American 10,000 Meter Record On the Line at Cardinal Invitational - May 4

May 2, 2001

Stanford, Ca - The fastest 10,000 meters ever run on 'American soil' is a very impressive 27:07.34 by one of the all-time great distance runners, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia, who performed his heroic feat on July 29, 1996, at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

The fastest American to run the 10,000 meters on 'United States soil' was performed by Alberto Salazar, who ran a 27:30.0 on April 10, 1982, at a meet in Eugene, Or.

And of course the American record is held by Mark Nenow who ran 27:56 in 1986 at a meet in Brussels.

All three times will be the target for a star-studded field of 10,000 meter runners competing on Friday (May 4) when Stanford hosts the Cardinal Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field. The 10,000 meters is billed as an event to run the 'fastest 10,000 meters on American soil ever.'

The top six American 10,000 meter runners will be competing, Meb Keflezighi, Adbi Abdirahman (Olympic 10,000 meter finalist), Alan Culpepper (Olympic 10,000 meter runner), former Stanford All-American and 2000 Olympian Brad Hauser, Shawn Found and Nick Rogers (5,000 meter Olympian).

Also add to the American list Bob Kennedy, the American record holder at 5,000 meters, who will tackle the 10,000 meters for the first time since his debut at this distance two years ago.

It was on the Stanford track in 1999 that he ran 27:38.7 in his first and only attempt at the distance, and his return to the 6.2 mile race has been highly anticipated ever since.

If that field wasn't talented enough, a host of world-class Kenyan distance runners, who are training at Stanford, are entered as well, including Luke Kipkosgei, Ben Maiyo and Abraham Chebii. Kipkosgei has run 27:22.54. Kipkosgei has also run 5,000 meters in 12:56.50.

Also look for top performances from Ireland's national record holder Mark Carroll, Canadian record holder Jeff Schielber, and Japan's Toshin Takaoka, who finished sixth at the Olympics. Takaoka has run 27:40.44.

Just added to the impressive list of athletes competing will be Andy Bloom, the United States shot putter who finished fourth at the Sydney Olympics. Bloom finished third at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and was the 2000 Grand Prix shot put champion. His career bests are 71-7 1/4 in the shot put, and 221-4 in the discus.

Friday's meet is one of four high-powered meets at Cobb Track & Angell Field this year. On May 5, Stanford hosts California in the 107th running of The Big Meet. On May 13, Olympic and top international competitors will return to Stanford for the Cardinal Qualifier, and on June 9, the U.S. Track & Field Open will return to Stanford, which already features five-time Olympic medalist Marion Jones.

Cardinal InvitationalField Events4:00 p.m. - Men's Hammer

5:00 p.m. - Women's Hammer

5:00 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault

5:30 p.m. - Women's Discus

5:30 p.m. - Men's Shot Put

5:30 p.m. - Women's Long Jump

6:30 p.m. - Men's High Jump

6:30 p.m. - Women's Shot Put

6:30 p.m. - Men's Discus

6:30 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault

Running Events

6:15 p.m. - Men's 110 Meter Hurdles/Women's 100 Meter Hurdles

6:30 p.m. - Women's 100 Meters/Men's 100 Meters

6:45 p.m. - Women's 400 Meters/Men's 400 Meters

7:00 p.m. - Women's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

7:15 p.m. - Men's 3,000 Meter Steeplechase

7:30 p.m. - Women's 800 Meters

7:45 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters

8:00 p.m. - Women's 5,000 Meters

8:20 p.m. - Women's 1,500 Meters (2 sections)

8:35 p.m. - Men's 1,500 Meters (2 sections)

8:45 p.m. - Men's 5,000 Meters (2 sections)

9:15 p.m. - Men's 10,000 Meters (2 sections)

10:15 p.m. - Women's 10,000 Meters

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