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Chris Solinsky Sets 10,000m AR, 26:59.6! by Larry Eder

05/02/2010 - 09:01

Solinsky_Chris1-Stanford10-5-2.jpgPalo Alto, California: Running a masterful race, Chris Solinsky, a graduate of the University of Wisconin, and now a member of the elite Nike/KImbia team, broke the American record at 10,000 meters Saturday evening at the Payton Jordan Invitational. His time of 26:56.96, broke the former American record of Meb Keflezighi (27:13.98), set in 2001, in the very same race, the Kim McDonald Invitational 10,000 meters. Solinsky, an NCAA Champion while at UW-Madison, and a professional athlete for the past three years, is part of the Nike Oregon Project. At the Oregon Project, Solinsky is coached by his former college coach, Jerry Schumacher.

Solinsky ran negative splits, meaning he ran the first 5k in 13:34.3 and the second in 13:24.6! His last 800 meters was run in 1;56  and his last 400 meters in 55! Most importantly, Chris Solinsky is now the first non-African to break 27 minutes for 10,000 meters! The race rewrote the American Best performances list. Consider that thirteen of the twenty-four finishers set personal bests, and that two national records (1rst, Solinsky, AR, , 5th, Bairu, Canadian), Also note that Galen Rupp did break the former American record, finishing in fourth in 27:10.4, he was just behind Chris Solinsky! 

Chris Solinsky has been one of America's elite distance runners since his junior year in college at the University of Wisconsin. Taking fourth in the 2008 Olympic Trials and making his first World Champs team in 2009, Solinsky has been near the top of the U.S. distance heap for the past several years.{UNIVERSAL}

The race was largely known as an American record attempt. RBR emailed coach Alberto Salazar on Thursday, to double check where the actual record attempt would be held-Eugne or Palo Alto. Mr. Salazar texted back that the race would be in Palo Alto. The goal was to break 27:13.98, the current AR, set by Meb Keflezighi in the same race at Palo Alto, in 2001. In 2010, the person, who many thought would set the record was Galen Rupp. Chris Solinsky was making his debut at 10,000 meters.

Salazar, the former AR at the marathon, has championed a renaissance of American distance runners for over a decade. His Oregon Distance Project, sponsored by Nike, has been about moving U.S. distance runner back into a world class world. Salazar has coached Galen Rupp since he was in high school. In bringing in former UW coach, Jerry Schumacher, and several of Jerry's top athletes, the program seemed to take off. Among the athletes were Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, Tim Nelson, Evan Jager, Simon Bairu, among others. Salazar had already brought in Kara Goucher, Amy Begley, Adam Goucher, Dathan Ritznehein. Shalane Flanagan also joined the group last Fall.

The training program is quite holistic. Nothing is left unexamined. From warm ups, to cooldowns, to core training, to water therapy, to massage, the Oregon Project athletes leave no part of training undone. Add this to
the confidence of Alberto Salazar and the unbridled positivism of Jerry Schumacher, it is no wonder that the Oregon Project athletes have done well.

I am reminded of Dathan Ritzenhein's 5,000m AR, last September, where Dathan started out last, and worked his way into third place, breaking Bob Kennedy's AR from 1996!

Solinsky started off 2010 with a 3:55 mile at the oversized Washington indoor track. At the USA Indoor, in Albuquerque, Galen Rupp held off Chris Solinsky in a very tactical 3,000 meters at altitude. In the end, Galen took second and went to Doha, Qatar for the World Indoors, and Chris Solinsky did not.

It is pretty obvious that Mr. Solinsky did not squander the time he had from not running in the World Indoors or Cross Country this year. Chris had told several interviewers that he had spent the fall fixing up his
new home (he was recently married), and doing long runs. This past fall was good to Chris, as he took the time to get used to long runs, and learn how to run them faster as he got fitter! Solinsky was ready for
this race, but how ready. We are told that his coach, Jerry Schumacher, knew that Chris was ready for a good 10,000 meter, considering 27:20 as the achievable goal.

