Cal Poly's Hutchins to Compete at Canadian Olympic Trials for 5,000

Cal Poly's Hutchins to Compete at Canadian Olympic Trials for 5,000

EDMONTON, Alberta — Clayton Hutchins, a runner for the Cal Poly track and cross country programs, will compete in the 5,000 meters at the Canadian Olympic Trials at Foote Field Sports Complex on Thursday, July 7. The race will begin at 8:05 p.m. local time (7:05 PDT).

Entered with a time of 14 minutes, 5.84 seconds from the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on April 1 (14.16 ahead of the qualification standard), Hutchins is seeded 12th. Mohammed Ahmed is ranked No. 1 at 13:01.74 — 18.94 seconds faster than the No. 2 seed, Cameron Levins.

Ahmed finished 18th in the 10,000m at the London Games, while Levins advanced to the 5,000m final at the 2012 Olympics, ultimately finishing 14th (along with an 11th-place 10K, as well).

Eight others are also below 14 minutes, with the IAAF standard set at 13:25. Athletics Canada will announce its Olympic team July 11; Rio de Janeiro will host the games from Aug. 5-21.

In addition to live results, the meet (which goes through Sunday, July 10) will be broadcast for free at this link.

Hutchins had a strong close to his junior season on May 28, finishing 27th in the event at the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships hosted by Kansas, at 14:32.62 (after leading with just over three laps to go).

It came after his second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships on May 14 (in 14:53.99 — only 1.18 seconds behind senior teammate Nick Woolf for the title). He was also sixth in the 1,500m final, in all scoring 11 team points on the same day.

Hutchins, from Drake High School in San Anselmo, finished 18th at the 2013 Canadian Junior (U-20) National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver before returning to take sixth while representing British Columbia in 2014.

His grandfather Jack represented Canada in the 800, 1,500 and 4x400 relay at the Olympics in 1948 and 1952.