Flanagan Toasts 10K Field At Stanford

Shalane Flanagan, shown here at last month's Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, proved she's ready for Boston Friday night with a strong 10k effort. Photo: www.photorun.net

American is poised to make Boston Marathon debut in two weeks.

With two weeks left before the Boston Marathon, Shalane Flanagan displayed her explosive speed Friday night that will be necessary to finish the race strong.

Competing at the Stanford Invitational, Flanagan ran the 10,000m in 31 minutes, 4.85 seconds to claim victory.

For those of you without a calculator at hand, that equates to a 4:59 pace. But the time was nearly a minute off her American record of 30:22.22.

Still, that’s a solid result for Flanagan, who has been heavy into marathon training. She took the lead at the start of the race and never relinquished it.

Finishing second was Kara Goucher (31:46.64), while Jordan Hasay took third (32:46.68).

Flanagan’s time was well under the world championships A standard of 31:45 and it was the best time in the world this year.

2013 will be Flanagan’s Boston debut.

For more: Oregon Live

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