MEET RECAP: Boston University Season Opener
The distance races at the Boston University Season Opener this weekend at the Boston University Track & Tennis Center more than lived up to the hype!
We’ll start with the Women’s 5000, where Katie Izzo of Arkansas and Weini Kelati of New Mexico cemented their names into the collegiate indoor record book.
Everybody expected Kelati – the individual champion at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships – to run fast, but it was Izzo – fourth at the same meet – who ran faster.
Izzo clocked a mark of 15:13.09 to move up to No. 2 on the all-time chart behind record holder Emily Sisson at 15:12.22. That mark also put Izzo into the all-time top-15 in American history.
Coming into the meet, Izzo had a 5K PR of 16:08.32, which she set outdoors last year at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round. This was a 55-second improvement.
Kelati, who already sat No. 5 on the all-time chart thanks to the 15:15.24 that she ran last year at this meet, improved to No. 4 with her 15:14.71.
In the Men’s 5000, Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State ran 13:24.04 to win the seeded section and become the No. 10 performer in collegiate history. Kurgat, who won the men’s individual title at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships, closed in 27.91.
Just a few races earlier, Aidan Ryan of Williams cracked the all-time top-10 in NCAA Division III history in the 3000. Ryan crossed the finish line in 8:08.96, which puts him at No. 2 on the record-legal chart (Counting marks registered on flat or oversized tracks, Ryan is now No. 7).