Two big California invitational meets for open, college and Olympic-level athletes provided the venue for a trio of US#1 and all-time list-making performances this past weekend in the distances.
At the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.) senior Cami Chapus competed in the second-fastest of six 1,500-meter sections and while she finished 11th, she clocked a US#1 4:19.54. The race was won by Lauren Johnson of Nike in 4:11.22. Chapus’ time is second only to her PR 4:17.12 that she ran last year in also leading the nation, and making her #6 in prep history in the event, at the World Youth Champs. She also was US#1 last spring in the mile and is expected to try and defend her title at the adidas Dream Mile in June.
Also at the Payton Jordan meet, Cary Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) senior Thomas Graham ran a major 5,000 on the track for the second time this year and improved his US#1 mark slightly to 14:11.23. He placed ninth in the third-fastest section of the event, won by Colorado’s Christian Thompson in 13:59.23. Graham remains #16 on the all-time list with that performance.
Down south at the UCSD Triton Invitational, La Costa Canyon (Escondido, Calif.) senior Darren Fahy made his 3k ST debut in alarmingly good fashion, running a US#1 9:03.15 that rocketed him up to #7 on the all-time list. Fahy is also currently US#3 and #6 in the 1,600 (4:08.15) and 3,200 (8:54.51) and was unbeaten last fall in cross-country until the Foot Locker Finals. Graham’s big senior year has also included a ninth-place finish at Foot Locker Finals.