Solinsky Steals the Show with 26:59 Stunner
What was widely billed as a Galen Rupp attack on Meb Keflezighi’s 9-year-old 10,000m US record of 27:13.98 at the Cardinal Invitation turned into a Chris Solinsky shocker as the Wisconsin native smashed the US 10,000m record in 26:59.60.
Rupp would finish fourth, behind Solisnky and two Kenyans in 27:10.4, also under the US record but with considerably less fanfare.
A 5,000m specialist, Solinsky was running his debut 10K and hoping for a “fast time” out of the affair.
The race went through 5,000m in 13:34 and at 6500m Rupp took over with a steady tempo of 64-65 second laps. Following closely were Kenyans Sam Chelanga, Daniel Salel and Solinsky.
With 700m to go, Solinsky broke to the fore with the Kenyans also passing Rupp. Salel would finish in 27:07.85 and Chelanga in 27:08. Solinsky became the first white man to crack 27 minutes for 10,000m. Mass. native Chris Barnicle would place 16th in 28:10 as 11 of the 24 runners broke 28 minutes.
In other action, Shannon Rowbury upset Shalane Flanagan in the 5000 – 15:00.51 to 15:04, and RI’s Molly Huddle won the women’s 10,000 in 31:48. Full Results