ON THIS DAY: Sam Chelanga, Carsyn Koch Make History In California
The Payton Jordan Invitational has been quite kind to collegians over the years.
Numerous all-time marks were established at the annual meet hosted by Stanford University at Cobb Track and Angell Field, including Sam Chelanga’s current collegiate record in the Men’s 10,000 Meters and Carsyn Koch’s current NCAA Division II record in the Women’s 800 Meters that were set exactly six years apart from each other on May 1, 2010 and May 1, 2016, respectively.
From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Records & Lists
Historic is arguably the most apt adjective you can use to describe the race from the elite section of the Men’s 10,000 Meters at the 2010 Payton Jordan Invitational. Well, you could also throw “downright” in front of “historic,” but then we’d just be splitting hairs.
In addition to Chelanga’s record-setting run of 27:08.49, which lowered his own all-time best from the previous year by nearly 20 seconds, two other national records fell. Chris Solinsky shattered Meb Keflezighi’s American record by 14 seconds and became the first American to crack the 27-minute barrier with his 26:59.60, while Simon Bairu established the Canadian record of 27:23.63.
Fast forward six years and that’s where we’ll find Cedarville’s Koch on the start line of the 800 as the only collegian in her section. Not only that, but Koch was one of only three women from a non-NCAA Division I program invited to compete that year in the meet (Ella Brown and Monique Lisek of NCAA Division II Simon Fraser were the others).
Koch, a sophomore at the time, proved herself indoors as the NCAA champ and two weeks prior to this in the invitational section of the Women’s 800 Meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, where she finished fifth in 2:03.58 behind 2014 The Bowerman winner Laura Roesler, Kaela Edwards of Oklahoma State, Raevyn Rogers of Oregon and Kendra Chambers.
It was clear that Koch had her eyes on the 26-year-old NCAA DII record of 2:02.48, because she went after it with gusto. Koch hung tough throughout the two-lap affair and crossed the finish line fourth in 2:02.39, 0.09 seconds quicker than Teena Colebrook in 1990.
When the 2016 outdoor season ended, Koch was the fifth fastest performer among all collegians.