Rich Peters followed up his silver medal-winning run in the NCAA Mile championships by breaking the 14 minute barrier in his first ever track race over 5,000 metres at the famous Stanford University Invitational meet in California. Competing in a packed field of 32 runners in the ‘B’ race he finished strongly to take fourth place in 13:56.89. He was disappointed that unlike in the other seeded races there was no hare included to help split the field up, resulting in a frantic last kilometre that he covered in 2:35. It was an impressive first attempt at the distance at which he acknowledges he has plenty to learn. He was using the race as part of his preparation for the coming season when of course he will be reverting to his preferred 1,500 metre distance for the Olympic trials.
Mike Down Reports