May 5, 2014
• Payton Jordan Invitational Results
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Sunday’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational is annually regarded as the premier distance event of the spring for a reason. Featuring a combination of elite collegiate athletes and top professional runners, the races are fast. Really fast.
That’s just how Mohammed Ahmed likes it.
Competing in the fast section of the 5000 meters and making his season debut in an individual event, the 2012 Olympian had a career-best performance. The senior finished 14th, second among collegians, in a personal-record time of 13 minutes, 28.02 seconds.
The time not only surpassed his PR of 13:34.23, set at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round, but currently ranks fourth all-time in school history and third in the NCAA this season.
The only collegiate athlete to run faster was Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa, who finished just ahead of Ahmed in 13th (13:27.55).
Only four Badgers have ever run a 5-kilometer race under 13:30, as Ahmed joins the elite company of UW greats Matt Tegenkamp (13:25.36 in 2005), Maverick Darling (13:27.93 in 2013) and Chris Solinsky (13:27.94 in 2006).
In addition, Ahmed joins Solinsky (2006 Oregon Invite) as the only Wisconsin athlete to run a sub-13:30 in a non-championship, regular season meet.
Competing alongside Ahmed were former Badgers Jack Bolas and Maverick Darling. Bolas crossed the line 22nd (13:46.09), while Darling placed 23rd (13:55.57).
Austin Mudd, Alex Hatz and Alex Brill also represented the No. 18-ranked Wisconsin men’s track and field team at the Payton Jordan Invite on Sunday, and each had impressive performances of their own.
In the fast section of the 1500, Mudd finished sixth, second among collegians, in 3:40.16, while Hatz placed 11th in 3:42.10. Both times rank among the nation’s best this season, as Mudd currently sits fourth in the country, while Hatz is 12th.
Mudd, who claimed All-America honors after placing fourth in the event at last year’s NCAA meet, set a new personal record, besting his pervious mark of 3:40.87, set in 2012.
Brill toed the line for the second section of the 3000 steeplechase, participating in the event for the first time this season. The senior, who won the Big Ten steeplechase title a year ago, finished eighth overall, but second among collegians, in 8:47.32, good for the ninth-best time in the NCAA this season.
Wisconsin will return to the track on Saturday, May 10, when it hosts the Wisconsin Open – the lone home meet of the outdoor season – at the McClimon Complex.