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Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational

Another classic night of distance running to report on out in Palo Alto. As usual, British and Irish athletes made the most of the perfect Californian conditions to record a number of personal bests at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

Chris Thomson came agonizingly close to hitting the A standard in the 10,000m of 27.40.00. Although he clocked 27:40.81, a slightly different selection criteria is applied to the World Championships compared to the Olympics, meaning that there is scope for the Oregon based athlete to be picked.

Chris O’Hare, Rich Peters, and Chris Gowell were all in fine form over the metric mile, with the latter two recording personal bests. O’Hare’s time was slightly down on his best, though winning the A race at Stanford will no doubt serve him well as he will look to hit qualifying time later in the season. Video of the race is here.

New Mexico coach Joe Franklin had a large contingent of British athletes in action. Picks of the bunch were Jo Moultrie who ran a 3 second PB of 4.14 in the 1500m and Luke Caldwell, who continued his massive breakthrough year by taking another 11 second chunk off of his 5000m best to record 13.29.

Zak Seddon (8.34) came out on top against James Wilkinson (8.41) in the battle of the British steeplechasers. In what is one of the most open domestic events, both will be optimistic that if they can achieve the B standard performance of 8:32.00, this could give them a chance of being selected for Moscow.

Just how fast will he run? This was the topic for much debate  prior to Alistair Brownlee’s official 10,000m debut. The general prediction range seemed to be between 28.40-50ish, and the Olympic triathlon champion went on to exceed this to finish second in the B race in 28:32.48. With the B race being slightly weaker than the last two years, he may argue that there was slightly more in the tank had the pace of the race been quicker. A superb effort for a triathlete nonetheless.

With another set of great results now in the books, readers may ask what it is that makes this such a special meet, or sometimes the more cynical will comment on how athletes may struggle to replicate their Stanford performances elsewhere. The best answer that we can come up with here is that all Stanford does is provide the ideal environment to put the hard training (for which there is no shortcut for) into practice. The combination of high quality fields, perfect conditions, great atmosphere, and a collective desire to run fast; these are some of the little things that add up to make an overall big difference.

A full round up of the rest of the weekends results away from Stanford are here. Full results from Stanford are available here

Event Position Heat Name School / Club Performance
1500m 11 1 Georgia Peel Florida State 4:19.62
1500m 1 2 Jo Moultrie New Mexico 4:14.44
1500m 2 4 Chloe Anderson New Mexico 4:24:40
3000m s/c 5 3 Imogen Ainsworth New Mexico 10:27.13
5000m 14 2 Charlotte Arter New Mexico 16:20.57
800m 7 2 Stuart Ross Boston 1:53.04
1500m 1 1 Chris O’Hare Unattached 3:38.48
1500m 8 1 Rich Peters Boston 3:40.05
1500m 3 2 Chris Gowell Rogue 3:40.39
3000m s/c 11 1 Zak Seddon Florida State 8:34.42
3000m s/c 13 1 James Wilkinson Leeds 8:41.39
5000m 15 1 Luke Caldwell New Mexico 13:29.94
5000m 24 1 Dave McCarthy Unattached 13:56.80
5000m 10 2 Mitch Goose Iona 13:50.11
5000m 14 2 Breandan O’Neil Florida State 13:58.99
10000m 4 1 Chris Thompson OTC 27:40.81
10000m 20 1 Jonny Mellor Adidas 28:42.20
10000m 2 2 Alistair Brownlee Bingley 28:32.48
10000m 12 2 Antony Ford Unattached 29:33.62

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