Top collegiate talent took down many professionals in the elite distance races of the Stanford Invitational on Friday night. Boston College’s Caroline King was the victor in the 1500 meters while Jessica Pixler from Colorado won the 5000 meters in an upset over Jen Rhines. Tara Erdmann of Loyola Marymount took down the 10,000 meters.
In a unrabbited race, Caroline King led early on over a strong group that included Molly Beckwith, Anne Kesselring, and Angela Bizzarri. In the end, King, who was sixth in the mile at NCAA indoors, claimed the win in a time of 4:17.48, putting her in the conversation as the top college miler.
The 5000 was supposed to be the Jen Rhines show as she took over the lead from Renee Metivier Baillie past 2k. Rhines extended her lead but began to be slowly reeled in by Jessica Pixler running her first major race in a Colorado uniform. Pixler caught the three-time Olympian with 400 meters remaining and managed to pull away in a personal best time of 15:25.58. Rhines and Metivier Baillie held on for second and third. Washington freshman Megan Goethals was fourth in her 5k debut in a time of 16:06.64.
A number of athletes were in contention after a conservative early pace in the 10,000, but at the end it was the closing speed of indoor 3k All-American Tara Erdmann that prevailed. Her winning time was 33:10.15. Tonyo Nera of Wichita State was second while defending NCAA runner-up Betsy Saina from Iowa State was third.
Find race footage, post-race interviews, and results on Flotrack’s Stanford Invitational coverage page here.