STANFORD, Calif. - University of Colorado junior Shalaya Kipp recorded the collegiate leading 3,000-meter steeplechase time on Sunday night at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, crossing the finish in 9 minutes, 43.09 seconds.
Kipp topped the previous NCAA best time this season of 9:51.30, which was set by Illinois State's Aisha Praught on April 19. Kipp's time is also a U.S. Olympic Trials 'A' standard (9:55.00) and an Olympic Games 'B' standard (9:48.00).
"Coming into this race the goal was to break 9:50 and finish in the top five," Kipp said. "This was a surprise and I'm very happy and excited."
Kipp worked her way to the middle of the pack after the first lap and moved up to seventh with about three laps remaining. She was one of just five collegiate runners in the section of 18, and moved into second at the bell lap behind Puma's Delilah Dicrescenzo. Dicrescenzo held a five-meter lead on Kipp, but Kipp wasn't backing down and gave it all she had. It came down to the final 100 meters where Kipp outkicked Dicrescenzo, passing her in the final two meters. (Dicrescenzo finished second in 9:43.28.)
"I really didn't think I had it at the end," Kipp said. "Delilah has a lot of speed and I really dug it out in the final water jump. I guess this was my lucky day."
Kipp's time is also a personal best, breaking her former PR of 9:56.37. It is currently the top time run by an American this year and is the second best in the world behind Jamaica's Korene Hinds (9:42.27).
The Buffs also had other great performances at the meet. Jessica Tebo competed in the top section of the 5,000-meter run and finished sixth overall in 15:19.43. She was the top collegiate finisher in the race and her time is the fastest in the NCAA this season. Tebo also moved up in the CU record book, surpassing Sara Slattery for the second best 5k performer.
With the finish, Tebo captured an Olympic (15:20.00) and U.S. Olympic Trials 'A' standard (15:35.00). The time was also a personal best as she clocked a time six seconds faster than her previous best of 15:25.58 which she ran in March of 2011.
On the men's side, Christian Thompson won the third section of the 5,000, finishing in 13:59.23. He ran a very good race, taking the lead around the halfway point, and would never let go. In the final lap Thompson was pushed by his competitors, but maintained the lead as he held off NC State's Sandy Roberts (13:59.93) at the finish.
The CU track team has two meets this coming weekend. On Friday, May 4, part of the team will compete at the Front Range Classic at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Pac-12 Championships will also get underway as the combined events will compete Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, in Eugene, Ore.
PAYTON JORDAN CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
Cobb Track and Angell Field (Stanford, Calif.)
Women's 800-Meter Run: (1. Morgan Uceny, adidas, 2:02.46) 21. Liz Tremblay, 2:08.03
Women's 1,500-Meter Run - Section 6: (1. Maria Bernard, British Columbia, 4:30.54) 11. Catrina McAlister, 4:48.04
Women's 1,500-Meter Run - Section 4: (1. Taylor Bryson, Cal, 4:20.35) 2. Camille Logan, 4:21.55; 8. Katie Cumming, 4:25.72
Men's 1,500-Meter Run - Section 6: (1. Josh Nadzam, Kentucky, 3:45.10) 3. Blake Theroux, 3:45.33; 4. Hugh Dowdy, 3:47.89
Men's 1,500-Meter Run - Section 4: (1. Luke Rucks, Wisc. Runner, 3:44.90) 8. Matt Biegner, 3:48.31; 9. Aric Van Halen, 3:48.74
Men's 5,000-Meter Run - Section 3: 1. Christian Thompson, 13:59.23
Women's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Section 1: Shalaya Kipp, 9:43.09
Women's 5,000-Meter Steeplechase - Section 1: (1. Sally Kipyego, Oregon Training Club, 14:43.11) 6. Jessica Tebo, 15:19.43