Elise Cranny (30:47) & Marc Scott (27:10) Win The TEN in California, Lead 10 Athletes Under Olympic Standard

By LetsRun.com
February 20, 2021

We recap the two 10,000-meter races that were held as part of The TEN track meet tonight at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, California. For those that finished the race, the times were VERY fast. The Bowerman Track Club had a good day as BTC athletes won both races and had four athletes in each race pick up the Olympic standard. (Lap by lap splits can be found here. Full video replay here).

Women’s Race: Cranny Outkicks Schweizer to go to #3 all-time US

Courtesy Sound Running

The Bowerman Track Club’s Elise Cranny used a 65.11 final lap to kick by teammate Karissa Schweizer to win The TEN tonight in 30:47.42 to Cranny’s 30:47.99 as the two women became the sixth and seventh US runners in history to dip under the 31:00 barrier for 10,000 meters. They are now the third- and fourth-fastest women in US history.

Britain’s Eilish McColgan also broke 31:00 in third in 30:58.94, just off the 30:57.07 personal best that her mom and coach Liz ran to win in Hengelo back in 1991, the year she won the 10,000 world title in Tokyo. 2015 world championship bronze medallist Emily Infeld (31:08.57) as well as Marielle Hall (31:21.78) also left tonight’s race with the 10,000 Olympic standard of 31:25.00. Hall already had it thanks to her 31:05 at Worlds in 2019; for Infeld, 30, her time was a 12-second personal best.

The race was very evenly run at almost exactly 75-second-per-lap pace for 7200 meters (22:28) with pacers Vanessa Fraser and then Courtney Frerichs leading through 6400. Four sub-75 laps after 7200 meters winnowed the lead pack down from four to two with three laps to go. Schweizer did all of the leading for the final 6+ laps until Cranny kicked by for the win in the final 50 meters. Cranny ran her last 1600 in 4:38.76 with lap splits of 72.59, 71.70, 68.75, 65.74. 

Quick Take: Here is how the US and British sub-31 lists now look

US Sub-31:00 Women

  1. 30:13.17 Molly Huddle
  2. 30:22.22 Shalane Flanagan
  3. 30:47.42 Elise Cranny
  4. 30:47.99 Karissa Schweizer
  5. 30:49.57 Emily Sisson
  6. 30:50.32 Deena Kastor
  7. 30:55.16 Kara Goucher

British Sub-31:00 Women

  1. 30:01.09 Paula Radcliffe
  2. 30:53.20 Jo Pavey
  3. 30:55.63 Julia Bleasdale
  4. 30:57.07 Liz McColgan
  5. 30:58.94 Eilish McColgan 

Quick Take: 12 American women now have the Olympic standard

Americans with 2020 Olympic standard

  1. 30:47.42 Elise Cranny
  2. 30:47.99 Karissa Schweizer
  3. 30:49.57 Emily Sisson
  4. 30:58.46 Molly Huddle
  5. 31:05.71 Marielle Hall
  6. 31:08.57 Emily Infeld
  7. 31:09.79 Rachel Schneider
  8. 31:10.84 Alicia Monson
  9. 31:12.28 Natosha Rogers
  10. 31:15.65 Kellyn Taylor
  11. 31:22.86 Dani Shanahan
  12. 31:24.47 Stephanie Bruce

Men’s Race: Scott leads five men under Olympic standard

Scott wins. Courtesy of Sound Running

The Bowerman Track Club’s Marc Scott’s hot start to 2021 continued tonight as he ran 27:10.41 to win the men’s 10,000 and move to #2 all-time on the British 10,000 list. Scott wasn’t the only man leaving the race happy as the point of the race was to get the Olympic standard of 27:28.00 and all five men that finished the race were well under the standard.

In his 10,000 debut, Grant Fisher ran 27:11.29 for 2nd, meaning he’s now the 5th-fastest American in history. 12:58 man Woody Kincaid was third in 27:12.78 as Bowerman Track Club athletes swept the top 3 places.

Ben True, currently unsponsored, ran a big pb of 27:14.95 for 4th (previous pb of 27:41.17). And in the shock performance of the night, Harvard grad Kieran Tuntivate of Thailand ran 27:17.14 for 5th, meaning a guy who came into the night with a 13:57.60 5000 pb ran the equivalent of two 13:38’s back-to-back and is now #4 all-time in Asian history.

The race was rabbited perfectly through 8000 meters by Evan Jager and Sean McGorty. The field went through 5000 in 13:45 and McGorty hit 8000 in 21:57.85 (27:27 pace). After McGorty stopped at 8k, Scott did most of the leading although Fisher had the lead with 2 laps to go. Scott immediately picked up the pace and his final 5 laps were 64.18, 65.49, 64.62, 61.18 and 57.13, meaning he covered his last 1600 in 4:08.40 and last 2k in 5:12.58

Quick Take: What a run by all of the finishers.

Here is the complete list of Americans who have broken 27:20 for 10,000.

The 9 Sub 27:20 men in US history.

  1. 26:44.36 Galen Rupp
  2. 26:59.60 Chris Solinsky
  3. 27:04.72 Lopez Lomong
  4. 27:07.55 Shadrack Kipchirchir
  5. 27:11.29 Grant Fisher
  6. 27:12.78 Woody Kincaid
  7. 27:13.98 Meb Keflezighi
  8. 27:14.95 Ben True
  9. 27:16.99 Abdi Abdirahman 

And here is the list of Americans with the 27:28 Tokyo standard.

  1. Lopez Lomong 27:04.72
  2. Grant Fisher 27:11.29
  3. Woody Kincaid 27:12.78
  4. Ben True 27:14.95
  5. Eric Jenkins 27:22.06
  6. Shadrack Kipchirchir 27:24.74

The 5 Sub-27:20 Asian Runners in history

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  1. 26:38.76 Abdullah Ahmad Hassan QAT
  2. 26:51.87 Nicholas Kemboi QAT
  3. 27:11.08 Abraham Cheroben BRN
  4. 27:17.14 Kieran Tuntivate THA
  5. 27:18.75 Akira Aizawa JPN

Talk about the athletes and the races on our messageboard.

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  2. Elise MF Cranny
  3. 8 Months ago Cranny’s 5,000m PR was 15:25. Now 30:47 10,000m
  4. Ben True 27:14 at age 35 (26+ second pb). What were the shoes?
  5. How is Kieran Tuntivate on Bowerman TC?
  6. King Ches
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Shoe execs, the 35-year-old True is unsponsored and just PR’d by 25+ seconds



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