FLANAGAN’S 31:04.85 LEADS EXCELLENT DISTANCE MARKS AT STANFORD
By David Monti
— Shalane Flanagan’s world-leading 10,000m time of 31:04.85
highlight of last night’s Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto. Once
helping athletes to
Championships qualifying times.
fails,” tweeted Dan Lilot, an athlete agent based in
Francisco. “Sun is down, not a breath of wind, just in time for the
California International Marathon champion Alisha Williams, an
in a world-leading and personal best 15:09.73. Her time was well under
advantage going into the USA Outdoor Outdoor Track &
Championships in June in Des Moines.
“140 characters isn’t
enough to express how grateful I am to all of the people/sponsors who
have helped keep the dream alive!” Williams wrote on her Twitter
account. “Love you all!”
Behind her, Kenyans Betsy Saina (Iowa
State) and Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (Wichita State) finished second,
and fourth in 15:12.05 and 15:18.86, respectively, essentially
guaranteeing them spots in the NCAA Championships in June. Finishing
between them was the up-and-coming Chelsea Reilly, the reigning USA
10-K and 3000m indoor champion. Reilly, 23, who runs for the Bay Area
Track Club but does not have a commercial sponsor, clocked a career
best 15:13.24. Olympian Lisa Uhl finished fifth in 15:29.64.
the top section of the men’s 5000m, Jamaica’s Kemoy Campbell ran a
national record 13:32.82 in the vest of the University of Arkansas.
Andrew Poore (13:33.03) and Andy Bayer (13:34.82) finished second and
third. None of them came close to the World Championships “A” qualifier
“It’s pretty exciting to have the national record,” Campbell told Flotrack in his post-race interview.
run was remarkable. Running nearly all of the race alone, the 31
year-old from Portland, Ore., finished well clear of training partner
Kara Goucher, who finished second in 31:46.64, just outside of the IAAF
World Championships “A” standard of 31:45.00. Both she and Goucher are
in their final stages of preparation for the Boston Marathon, a race
which is particularly important to Flanagan who grew up in a Boston
“Kara and I didn’t really know what to expect tonight,”
Flanagan told Flotrack. “We’re in marathon training, we’re at altitude,
we haven’t done any 10K-specific work. So, I’ll take 31:04, or whatever
it was. That’s solid.”
Behind the two marathoners, the
University of Oregon’s Jordan Hasay made her 10,000m debut, clocking
32:46.68, an early NCAA-leading time.
“Coach told me I just needed to focus for length of one “Friends” episode,” Hasay joked through her Twitter account.
other events, John Gilbertson won the top section of the men’s 10,000m
in 28:30.35 over the University of Oregon’s Parker Stinson (28:34.71).
Oklahoma’s Riley Masters won the men’s 1500m in 3:40.77; Utah’s Amanda
Mergaert won the women’s section in 4:17.22. The steeplechase wins went
to Louisville’s Mattias Wolter in 8:43.73 and Oregon’s Alexi Pappas in
a world-leading and career best of 9:46.73.
return to Stanford en masse on Sunday, April 28, for the Payton Jordan
Cardinal Invitational, one of the world’s most important
time-qualifying meets for distance runners. Last year’s meet lasted
nine hours and produced six world-leading times.