Distance runner Mary Slaney says her record victory in her first track competition since 1985 has given her a big lift.

Slaney won the 1,500 meter race at Saturday's Oregon Twilight in a meet-record time of 4 minutes and 9.14 seconds at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field."I'm not a hurdler, but I got over a big psychological hurdle by running this race," Slaney said. "I was prepared to stop at any point if I felt the slightest twinge. I didn't, so now I feel that problem is over."

The problem was an injured Achilles' tendon that forced Slaney to miss the 1987 track season. She sat out the 1986 season for the birth of her daughter.

Slaney, who holds the world women's mile record and every American women's record from 800 to 10,000 meters, skipped the 1988 indoor season because of continued tightness in a leg.