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Your Guide to the Payton Jordan

May 1, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. - Sunday marks the renewal of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, one of the nation's premier track and field showcases for long-distance runners.

Annually, the Payton Jordan is the premier early-season domestic meet used to establish qualifying standards for international competition and for collegians to secure spots in the NCAA Prelims.

At last year’s meet, competitors established four world-leading times, five meet records, two stadium records, and 13 World Championship ‘A’ standards. The top 10 finishers in the men's 5,000 meters all were under the existing best time in the world. In the men's 10,000, the top three did the same.

This year, with a collection of elite American and international pros, as well as many of the best collegians, the 19th annual meet promises to be a fast one.

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What: 19th annual Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational track and field meet
Where: Cobb Track and Angell Field, Stanford, Calif.
When: Field events, noon; Running events, 3:47 p.m.; Premier distance races, 5:47 p.m.

Follow the Meet:
• Entries and live results can be found at this link.
• The event will be Webcast live on the premium Flotrack Pro at this link.

• For adults, tickets are $10. For youths, seniors, and staff, tickets are $5.
• Tickets can be purchased online, and by phone at 1-800-STANFORD and picked up at the meet.
• The ticket booth outside the entrance to the track stadium opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

• Field events begin at noon with the women's hammer throw.
• Running events begin at 3:47 p.m. with the men's 100 meters. Action continues on the track through 11:30 p.m. with the second section of the women’s 10,000.
• The first fast section of a distance race is the women's 800 at 4:56 p.m. The last is the men's Kim McDonald 10,000 at 9:55 p.m.

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Event-by-event summaries of the top distance races, in order of race time (entries are subject to change):

4:56 p.m., Women’s 800: Stanford record-holder Justine Fedronic makes her post-collegiate debut, and will take on a field that includes Stanford sophomore Amy Weissenbach, U.S. 1,500 champion Treniere Moser, and Soquel's Maggie Vessey, a former World Championship finalist. Weissenbach edged Vessey in the USATF semifinals last year for the last qualifying spot for the final. Weissenbach set her personal record of 2:00.98 in that race.

Top competitors (in alphabetical order):
Savannah Camacho: Oklahoma State freshman was the 2014 NCAA indoor runner-up … Mt. SAC time of 2:02.84 is No. 3 in NCAA Division I this year.
Justine Fedronic: Two-time first-team All-America at Stanford … personal best is 2:00.97, Stanford’s school record … first race as a professional … raised in Belmont, Calif., but represents France.
Treniere Moser: Defending U.S. 1,500 champion ... won the 2013 Payton Jordan 1,500 in meet record time.
Maggie Vessey: The Soquel native won the Stanford Invitational 800 on April 5 … sixth at the 2011 World Championships … 800 PB is 1:57.84 … coached by former Stanford All-America Greg Brock.
Amy Weissenbach: Stanford sophomore was No. 10 in Track & Field News’ 2014 U.S. rankings … 2013 U.S. Championships finalist … set national freshman record last year of 2:00.98.

5:17 p.m., Men’s 800: Mixed among the collection of recent collegiate stars is veteran Mark Weiczorek.

Top competitors:
Edward Kemboi: Iowa State junior and Kenya native was the 2014 NCAA indoor runner-up … has the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season, 1:46.14, at Mt. SAC … PB is 1:45.98.
Luke Lefebure: Helped Stanford to the 2014 NCAA indoor DMR title ... has a PB of 1:48.79.
Casimir Loxsom:
Former Penn State star was the 2013 NCAA outdoor runner-up … PR is 1:45.28.
Patrick Rono: Arkansas junior was third in the 2014 in the NCAA indoor championships …father, Peter Rono, was the 1988 Olympic 1,500 champ.
Mark Weiczorek: No. 10 in 2013 U.S. rankings by Track & Field News … PR is 1:45.36 … coached Stanford’s Will Drinkwater at Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School.

6:01 p.m., Women’s 3,000 Steeplechase: Jamie Cheever closed fast on Emma Coburn as Coburn set Payton Jordan meet and Cobb Track record last year, but is expected to battle another Colorado runner, Shalaya Kipp and 2008 Olympic finalist Anna Williard.

