Payton Jordan Invite: Excellent distance fields! by Ricky Brackett, Note by Larry Eder

Galen Rupp, NYRR Distance Carnivale, April 23, 2010, photo by

Okay sports fans, use those mileage plus miles, procure your airline ticket and get yourself
to the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 1. Some serious distance racing will be going on, starting about 4.45 pm and ending around 11 pm, with a very fast (dare we say attempt at
the American record for 10,000 meters)?

Jenny Barringer is running the 1,500 meters, along with Jenn Rhines and NCAA cross champ Angela Bizzari. Serious women's 5,000 meters with Shalane Flanagan and new CR at 10,000m Lisa Koll, along with Lauren Fleshmann. On the men's side, Abdi Abdirahman leads a stellar field in the men's 5,000m field which includes Bolata Asmeron, Kyle King and Micheal Coe. Also, RBR suggests watching heat 1 of the Men's 1,500 meters, where Chris Derrick (AR, 5,000m, Juniors), Dylan Ferris and Elliot Heath, all wearing the Stanford uniforms, will be duking it out over 1,500 meters. (Derrick went 13.29 to Ferris' 13.31 at Mt.SAC two weeks ago, for those with inquiring minds).

But, dear friends, the race on Saturday night should be the Kim McDonald 10,000 meters. The late Kim McDonald was one of our sports most colorful and paradigm changing agents, challenging not only how athletes were compensated, and the need for our sport to evolve into a higher professional standard, but also how athletes trained.

The field here is, well, epic. Galen Rupp, Alistair Cregg, Samuel Chelanga, Chris Solinsky, Simon Bairu, Mike Aish (Kiwi record holder), Tim Nelson, Anthony Famigliettie aka FAM, Sean Quigley. Heck, half of the population of Madison, Wisconsin (see Nike/Kimbia) is running! Not to let our friends from Minnesota down, Patrick Smyth should also impress!

Hopefully, yours truly will be standing in the middle of the field, watching about five guys together with a lap to go drop a 53 and watch three or four national records go bye, bye!

Payton Jordan would be pleased..and so would Kim McDonald.

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford track and field will host one of the most elite track meets in the nation this Saturday, May 1, with the Payton Jordan Invitational. The annual meet attracts some of the world's top athletes, particularly for the evening distance carnival. The meet is named to honor former Stanford coach, the legendary Payton Jordan, who passed away in February of 2009.

The Payton Jordan Invitational has been the site of many memorable and record-breaking performances. In 2001, Meb Keflizghi broke the American record in the 10,000 meters. A year later Deena Drossin accomplished the same feat on the women's side. In 2008, Shalane Flannagan lowered the women's 10K record and then just last year, Stanford's own Chris Derrick, set a new American Junior Record for the 5,000 meters.

The ideal running conditions of an early May evening contribute to the fast times that are annually run at the Payton Jordan Invitational. This year promises to be no different with elite fields that have record-breaking potential.

The men's 10,000 meters should be the featured event with potential for record-breaking times. 2008 U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp headlines a field that also includes collegiate record holder Samuel Chelanga of Liberty, Irish Olympian and former NCAA Champion Alistair Cragg and several other talented professionals. Brett Gotcher will also return to the track of his alma mater after running the fourth-fastest marathon debut in American history.

The featured women's event will be the 5,000 meters where American record holder, Shalane Flanagan highlights the field. In addition, Lisa Koll of Iowa State returns after setting the collegiate record in the 10K at the Stanford Invitational to run the 5K. NCAA indoor champion Angela Bizzarri of Illinois also joins the field that includes 2008 U.S. Olympian at 1,500 meters, Shannon Rowburry and former Stanford great Lauren Fleshman.

Stanford will also be well represented in the meet, beginning with the top section of the 1,500 meters. Stanford All-Americans Chris Derrick, Dylan Ferris and Elliott Heath will all be competing. Ferris has already run under four minutes for the mile indoors, while Heath and Derrick ran 13:29.75 and 13:31.67 for 5,000 meters two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays. Other top Stanford athletes include Jake Riley in the second section of the 5,000 meters and JT Sullivan in the second section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

The women will also be well represented with several athletes in the elite distance events. In the second section of the 5,000 meters, Alex Gits and Kathy Kroeger will both be making their 2010 debut at the distance. In addition, Madeleine O'Meara will compete in the second section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The middle distances will feature Maria Lattanzi in the second section of the 800, while Madeline Duhon will be in the second section of the 1,500 meters.

Although the Payton Jordan Invitational is best known for the distance events, the sprints and field events will also be strong this year. After working on his sprinting for much of the year, Amaechi Morton will look to improve his school record in his main event, the 400-meter hurdles. Griffin Matthew who will run the 100 meters will lead the women's sprinters.

The Payton Jordan Invitational will be available for viewing live on Stanford All-Access. The field events begin at 2 p.m., while the running events begin at 3:45 p.m.

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