The first track day of the US Olympic Trials featured the finals of the 10,000m. Rachel Ward qualified for the final by running 32:47.97 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in April. After a downpour in the men’s 10,000m final, the rain subsided for the women’s race.
The race got out honest with the best women in the country all running in a big pack. Ward put herself in good position in the middle of the field and sat patiently.
As the laps went by, women fell off. Fueled by a huge cheering section which included her husband, family, friends, and members of the RMR team, Rachel stayed in contact with the lead pack for much of the race, covering moves and racing tough.
In only her second 10,000m on the track in her career, Ward raced like a veteran and finished 15th in a time of 32:39.53, a nine second personal best (full results can be found below).
This was a great race for Ward as she gained experience racing at the national level and performed very well. At only 22 years old, the future is bright for Rachel as she will look to build on this milestone and continue to grow and develop as a runner. Looking ahead to next year, her performance auto qualifies her for the 2013 USA Championships.
RMR action continues on Monday when Donnie Cowart toes the line in the 3000m steeplechase prelims at 5:25pm (Pacific Time). TV coverage on June 25th will be from 9-11pm on NBCSN.