STANFORD, Calif. - SUU's Kasey Knevelbaard and Mike Tate spent Friday evening competing against some of the best collegiate and professional runners in the nation at the Payton Jordan Invitational hosted by Stanford.
Tate competed in the 5,000-meter, running in the fastest section of the night. He ran a 13:34.28, which is the fastest time he's ran in the event for Southern Utah. Tate currently sits in the No. 2 spot in the event in the record book, and created more space between himself and the No. 3 spot which belongs to Knevelbaard.
Coming into the weekend Tate was sixth in the entire NCAA with his previous best time, shaving five seconds off it in California on Friday. Nationally, Tate's time on Friday would have been the best mark in the nation before the weekend started and he could be as high as No. 3 in the country after the weekend.
Tate was the third collegiate finisher at the event, with only Syracuse's Justyn Knight, a former All-American, and Oregon's Edward Cheserek, a multiple-time National Champion, finishing ahead of him. Tate also finished in front of several professional runners.
Knevelbaard finished fourth in his heat of the 1,500-meter, with a time of 3:46.24. That time is just about five seconds off of his personal best, which also happens to be the school record.
Only one other collegiate runner finished in front of Knevelbaard in his heat, as he finished ahead of professional runners as well.
Coming into the meet Knevelbaard was 16th in the country in his event.
The Thunderbirds will now turn their attentions solely to the 2017 Big Sky Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, California. The Championships will run May 10-13.
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