By Brad Collins, St. Gregory's (Okla.) Sports Information Director
SHAWNEE, Okla. - Former St. Gregory’s University (Okla.) runner Monika Kalicinska eclipsed the world’s fastest marathon mark on an indoor track at the fourth annual Run4RKids Indoor Marathon Saturday in Toronto, Canada. Kalicinska, the reigning NAIA national champion in the outdoor marathon, finished the indoor equivalent in 2:53:53 this weekend – nearly four minutes faster than the previous record.
According to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS), the previously recognized women’s mark was 2:57:34, set by Nichole Porath on Jan. 6, 2013, at the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon in Minnesota.
“It's a different experience to run a marathon indoors,” said Kalicinska, a native of Poland. “I was afraid I might not be mentally tough enough. But I was happy with my performance and would like to say a big thanks to my coach and my sponsor, Tulsa Runner. I also really enjoyed having family there to cheer me on.”
Kalicinska said after each hour, participants changed directions to make it easier on their legs. Saturday’s event entailed 182 laps at York University’s Toronto Track and Field Centre. Kalisinska, who graduated from SGU last year with a degree in exercise science, bested 31 other male and female entrants.
Last May, Kalicinska claimed SGU's first individual women's national title at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Marion, Ind. She finished in 2:50:52, nearly eight minutes in front of her nearest competitor. Because of her finish, Kalicinska also earned All-America status. She claimed the third outdoor national championship and fourth title overall for SGU's track program.
Kalicinska also qualified for NAIA nationals in cross country in November 2012 and indoor track in February 2013.