Hutchins Finishes 13th in 5,000 Meters at Canadian Olympic Trials

Hutchins Finishes 13th in 5,000 Meters at Canadian Olympic Trials

EDMONTON, Alberta — Cal Poly distance runner Clayton Hutchins finished 13th in the 5,000 meters at the Canadian Olympic Trials on Thursday night.

Hutchins, a junior for the Mustang cross country squad this upcoming fall, ran to a time of 14 minutes, 49.16 seconds at Foote Field Sports Complex, good for 11th place in the second heat (the much faster of the two).

Starting out second from the inside and immediately to the left of 2012 Olympian and meet favorite Mohammed Ahmed, Hutchins assumed fourth place early on and held that position through the opening five-and-a-half-minutes of the race, before six others among the field of 25 moved up.

Hutchins was one of the two youngest competitors finishing in the top 17.

Ahmed, sponsored by Nike and ranked No. 7 in the world with a season-best of 13:01.74, moved in front with two laps to go and ultimately edged ASICS' Lucas Bruchet 14:00.93 to 14:02.37.

In track season next spring, Hutchins (an all-conference honoree as the runner-up at the recent Big West Championships) will enter his senior year with a PR of 14:05.84.

Hutchins, representing British Columbia, finished 18th and sixth at the 2013 and 2014 Canadian U-20 Cross Country Championships. His grandfather Jack ran for Canada in the mid-distances at the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games.