2013 Payton Jordan:Four World Leading Marks set, by David Kiefer/Stanford, note by Larry Eder

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Payton Jordan, Men's 10,000m start, 
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There is something about distance running and Stanford University. The distance carnival dates back to the late 1970s (I ran the 10,000m there in 1980) at Stanford. Over the past two decades, Stanford Cardinal Invite, in late March, and then, the Payton Jordan Invite, late April have become two events which the real track geeks from Northern California try not to miss. I have to admit, that the Payton Jordan is one of my favorite meets of the year. I missed this year, after two long weeks on the road. 

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Diego Estrada, Cam Levin, Chris Derrick, Payton Jordan 2012, 
photo by Don Gosney

Some interesting races last night. Nice to see Ben True and Evan Jager, duking it out over the 5,000 meters. Ben St. Lawrence, from Australia sets a world leader in the 10,000 meters. Jordan Hasay breaks her own pr by 39 seconds and sets an Oregon school record in the 10,000 meters. Betsy Saina came back from last year and won the 10,000 meters.

Kim Conley showed her guts with a tough and exciting win over 5,000 meters. Anyone who thinks Kim is not serious about the 12 and one half lap race, well, they are mistaken. 

And Trenier Clement Moser, running 4:06.40 for a stadium and meet record, put herself numero three on the world list last night at 1,500 meters!  

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Ben True, 2012 Olympic Trials, 10,000m, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

Also great to see our friend, Chris Solinsky, who has learnt from the miles of trials and trials of miles as the character Quentin Cassidy (Once a Runner, by John Parker, read it, buy it, procure it, a must read) would note. 

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Ben St. Lawrence, 2011 Payton Jordan, 
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Emma Coburn broke the stadium record and ran a world leader in the steeplechase, one of my favorite events. Coburn is a sublime hurdler, and has the ability to challenge not only the AR, but down the road, a global medal. She is that good!

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Emma Coburn, 2012 Olympic Trials, 
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There is something about the 10,000 meters at Payton Jordan that is special as well. I was there when Meb Keflezighi broke the AR of one Mark Nenow. Then, there was Chris Solinsky's AR of 26:59 run there in 2010 (I missed). Last year was a year of depth and sub 27:30 could put you tenth! 

This year, Ben St. Lawrence put it all on the table to win the 10,000m at the end of the race, to the appreciative crowd, who knows distance running, loves distance running and who come to this hallowed track twice a year, as perhaps the meet they will not miss. 



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Cloudless evening in Palo Alto, 2011, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The cool, cloudless nights at Payton Jordan, the amazing crowd, and six months of training are all key to the success of the event. And then, as if the gods of distance running are smiling, the winds die down, and the races begin...

I will be back next year. 



 

WORLD-LEADING MARKS SET AT PAYTON JORDAN

 

Five meet records broken at 18th annual track meet

 

STANFORD, Calif. - University of Colorado's Emma Coburn broke a meet and stadium record to highlight performances at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational track and field meet at Cobb Track and Angell Field on Sunday.

 

Coburn, an American and 2012 Olympic finalist, won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:28.26 and was among four athletes to run world-leading outdoor times for this year. Coburn's time was the fastest by eight seconds and was among five meet records set.

 

Others world-leading times during the 18th annual meet that traditionally showcases distance running, were run by Canadian Matt Hughes in the men's steeplechase in a meet record 8:21.34, Australian Ben St. Lawrence in the men's 10,000 (27:37.55), and American Ben True in the men's 5,000 (13:14.44).

 

Besides Coburn and Hughes, meet records were set by Treniere Moser in the women's 1,500 (4:06.40) and a pair of British hammer throwers -- Sophie Hitchon (231-5) for the women and Mark Dry (241-11) for the men.

 

For Stanford, Amy Weissenbach provided the team highlight by winning the women's 800 in 2:04.24, breaking the school freshman record held by Regina Jacobs since 1982 (2:04.38) and moving her to No. 2 on Stanford's all-time performance list.

 

Men

 

800 - 1. Brandon Johnson (HSI Nike) 1:46.47. 2. Felix Kitur (Santa Monica TC) 1:47.28. 3. Joe Abbott (unattached) 1:47.43. 9. Luke Lefebure (Stanford) 1:51.60. 24. Ryan Valdes (Stanford) 1:55.30.

 

1,500 - 1. Chris O'Hare (unattached) 3:38.48. 2. Riley Masters (Oklahoma) 3:38.79. 3. Henrik Ingebrigtsen (Aam) 3:39.07. 4. Michael Atchoo (Stanford) 3:39.57. 10. Tyler Stutzman (Stanford) 3:40.43. Sec. 4: 3. Justin Brinkley (Stanford) 3:46.13. 4, Marco Bertolotti (Stanford) 3:46.17. 10. Tim Luthin (Stanford) 3:54.83. Sec. 5: 5. Dylan Ferris (Stanford) 3:50.29. 6. Tyler Valdes (Stanford) 3:50.69. 7. Kenny Krotzer (Stanford) 3:51.26. 9. Will Drinkwater (Stanford) 4:08.76.

 

3,000 steeplechase - 1. Matt Hughes (unattached) 8:21.34 (meet record). 2. Jose Pena (Venezuela) 8:22.56. 3. Alex Genest (Speed River NBTF) 8:23.43.

 

5,000 - 1. Ben True (Saucony) 13:14.44. 2. Evan Jager (Nike) 13:14.60. 3. Diego Estrada (Northern Arizona) 13:15.33. Sec. 2: 7. Erik Olson 13:46.12. Sec. 3: 5, Jim Rosa (Stanford) 14:07.23. 7. Joe Rosa (Stanford) 14:10.17.

