Boulder Track Club athlete Laura Thweatt’s Road to Rio just got a little smoother as she ran well below the 32:25.00 10k Olympic qualifying mark with a time of 31:52.94, under the lights at the Stanford Invite, Friday night, April 1. She lead the Section 1 Women’s field which boasted seven other women run the qualifying time that night. Sara Vaughn took on pacing duties and was the first time she had been back on the track since giving birth to child number 3. Sara will also be starting her campaign towards Rio.

Laura Thweatt captures the Olympic 10k standard by winning the Stanford Invitational April 1.

Laura Thweatt captures the Olympic 10k standard by winning the Stanford Invitational April 1. Photo courtesy of http://trackandfieldphoto.com

That same night Boulder Track Club athlete, Alex Monroe ran an 85sec PR for 10,000m running 28:17:03 just 2 seconds off the Olympic qualifying time.

Other Boulder runners who were there were Roots Running project Alia Gray and Mara Olson who were looking to run a fast 5k time and looking for the 15:25 qualifying time. Alia ran 15:43.99, Mara Olson 16:00.34, both close to their personal bests. Alia was coming back from her 10th place finish at the Olympic Marathon Trials in LA this February.

CU Buffs also had a strong running at the Stanford meet as Conner Winter ran a 6 second PR, 8:42.44 in the 3000m Steeplechase good enough for 6th in the race. The time was just 10 seconds off the Olympic qualifying mark but makes him the seventh fastest performer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and is currently the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA Division I.

The Buffs also had success in the 1,500. The second section of the women’s race was a very close finish with five runners, including a pair of Buffs, crossing the finish line within a second of each other. Stanford’s Claudia Sanders won the heat in 4:17.33 while senior Maddie Alm was third with a PR of 4:17.83.

The USATF Olympic Trials are just over three months away and will be held in Eugene Oregon at the historic Hayward Field.