Canadians Justyn Knight, Rachel Cliff shine at Payton Jordan Invitational


Canada’s Justyn Knight finished third in the men’s 5,000-metre race at the Payton Jordan Invitational early Friday morning in Stanford, Calif.


The Syracuse University senior crossed the line in 13 minutes 18.74 seconds. Henrik Ingebrigtsen won the race in 13:16.97, with American Riley Masters taking second in 13:16.97.

Friday’s effort continued a strong season for Knight. Two weeks ago, the Toronto native broke his own school record in the 1,500 at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Los Angeles, where he placed second in 3:36.07 against 250 of the best professional and collegiate runners in the United States.

In early March, Knight won his first Division I track title, capturing the men’s indoor 5,000 in 14:14.57 at College Station, Tex., to become only the second Syracuse athlete to win an NCAA indoor title.

Cliff 3rd in women’s 10,000

Vancouver’s Rachel Cliff raced to a third-place finish in the women’s 10,000. Cliff clocked in a time of 31:57.56.  

The 30-year-old placed ninth in the 10,000 at her Commonwealth Games debut last month (32:11.11) and followed it up with a third-place showing in her hometown in the Vancouver Sun Run. Last August, Cliff was 20th at her world championship debut in a personal-best 32:00.03.