One-time Sterling and St. Joe’s runner Jimmy Daniels broke 30 minutes for 10,000 for the first time Saturday.
Daniels, now running for New Freedom Athletics, ran 29:50.19 at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium in Lewisburg, Pa.
Daniels ran very steady and very efficiently, with his first 24 laps all between 1:10.08 and 1:12.96 before a closing 1:07.13.
He ran 4:44.99 for his first 1,600, then 4:44.76, 4:46.87, 4:48.61, 4:49.23 and 4:48.89 1,600s, closing in 2:18.73 for his final 800. His final mile was his fastest – 4:43.20.
Daniels’ previous track 10,000 PR was 30:06.04 at the 2017 Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton as a St. Joe’s senior.
Daniels ran 2:25.42 in his marathon debut in November, placing 20th in the Philadelphia Marathon.
At Sterling, Daniels placed 3rd in the 2013 Meet of Champions in the 3,200 in 9:00.30 and also ran 4:16.53 for 1,600 meters. He ran 14:32.78 for 5,000 meters at St. Joe’s before graduating in the spring of 2017.
Army West Point senior Garrett Gough from Nevada City, Calif., the Patriot League XC champ this past fall, won the race in 29:11.98, a lifetime best.