May 2, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington alum Katie Follett, an eight-time All-American in track and cross country, had perhaps her best race thus far as a professional, as she won the invitational 1,500-meter run at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday in a U.S.-leading time of 4:08.95. That time also ranks Follett fifth in the world thus far in 2011.
Against an elite field at Stanford's Cobb Track, Follett, who now competes for Brooks, camped out near the front of the pack which remained tightly bunched for most of the race. She tried to make a move on the outside with about 200-meters to go, but was countered at first, but with 100 meters left, Follett found room to get to the lead and she pulled away with a big kick to win by nearly a full second over Malindi Elmore, a former Canadian Olympian, and also outpacing several established pros with multiple Team USA appearances such as Alice Schmidt, Morgan Uceny, and Geena Gall.
Follett's previous lifetime-best was 4:10.66, which she ran a year ago during her senior season in a victory at the Mt. SAC Relays. The only disappointment of the day was that her time was .05 seconds shy of the World Championships `B' standard which she'll need to hit to potentially compete in the 2011 World Championships this summer in South Korea.
She made her 2011 season debut two weeks ago at the Mt. SAC Relays, running the 5,000-meters and setting another PR of 15:37.84.