The Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational track and field meet has produced a number of American and national records over the years, most recently last season when Shalane Flanagan made her debut in the women's 10,000 meters and celebrated by setting a U.S. record.
Runners flocked to Stanford in 2008 in preparation for the Beijing Games. There are no Olympics this summer, but the World Championships in Berlin are still a big goal for many. Qualifying times need to be met and Saturday's meet at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field should produce some competitive marks.
The meet, which is free, gets under way with field events at 3 p.m. Running events begin at 4:30 p.m., with scheduled just after 5 o'clock in order to honor the meet's namesake, the former legendary Stanford coach who passed away on Feb. 5 at age 91 after battling cancer for a number of years.
The meet will resume at 5:30 p.m. and finally gets into gear by 7:13 p.m. with the top sections of the women's 800. The annual Kim McDonald Memorial 10K for women and men are expected to highlight the meet beginning at 8:30 p.m.
A handful of world and U.S. leaders plus a smattering of Olympians will be in the field, starting with the men's 800 at 7:21 p.m. Duane Solomon will bring his U.S.-leading time of 1:46.85 into the race that includes U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp of Oregon, who ran the 10,000 in Beijing last summer. The 800 field will be looking for the IAAF 'A' standard of 1:45.40 for the World Championships this summer.
The men's 1,500 will feature U.S. leader Lee Emanuel of New Mexico. He has run 3:37.99 this season. Olympian Juan Luis Barrios, seventh in the Olympic 5,000 last summer, will challege Emanuel along with American Chris Lukezic (3:39.60 indoors). They'll be chasing the IAAF 'A' standard of 3:36.20.
The men's 5,000 will include a number of 10K runners, most notably Sam Chelanga. He's the current world leader in the 10,000 at 27:28.68. Also in the field is Josphat Boit, who earned the Olympic bronze medal in the 10K in Beijing while running 27:40.64. Boaz Chemboiywo, who was third in this race last year in 13:19.21, is back to see if he can move up against the strong field that includes former Stanford All-American and '08 Olympian Ian Dobson. The IAAF 'A' standard in the 5K is 13:20.00.
The men's 10,000 field, by comparison, doesn't offer as many Olympians or leaders. Still, the field is strong enough to have a handful challenge the 'A' standard of 27:47.00.
For the women, the 1,500 looks good with Olympian Jen Rhines, former Stanford standout Sara (Bei) Hall, current Stanford senior Lauren Centrowitz and high school phenom Jordan Hasey, who ran 4:17.46 in this field last year as a junior. Olympic steeplechaser Anna Willard will provide a fast pace, as well. The 'A' standard for the World Champs is 4:06.00 with current U.S. leader Jenny Barringer close at 4:08.38.
Perhaps highlighting the field, though, is Sally Kipyego. She's the most-decorated Division I NCAA cross country and track and field athlete with nine NCAA titles, accomplished in just 2 1/2 years. Nobody else is even close. Suzy Favor-Hamilton also won nine at Wisconsin, but did so in four years. Last year at the Payton Jordan meet Kipyego set the NCAA Division 10,000 record.
Barringer, meanwhile, won't be in the 1,500 field, but is listed for the 5,000. Her best race is the 3,000 steeplechase, which took her to Beijing last summer. The steeplechase field on Saturday will include current U.S. leader Lindsey Anderson, who has run 9:46.56. Anderson was second in this race at the Jordan Invitational last year in 9:41.41. Stanford grad Lindsay Allen also is in the field.
Before the meet officially begins, the annual Track and Field Youth Clinic will be held on the track at 11 a.m. The clinic will led by Stanford's track and field staff as well as co-founder of youth events, coach Joy Upshaw Margerum of the Jack Rabbits Track Club. Youths from kindergarten through 8th grade are welcome to participate. They will receive instruction from leading coaches and athletes for array of athletic fundamentals including running, jumping and throwing.
Youths should simply arrive before 11 a.m. with athletic apparel and shoes. Children requiring supervision must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. No child supervision will be provided.
2009 PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
at Cobb Track & Angell Field
SATURDAY, May 2
4:30 p.m. -- Women's 100 hurdles
4:35 p.m. -- Men's 110 HH
4:40 p.m. -- Women's 100
4:45 p.m. -- Men's 100
4:50 p.m. -- Women's 400 hurdles
4:55 p.m. -- Men's 400 hurdles
5:00 p.m. -- Women's 200
5:05 p.m. -- Men's 200
5:30 p.m. -- Women's 800 (section 3)
5:39 p.m. -- Men's 800 (section 3)
5:48 p.m. -- Women's 1500 (sections 4,3)
6:02 p.m. -- Men's 1500 (sections 4,3)
6:15 p.m. -- Men's 5000 (section 3)
6:30 p.m. -- Women's 400
6:30 p.m. -- Men's 400
6:40 p.m. -- Women's 3,000 steeplechase
6:53 p.m. -- Men's 3,000 steeplechase (top 2 sections)
7:13 p.m. -- Women's 800 (top 2 sections)
7:21 p.m. -- Men's 800 (top 2 sections)
7:31 p.m. -- Women's 1500 (top 2 sections)
7:45 p.m. -- Men's 1500 (top 2 sections)
7:57 p.m. -- Women's 5000 (top section)
8:15 p.m. -- Men's 5000 (top section)
8:30 p.m. -- Women's 10,000 (top section)
9:05 p.m. -- Men's 10,000 (top section)
9:35 p.m. -- Women's 5000 (section 2)
10:08 p.m. -- Women's 10,000 (section 2)
10:45 p.m. -- Men's 10,000 (section 2)
3 p.m. -- Women's/men's javelin
3 p.m. -- Women's/men's hammer
3 p.m. -- Women's/men's long jump
3 p.m. -- Women's pole vault (men's will follow)
4 p.m. -- Women's/men's shot put
4:30 p.m. -- Women's/men's triple jump
5 p.m. -- Women's/men's discus
5 p.m. -- Women's high jump (men's will follow)