Iowa State's Lisa Koll opened her 2010 outdoor season with a flourish, running a new NCAA 10,000m record at the Stanford Invitational last night (27) in Palo Alto, California, USA.
Koll, a senior who won the NCAA indoor title at 5000m earlier this month, clocked 31:18.07, bettering former Texas Tech athlete Sally Kipyego's mark of 31:25.45 set on the same track in 2008. Koll won the race easily, beating Hungary's Krisztina Papp who clocked 31:46.47 in second place. Koll's mark was also an early world leader.
"I think the mark speaks for itself," Iowa State head coach Corey Ihmels told his sports information department. "The record was held by Sally Kipyego from Texas Tech (31:25.45), and she is by far one of the best distance runners to run (as a collegiate athlete). I think it just speaks volumes about what (Lisa) did tonight. Two years ago (Lisa) set the American collegiate record, and I thought that would be pretty hard to top, but today she went out and ran better."
Koll was already the fastest USA collegian of all-time, running 32:11.13 at the same Stanford meet in 2008. She is now the 6th-fastest American of all-time behind only Shalane Flanagan (30:22.22), Deena Kastor (30:50.32), Kara Goucher (30:55.16), Amy Begley (31:13.78), and Jen Rhines (31:17.31).
David Monti - Race Results Weekly