World Class Athletes Set To Compete At 12th Annual Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
April 24, 2007
WHAT'S ON TAP
In its 12th year, the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational has developed into one of the premier track and field meets of the outdoor season. College and elite level athletes gather at Cobb Track and Angell Field with intentions of achieving qualifying marks for the season's remaining championship meets. This year's meet has a very international flavor to it, with entries from countries such as Australia, China, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, etc. World-class athletes from all over are drawn to the meet because of the highly competitive distance carnival where many World Championship and Olympic qualifying standards are expected to be achieved.
A LOOK BACK
A yearly highlight of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational is the men's and women's Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000 meters. In 2002 at Cobb Track & Angell Field, Deena Drossin ran an American record time of 30:52.2 crushing Lynn Jennings' previous record of 31:19.89. Japan's Yoko Shibui won the race in a Japanese record time of 30:48.89. The times by Shibui and Drossin were the third and fourth fastest in the world in 2002. In 2001, Meb Keflezighi set an American record (27:13.98) in the men's 10,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational and race winner Abraham Chebii of Kenya ran the fastest 10,000 meters ever on American soil with a time of 27:04.20. In 2003, Alan Culpepper took top honors in the men's Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000 meters with a U.S. leading time of 27:41.90.
THE FIELD AT A GLANCE
This year's Kim McDonald Memorial men's 10,000 meters is projected to be one of the best races at that distance in North America this year. The field is loaded with Olympic-caliber, national and international elite athletes including Alistair Cragg (Ireland - Won gold in the 3,000 meters at the 2005 European Indoor Championships), Simon Ndirangu (Kenya - Won the 2005 University Games 5,000 meter title), Vega Teodoro (Mexico - Finished first in the 10,000 meters at the 2003 Pan American Games), David Galvan (Mexico - Finished first in the 5,000 meters at the 1999 Pan American Games, and first in the 10,000 meters at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games), Richard Kiplagat (Kenya - A two time outdoor track and field All-American), Dan Browne (Nike), Michael Aish (New Zealand - Former Stanford runner, and two-time Olympian). With all these incredible names, it is no surprise that eight members of this field have already run sub 28:00 times.
The Kim McDonald Memorial women's 10,000 meters also will have an outstanding field which will set its sights on the IAAF world championship time of 31:40.00. The list includes Kara Goucher (In 2006 became the second fastest American woman in the event with a time of 31:17.12), Ongori Philes (Kenya), Amy Rudolph (The 2006 USA Outdoor 10,000 meter champion, and a two-time Olympian), Katie McGregor (The 2005 National Champion in the 10,000 meters, and member of the 2005 U.S. World Outdoor Team), Kim Smith (New Zealand - Fastest miler, 5,000, and 10,000 meter runner in New Zealand history), and Elva Dryer (Third fastest American women's time in the 10,000 meters with a 31:26.88, and a two-time Olympian).
The 5,000 meter run will also be a very exciting event to witness. On the men's side there are such names as Adam Goucher (Took 13th place in the 5,000 meters at the 2000 Olympics), Abdi Abdirahman (A two-time USA 10,000 meter champion, and finished tenth in the 10,000 meters at the 2000 Olympics), Ian Dobson (Former Stanford runner, and the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships 5,000 meter runner-up), Alejandro Suarez (Mexico - Competed in the 2004 Olympics, and also won silver at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games), and Josh McDougal (Liberty University - Recently ran the fifth fastest 5,000 meter time by a collegiate as he posted a 13:20.43).
The women's 5,000 meters will also feature extraordinary talent, with 18 members of the field having posted times under 16:00. Participants include Sara Slattery (2005 NCAA 10,000 meter champion), Lauren Fleshman (Former Stanford runner - The 2006 USA Outdoor 5,000m Champion; 3-time NCAA 5,000m outdoor champion, collegiate record holder in 5,000m, and 15-time NCAA All-American), Nora Rocha (Mexico - Competed in the 2000 Olympics), Megan Metcalfe (Canada - 2005 NCAA 5,000 meter champion, and nine time All-American), Adriana Fernandez (Mexico - Won gold medal in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 Pan American Games, and has set Mexican records in the 5,000 meters (15:04.32 in 2003), 10,000 meters (31:10.12 in 2000), and half marathon (1:09:28 in 2003)), Arianna Lambie (Current Stanford runner - Has a personal best of 15:37.97 In the 5,000 meters), and Rebecca Donaghue (New Balance).
The 1,500 meter run on the men's side outstanding runners such as Juan Barrios (Mexico), Yashurio Tago (Japan), David Torrence, Russell Brown, and Ming Gu (China). The women's race boasts names like Diane Cummins, Georgie Clarke, Malindi Elmore (Australia), and Vicky Lynch-Pounds.
Another exciting event to watch will be the 800 meter run, where Michael Stember, Xiangyu Li (China), Floyd Thompson, Gabe Jennings, Lachlan Renshaw, Michael Garcia, and Nick Lorenz (Australia) will compete on the men's side. The women's race features such greats as Frances Santin, Madeleine Pape, Alysia Johnson, Ashley Freeman and Ysanne Williams.
KIM McDONALD MEMORIAL 10,000 METERS
Track and field lost one of its most well-known and influential ambassadors when Kim McDonald, founder and chief executive of Kim McDonald International Management (KIM), died November 7, 2001 in Brisbane, Australia. McDonald was credited largely with paving the way for top African distance runners to achieve athletic and financial success in track and field. The Yorkshire, England native discovered many of the top Kenyan middle and long distance stars of the past 22 years. McDonald fostered the careers of many international athletes, such as the great Moses Kiptanui and Noah Ngenyo of Kenya, Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland, and American record holder Bob Kennedy. Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track & Field said, 'Kim McDonald was a quiet leader of the new era of track and field, combining a love for our sport, a knowledge of coaching, a sense of promotion, and a passion for wanting athletes and the sport to realize their potential. Those of us who knew him were lucky to benefit from his wisdom and guidance, and feel a collective responsibility to take the sport to a higher level in his memory.'
From 1994 to 2001, KIM athletes trained at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field during the spring months before heading overseas to compete in the IAAF European track and field circuit. Kim realized years ago the potential in Stanford to become of the major track and field cities in the United States. Over the past few years, many of the KIM runners have competed at Cobb Track and Angell Field providing world-class fields for Stanford's home meets. Among those meets were the 2002 Cardinal Invitational and the Oracle U.S. Open. At the 2001 Cardinal Invitational, KIM's Abraham Chebii ran the fastest 10,000 meters (27:40.20) ever on American soil. With the presence of KIM athletes, three other 10,000 meter national records were set at the 2001 Cardinal Invitational, including an American record by Meb Keflizighi. In addition to Chebii's record, KIM athletes hold the Cobb Track and Angell Field records in the men's mile, 3000 meters, 5000 meters and 3000 meter steeplechase. In recognition of the tremendous influence Kim McDonald had in track and field at Stanford Univesity as well as the entire world, the men's and women's 10,000 meters are run in his honor and named the Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000 Meters.