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Newark's Amber Owens registers two personal bests in Kansas at the MIAA championships

An action-packed weekend saw Amber Owens draw her racing season to a close as she left Kansas with two new personal bests.

Owens, 21, from Newark, brought her American indoor racing season to a close at Topeka Kansas at the MIAA championships.

She raced on both days — Saturday and Sunday — and came away with fourth place on both occasions, as well as back-to-back personal bests.

Newark’s Amber Owens, front, with her team-mate in Kansas.
Newark’s Amber Owens, front, with her team-mate in Kansas.

On Saturday, Owens, who represents Northwest Missouri State University in the US, raced in the 5,000m and finished in 17-50.17 — missing out on a podium position by two seconds.

Less than 24 hours later she lined up to race in the 3,000m.

After a tough start, she slipped to seventh going into the final lap, but Owens managed to close out the race with a blistering burst, covering the final lap in 35 seconds to pull herself up to fourth — less than one second from a medal position.

She finished in a best of 10-15-60.

Owens said as well as enduring a testing physical challenge, it was also mentally tough having had to compete on a circling 200m track, which she had to lap more than 40 times over the course of the championship weekend.

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