Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chris Solinsky steals the show at Stanford & breaks American record in 10000...

Running in his first ever 10000, OTC Elite/Portland member Chris Solinsky (center/photo by Paul Merca), a graduate of the University of Wisconsin shattered the American record in the 10000 meter run Saturday night at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto.

The pre-meet hype surrounding the meet centered on recent Oregon grad Galen Rupp's attempt to eclipse the current American record in the 10000 of 27:13.98 held by 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, set on this track in this very meet in 2001.

Rupp got the American record all right, but was beaten to it by Solinsky's 26:59.60, while taking the victory.

Daniel Salel of Kenya was second in 27:07.85, and Liberty's Sam Chelanga, a collegiate rival of Rupp was third in 27:08.39, with Rupp nabbing fourth, and another OTC Elite/Portland member Simon Bairu fifth in 27:23.63.

Complete results from the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational can be accessed here.

Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here is the race video:

UPDATE: Bay Area fans have the opportunity to meet new American Record holder Chris Solinsky on Sunday May 2nd at 9:30 am at the Stanford Nike Store, 680 Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto

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