Skip to main content

Fay Runs 13:16 5k To Go To No. 6 In NCAA History

Apr 15, 2022

Brian Fay Postrace Interview | Kieran Lumb Postrace Interview

SEATTLE – Brian Fay had already broken three Washington Track & Field records this season, but none of those came quite like this. A thrilling final lap rocket charge from Fay closed a seemingly insurmountable gap of thirty-plus yards and ended with him crossing the line in one of the fastest times in NCAA history, 13:16.52, to win the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific.
 
Fay fell to his hands and knees after the unbelievable effort, which had the race announcers on the Flotrack.org live stream calling it "one of the best final laps you'll ever see" but after catching his breath and gathering his thoughts, Fay leaped to his feet and jumped into the arms of his teammates on the side of the track.
 
The time puts Fay sixth in NCAA history according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association records, and it also moves him up to No. 5 in Ireland Athletics history. Indoors earlier this season, Fay had already shattered the UW indoor 5k record with a run of 13:24.00, which was faster than the previous outdoor record as well. But he knocked nearly eight more seconds off the time tonight, doggedly chasing down Michigan State's Morgan Beadlescomb to get the victory.
 

 
No Husky had ever broken 13:30 in the 5,000-meters until Isaac Green went 13:27.26 at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Tonight, three Dawgs went under 13:30 in the same race, including Green once again.
 
Along with Fay, Kieran Lumb took over the new No. 2 time in school history with a lifetime-best of 13:23.26 to take fourth. Green finished eighth tonight in 13:29.55, his second time going sub-13:30.
 
The new first- and second-fastest times in UW history for Fay and Lumb was a repeat of two weeks ago at the Raleigh Relays, when Fay broke the 10,000-meter school record (28:22.31) and Lumb (28:25.93) also went under the old mark, a few seconds behind Fay.
 
It was hardly a one-race show for the Huskies today, with the Dawgs competing at three different meets around Southern California. More highlights at the Bryan Clay Invite included a great 800m season opener from Sophie O'Sullivan, who ran 2:07.03, and yet another impressive 5k from Ryan Renken, who ran 13:54.04 two heats after Fay, Lumb, and Green's race.
 
The headline earlier in the afternoon was a tremendous winning effort from All-American Ida Eikeng in the heptathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays. Eikeng almost certainly secured her spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a 5,916 point total which was a scant four points away from her own school record.
 
That score puts Eikeng up to No. 2 in not only the NCAA this season, but No. 2 in the world this year as well.
 
Hannah Rusnak also turned in a great heptathlon score of 5,578 points to finish fifth-place.
 
Eikeng started day two with a long jump of 18-6 ½, and then won the javelin throw with a best of 164-7. She ran a collegiate-best 800m time of 2:28.53 to close it out. Rusnak jumped 19-2 ¾ and then was second behind Eikeing with a new PR in the javelin at 150-3. She ran 2:30.31 to finish up.
 
On the men's side, Ollie Thorner and Jami Schlueter put together five more strong events to finish off new PRs in the decathlon. Thorner added over two-hundred points to his PR, scoring 7,602 to climb to fifth in school history. That's a mark that would have advanced to nationals a year ago.
 
Thorner opened with a 110m hurdles run of 15.24 seconds, then threw 131-5 in the discus. He pole vaulted 15-5 and then set a javelin PR of 179-11. He finished the final 1,500-meters in 4:24.92, another major PR by 17 seconds.
 
Schlueter, the freshman from England in his first collegiate decathlon, got the No. 10 spot in school history with a mark of 7,139 points. He started day two with a time of 14.85 in the hurdles, then threw 119-3 in the discus. Schlueter cleared 14-5 ¼ in the pole vault, and PR'd in the javelin at 163-11, before finishing the 1,500-meters in 4:39.72.
 
Sam Affolder and Joe Waskom raced the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays tonight, with Affolder clocking his second-straight big career-best. Affolder took over five seconds off his recently run PR, going 8:43.95, less than a second off the Husky top-10 list. Waskom was in good position but tired with a lap to go, crossing in 8:55.98.
 
Husky throwers set up shop today at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, hosted by Long Beach State.
 
Highlights there included a 2022 debut from two-time First Team All-American and Pac-12 Champion Elijah Mason. Mason had five fouls, but did connect on a round three throw of 186-feet, 1-inch, which will secure a West Prelims spot for Mason.
 
Nolan Such also threw the discus 170-0 today for the men, while on the women's side, Beatrice Asomaning went 168-10 and MaKayla Kelby threw 167-3.
 
Jayden White flew the hammer 215-feet for the second-straight week today, while Connor Jost had a best of 197-4. In the men's shot, Sam Van Peursem was fourth at 57-5.

Mt. SAC Relays - Walnut, Calif.
Apr. 13-16 -- Multi-events will take place the 13th and 14th, with steeplechase joining the mix on the 14th
Event Schedule | Live Results
Huskies Entered:
 Sam AffolderWill AndersonMakenna BartonJonathan BirchmanIda EikengCass ElliottDelaney Ezeji-OkoyeVictoria GerschAshleigh HelmsTim LuebbertOlivia RiberaHannah RusnakJami SchlueterAnthony SmithJaylen TaylorOllie ThornerJoe WaskomMatthew WilkinsonAaliyah Wilson

Pacific Coast Intercollegiate - Long Beach, Calif.
Thursday, Apr. 14
Event Schedule | Live Results
Huskies Entered:
 Beatrice AsomaningConnor JostMaKayla KelbyElijah MasonNolan SuchSam Van PeursemJayden White

Beach Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.
Apr. 15-16
Event Schedule | Live Results
Huskies Entered:
 Beatrice AsomaningConnor JostMaKayla KelbyElijah MasonNolan SuchSam Van PeursemJayden White

Bryan Clay Invitational - Azusa, Calif.
Apr. 13-15 -- Huskies won't compete until Thursday, the 14th
Event Schedule | Live Results | Live on Flotrack
Huskies Entered:
 Sophie CantineJulia David-SmithBrian FayAnna GibsonIsaac GreenNathan GreenMadison HeistermanLuke HouserKieran LumbSophie O'SullivanRyan RenkenCarley Thomas