Parker Valby Crushes NCAA 10K Record with 30:50 in Debut at Bryan Clay Invite

Valby took more than 27 second off the previous record set by Lisa Uhl in 2010

For the second time in a month, an NCAA runner has destroyed the collegiate 10,000-meter record in their debut at the distance. On March 16, Northern Arizona’s Nico Young ran 26:52.72 to take 15 seconds off Sam Chelanga‘s NCAA record and become the first collegiate man under the 27:00 barrier. On Thursday night, it was Parker Valby‘s turn as the Florida star ran 30:50.43 at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., to become the first collegiate woman under the 31:00 barrier. Valby took more than 27 seconds off the previous record of 31:18.07 set by Iowa State’s Lisa Uhl in 2010.

Valby won the race by more than two minutes and lapped every other runner in the field at least once.

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Valby is the 13th American to break 31:00 and at just 21 years old, the youngest American to do it by far. Her time puts her #11 on the US all-time list, just .11 behind Deena Kastor‘s 30:50.32, which stood as the American record as recently as 2008. Kastor ran that time at the Payton Jordan Invitational on May 3, 2002 — six months before Valby was born.

Valby smashed the 31:00 barrier on Thursday night

Valby’s time puts her #5 on the 2024 world list, though she came 10 seconds shy of the Olympic standard of 30:40 — a time only eight Americans have ever run (Alicia Monson and Weini Kelati are the only Americans with the standard during the current Olympic standard).

Valby went out in 15:30 for the first 5,000m, making sub 30:40 a huge ask.

Valby’s accomplishment was the latest in a historic year for collegiate distance running. In the last five months, Valby and Young have combined to break four of the biggest barriers in NCAA running:

First NCAA man under 13:00 for 5,000: Nico Young, 12:57.14i, Boston, January 26, 2024
First NCAA woman under 15:00 for 5,000: Parker Valby, 14:56.11i, Boston, December 2, 2023
First NCAA man under 27:00 for 10,000: Nico Young, 26:52.72, San Juan Capistrano, March 16, 2024
First NCAA woman under 31:00 for 10,000: Parker Valby, 30:50.43, Azusa, April 11, 2024

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Top 10 results

Place Athlete School Time Heat
1 Parker Valby Florida 30:50.43 1
2 Jenna Hutchins BYU 32:52.01 1
3 Florance Uwajeneza West Texas A&M 32:52.54 1
4 Eva Jess Texas 32:54.06 1
5 Daphnee Lavassas Miami (Fla.) 33:00.60 1
6 Brenda Tuwei Alabama 33:00.66 1
7 Morgan Jensen Unattached 33:02.69 1
8 Sameen Andar UC Irvine 33:07.48 1
9 Paityn Noe Arkansas 33:11.74 1
10 Fatima Alanis North Carolina 33:14.75 1

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