Men’s 10,000m start, Payton Jordan, photo by PhotoRun.net
STANFORD (USA): The entries for next Friday’s Payton Jordan Invitational on May 5 confirm Matt Centrowitz, Nick Willis, Edward Cheserek, Justyn Knight in the 5000 m, Emily Sisson, Meraf Bahta, Emily Infeld, Kim Conley and Amy Cragg in women 10 000 m. MenÂ´s 1500 m has steeple record holder Evan Jager, womenÂ´s 5000 m will see Sifan Hassan with Eilish McColgan and Allie Ostrander with Marielle Hall. Another top Brit Callum Hawkins is in the 10 000 m along with Shadrack Kipchirchir, Jake Robertson, Andy Vernon, David McNeill and Bashir Abdi. Lynsey Sharp with Chrishuna Williams are the top women 800 m names. Violah Lagat after recent road succes is in the 1500 m and NorwayÂ´s Karoline Grovdal in the steeple with Australian Genevieve Lalonde.
RunBlogRun opines: In the past decade, the Payton Jordan has become the meet where distance runners run their qualifiers. The level of competition, and the quality of competition continues to grow. A meet had started in Herzogenaurach, by adidas, last year, to provide Central European runners to have a chance to hit qualifying standards, but has not been renewed. It is a huge amount of logistics to devleop a meeting like the Payton Jordan, and we thank and salute the staff at Stanford to continuing to support this amazing event.