklahoma State's Natalja Piliusina broke her own school record in the 800 meters en route to qualifying for the final at the 2013 World University Games, in Kazan, Russia, on Monday.
Piliusina's time of 2:01.59 broke her previous school record of 2:02.12, was good enough for fifth place in her heat and earned her a time-based qualification for the final.
Piliusina holds seven OSU women's track and field/cross country school records, and she won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 1,500 meters in June. She has a long history of success in the 800 meters, holding both OSU's indoor and outdoor records in the event, and she has won the Big 12 800 meter title each of the six times she participated in the race--indoors and outdoors.
"She is such a competitor," OSU Coach Dave Smith said. "The better the competition, the better she runs. She had the seventh-best personal record in her heat going in, and had the 12th or 13th best overall. For her to set a new personal best by .53 at this stage in her career is monumental. She got in a bad position again with about 300 meters to go, but found a way to get it done. It's what she always seems to do."
The 800 meter final will take place tomorrow, at a time to be determined.
2013 World University Games
July 6-17, 2013/ Kazan, Russia
Monday, July 8, 2013
Women's 800 Meter Semifinal
7. Natalja Piliusina - 2:01.59*!(q)
! - Denotes school record
* - Denotes personal best
q - Denotes time qualification