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Payton Jordan Invitational

Women’s 10,000m

Nike Oregon Project athlete Sifan Hassan won the 10,000-metre race Thursday at the Payton Jordan Invitational track meet that takes place at Stanford University in Pal Alto, CA. She finished in the time of 31:18.12. The performance represents a personal best for Hassan, who runs for the Netherlands.

She competed in the 1500m event at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games finishing fifth in the final.

Her 5000m best is 14:22.34.

Aussies finished second and third. Susan Krumins and Melbourne Track Club teammate Camille Buscomb finished in 31:23.81 and 31:33.04 respectively.

The first Canadian was Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak who ran her second-fastest 10,000m race ever with a finish time of 31:43.26 – she finished seventh. Her personal best is the national record set at 31:41.59 during the 2015 edition of Payton Jordan.

Fellow Vancouver-based athlete, Rachel Cliff, who is the national record holder in the marathon distance with her 2019 performance of 2:26:56, finished 10th with a new personal best time of 31:54.88.

Canadian-American Kinsey Middleton from Boise, ID, was also in the race. She crossed the line in 33:23.82 for 21st.

Middleton finished third at the Vancouver Sun Run on April 14th with a time of 32:46. The race was won by Wodak – her third Sun Run win – this time in 32:38.

Leading up to Payton Jordan, Wodak suffered a calf strain, while training at altitude in Flagstaff, AZ. She had to take some time off. Wodak was hoping the forced rest would provide the benefit of freshness on race day. It appears that is the case.

Men’s 10,000m

Ben True won the men’s race with a strong 27:52.39 showing. His best is 27:41.17 from 2012.

Mark Scott finished nearly four seconds back at 27:56.19, which is a new personal best by 15 seconds.

Harry Summers from Melbourne Track Club crossed the line in the time of 27:56.98, which is also a new benchmark. He previously ran 28:13.23.

Five athletes finished under 28-minutes. Fifteen finished under 28:30, all 23 finished under 30:00.

The top Canadian was Ben Flanagan, the 2018 NCAA 10,000m champion. He crossed the line 12th in the time of 28:19.51. The 24-year-old’s best going into Payton Jordan was 28:34.53 from June of 2016.

Full results are available, here: https://www.flotrack.org/results/6470834-2019-payton-jordan-invitational/26380

Top Canadian placings:

  • Ashlan Best, 1st, 400m – 54.02
  • Ryan Smeeton, 1st, 3000mSC – 8:27.90
  • Jean-Simon Desgagnes, 3rd, 3000mSC – 8:29.10
  • Laurence Côte, 4th, 800m – 2:03.69
  • Vaughn Taylor, 5th, 400m – 49.26
  • Madeleine Kelly, 5th, 800m – 2:03.96
  • Charlotte Prouse, 5th, 3000mSC, 9:56.01