Payton Jordan Women’s 10,000: Molly Huddle Is #2 All-Time Fastest American At 30:47; Sally Kipyego Gets The Win In 30:42

May 4, 2014

The women’s 10,000 at the 2014 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational saw a new world lead in Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego‘s 30:42.26 and the second fastest time ever by an American woman in Molly Huddle‘s 30:47.59 for second place. Former All-American Betsy Saina was 3rd (30:57.30) and Jordan Hasay set a new PR with 31:39.67 for 4th.

Kipyego Has A Huge Lead Early

Kipyego Has A Huge Lead Early

Kipyego was out hard from the start running a 72 first lap with 2 rabbits and Japan’s Kasumi Nishihara hanging behind her (Nishihara would end up a non-factor finishing 9th in 32:09.84).  There were reports that she had requested about a 9:08 first 3K, but after taking her through 1600 in 4:56 she was all alone after 2K. Behind her Huddle led the chase pack that included Saina.

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Kipyego kept her lead for another mile before being reeled in by Huddle a bit after 2-miles. They went through 5K together in 15:20 as Saina followed in 15:28, but after that Kipyego started accelerating to 72-second 400 pace and broke open a gap on Huddle in second who had an even larger gap on Saina in 3rd. Behind them there was a chase pack that included Jordan Hasay, UK’s Julie Bleasdale and eventually Kim Conley.

The order would continue that way for the rest of the race as the gap between Kipyego and Huddle grew, shrunk again as Kipyego fell a bit off pace, and then stayed constant as Kipyego maintained a 5-second lead over the last lap with both her and Huddle closing in about 69-seconds. Saina was a comfortable 3rd and Hasay the best of the rest in 4th outkicking Bleasdale (31:42.02). Conley faded and was 8th in 31.48.71.

Quick Take #1: Huddle knocks Deena Kastor (30:50.32) and Kara Goucher (30:55.16) down a spot on the all-time lists as she crushed her 31:27.12 PR from 2008. Huddle has shown good form this year as she got one of the biggest wins of her career beating a stacked field at the BAA 5K, and this performance shows that was no fluke.

Quick Take #2: This race continues Huddle’s progression to tackling longer distance as she was 3rd at the NYC Half in March and won the US 12K Champs over Shalane Flanagan in 2013. Huddle, the AR holder at 5000 (14:44.76), still has a way to go though to get Flanagan’s AR at 10,000 of 30:22.22. Flanagan actually has the 3 fastest times ever by an American (and 5 of the top 8) as she’s also ran 30:34.49 and 30:39.57.

Quick Take #3: Sally Kipyego continues a fine comeback from the injury which kept her out all of 2013 after the 2012 Olympics. She’s an Olympic silver medalist and has a 30:26 PR, but this was actually her first 10,000 since the London Games and a nice outdoor opener for her. It’s not easy to run almost an entire 10K on your own and she led 21-laps.

Quick Take #4: Hasay went from 31:46.42 to 31:39, Conley from  32:00.94 to 31:48.71. The top collegiates in the race ran well as Boise’s Emma Bates and Duke’s Juliet Bottoroff were 13th and 14th and now sit #2 and #3 in the NCAA for 2014. Bates ran 32:20.83 to crush her previous best of 33:37.13 as Bottoroff also PRd with 32:25.69 (previous PB 32:53.72).

Event 64  Women 10000 Meter Run Section 1
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
  1 Sally Kipyego                Nike Otc Elite        30:42.26
  2 Molly Huddle                 Saucony               30:47.59
  3 Betsy Saina                  Nike                  30:57.30
  4 Jordan Hasay                 Nike Oregon Project   31:39.67
  5 Julia Bleasdale              Unattached            31:42.02
  6 Almensh Belete               Top Sport Vl          31:43.05
  7 Obare Doricah                Hitachi               31:45.24
  8 Kim Conley                   New Balance           31:48.71
  9 Kasumi Nishihara             Yamada Denki          32:09.84
 10 Kotomi Takayama              Sysmex                32:15.20
 11 Miho Ihara                   Sekisui Kagaku        32:15.42
 12 rachel ward                  Ragged Mount          32:15.85
 13 Emma Bates                   Boise State           32:20.83
 14 Juliet Bottorff              Duke                  32:25.69
 15 Emily Sisson                 Unattached            32:31.06
 16 Kara Foster                  Oiselle               32:37.19
 17 Kara Lubieniecki             Saucony/HTS Elite     32:38.77
 18 Carolina Tabares Guerrer     Colombia              32:39.13
 19 Sonia Samuels                Unattached            32:39.36
 20 Kristine Swisher             Saucony               32:40.66
 21 Mao Kuroda                   Wacoal                32:41.92
 22 Kate Avery                   Iona                  32:42.11
 23 Natasha LaBeaud              Brooks                32:43.14
 24 Meghan Peyton                Saucony/Team          32:47.37
 25 Kathya Mirelle Garcia Ba     Mexico-FMAA           32:50.37
 26 Carrie Dimoff                Bowerman AC           32:51.40
 27 Alia Gray                    Brooks / Hts Elite    32:57.85
 28 Katie Kellner                Hansons-Brooks Odp    33:00.01
 29 Stephanie Dinius             Nbsv                  33:00.29
 30 Misaki Katou                 Kyudenko              33:01.30
 31 Gladys Lucy Tejeda Pucuh     Club Rodolfo Gomez    33:01.99
 32 Kaitlin Gregg                Nbsv                  33:24.54
 33 Allison Mendez               Adidas/Rogue AC       33:26.09
 34 Shiho Takechi                Yamada Denki          33:42.43
 35 Corey Conner                 Hansons-Brooks Odp    33:52.73
 36 Sarah Dean                   Portland State        34:00.32
 37 Milly Clark                  Sydney University     34:07.41
 -- Katie Matthews               Baa                        DNF
 -- Karoline Bjerkeli Groevd     Aam                        DNF
 -- Alisha Williams              Brc/Adidas                 DNF