Just in the past year, we've seen the emergence of THREE American women in the distances, especially the 10K, track or road!!
She ran her 1st 10K early in 2012, around 34:18.
She had only a 16:25 5K as distance "credentials" from 2011.
In her 2nd 10K, she improved by about 1 minute.
Then came the NCAA Championships!!
She WON, in 32:41. (Her 3rd 10K ever!!)
Then, in the Trials, she ran 31:59, but didn't get the needed Q time!!
A high schooler just graduated, Cayla had run a 10K in 37 minutes and change.
Then, in a mixed race with collegiate guys, she stayed with the leaders for half the race, then fell back a bit (but held a steady pace!!), running the 2nd fastest HS 10K EVER...33:17!!!
(She later ran the 2nd best HS 5K, time of 15:50!!)
She'd finished 8th or so in the NCAA 5K this year.
She was a "good" runner, but certainly NOT amongst the elite!!
Now, in her FIRST-EVER 10K, she WON the Tuft's Women's 10K Road Championship, time of 32:40!!
In their 4th, 2nd, and 1st 10K's, we have three women to be excited about!!!