Hill Part of World's Fastest 5,000 Meters This Year
April 30, 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Junior Ryan Hill was 11th overall and the No. 2 collegian in the men’s 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational early Monday morning at Stanford’s Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Though he did not meet the Olympic A standard of 13:20.00, Hill was part of the fastest 5,000 meters run in the world so far this year, with one of the most unusual finishes.
The race was won by Lopez Lamong, the American flag-bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, who miscounted the laps in the late-night race and began his kick during the next-to-last lap. After coming to a full stop at the finish line, Lamong realized he had another lap to go and still finished the race with a world-leading time of 13:11.23.
Hill, one of five collegiate runners in the 28-person top section that was mixed with professional and postcollegiate runners, had the second fastest time by a collegian at 13:33.23, behind UNC Greensboro runner Paul Chelimo’s time of 13:21.89.
Last year at this same meet, Hill set the ACC and NC State record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:31.67.
Sophomore Andrew Colley, a 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier with Hill in the 5,000 meters, finished 14th in the second section of the event, which was also mixed with professional and postcollegiate runners, posting a time of 13:49.61.
In the third section, with all collegiate runners, senior Sandy Roberts finished second with the first sub-14-minute mark of his career. He was one of six Wolfpack runners in the event.
For the women, sophomore Kenyetta Iyevbele was 11th in the third section of the 1,500 meters, while senior teammate Tiayonna Blackmon was seventh in the fourth section. Both usually compete in the 800 meters, where Iyevbele won first-team All-America honors at last year’s NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Samantha Norman was sixth in the third section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, followed closely by junior teammate Erin Mercer in eighth.
The Wolfpack will return to action on Sunday at the Duke Twilight meet at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Payton Jordan Invitational
Men’s 5,000m (Section 1)
Men’s 5,000m (Section 2)
Men’s 5,000m (Section 3)
Women’s 1,500m (Section 3)
Women’s 1,500m (Section 4)
Women’s 3,000m steeplechase (Section 3)
Men’s 1,500m (Section 5)