Saina sets world pace at Payton Jordan Invite

Stephen Koenigsfeld

Members of the ISU women’s track and field team stayed up past their bedtimes to support their teammates in the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday night.

The Cyclones had an impressive showing at Stanford University with 10k runner Betsy Saina leading off the night.

Saina battled in the front of the pack for most of the 10k race. With about six laps to go, Saina took the lead for herself, which she would sustain for the rest of the race.

After claiming the women’s 10k title at the Payton Jordan Invitational, Saina was able to record a series of records.

Saina now holds the world-leading 10k time — clocked in at 31:15.97 — and also broke the collegiate all-time 10k record set by former teammate Lisa Uhl (Koll), who she ran against in the same event.

“I did way better than I thought I could do…I’m so excited,” Saina said to a Flotrack reporter after her race. “I’m so confident and it was going really great.”

In the second section of the women’s 10k, distance runner Dani Stack placed second with a personal best time of 32:51.28.

Saina, Uhl and Meaghan Nelson all qualified for the Olympic Trials, according the latest postings by the USATF website.

The next time the women will compete will be against conference foes in two weeks at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Manhattan, Kan.