 

10,000 - 1. Ben St. Lawrence (Melbourne TC) 27:37.55. 2. Suguru Osako (Waseda University) 27:38.31. 3. Yuki Sato (Nissin Foods) 27:39.50.

 

High jump - 1. Harrison Steed (California) 6-11½ (2.12). 2. Jules Sharpe (Stanford) 6-9½ (2.07). 3. Dartis Willis (Stanford) 6-7½ (2.02). 

 

Pole vault - 1. Levi Keller (Club Northwest) 17-4½ (5.30). 2. Kasey Burlingham (Azpva) 17-0¼ (5.20). 3. Ashton Eaton (Nike OTC Elite) 16-0¾ (4.90). 4. Garrett Starkey (Stanford) 15-7 (4.75). 5. Dalton Duvio (Stanford) 15-7 (4.75). 7. Daniel Emery (Stanford) 14-7¼ (4.45). 

 

Long jump - 1. Charles Kerr (Stanford) 23-0w (7.01). 2. Patton Jones (Stanford) 22-11 (6.98). 3. Dkay Ayivor (unattached) 21-11 (6.68). 

 

Shot put - 1. Colin Quirke (unattached) 56-3 (17.14). 2. Sullivan Parker (California) 55-6¼ (16.92). 3. Nicholas Budincich (Stanford) 49-5¾ (15.08). 

 

Discus - 1. Geoffrey Tabor (Stanford) 183-5 (55.91). 2. Derek White (unattached) 179-9 (54.79). 3. Ethan Cochran (California) 177-3 (54.02). 6. Nicholas Budincich (Stanford) 161-0 (49.08). 7. Lucas Rowley (Stanford) 153-10.

 

Hammer - 1. Mark Dry (unattached) 241-11 (73.75; meet record). 2. Zach Hazen (unattached) 210-5 (64.15). 3. Scott Esparza (California) 197-6 (60.20). 5. Lucas Rowley (Stanford) 178-8 (54.47).

 

 

Women

 

800 - 1. Amy Weissenbach (Stanford) 2:04.24. 2. Stephanie Brown (Arkansas) 2:04.35. 3. Gabriela Elizabeth Medina (Mexico-FMAA) 2:04.38. 17. Claudia Saunders (Stanford) 2:09.50.

 

1,500 - 1. Treniere Moser (Nike) 4:06.40 (meet record). 2. Hilary Stellingwerff (Speed River NBTF) 4:09.02. 3. Violah Lagat (adidas) 4:09.17. Sec. 2: 2. Justine Fedronic (Stanford) 4:14.44. Sec. 3: 7. Emilie Amaro (Stanford) 4:31.02. 9. Molly McNamara (Stanford) 4:41.13. Sec. 4: 6. Tate Murray (Stanford) 4:28.57. Sec. 5: 4, Julia Foster (Stanford) 4:32.10. 6. Mary Kate Anselmini (Stanford) 4:37.20.

 

3,000 steeplechase - 1. Emma Coburn (Colorado) 9:28.26 (meet and stadium record). 2. Jamie Cheever (Brooks/Team USA MN) 9:29.13. 3. Amber Henry (Weber State) 9:51.55.

 

5,000 - 1. Kim Conley (New Balance) 15:22.07. 2. Katie Mackey (Brooks Beasts) 15:23.65. 3. Julia Lucas (OTC) 15:23.77. Sec. 2: 5. Jessica Tonn (Stanford) 15:54.90.

 

10,000 - 1. Betsy Saina (Iowa State) 31:37.22. 2. Obare Doricah (Hitachi) 31:44.92. 3. Ayumi Hagiwara (Uniqlo) 31:45.29.

 

High jump - 1. Brianne Theisen (Nike OTC Elite) 5-11½ (1.82). 2. Gianna Fernandez (California) 5-10½ (1.79). 3. Kristin Rimbach (California) 5-7¼ (1.71). 4. Elaine Patten (Stanford) 5-3¼ (1.61).   

 

Pole vault - 1. Elizabeth Norvell (Hornet TC) 13-4½ (4.08). 2. Annie Burlingham (Azpva) 13-4½ (4.08). 3. Ellie McCardwell (Stanford) 13-0¾ (3.98). 4. Katie Zingheim (Stanford) 12-6¾ (3.83).

 

Long jump - 1. Arantxa King (unattached) 20-5 (6.22). 2. Yeshemabet Turner (New Mexico) 19-8¼ (6.00). 3. Karynn Dun (Stanford) 19-8¼ (6.00). 

 

Triple jump - 1. Whitney Liehr (unattached) 43-0 (13.18). 2. Yeshemabet Turner (New Mexico) 40-8¾ (12.41).

 

Shot put - 1. Alyssa Wisdom (Stanford) 53-3¾ (16.30). 2. Chioma Amaechi (California) 49-7¼ (15.12). 3. Shavana Talbert (Stanford) 47-4½ (14.44).  

 

Discus - 1. Rebecca Hammar (Stanford) 164-7 (50.16). 2. Jade Richardson (Simon Fraser) 142-1 (43.32). 3. Shavana Talbert (Stanford) 140-6 (42.83).

 

Hammer - 1. Sophie Hitchon (unattached) 231-5 (70.53; meet and stadium record). 2. Sarah Holt (unattached) 222-1 (67.70). 3. Amy Haapanen (unattached) 215-5 (65.65). 7. Rebecca Hammar (Stanford) 157-1 (47.88).

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