April 20, 2013
• Mt. SAC Relays Results | Bryan Clay Invitational Results
MADISON, Wis. -- Fittingly, a run in an event named for a mountain moved Elliot Krause to the top of the heap.
The Wisconsin senior lived up to his spot in the Elite Invitational section of the 5000 meters with an elite performance late Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Krause used a lifetime-best run of 13 minutes, 34.30 seconds to finish 10th overall -- and first among collegians -- on his way to the Big Ten’s seasonal lead in the 5000. In addition to sitting atop the conference, Krause’s time ranks second nationally this season.
Krause trails only national leader Kennoy Campbell of Arkansas, who ran 13:32.82 on March 29.
Nike athlete Will Leer won the Elite Invitational section in 13:21.55.
Krause’s run -- which toppled his previous personal-best mark by more than eight seconds -- ranks him fourth all-time at Wisconsin. It was just the seventh sub-13:35 performance in school history, with Krause joining Chris Solinsky, Matt Tegenkamp and Mohammed Ahmed in that department.
Friday's run was the first for Krause at the Mt. SAC Relays since 2011, when he clocked a personal-best 28:43.34 that earned him the Big Ten's seasonal lead in the 10,000 meters.
Across town in Azusa, Calif., Alex Hatz competed in the 1500 meters for the first time in his career at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
You would have never known that by the way he ran.
The sophomore won the event in 3:43.33, breaking the Azusa Pacific University stadium record of 3:44.02 set in 1996 by Joaquim Cruz of Brazil.
Back at Mt. SAC, senior Rob Finnerty -- an All-American in the event last season -- finished 12th in the 1500 in 3:44.92.
A large group of Badgers will compete in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday at the Musco Twilight Invitational, including numerous Wisconsin entries in the 400, 800, 1500 and 5000 meters and a pair of entries in the 4x400 relay.
Field events will begin at 1 p.m. (CT) with action on the track starting at 6 p.m. Live results can be found at UWBadgers.com.