May 3, 2004
Bolstered by ideal, cool and windless conditions, U.S. distance runners, including Bruin great Meb Keflezighi, posted a number of Olympic and U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times Friday night (April 30) at the 2004 Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University's Cobb Track at Angell Field.
In addition to setting the American 10,000m record at this event in 2001, Keflezighi, a 2004 U.S. Olympic team marathon member, defeated a stacked field while recording a 27:24.10, the fourth-fastest time on the U.S. all-time list. Keflezighi, coached by former Bruin men's track & field head coach Bob Larsen, now owns three of the four fastest times in U.S. history.
Keflezighi's occasional training partner and 2000 Olympic teammate Abdi Abdirahman set a personal best with his fourth-place finish in 27:34.24. U.S. 5,000m record holder Bob Kennedy (27:37.45), Dathan Ritzenhein (University of Colorado) and 2004 Olympic marathon team member Dan Browne (27:42:19) finished strongly in fifth through seventh. All five top Americans recorded times well under the Olympic "A" standard of 27:49.0. In addition, Ritzenehein's 27:38.50 is the fastest time ever run by an American collegian (former record: 27:40.69, Alberto Salazar, 1981).