(Stanford, CA) – The Stanford men’s and women’s track and field teams will host the 2023 Payton Jordan Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The meet is a fixture on the collegiate and professional track and field calendar, and it typically features some of the best distance runners in the world. Live streaming is available on FloTrack. Follow Live Stats – Also, check out the Final meet schedule.
The meet has expanded to two days in recent years, and this year the events on Friday will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the women’s Hammer Throw, followed by the men’s competition. Also start at 3:00 pm at the men’s high jump and long jump contests. Action on Friday concludes with the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Read more: World champion Salwa Eid Naser to run 100m and 200m at Michael Johnson Invitational?
Meanwhile, on Saturday, field events start at 1:30 a.m., and running events at 3:00 p.m. There will be Senior Day recognition at 5:00 p.m. for 21 Stanford athletes. Action concludes with the 4x400m races, starting at 5:20 p.m.
One of the highlights of the meet will be the women’s 800 meters, where Stanford freshman Juliette Whittaker is expected to compete. Whittaker, the high school phenominon and high school record holder over the two-lap discipline, is coming off an impressive showing last week where she copped the 800m and 1,500m double at the Mt. SAC Relays. She is set to face competition from her teammate Roisin Willis, who also had a good showing at Mt. SAC Relays.
Another highlight of the meet will be the men’s 5,000 meters, where reigning NCAA cross country champion Charles Hicks is entered. The Stanford standout, who is a two-time All-American in the 5,000 meters, will face a tough challenge from his opponents, and they could also include his teammates Ky Robinson and Cole Sprout.
The Payton Jordan Invitational provides an excellent opportunity for both collegiate and professional athletes to gauge their fitness early in the season. Additionally, it offers a chance for athletes to aim for qualifying standards for a variety of championships, such as the world championships, NCAA championships, and national trials.