UW Invitational: Rupp Returns To The Track In 5K Battle With Kejelcha


Friday and Saturday’s UW Invitational is an opportunity to see global medalists Galen Rupp, Shalane Flanagan, and Sifan Hassan, as well as collegiate stars Brandon McGorty, Dillon Maggard, and Fiona O’Keeffe.

For reference, here are the full entries and the schedule for meet, and you can watch the UW Invitational LIVE on FloTrack.

Here are a few events and storylines we’re following.

Women’s Mile

When: Saturday, 11:40 PM PT

Names to Watch: Sifan Hassan, Emily Lipari

This race serves as the 2018 debut for Nike Oregon Project’s Hassan. The two-time bronze medalist outdoors and reigning world indoor champion in the 1500m is entered in two races on Saturday. If she is anywhere near her form from last year, she should cruise to victory. Lipari had a strong 2017 and has a personal best of 4:28 in the mile outdoors.

Women’s 3K

When: Saturday, 4:25 PM PT

Names to Watch: Sifan Hassan, Shalane Flanagan

The second the of two races where Hassan is scheduled to make an appearance. Here she will share the starting line with Shalane Flanagan. It was only three months ago when Flanagan was openly contemplating her retirement. Now, after her victory at the New York City Marathon, she’s put together a mini-indoor season — her first time racing indoors since 2011. 

She ran 8:55 for 3000m and won the UW Indoor Open two weeks ago. With Hassan along as competition, and another two weeks of training, Flanagan should go even faster as she continues her preparations for the Boston Marathon in April.

Men’s Mile

When: Saturday, 12:05 PM PT

Names to Watch: Yomif Kejelcha, Lopez Lomong, Andy Trouard, Colby Gilbert

Kejelcha won a tactical mile two weeks ago in Seattle against Lomong. The time wasn’t impressive for the Ethiopian, but his finishing kick left no doubt who the top runner in the field was that day. Trouard of Northern Arizona and Gilbert of Washington are the top collegians entered in the field. Trouard was part of the NAU’s championship cross country squad and owns a 3:38 personal best in the 1500m. Gilbert is a sub-four miler racing on his home track.

Men’s 5K

When: Friday, 7:20 PM PT

Names to Watch: Yomif Kejelcha, Galen Rupp, Scott Fauble, Michael Jordan

The second scheduled appearance of Kejelcha’s day comes seven hours after he toes the line in the mile. His Nike Oregon Project teammate Galen Rupp is scheduled to join him in the 5000m. Rupp’s appearance comes as bit of a surprise after saying last year that his days of track racing were behind him. Like Flanagan, he’s racing the Boston Marathon in April and is perhaps using this race to sharpen up and break up the monotony of all those high mileage weeks.

Scott Fauble is coming off a 2:12 marathon that he ran last fall. The Northern Arizona Elite athlete has a 5000m best of 14:00. Jordan runs for the American Distance Project and finished 12th in the U.S. championships in the steeplechase.

Women’s 5K

When: Friday, 7:05 PM PT

Names to Watch: Fiona O’Keeffe, Vanessa Fraser

A pair of Stanford runners are expected to be at the front of the pack. O’Keeffe was fifth in the 5000m last year at the NCAA outdoor championships and was 13th in the NCAA cross country championships. She’s a redshirt freshman and Friday will mark her first race of 2018. Fraser, a senior for the Cardinal, is coming off a redshirt season where she ran 15:25 in the 5000m and placed seventh at the U.S. outdoor championships.

Men’s 800m

When: Saturday, 4:15 PM PT

Names to Watch: Brandon McGorty, Collins Kibet, Clay Lambourne

Stanford’s McGorty is making his collegiate 800m debut after running the 1000m two weeks ago on the same track. The true freshman comes in with much hype after his 1:48 performance in high school. McGorty will be challenged by two veteran collegians, Collins Kibet of Arizona and Clay Lambourne of Utah State. Kibet has run 1:46 and Lambourne posted a 1:47 outdoors.

Men’s 3K

When: Saturday, 4:50 PM PT

Names to Watch: Dilon Maggard, Jack Bruce, Mike Tate

Arkansas’s Bruce was second at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000m and will be making his 3000m debut in 2018. Utah State’s Maggard was sixth at the NCAA cross country championships and Southern Utah’s Mike Tate has run 13:34 in the 5000m. 

Ben True Victorious In Half Marathon Debut

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Ben True’s first foray into the half marathon went about as well as possible. The 32-year-old, best known for his abilities in the 5000 and 10,000m, used his track speed to outkick Dathan Ritzenhein to win the New York City Half Marathon in 1:02:39, becoming the first American man to win the race. Prior to Sunday, True had never raced longer than 10 miles. But he did have years of experience in shorter distances -- something that was especially useful after the conservative early pace turned the race tactical and put a premium on a fast finish. 

Briana Williams Passes Marion Jones' World Age Group Record in 100


Briana Williams just made history. 

On Saturday at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida, the Oakland Park Northeast (FL) High sophomore broke a 27-year-old record held by Marion Jones in the 100m run, setting a new 15-year-old world age group record with a wind-legal time of 11.13 seconds (+1.7).

After Eight-Month Layoff, Costello Returns To Racing At NYC Half

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NEW YORK (16-Mar) -- When Liz Costello toes the line in Sunday's United Airlines NYC Half it will be her first race in eight months. The Princeton grad had to scrap most of her summer and fall racing plans after her debut marathon left her in a physical and emotional crater.

MSU T&F Grad Assistant Resigns In Protest Of Nassar Case Handling

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Michigan State track and field graduate assistant Kassie Powell resigned from her position on Thursday in protest of the university's handling of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

Ritz Gears Up For Boston, Sisson Takes On Tough Field: NYC Half Preview

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With the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships scheduled for next weekend and major marathons in Boston and London on tap for April, the spring road racing season is in full swing. 

House Of Run: When A World Record Isn’t A World Record

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On this week’s episode of the House of Run, Jason and Kevin discuss the abundance of records at the NCAA Indoor Championships including Michael Norman’s world record in the 400m, Kendall Ellis and Sydney McLaughlin both running under the 400m American record, Eli Hall’s 60/200m double and the nonsensical tale of why USC’s men’s team won’t hold the 4 x 400m world record.

WATCH: Clarence Munyai Runs 19.69, Smashes South African 200m Record

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Clarence Munyai stunned the track and field world on Friday with a 19.69 clocking in the 200m. The 20-year-old from South African entered with a personal best of 20.10. The mark lopped 0.15 seconds off Wayde Van Niekerk’s South African national record and makes Munyai just the 10th man ever to run under 19.70. 

The Houston Men Might Break 31-Year Power Five Win Streak At NCAA Outdoors

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The Houston men finished seventh overall in the team standings at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships with 26 total points, 20 of which came from Eli Hall's impressive 60/200 sweep. But don't expect the Cougars to be anywhere near the bottom of the top 10 this outdoor season. In fact, the Houston men are legitimate outdoor team title contenders for three reasons.

The New Mexico XC Team Might Score 50 Points At The 2018 NCAA Outdoors

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The New Mexico women have an opportunity to pull off an incredible feat at this year's 2018 Division I NCAA Outdoor Championships. 

Kyron McMaster In The Hurdles, Sang/Goule In The 1500: 49er Classic Preview

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The indoor season hasn’t been over for an entire week and attention has already turned outdoors. This weekend UNC-Charlotte hosts the 49er Classic, a meet that features collegians and professionals all itching to get an early start on their outdoor season.