Monday, May 03, 2010

Payton Jordan: Minnesotans in the Mix

The big story from Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational on Saturday night -- and we mean BIG! -- was Chris Solinsky's surprise 26:59.60 American Record in the 10,000-meters.

Solinsky, a Stevens Point, Wisconsin native, out-ran favorite Galen Rupp (4th, 27:10.74) for the barrier-breaking victory. Both Americans bettered Meb Keflezighi's nine-year-old national record of 27:13.98.

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Liberty University's Sam Chelanga of Kenya set a collegiate record, running 27:08.39 of 3rd.

You can watch the Payton Jordan 10,000m HERE.

Two Minnesotans competed in the historic race. Team USA Minnesota's Patrick Smyth was 20th in 28:33.14, teammate Josh Moen ran 28:43.27 for 24th.

In the women's 25-lapper, Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor clocked 32:30.84 for 4th-place, while Meghan Armstrong was 9th in a PR 33:21.55.

Video of the women's 10,000m is HERE.

In the various men's 1500m sections, that DtB's Fantasy Sports Department highlighted last week, Stanford's Winona product Elliott Heath topped Gopher Ben Blankenship in the fast section North Star State duel. Heath clocked 3:41.27 for 2nd in the race; Blankenship, a Stillwater alum, ran 3:41.96 for 4th.

You can watch that race HERE.

Other Minnesota milers in action in the meet's 1500m event included: Andy Richardson of Minnesota 3:48.65, Burnsville alum Rob Finnerty of Wisconsin 3:48.79, and Donny Wasinger of Kansas, via Winona Cotter, 3:53.79

Brainerd High School alum Justin Tyner of Air Force, who we interviewed recently HERE, ran 8:41.09 in the 3000m steeplechase for 13th.

Find complete results of the meet HERE.

Find the entire suite of Flotrack viedos HERE.

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