ATLANTA – May 4, 2017 - It’s one of the most anticipated track and field meets of the outdoor season and members of Atlanta Track Club Elite are there. Six Atlanta Track Club athletes are entered in the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University Friday evening, a meet the track and field website Flotrack is dubbing “The Greatest Payton Jordan Invite Ever.” (It should be noted that Flotrack is broadcasting the meet on its FloPro platform.)
“The team is in a great place,” says Atlanta Track Club Coach Andrew Begley. “We have built momentum, coming off of the indoor season. We've had some great workouts, so there is excitement to reap the benefits from that work. As coaches, our goal would be to get at least one national qualifier out of the weekend.”
Women’s 800m – 9:25 p.m. - Megan Malasarte. Malasarte competes in heat four, which also features Canadian Olympian Alisha Brown.
Men’s 1500m – 11:12 p.m. – Brandon Lasater. Laster will look to lower his 1500m PR (3:42.9) and get the qualifying standard for the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships (3:39.0). Lasater, the first Georgian to break 4:00 in the mile and former Georgia Tech star, will be racing NCAA Champions Mac Fleet and Shaquille Walker.
Men’s 5K – 11:55 p.m. – Jim Rosa & Rob Mullett. It’s a homecoming for Jim Rosa. Rosa, who holds the 9th fastest 10K time in Stanford school history will return to his alma mater for the first time in heat two of the 5K. He is joined by teammate and Olympic steeplechaser Rob Mullett in a race that also includes 2016 Olympic 1500 Gold Medalist Matt Centrowitz, who will be racing his first 5K in three years.
Women’s 10K – 12:55 a.m. – Bridget Lyons. In the final event of the meet, Lyons will chase the USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships standard in the 10K (32:25). The field includes 2014 NCAA Outdoor Champion Emma Bates.
Men’s 10K – 1:35 a.m. -- Kirubel Erassa. Erassa is competing in the men’s 10K, a race with a rich history of producing exciting finishes. In 2010, Chris Solinsky became the first non-African born man to break 27:00 minutes, beating eventual U.S. 10K record holder Galen Rupp and NCAA 10K record holder Sam Chelenga. This year’s field includes U.S. Olympian Hassan Mead, NCAA Champion Patrick Tiernan and Mo Ahmed who could break the Canadian 10K record (27:05).
Photo: Left to Right: Erassa, Mullett and Rosa in their final workout before the Payton Jordan Invitational