There was much to look forward to on the Villanova front at last night's Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. Eight Villanovans were among the competitors in events ranging from 1500 to 10,000 meters. Aside from Marina Muncan (see video of race above) running her best 1500 in three years (4:10.78), the only silver lining that could be culled from the meet was the fact that New Zealand's Nick Willis (13:29.56) was unable to threaten Adrian Blincoe's 5000 meter national record (13:10.19). That was the only good news for Blincoe. In the 10,000 he got tangled up with other runners and hit the deck. He picked himself up and tried to soldier on for another three laps but was out of whack and decided to pack it in and fight another day. Other results were lackluster: Jen Rhines went 15:41.31 in the 5,000, after an almost identical 15:42.70 three weeks ago on the same track. Frances Koons ran 16:00.74 in the same race, a full 31 seconds slower than the time she ran last year at this same event. Carrie Tollefson, on the comeback trail and seeking to qualify for the US Olympic Trials in the 5000 meters (which will require at minimum a 15:50; a 15:35 would qualify her automatically), ran 16:12.64. The good news is that the time was a 14 second improvement on her outdoor debut (16:26.63) in Minnestota three weekends ago. Carmen Douma-Hussar, primarily a 1500/mile specialist, also competed in the 5000, coming 21st in 16:20.11. Dan Lewis was in the steeplechase, finishing 5th in his section, in 8:51.93. Finally, Brian Long ran 14:38.98 in the 5000, well short of his PR of 13:59.72.
1500 meters 8. Marina Muncan 4:10.78 3000 meter Steeplechase 5. Dan Lewis 8:51.93 5000 meters 14. Jen Rhines 15:41.31 18. Frances Koons 16:00.74 20. Carrie Tollefson 16:12.64 21. Carmen Douma-Hussar 16:20.11 22. Brian Long 14:38.98 10,000 meters DNF Adrian Blincoe