April 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Cale Allen competed in the Mt. SAC relays late Thursday night. The Purdue junior took 14th place in the men’s 10,000m Olympic Development Elite flight with a time of 29:40.53.
“Cale ran a very patient, even race,” Purdue distance coach Jake Stewart said after the event. “This was his first time to ever run at that distance and he ran the fifth fastest time in program history.”
Allen finished less than a second behind Kyle King who took 13th place. The winning time was 28:57.15 by Laban Sialo of Central Missouri. Full results from the race can be found here.
Allen’s flight of the 10K didn’t start until a little bit after 1 a.m. ET on Friday morning. Despite the late start, he moved ahead of former Boilermaker Kyle Orender’s time of 29:53.18 set back in 2003. Donnie Fellows holds the school record with a mark of 29:02.85 which he ran in 2002. The three other marks ahead of Allen’s time in program history were all run during the 1980s. Tom Bogenshutz has the fourth fastest time with a mark of 29:30.14 from 1982.
Allen and Coach Stewart will return to Purdue to cheer on the rest of the team in the Dave Rankin Invitational. Action starts begins at 3 p.m. ET Friday afternoon with the hammer throw. Saturday, the women’s javelin and the men’s 10,000m run will commence at 11 a.m. Live results will be available at PurdueSports.com.