Well, they sold it as an American record attempt at 10,000 meters. Just top-billed the wrong guy. In a stunning debut in track’s longest event, former University of Wisconsin All-American Chris Solinsky shocked the field, the fans, and even himself with a sensational 26:59.60 win at the Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000, ripping 14 seconds off Meb Keflezighi’s 27:13.98 record set on the same track in 2001.
Galen Rupp, the Alberto Salazar-trained Nike star who the record attempt had been built around, ended up doing much of the second half pace work. And though he achieved his goal of dipping under Meb’s old record, his 27:10.74 clocking could only garner him fourth place as a slew of records fell in the wake of Solinksky’s shocker.
”It hasn’t sunk in yet what I ran,” a surprisingly fresh Solinsky told the gathered media that surrounded him after his historic run. “We came in hearing about Galen Rupp trying to break the record. This was a glorified tempo run. This was just an indication race to see where I was, because we are going to Oslo for a 5K (June 4th). This was my debut. No one expected it. I didn’t expect it!” (more…)