Collegians Shine At The Track Meet In California

Luis Grijalva of Northern Arizona and Cooper Teare of Oregon both ran world class marks last night at The Track Meet in California.

Competing outdoors on a beautiful night, Grijalva won the fastest section of the Men’s 5000 Meters in 13:16.75 with Teare not too far behind as runner-up in 13:17.13. Grijalva and Teare both turned in a bevy of 63- to 65-second laps before turning it up a notch in the final 800 meters – splitting 62.05/57.12 (Grijalva) and 61.71/57.48 (Teare) – to place first and second, respectively.

While impressive, neither mark will count toward the USTFCCCA Collegiate Record Book.

The Track Meet is being held “exhibition style” with only two events – the 5000 and 10,000 meters. Therefore, it is not a full-fledged track & field meet.

This particular instance could be called the “Julian Wruck Rule,” even though there are other documented occurrences before the former UCLA standout discus thrower seven years ago.

Back in 2013, Wruck competed at the Claremont Throws Invitational in the weeks leading up to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Wruck dominated the discus, as he sent two throws past the longstanding collegiate record of 67.66m (222-0) set by Hannes Hopley in 2004: Wruck went 68.16m (223-7) in Round 3 and 67.93m (222-10) in Round 6.

Due to the structure of the Claremont Throws Invitational – which only featured throwing events and athletes were allowed to take as many as nine attempts (more than the six-throw maximum in collegiate competition) – Wruck’s efforts do not appear in the all-time top-10.

Fast Times Turned In Over 10K

Collegians continued blistering the track on Saturday night in the 10,000 meters.

Wesley Kiptoo of Iowa State and Robert Brandt of Georgetown both went sub-27:40 in the fastest seeded men’s section. Kiptoo finished sixth overall in 27:37.29 with Brandt not too far behind in 27:39.20.

Maria Mettler of Air Force turned in the fastest time by a female collegian, clocking a 32:09.37 to win the slower seeded section. Elly Henes of NC State (32:12.06), Fiona O’Keeffe of New Mexico (32:12.28), Cailie Logue (32:19.37) and Katie Izzo of Arkansas (32:28.89) also ran well in their respective sections.