Name: Jamie Stokes
Position: Distance Runner
Hometown: Ogden, Utah
High School: Ogden HS
Weber State University women’s track and field runner Jamie Stokes is this week’s Signpost Student-Athlete of the Week after breaking the school indoor record for the mile run at the Washington Invitational.
“I was really excited about how I did. I was lucky to be with a good group of women,” Stokes said. “I was really excited to get my (personal record), and I felt pretty comfortable in the race, so I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Stokes finished in first place in her meet at Washington with a time of 4:43.86 — seven seconds faster than her previous career record. Stokes’ time just edged out the previous school record set by former Wildcat Amber Henry last year (4:44.09).
“I was really excited about that. (Distance coach Paul Pilkington) had me on pace for 4:44, which is what he wanted me to run, and I knew that if I stuck with the lead pack, I’d be able to run close to that,” Stokes said. “So I was happy to run a second faster than what he had me on pace to run.”
With the new record set, Stokes continues a pattern dating back to 2012 in which the season-best mark in the mile run has gotten faster each year. Laken Hintze posted a time of 4:54.38 in 2012 — then good enough for fifth place in the team’s record books — and was followed by Sarah Callister in 2013 (4:51.09) and Amber Henry in 2014 (4:44.09).
Stokes and the Wildcats return to competition this weekend as they participate in the Jacksons Invitational in Boise, Idaho. The Wildcats will have two more meets to compete in before they host the Wildcat Invitational later this month.
“I’m really excited,” Stokes said. “I hope I can take seconds off my mile time. I’m also really excited about how our team is looking. Everyone is getting (personal records) and it’s really exciting, so I think we’ll have a good team for (Big Sky Conference championships).”