Five Collegiate Leads Established At Payton Jordan Invitational

Water is wet.

The sun rose in the East.

Collegians blistered the track at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

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In other words: What else is new?

The first Thursday in May is always high time for distance-minded collegians to test their mettle against a deep, talented field in Palo Alto, California. This year was no different.

We saw five collegiate-leading marks turned in last night at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

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Boise State’s Allie Ostrander and New Mexico’s Adva Cohen got things started in a big way in the steeplechase. The two went stride for stride down the home stretch in a race that was eventually won by Ostrander, the reigning NCAA champion, by .05 seconds. Ostrander finished in 9:45.66, while Cohen became the 25th best performer in collegiate history with her time of 9:45.71 (Ostrander already sits eighth on that list).

Ostrander and Cohen weren’t the only collegians turning some heads in that event, though. NCAA DII standouts Alicja Konieczek of Western Colorado and Eilish Flanagan of Adams State finished third and fourth, respectively. Konieczek recorded the fifth best performance in NCAA DII history (9:52.32) and Flanagan is now the fifth best performer (9:55.25).

Oklahoma State’s Ryan Smeeton posted the biggest win of his collegiate career so far. Smeeton notched a collegiate-leading 8:27.90 and took down the reigning NCAA champion Obsa Ali of Minnesota and a number of professionals. Ali finished nearly four seconds back with the nation’s current No. 2 mark (8:31.15).

Oregon’s Jessica Hull kept things rolling in the 1500. Hull, who made her outdoor debut at the distance she won an NCAA title in last year, crossed the finish line first in front of a bevy of professionals. The read-out for the Oregon standout was 4:12.08, putting her nearly a full second ahead of the NCAA No. 2.

Northern Arizona’s Tyler Day didn’t back down from a challenge in the 5000. Day was the top collegiate finisher in the loaded race, which featured Yomif Kejelcha, the world record holder in the indoor mile, among other professionals. The Lumberjack star finished in 13:25.06, a full four seconds better than the time Grant Fisher ran at the Cardinal Classic.

BYU’s Connor McMillan and Rory Linkletter worked together in the 10,000. The duo now sits No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Descending Order List in that event. McMillan was the first collegian at 28:11.30, while Linkletter nipped at his heels in 28:12.42.