Records Shattered at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
April 24, 2009
Numerous records were broken in the New York Road Runners Distance Carnival at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Friday at Edwards Stadium. Sam Chelanga set the new collegiate record in the 10,000, Bay Area native and 2008 Olympian Shannon Rowbury and Philes Moraa Ongori both set world-leading and Edwards Stadium record times in the 5000 and the 10,000, respectively.
Highlighting the distance carnival was Chelanga's historic performance, breaking the collegiate record in the 10,000. Chelanga's time was 27:28.48, breaking the old record time of 27:33.58 by Galen Rupp of Oregon in 2007. Collis Birmingham, who came in second, set the Australian record at 27:29.73. Of the top eight runners in the race, six of them reached new PRs. Entering the meet, the world's best was 28:24.10, and the first 15 finishers all beat that time.
Rowbury, a San Francisco, Calif. native, set a world-leading mark and an Edwards Stadium record with her time of 15:12.95 in the 5000 Invitational. The previous stadium record time was 15:50.40. Rowbury represented the United States in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Another world-leading and stadium record time was set in the women's 10,000 Invitational race. Philes Moraa Ongori won the race in 31:53.46, shattering the previous Edwards Stadium record time of 33:12.10. Coming in second place, Katie McGregor set the American-leading time at 32:14.57. Ongori held the previous 5000-meter time that Rowbury surpassed.
For California's top performances, junior Yosef Ghebray clocked a regional-qualifying time in the 10,000 Invitational race at 13:44.75, placing ninth overall. The time was also a personal best for Ghebray, and ranks fourth all-time in school history.
Senior Francesca Weems tallied a new personal best and finished first in the 800, crossing the finish line at 2:13.48. Weems was in third entering the final 100 meters, but was able to pull away down the stretch.
In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Jake Hanson clocked a season-best time of 50.60, taking first in the event. Fellow senior Brook Turner also notched a season best on Friday. She clocked in at 24.60 to take top honors in the 200.
Sophomore Kari Karlsson won the 5000 University/Open race with a season-best time of 14:19.51, knocking nearly 10 seconds off his previous best time of the season.
Freshman Michelle Davis earned a new PR in the 5000 of the University/Open race, when she took fifth overall with a time of 17:16.97.
Junior Ryan Young, Cal's current school record holder in the javelin, took top honors in that event with a mark of 224-08 (68.48m).
The Brutus Hamilton Invitational concludes tomorrow at Edwards Stadium, with the running events beginning at 1 p.m.
Women's 800 Meters
1. Francesca Weems 2:13.48
Women's 5000 Meters
5. Michelle Davis 17:16.97
1. Ryan Young 224-08 (68.48m)
Men's 5000 Invitational
9. Yosef Ghebray 13:44.75RQ
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