Top competitors:
Jamie Cheever: Was second at Payton Jordan last year in 9:29.13, the second-fastest time in meet history … No. 5 in 2013 U.S. rankings by Track & Field News.
Sara Hall: The 2011 Pan Am Games champion was a six-time Stanford All-America.
Shalaya Kipp: The Colorado senior competed for the U.S. in the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships … she was the 2012 NCAA champion … PR is 9:35.73.
Colleen Quigley: Florida State junior was second in the 2013 NCAA outdoor championships … PR is 9:38.23 … won the ACC title two weeks ago.
Anna Williard: Former American record holder ... placed 10th in steeple at 2008 Olympics ... four-time U.S. champion indoors and outdoors ... steeple PB of 9:22.76.

6:28 p.m., Men’s 3,000 Steeplechase: Two of America’s elite -- Dan Huling and Billy Nelson -- take on defending NCAA champ Anthony Rotich of Texas-El Paso.

Top competitors:
Dan Huling: No. 2 in 2013 U.S. rankings by Track & Field News … 2013 World Championships qualifier … 2010 U.S. champ … PB of 8:13.29.
Billy Nelson: 2011 Payton Jordan champ … No. 2 time in meet history (8:22.44) … PB of 8:17.27 … 2008 Olympian … 2011 U.S. champ … No. 9 U.S. ranking for 2013 by TF&N.
Anthony Rotich: Junior at UTEP …. defending NCAA outdoor steeplechase champ … won the 2014 NCAA indoor mile title … has the No. 2 collegiate steeplechase time for 2014 (8:38.68) … PB is 8:21.19.
Aric Van Halen: 2013 Pac-12 champ and NCAA finalist from Colorado … son of Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen.

7:44 p.m., Women’s 1,500: Two-time Olympian Shannon Rowbury and 2013 World Championships qualifier Cory McGee are among the top competitors. Stanford recruit Elise Cranny returns to the meet in which she ran the third-fastest high school 1,500 ever. The Niwot (Colo.) High senior will run in Section 2.

Top competitors:
Meraf Bahta:
New Swedish citizen by way of Eritrea … has a PB of 4:05.11.  
Stephanie Brown: 2014 NCAA indoor mile runner-up and sixth in the NCAA 1,500 outdoors in 2013 … Arkansas senior was second in 2013 Payton Jordan 800.
Kate Grace: Ranked No. 9 in U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … 2013 U.S. Road Mile champ.
Cory McGee: Florida senior ran on the U.S. team at the 2013 World Championships after placing third in the U.S. final … 2013 NCAA runner-up in the 1,500 … was fourth in the 2014 NCAA mile … PB of 4:06.67.
Shannon Rowbury: Ranked No. 8 in the world and No. 2 in the U.S. for 2013 by Track & Field News … two-time Olympic finalist in the 1,500 … San Francisco native … 2009 world championship bronze medalist in the 1,500 … PB is 4:00.33.
Jemma Simpson: 2008 British Olympic finalist in the 800.

7:56 p.m., Men’s 1,500: Norwegian Henrik Ingebrigtsen is among Europe's premier middle-distance runners. Stanford’s Tyler Stutzman will attempt to earn a Payton Jordan-Stanford Invite double.

Top competitors:
Michael Atchoo: Senior anchored Stanford to NCAA indoor DMR title … has a mile PB of 3:57.14 indoors.
Hamish Carson: New Zealander has a 3:38.04 PB.
Henrik Ingebrigtsen: The Norwegian record-holder at 3:33.95 ... fifth at the 2012 Olympics ... 2012 European champion ... 2013 World Championship finalist.
Cory Leslie: Former Ohio State star was ranked No. 6 in the U.S. in the steeplechase by T&FN for 2013 ... 1,500 PB is 13:34.93.
Riley Masters: 2013 NCAA outdoor 1,500 finalist at Oklahoma last year … was second in the 2013 Payton Jordan 1,500 and first in 2013 Stanford Invitational … PB is 3:37.19.
Austin Mudd: Wisconsin mile record holder (3:57.93) was fourth in the NCAA outdoor 1,500 last year.
Tyler Stutzman: Stanford ‘s fifth-year senior won the Stanford Invitational 1,500 on April 4 … has a best of 3:40.43.

8:41 p.m., Women’s 5,000: Meraf Bahta beat an impressive field at the Mt. SAC Relays, but will have her hands full against U.S.-ranked Brie Felnagle and Katie Mackey. Stanford All-America Aisling Cuffe, the 2014 NCAA indoor 5,000 runner-up, and Japanese star Riko Matsuzaki add to the intrigue.

