Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday night, Eastlake High School and Seattle Pacific University alum Jessica Tebo (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, trackandfieldphoto.com), one of the most decorated track & field athletes to ever come out of the Division II school, finished sixth in the women's 5000 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational hosted by Stanford University, clocking 15:19.43, and most importantly, ducking under the Olympic 'A' standard of 15:20.00.
Tebo (formerly Pixler), now a graduate student at the University of Colorado, was competing in only her second race of the season. Tebo, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, is now perhaps one of the favorites to win the NCAA 5000 title in Des Moines in June.
The race was won by Sally Kipyego of the Oregon Track Club, as the world championships silver medalist in the 10000 clocked a world leading time of 14:43.11.
Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here is video of the race.
Watch more video of 2012 Stanford Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on flotrack.org
The meet has traditionally been one of the top competitions for domestic distance runners as they try to achieve marks for entry into this year's US Olympic Trials.
Former Husky Carly Dockendorf won the women's pole vault with a leap of 13-11.75 (4.26m).
World championships marathon competitor Mike Sayenko of Bellevue got his Olympic Trials A standard in the 10000, as the UW alum ran 28:12.42 to take fourth in section 2 of the men's 10000.
Washington State alum Collier Lawrence got under the Olympic Trials A standard of 9:55.00 in the steeplechase, finishing second in section 2, as she ran a personal best of 9:53.79. Club Northwest's Lois Keller was seventh in 9:59.79.
Kevin Hicks of Seattle finished fourth in the men's 800, running 1:47.83.
Auburn-Riverside HS alum Jordan McNamara was 13th in the men's 5000, running 13:34.64.
Levi Keller of Club Northwest cleared 17-7 (5.36m) in the pole vault to tie for second.
Complete results of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational are available here.
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