I also heard her 3000 flat best is 8.57.
I can relate to all that. I ran DII track, at Mansfield State, PA, back in 1980-82. I was by far the slowest on the cross country team. My best for 400 was 61, best for 800 -2.10, and only 4.19 for 1500. Ran better indoors - 8.57 for 3000 indoors, Rochester, N.Y., Feb. 1981, and 14.42 for 3 miles, indoors, at Bucknell, one week later, going past the mile in 4.42, with coach Winrow yelling 'go get em'...as distances went up, got a bit better.
Prior to going to the U.S. ran 15.17 for 5000 track, in Wimbledon, 1978, on a cinder track -Wimbledon Park, in road shoes-TIGER ONITSUKA MARATHONS- which were basically plimsoles of canvas with almost no sole protection. 4 months prior, on April 22, 1978, I had run 1.50.49 for 20 miles in the Finchley 20, Ruislip, being the second runner from Surrey to cross the line. Tony Simmons, Luton, was the winner that day in 1.42, and I only finished around 35th that day. In those days the depth in road races in the UK , was deep. Note, I also eore the same TIGERS, no sole protection, in that 20 miler. That might explain my present day hip arthritis.