Top competitors:
Meraf Bahta: Swedish runner by way of Eritrea beat Abbey D’Agostino, Jordan Hasay, and Brenda Martinez at Mt. SAC (15:30.37).
Aisling Cuffe: Stanford junior was second in the NCAA indoor 5000 in March … fourth in the 2013 NCAA cross country championships … reigning Pac-12 cross country champion.
Brie Felnagle: The 2007 NCAA outdoor 1,500 champion while at North Carolina … began comeback last year and earned a No. 8 U.S. ranking in the 5,000 from T&FN … ran 15:14.33.
Sifan Hassan: Dutch star by way of Ethiopia is a 1,500 specialist who ran the fourth-fastest 3,000 in the world last year (8:32.53).
Ashley Higginson: Was U.S. runner-up in the steeplechase last year, earning a spot in the World Championships ... ranked No. 4 in the steeple by T&FN for 2013.
Katie Mackey: Ranked No. 10 in U.S.  in 2013 by T&FN … set her PB of 15:23.65 at last year’s Payton Jordan.
Riko Matsuzaki: Japanese star won the 5,000 gold at the 2013 East Asian Games in China … has a PB of 15:26.05.
Lucy van Dalen: New Zealander who competed in the 2012 Olympics in the 1,500.
Yuika Mori: Second in Japan’s national championships in the 10,000 … has 5,000 PB of 15:26.80.

9 p.m., Men’s 5,000: The marquee event of the meet, the 5,000 is scheduled to bring together 11 U.S. runners ranked among the Top 10 for 2013 by Track & Field News. It also is an opportunity to see two U.S. champions – Matthew Centrowitz (1,500) and Evan Jager (5,000) – go head to head. Returning to familiar territory are 14-time Stanford All-America Chris Derrick, local product Diego Estrada, and Lopez Lomong, who set the meet record despite miscounting his laps in the 2012 race.

Top competitors:
Andrew Bumbalough: Ranked No. 8 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … fifth at the 2013 U.S. Championships.
Donn Cabral: 2012 Olympian … No. 7 in 2013 U.S. steeplechase rankings by T&FN … American collegiate steeplechase record-holder … 2012 NCAA champ while at Princeton … PB of 8:19.14.
Matthew Centrowitz: Ranked No. 8 in the world and No. 1 in the U.S. in the 1,500 by Track & Field News for 2013 … second in the 2013 World Championships in the 1,500 and a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics.
Chris Derrick: Two-time U.S. cross country champion was a 14-time All-America at Stanford … PR is 13:08.04 … ranked No. 6 in U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … 18th in 10,000 at 2013 at World Championships.
Diego Estrada: The Salinas, Calif., native was a 2012 Olympian in the 10,000 for Mexico, securing his berth with his 27:32.90 performance at the 2012 Payton Jordan … set 5,000 PB of 13:15.33 at the 2013 Payton Jordan.
Garrett Heath: The 2013 U.S. Road Mile champ was a 10-time All-America at Stanford and an assistant coach on The Farm … ran 5,000 PB of 13:20.01 at 2013 Payton Jordan.
Ryan Hill: Ranked No. 4 in U.S. for 2013 by T&FN … third in 2013 U.S. Championships and 10th at the Worlds in Moscow.
Matt Hughes:
Two-time NCAA steeplechase champion while at Louisville ... Payton Jordan record-holder in the steeplechase (8:21.34).
Evan Jager: U.S. steeplechase champion and fifth in the 2013 World Championships in that event … ranked No. 5 in U.S. for the 5,000 last year by T&FN … had season best of 13:02.40.
Lopez Lomong: Two-time U.S. Olympian set Payton Jordan meet record in memorable 2012 race in which he miscounted his laps, stopped  and celebrated a lap early, then regrouped to finish in 13:11.63 … PB is  13:07.00.
Hassan Mead: Ranked No. 10 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … set PB of 13:15.50 at last year’s Payton Jordan.
Sean Quigley: Ranked No. 7 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … set PB of 27:50.78 at last year’s Payton Jordan.
Ben True: Ranked No. 4 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … PB is 13:11.59 … placed fourth at the 2013 U.S. Championships in both the 5,000 and 10,000.

