Sanford native Rachel Schneider battled 90 degree temperatures and a strong field to punch her ticket on to the United States Olympic Team in the 5000 meters on Monday night at Hayward Field.
Schneider who switched sponsors from Under Armour to Hoka prior to the start of the Olympic Trials situated herself near the front of the pack during the early stages of the race. With the temperatures on the track over 100 degrees the pack was tightly bunched together for the first half of the race. Through the 1600m in 5:02, she ran in second place. During the second mile Rachel dropped back to eighth at 2600 meters but found her way back near the front of the of the 15 women field as she came through 3200 in 10:19 in fourth place.
The pace quicken over the next 400m as the Bowerman Track Club duo of Karissa Schweizer and Elise Cranny injected the pace with a 71 second lap. Schneider was able to cover the move while the lead pack was sliced down to five.The next lap was a 70 seconds cutting th lead group done to four.
Schneider continued to run strong and look comfortable as the pace quicken once again with a 67 second lap as they hit the bell. She pulled even with the Bowerman duo with 200m to go and would hold on to finish third in a time of 15:29.56. Rachel closed the final lap in 65.34, and the final 1600m in 4:35.4. Elise Cranny would win the race in 15:27.81.
Rachel is scheduled to compete in the 10,000 meter race on Saturday.
In the men's 800m Lewiston Isaiah Harris finished in the dreaded fourth place after running his fastest time of the season, 1:44.58, the time was he second fastest time of his career.
Harris starting in lane nine sprinted off the line as he got to the break line first before settling in the pack. University of Southern California's Isaiah Jewett set a fast early pace as he towed the field through the first 400m in 50.60. Isaiah was in a good position in fourth with his 51.46 first lap. With 200m to go it was Jewett our front with Clayton Murphy, Bryce Hopper, Donovan Brazier and Isaiah all within striking distance.
Harris made his final push win 100 meters to go as he got past Brazier on the outside but was unable to get past Hoppel for the third spot. Clayton Murphy the 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist won the race in a world leading 1:43.17 while Jewett the pace setter held on for second in a lifetime best 1:43.85.