Former local prep running stars shine

SEATTLE — Two former local high school distance runners made big splashes at their respective college conference indoor track and field championships on Friday.

Former North Medford standout Drew Jordan posted a surprising win in the 5,000 meters at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle.

Meanwhile, Kayleigh Tyerman, a Crater High graduate, was second in the same event at the Atlantic Coast Conference meet in Blacksburg, Va.

Jordan, a Washington State junior, scored a stunning victory at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. He triumphed with a personal-best time of 13 minutes, 54.35 seconds. The mark ranks in the top 25 nationally, based on times coming into this weekend of conference championships.

When the field of 21 men reached the halfway point of the race, Jordan moved forward with the front pack of seven, which included a trio of Stanford distance specialists.

Jordan made his move on the final lap, sprinting to the front of the pack and not looking back, winning by a solid margin. His time ranks 22nd in the nation for Division I runners.

Stanford's Erik Olson finished second in a time of 13:55.66.

"This was a huge race and a great job by Drew," Cougar head coach Rick Sloan said. "He ran so smart and so strong. Coach Tim Riley has done a great job of bringing that distance corps along and ready to compete at this level."

Only a week earlier, Jordan competed for the first time this winter in a Cougar uniform, setting a personal best for the mile of 4:04.64 in the Idaho Collegiate II meet in Moscow. He began the indoor season running as a redshirt because of a respiratory infection, the result of wildfire smoke last fall.

Jordan, a 2010 North Medford graduate, claimed back-to-back Class 6A cross country state championships his junior and senior seasons. In track, he won the 1,500 and 3,000 meters state crowns as a senior.

The MPSF is made up of teams from the Pac-12, Big West and Western Athletic conference. There are 12 men's teams and 15 women's teams at the indoor championships.

In the ACC meet, Tyerman, a Florida State senior, was timed in 16:18.69. Duke junior Juliet Bottorff won in 16:15.83.

Tyerman out-dueled North Carolina State's Andie Cozzarelli in a final-lap sprint.

Tyerman has an indoor-best time of 16:12.17, which ranks 29th nationally.

She finished 18th in the outdoor championships last spring.

The 2009 graduate of Crater won state titles in the 1,500 and 3,000 as a senior, setting the Class 5A meet record in the former.

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