9:18 p.m., Women’s Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000: Former Oregon star Jordan Hasay prepped for the Payton Jordan by running a 5,000 personal best of 15:34.35 at Mt. SAC two weeks ago. Hasay and 2012 U.S. 5,000 Olympian Kim Conley help highlight a field that includes 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego and 2012 Payton Jordan winner Betsy Saina.

Top competitors:
Emma Bates: Boise State redshirt junior was third in the 2013 NCAA 10,000 championship … 2013 NCAA cross country runner-up.
Juliet Bottorff: Ranked No. 10 in U.S. for 2013 by T&FN … Duke senior won the ACC 10,000 in 32:53.72, the second-fastest collegiate time this year.
Kim Conley: A U.S. Olympian in 2012 … finished 12th at the 2013 World Championships in the 5,000 … ranked No. 4 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013.
Stephanie Dinius: The former Stephanie Marcy was a five-time All-America at Stanford … coached by former Stanford athlete and coach Dena Evans.
Jordan Hasay: The Central California native and former Oregon star set her PB of 31:46.42 last year … second at the 2013 U.S. Championships and 12th at the Worlds in Moscow.
Molly Huddle: The 2013 U.S. runner-up in the 5,000, Huddle finished sixth in the World Championships in Moscow … ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for 2013 by T&FN.
Sally Kipyego: Kenyan star was the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics and 2011 World Championships in the 10,000 … won eight individual NCAA titles while at Texas Tech … PB of 30:38.35 was achieved at the 2011 Payton Jordan.
Kasumi Nishihara: Japanese star set a PB of 31:53.69 on April 20 in Kobe, Japan.
Betsy Saina: 2013 NCAA 10,000 champion at Iowa State among her five individual NCAA titles … ran her PB of 31:15.97 while winning the 2012 Payton Jordan.
Emily Sisson: Ranked No. 9 in U.S. by T&FN for 2013.

9:56 p.m., Men’s Kim McDonald Memorial 10,000: Canadian Olympian Cam Levins returns to the Payton Jordan for the first time since his memorable duel with Chris Derrick and Sam Chelanga to win the 2012 race. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi and Japan’s Yuki Sato add to the international flavor, while Sean Quigley and Christo Landry are the top Americans.

Top competitors:
Bashir Abdi: Belgian competitor ran PB of 27:43.99 at last year’s Payton Jordan.
Kennedy Kithuka: The Texas Tech senior won the 2012 NCAA cross country title, was second in 2013, and captured the 2013 NCAA indoor 5,000.
Christo Landry: Ranked No. 10 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … ran a 2013 season best of 27:59.22.
Stefano La Rosa: The Italian has won five national championships – two over 10,000, and three over 5,000 … PB for 10,000 is 28:13.62.
Cam Levins: The 2012 Bowerman Award winner while at Southern Utah, Levins won NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 and represented Canada in both at the 2012 Olympics.
Luke Puskedra: Former Oregon star has a PB of 27:56.62.
Sean Quigley: Ranked No. 7 in the U.S. by T&FN for 2013 … set PB of 27:50.78 at last year’s Payton Jordan.
Jake Riley: Former Stanford star won eight All-America honors.
Yuki Sato: The 2012 Olympian will be aiming for the Japanese record of 27:35.09 set by Toshinari Takaoka at this meet in 2001 … Sato ran 27:39.50 at Payton Jordan last year.
Ben St. Lawrence: Australia's 2012 Olympian won the 2013 Payton Jordan 10,000 in a PB of 27:24.95.

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Stanford athletes will be divided among three meets this weekend: the Payton Jordan, Red Raider Open at Texas Tech, and the Longhorn Invitational at Texas.

The following are the events scheduled for Stanford athletes at each meet (specific heats are not included):

What: Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
Where: Stanford, Calif.
When: Sunday, noon
Live Results:

100: Miguel Shaw
800: Scott Buttinger, Will Drinkwater, Luke Lefebure, Thomas Rigby (unattached)
1,500: Michael Atchoo, Marco Bertolotti, Kevin Bishop, Justin Brinkley, Will Drinkwater, Kenny Krotzer, Tyler Stutzman, Thomas Coyle (unattached)
3,000 steeplechase: Jack Bordoni, Adam Thorne.
5,000: Kevin Bishop, Jack Bordoni, Thomas Graham, Erik Olson, Joe Rosa, Garrett Sweatt, Jim Rosa, Jack Keelan (unattached), Sean McGorty (unattached), Sam Wharton (unattached).
Shot put: Nick Budincich, Sina Javidan-Nejad (unattached).
Discus: Nick Budincich, Lucas Rowley, Sina Javidan-Nejad (unattached).
Hammer: Lucas Rowley.

