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Saina, Nelson Set World Leading 10 K Marks

This news story was published on April 30, 2012.
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Oh What a Night. As the clock approached and moved well pass midnight Monday in Iowa, three current pupils of Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels and a former protégé were making statements about the Cyclone track program at the Peyton Jordan Invitational at Stanford.  Now, heads in the track and field world will be turning toward Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State junior Betsy Saina won the Kim McDonald 10,000-meter run Sunday, at the head of a field of Olympic hopefuls. Her winning time is the fastest clocking in the world, 31:15.97. Former Cyclone NCAA champion Lisa Uhl placed sixth with a 31:35.50 clocking.  Iowa Stater Meaghan Nelson placed 13th as the third collegiate finisher in 32:14.27. All three rank among the 17 performers in the world.

“Betsy ran great,” Ihmels said. “I knew that Betsy was really fit.  You could see this coming in her workouts. I wish she had an Iowa State uniform on now but we are getting her ready for the Kenyan Olympic Trials and that is the priority right now.”

Saina, the NCAA indoor 5,000-meter champion, is redshirting the outdoor collegiate season to focus on the Kenyan Olympic Trials. Saina’s second 5,000 meters of Sunday night’s race was run in 15:30, six seconds under her 5,000-meter personal best of 15:36, set indoors.

Nelson’s effort was a 19-second improvement on her previous mark of 32:33.40 set April 6 on the same track.  The former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep continues to push the envelope of expectations under Ihmels direction.

“For Meaghan, this is just another experience,” Ihmels said. “She is looking good.”

So is Iowa State Track and Field.

Cyclone Dani Stack posted a second-place finish in a later 10,000-meter section, with a 32:51.28, despite running by herself for much of the race. It was her personal best by 17 seconds.

“Dani did a tremendous job,” Ihmels said. “She has rolled with the punches in a year which hasn’t gone as scripted.  She has stayed the course and is in a great spot.”

So is Iowa State Track and Field.

World 10,000-meter Leaders

1. BETSY SAINA, IOWA STATE, (unattached), 31:28.26

2. Amy Hastings, Brooks, 31:19.87

3. Fionuala Britton, Ireland, 31:29.22

4. Julia Bleasdale, Melbourne TC, 31:29.57

5. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, unattached, 31:33.50

6. Lisa Uhl, Nike OTC, 31:35.50

7. Deena Kastor, Asics, 31:49.23

8. Mika Yoshikawa, Japan, 31:59.27

9. Kim Conley, SRA Elite, 32:00.94

10. Lara Tamsett, Melbourne TC, 32:01.60

11. Alisha Williams, adidas, 32:03.07

12. Charlotte Purdue, Nike, 32:03.55

13. Sally Chepyego, Kenya, 32:05.04

14. Gemma Barrachima, Spain, 32:08.54

15. Deborah Maier, California, 32:17.47

16. Ana Dias, Portugal, 32:13.62


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