PALO ALTO, Calif. — Just as she has be doing all year, University of Colorado senior Jenny Barringer, ran laps around the competition to set another NCAA record in the 5,000-meter run at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University on Saturday night.
Barringer crossed the finish in 15 minutes, 7.64 seconds to win the race and set her fifth NCAA record in less than a year. The time is the fastest recorded in the world this outdoor season. The fastest time prior to this was 15:12.95 by Shannon Rowbury (USA) on April 24 in Berkley, Calif.
The former NCAA record was 15:09.72 and was held by Kim Smith (Providence). It dated back to April 16, 2004 at the Mt. SAC Relays. The CU record of 15:24.97 had been held by Sara Slattery. She ran that time on April 15, 2003, also at the Mt. SAC Relays. This is the third record Barringer has broken that was held by Slattery.
The time was also a US ‘A’ standard and an IAAF ‘A’ standard which would allow Barringer to compete at the IAAF World Championships this August in Germany if she qualified at the USATF Championships in June.
Barringer took the lead from the beginning of the race and ran it like a time trial. After the first two laps she was 20 meters ahead of the field and she just continued to pull away as she was about 100 meters ahead after the first mile. With four laps remaining, she was a full 200 meters in front of her closest competitor. Barringer started to lap the field as she entered her final 1200-meters.
With the final 500 meters to go, Barringer seemed to pick up the pace. As she entered the bell lap, Barringer continued to lap the field. Barringer finished 44 second ahead of the runner-up, Deirdre Byrne, who clocked in at 15:51.28.
Barringer also owns the NCAA records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase record (9:29.20), indoor mile (4:25.91), indoor 3k (8:42.03) and the indoor 5k (15:01.70). She set the CU record in the 1,500 (4:08.38) last weekend in Eugene, Ore.
Not to be outdone, freshman Emma Coburn added to the excitement for the Buffaloes in Palo Alto. She continues to impress the steeplechase world as she had another huge PR. Coburn shaved 10 seconds off her former personal best to finish her third ever collegiate race in 10:06.54, which is also a US ‘A’ standard and automatically qualified her for the USATF Championships. She now ranks seventh overall in the NCAA Division I.
With the time she becomes the second fastest performer in the event for the Buffaloes, second to CU’s Olympian Barringer (who also owns the American record at 9:22.26). Her mark is also the second fastest run by a CU freshman. Barringer also owns that mark at 9:53.04 which she set en route to winning her first NCAA individual championship.
Sophomore Christian Thompson also had a great night as he improved on his PR in the steeplechase as well. He ran 8:49.38 which was third in the second section. Thompson was just 6.04 seconds off the winner’s time and cut over 11 seconds off his former best of 9:00.57.
Sophomore Matt Tebo ran a regional qualifying time of 13:56.39 in the third section of the 5,000-meter run and was just .19 seconds off his PR. Tebo took the lead around the 1400-meter mark to start pushing the pace of the race. He held the lead until the final 1200 meters or so but remained in the lead pack. As the pack entered the bell lap, Tebo was fourth but moved up a spot over the final 400 meters to take third. Florida State’s Matt Leeder won the race in 13:54.42.
Junior Jordan Kyle was ninth overall in the second section of the men’s 10,000-meter run with a provisinal time for nationals. He finished with a PR of 28:52.29, less than eight seconds off the automatic qualifying time. The time made him the ninth best performer at CU in the 10k.
Kyle cut off almost a full minute from his last 10k race (29:52.49). His PR had been 29:14.01 which he set while at Indiana University.
This was the final tune-up for these distance Buffs before they head to the 13th Annual Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 15-17.
PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
Stanford University (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Track Events (CU athletes only):
Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase: 11. Emma Coburn, 10:06.54 PR/RQ/US ‘A’ (1. Lindsey Anderson, NIKE, 9:35.30)
Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (section 2): 3. Christian Thompson, 8:49.38 PR/RA (1. Ryan Gasper, Wisconsin, 8:43.42)
Men’s 5,000-meter run (section 3): 3. Matt Tebo, 13:56.39 RQ (1. Matt Leeder, Florida State, 13:54.42)
Women’s 5,000-meter run (section 1): 1. Jenny Barringer, 15:07.64 NCAA/CU/RQ/PR/US ‘A’/IAAF ‘A’
Men’s 10,000-meter run (section 2): 9. Jordan Kyle, 28:52.29
Former CU Athletes:
Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase (section 1): 8. Billy Nelson, 8:37.53
Men’s 5,000-meter run (section 1): 13. Stephen Pifer, 13:33.69
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