2015 Stanford Invitational: Gelete Burka Outkicks Shalane Flanagan, Grunewald PRs and Wins, Brits Stabler and Aitchison Impress, German Fernandez is Back!
April 4, 2015
We highlight the top distance action from Friday’s Stanford Invitational below and have results of the top distance races. Full results here.
Shalane Flanagan showed she’s ready for Boston, Gabriele Grunewald got a nice pr and win in the 5000m on the six-year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis, Sam Stabler of Lamar had the breakthrough of the meet in the 5000m, Oliver Aitchison showed he’s becoming a force at 1500m, German Fernandez got a much-needed win and Erin Teschuk got some attention.
Women’s 10,000m: Burka Outkicks Shalane Flanagan
Ethiopian Gelete Burka outkicked Shalane Flanagan to win the 10,000m in 31:08.16 to highlight the meet.
America’s top marathoner, Flanagan was the headliner in the 10,000m as she ran eyeing not only a qualifier for the World Championships at 10,000m (32:00), but a final tune-up for the Boston Marathon, which is in 16 days. She faced former World 1500m indoor champion Burka in Burka’s 10,000m debut on the track. Burka was coming off a 15:13 second-place finish at the Carlsbad 5000 last weekend.
We didn’t watch the race, but from this live thread, it was a two-woman affair the entire way with Flanagan leading and Burka in her slip stream. They ran a negative split after hitting halfway in 15:40, and Burka was too good the final lap as she beat Flanagan, 31:08.16 to 31:09.02. Two years ago Flanagan ran this meet and dominated, getting the win in 31:04.85 before her fourth-place finish at Boston.
Behind Burka and Flanagan, NCAA 3,000 champ Dominique Scott was the first collegian in 32:11.60, to become the sixth-fastest collegian of all time. On the boards: Arkansas’ Dominique Scott moves to #6 all-time in NCAA at 10,000 with 32:11.60
Men’s 10,000m: Eric Jenkins and Edward Cheserek Get Regional Qualifiers
Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico won this race in 28:12.91 as Oregon’s Cheserek and Jenkins just did what was necessary to get the NCAA regional qualifier for 10,000m. Syracuse’s Martin Hehir was the top collegian in 28:27.70, a 43-second pr.
|Pl.||Athlete / Team||Cnt.||Birth||Result||Score|
|1.||Juan Luis BARRIOS||MEX||83||28:12.91||1112||SB|
|12.||Sergio PEDRAZA GONZÁLEZ||MEX||86||28:37.24||1075||PB|
Women’ 5000m: Gabriele Grunewald Chops 14 Seconds Off Her Pr To Get Big Win Six Years After She was Diagnosed With Cancer
Gabriele Grunewald got the most impressive 5000m win of her career in 15:19.01 as she defeated Canada’s Nicole Sifuentes (15:19.15) and Alisha Williams (15:19.42). Grunewald’s previous PR was 15:33.64. The fourth-placer was 2014 NCAA 5,000 champ Marielle Hall (15:24.39), who rebounded from her 14th-place showing at USA indoors in the 2-mile.
After skipping NCAA indoors, Iona’s Kate Avery returned to collegiate competition as the first collegian in sixth in 15:25.63, an improvement on her old pr of 15:27.90. The person just ahead of Avery in 15:25.41 was American Neely-Spence Gracey who had a small pb (15:26.51 previous pb).
Grunewald’s win was impressive on its own but the win being on Good Friday was even more impressive as evidenced by this Flotrack tweet:
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) April 4, 2015
Men’s 5000m: Massive PR for Sam Stabler to Win
Sam Stabler of Lamar and Great Britain was a 13:55 guy before today. His dreams became reality Friday night as he ran 13:30.50 for the win. Definitely the surprise of the day. Incredible run.
Thomas Awad of Penn was 5th: Thomas Awad 13:33.29, Ivy Second Best All Time
Men’s 1500m: German Fernandez is Back!!!! And Oliver Aitchison is for Real
Former NCAA champ German Fernandez won section one in 3:43.72 to get this thread on the forums: GERMAN IS BACK BABY!!!! It was Fernandez’ first win since 2012 when he ran 3:40.71 to win a race in Belgium.
However, the fastest time of the day was in section two, where Oliver Aitchison, the D-II mile champ from Adams State, absolutely crushed the field running 3:40.77 to win by nearly a second and a half. The Brit Aitchison had won the D-II mile indoors this year, but his best time had been only 4:01.11 (mile) before today.
Women’s 1500m: Erin Teschuk of North Dakota State Gets Win
Teschuk of Canada had a very nice double at NCAAs, getting fifth in the mile and seventh in the 3000m, but since she didn’t win anything, those showings were largely overlooked by most. Tonight she crushed 2014 NCAA mile champ Emily Lipari by nearly two seconds for the win.
The struggles of former 3:59 performer Anna Willard continued. Three days after turning 31, she managed just a 4:26.61 for 11th here.
Men’s Steeple: Another Win for Adams State