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Pete Julian runs fast 10,000 meters

STANFORD, Calif. -- Pete Julian, running in one of the finest 10,000-meter fields of the year, eclipsed qualifying standards for Olympic and world championship competition Friday in the Cardinal Invitational.

Julian, a former Ashland High and University of Portland runner who now competes for adidas, placed fourth in the star-studded event.

But it was his time of 28 minutes, 5 seconds that proved significant. It bettered by five seconds the Olympic and world standards of 28:10.

Athletes who hope to advance to world and Olympic competition must meet required marks.

The 10,000 was the highlight, said Bob Julian Sr., Pete's father, who attended the race.

They brought in every top runner in the U.S. for this 10,000.

Bob Kennedy, who holds American records in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, won the race in 27:38. It was his first 10,000 and the seventh-fastest American time ever, Bob Julian Sr. said.

Allen Culpepper was second in 27:40.

Another of Bob Julian's sons, Bob Jr., competed in the second of two steeplechases, and placed third in the 3,000-meter event in 9:03.