With two former Colorado Buffaloes in the field, the women’s 10,000-meter run was moved up to Saturday morning to try and get ahead of the oppressive heat torching the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Those former Buffs, Carrie Verdon and Makena Morley, withstood the heat, but not the torrid pace set by Emily Sisson. In the only race featuring CU runners on the penultimate day of the Trials at Hayward Field, Morley finished 19th and Verdon finished 27th.
Former Niwot star Elise Cranny, who already qualified in the 5K, finished fifth.
Sisson, the NCAA indoor and outdoor champion in the 5K in 2015, ran away from the field to take top honors with a Trials-record time of 31 minutes, 3.82 seconds. Morley finished in 33:02.81 while Verdon posted a time of 33:18.61. Verdon also ran two rounds of the 5K earlier this week.
Morley and Verdon hit the track less than 20 hours after new CU Buffs alum Sage Hurta suffered a heartbreaking fall while hitting the final stretch of the first heat in the women’s 800 semifinals. Later Friday night, Hurta, who took second in the 1,500 at the NCAA outdoor championships two weeks ago, posted on her personal Twitter account that she broke her wrist in the fall. In her post, Hurta added, “Mostly laughing through the pain but also crying.”
Heading into the final day of the Trials on Sunday, the Buffs have four former athletes with spots on Team USA for the Tokyo Games next month — Morgan Pearson (triathlon), Joe Klecker (10,000), and the women’s steeplechase tandem of Emma Coburn and Val Constien.
Eduardo Herrera will cap things for CU runners on Sunday as he competes in the final of the 5K, which also was moved to an 11 a.m. MT start to try and offset the record-setting heat in Eugene. Herrera nabbed the final at-large berth in the finals after finishing 16th overall in the first round on Thursday with a time of 13:45.33.
Klecker also was qualified in the 5K but withdrew after securing his Olympic spot in the 10K.