The pace was pretty consistent. The first seven laps in 65 per second laps, hitting 13/4 at 7:35. Rupp, Chelanga,Solinsky and Bairu hit the 5,000m in 13:34.3. Sixteen laps were hit in 18:28, 20 laps were hit in 22:50,and the record was going to be broken. Solinsky had stayed out of trouble. It was down to Solinsky, Galen Rupp, Simon Bairu, Samuel Chelenga and Daniel Salel of Kenya.  

With four laps to go, Galen Rupp, Chris Solinsky and Samuel Chelanga were dodging lapped runners for the next lap. With two laps to go, Chris Solinsky took off, building a strong lead. With a lap to go, Chris Solinsky charged, not stopping until he hit the finish line in 26:59.6, breaking the American record by fourteen seconds! Solinsky's splits for 5k were 13;34/13;24! Solinsky's last 800 meters was run in 1:56!

In second, Daniel Salel of Kenya, who ran 27:07.85, third was Sam Chelanga, in 27:08.39, and fourth was Galen Rupp, 27:10.74, who also broke the former AR of Meb Keflezighi. The race had been virtually given to Galen Rupp before the race, but Chris Solinsky showed, that, once again, there is a generation of American distance runners who can challenge the world's best!

Congrats to Simon Bairu,another UW Badger, who broke the Canadianfor 10,000 meters with his 27:23.63.

After the race, RBR spoke to the agent of Chris Solinsky. Tom Radcliffe, manager of Kimbia, told RBR that while Chris was expected to run well, the American record was, well, a surprise. " Jerry Schumacher (Chris's coach), thought Chris could run 27:20, but was not thinking about the American record."

It is moments like this that we are reminded of the quote from the late Payton Jordan, who would remind many of us, in coaching clinics, that "Track & Field is the only sport, everything else is merely a game." Chris Solinsky was one of several great athletes in this stirring race, and tonight, something clicked. His training, his past races, his new marriage, his previous battles against Galen Rupp, all of these things played a factor into his successful racing strategy.

Chris Solinsky showed the world, and himself that he is a U.S. distance runner to be reckoned with--not only  will Chris wake up on Sunday as the American record holder, but also the fastest man in the world for 2010 over 10,000 meters! - Contractor License
        Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational - 5/1/2010         
          Stanford University --Stanford, California           
                     Last Completed Event                      
Event 21  Men 10000 Meter Run Kim McDonald
    Name                    Year School                  Finals
  1 Chris Solinsky               Nike/Kimbia           26:59.60, AR
  2 Daniel Salel                 Kenya                 27:07.85
  3 Sam Chelanga                 Liberty               27:08.39, CollR
  4 Galen Rupp                   Nike                  27:10.74
  5 Simon Bairu                  Nike/Kimbia           27:23.63 Can Rec
  6 Chris Thompson               Otc                   27:29.61 UK#2
  7 Tim Nelson                   Nike/Kimbia           27:31.56
  8 Robert Curtis                Melbourne Tr          27:33.38
  9 Kensuke Takezawa             S&B                   27:55.02
 10 Carlos Romero                Mexico                27:57.52
 11 Takeshi Makabe               Kanebo                27:57.53
 12 Scott Bauhs                  Adidas                28:03.99
 13 Brent Vaughn                 Nike/Kimbia           28:05.33
 14 Boaz Cheboiywo               Kimbia                28:06.60
 15 Brett Gotcher                Adidas                28:09.21
 16 Chris Barnicle               New Mexico            28:10.59
 17 Andy Vernon                  Adidas                28:11.43
 18 Shawn Forrest                Melbourne Tr          28:12.48
 19 Jason Hartmann               Nike/Kimbia           28:25.99
 20 Patrick Smyth                Nike                  28:33.14
 21 David Jankowski              Zap Fitness           28:34.27
 22 Sean Quigley                 Puma/Kimbia           28:37.85
 23 Brian Medigovich             Unattached            28:40.54
 24 Josh Moen                    Team Usa Mn/Strands   28:43.27
 -- Simon Ndarangu               Kenya                      DNF
 -- Mathew Kisorio               Kenya                      DNF
 -- Anthony Famiglietti          Saucony                    DNF
 -- Alistair Cragg               adidas                     DNF
 -- Mark Kenneally               Unattached                 DNF

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U.S. men's 10,000m record! #fb

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