Maine’s own Ben True (In The Arena, Saucony) ran the 10k at the Payton Jordan Invitational last night and hit the Olympic ‘A’ standard. His 27:41 was comfortably under the 27:45 mark.
It was a very competitive field, with the top eight men hitting the ‘A’ mark and the top seventeen attaining the ‘B’ mark. I mean, the first 23 guys hit the US Trials ‘A’ standard and 28 of the 31 finishers hit the ‘B’ mark, although I’m not sure what good that’ll do after seeing the times put up in this race.
Ben looked strong throughout, and was in contention until about two laps to go. At about six laps to go, there was a group of six or seven guys who appeared to start to break away, and for an instant it looked like Ben might lose contact, but he quickly closed that small gap and was right on them for another mile. He ended up 8th, but most importantly got himself that precious A standard. Nice job, Ben!