At the 2010 Paris Diamond League Meeting, local running superstar Molly Huddle clocked a career-best time in the 5,000 meters to earn an impressive eighth place spot in the results. Amid the deep international field at the Areva Meet in Paris, Huddle ran 14:51.84 for a 14-second personal best in the event. Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya ran to the top of the Paris Diamond League results and to a world-leading 5,000 meter time with her 14:27.41 win.
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Molly Huddle, who now lives and trains in Providence, Rhode Island, was the first American finisher in the women’s 5,000 meters at the Paris Diamond League Meeting last week. Lisa Koll, the NCAA 5k and 10k champion, also ran a fast race with her 14:55.74 personal best (by almost 23 seconds). Both Huddle and Koll joined an elite sub-15 minute 5,000 meter club, with Huddle’s time making her the third-fastest American of all time in the event only behind Olympic medalists Shalane Flanagan (1:44.80 PR) and Deena Kastor (14:51.62).
Before running her 14:55.74 result at the Areva Meet, the 25-year old Huddle most recently placed second in the women’s 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in 15:30.89 behind surprise winner Lauren Fleshman.
2010 has been good to the local Huddle thus far as she also won the stacked women’s 10k in 31:48 at the Payton Jordan Invitational held at Stanford University in May. She also placed second this fall at the USA Cross Country Championships behind other local runner Shalane Flanagan and went on to take 19th place and the second American spot at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland in March.
Huddle will next compete to defend her Quad-City Times Bix 7 title on July 24, 2010 in Davenport, Iowa. She won the race in 2009 in a fast 37:37 and became the first American woman to win the competitive race since 2002. She will once again battle Lisa Koll and World Cross Country team mate Magdalena Lewy-Boulet for the Bix 7 win and the national 7-mile championship title.