800: Hannah Brown, Claudia Saunders, Amy Weissenbach.
1,500: Cami Chapus, Jackie Choucair, Sophia Ginez, Danielle Katz, Molly McNamara, Rebecca Mehra, Aimee Trujillo, Sophie Chase (unattached).
3,000 steeplechase: Danielle Katz.
5,000: Aisling Cuffe, Vanessa Fraser, Megan Lacy, Jessica Tonn, Sophie Chase (unattached).
Pole vault: Ellie McCardwell.
Shot put: Rebecca Hammar, Alyssa Wisdom.
Discus: Valarie Allman, Rebecca Hammar.
Hammer: Valarie Allman, Rebecca Hammar.
Javelin: Victoria Smith (unattached).

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What: Red Raider Open
Where: Lubbock, Texas
When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m. PT
Live Results: Click here.

400: Steven Solomon
400 hurdles: Jackson Shumway

400: Kristyn Williams

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What: Longhorn Invitational
Where: Austin, Texas
When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Live Stats: Click here.

Pole vault: Dylan Duvio.
Shot put: Nick Budincich.
Discus: Lucas Rowley, Nick Budincich.
Javelin: Andrew Rondema.
Hammer: Lucas Rowley.

Pole vault: Ellie McCardwell.
Shot put: Alyssa Wisdom.
Discus: Valarie Allman, Rebecca Hammar.
Hammer: Valarie Allman, Rebecca Hammar.
Javelin: Megan Glasmann.

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National/Regional Rankings

The following are the Stanford athletes in qualifying position for the NCAA West Prelims. The top 48 individuals and top 24 relay teams in the region by the end of competition May 18 advance to the NCAA West Prelims. Their NCAA Division I ranking is listed first, and their regional qualifying ranking is in parentheses.

400: 52nd, Steven Solomon, 46.89 (25th)
800: 24th, Luke Lefebure, 1:48.79 (7th)
800: 62nd, Tyler Stutzman, 1:49.87 (23rd)
800: 87th, Justin Brinkley, 1:50.29 (35th)
1,500: 13th, Tyler Stutzman, 3:42.45 (9th)
1,500: 53rd, Erik Olson, 3:45.04 (33rd)
1,500: 55th, Marco Bertolotti, 3:45.08 (35th)
1,500: 64th, Justin Brinkley, 3:45.30 (41st)
5,000: 79th, Michael Atchoo, 14:06.91 (40th)
10,000: 71st, Thomas Graham, 29:37.49 (40th)
Pole vault: 74th, Dylan Duvio, 16-8 ¾ (46th)
Triple jump: 33rd, Darian Brooks, 50-6 ¾ (16th)
Discus: 86th, Lucas Rowley, 174-9 (44th)
Hammer: 67th, Lucas Rowley, 198-11 (30th)
Javelin: 96th, Andrew Rondema, 205-2 (37th)

400: 11th, Kristyn Williams, 52.70 (7th)
800: 76th, Amy Weissenbach, 2:08.15 (32nd)
1,500: 17th, Jessica Tonn, 4:19.51 (10th)
1,500: 18th, Aisling Cuffe, 4:19.60 (11th)
1,500: 19th, Rebecca Mehra, 4:19.68 (12th)
1,500: 21st, Amy Weissenbach, 4:19.71 (13th)
1,500: 60th, Claudia Saunders, 4:22.70 (30thth)
5,000: 76th, Rebecca Mehra, 16:23.91 (33rd)
10,000: 83rd, Megan Lacy, 34:53.07 (37th)
Pole vault: 69th, Ellie McCardwell, 13-0 ¼ (33rd)
Discus: 4th, Valarie Allman, 187-7 (4th)
Discus: 43rd, Rebecca Hammar, 169-3 (27th)
Javelin: 4th, Brianna Bain, 180-5 (1st)
Javelin: 32nd, Megan Glasmann, 159-10 (17th)

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USATF qualifiers
Qualifying standards:…

800: Amy Weissenbach
Discus: Valarie Allman
Javelin: Brianna Bain, Megan Glasmann