Cherokee graduate Jack Shea, a Northern Arizona senior, won his 5,000 race at the Stanford Invitational Friday night with an outdoor PR.
Shea won the third of five 5,000-meter races at the famed Cobb Track in Palo Alto, Calif., in 13:56.52. He edged former Oklahoma runner Liam Meirow by 6-100ths of a second to cross the line first.
Meirow went out fast and led Shea by 30 meters just 1,000 meters into the race, but Shea ran very steady and closed in 58.33 for his final lap, 2:03.98 for his final 800 and 4:21.18 over his final 1,600 to hold off Meirow – who closed in 57.38 – and secure the win.
Shea’s 400 splits after getting out in 33.04 for the first 200: 68.74,. 67.77, 67.11, 68.36, 68.57, 66.93, 67.98, 70.11, 67.09, 65.65 and 58.33.
Shea’s previous outdoor PR was a 14:08.74 in April of 2018 at the John Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif.
He ran 13:55.92 indoors at the Husky Classic in February in Seattle.