Day one of the Stanford Invitational saw some strong early season efforts by collegiates and professionals. For the men, the winners of the top sections were David Torrence in the 1500 meters, Andrew Bayer in the 5000 meters, and Robert Cheseret in the 10,000 meters.
The pace in the early stages of the 1500 was slow as the pack passed through 800 meters in about 2:02. Things then picked up with Scott Bauhs seizing the lead at the bell. The Chico State grad was unable to hold on as David Torrence defended his Bay Area turf kicking away from the field in 3:42.74. Torrence was pleased in his post-race interview as this race was his first track effort of 2011. Notre Dame’s Jeremy Rae was second in 3:44.09 while A.J. Acosta of Oregon was third in 3:45.20.
The 5000 saw Garrett Heath pace the field through two miles at 8:43, but Andrew Bayer, the Indiana Hoosier running unattached, was the only one to hang with the pace. Bayer won the race in a personal best time of 13:32.74. Saucony pro Bolota Asmerom, just back from a training stint in Ethiopia, was second in 13:42.68.
The 10,000 was a tale of two races. The first was in the front between post-collegiates Robert Cheseret, Fernando Cabada, and Kenyon Neuman with Florida State’s Ciaran O’Lionaird in there with the pros running a more aggressive pace from the start. Cheseret was able to outlast O’Lionaird over the last 400 meters to win in 28:29.69. The second race was between college athletes using the race for hit a regional qualifying standard. That group started slow but steadily picked up the pace. Colby Lowe of Oklahoma State led that group in third place with a time of 28:45.91. Others who hit the qualifying mark were Andrew Poore of Indiana, Eric Fernandez from Arkansas, and the Stanford trio of Elliott Heath, Jake Riley, and Chris Derrick.
Find race footage, post-race interviews, and results on Flotrack’s Stanford Invitational coverage page here.