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Day 2 Recap of the Distance Prelims 2005 NCAA Track and
Day 2 of the NCAA Track and Field Championships featured the men's and women's 10,000m finals. Sara Slattery battled back to overcome Caroline Bierbaum's big move with 2k to go in the women's 10,000m, and Robert Cheseret outlasted the front running tactics of Oregon freshman phenom Galen Rupp. Recaps of the 10,000m races are here.
Below are recaps of the men's and women's 800 and 1500m semifinals. The big news of the day was that 2002 NCAA 1500m champ Don Sage, and one of the 2005 favorites, John Rankin of UCLA both did not make the final in the 1500m.
The other highlight on day 2 was the 19.93 200m by Arkansas' Tyson Gay in the 200m semifinals.
Men's 800 (Top 3 and next 2 fastest
advance to final. Please note the 200 and 600 splits are hand-times the 400 split if FAT)
Auburn's Sheridan Kirk took the lead from Johnson at 550 and those to stayed 1-2 until the finish after passing 600 in 1:18.0. NCAA and USATF indoor champ Kevin Hicks of Florida A&M would move up in the final to grab the final auto qualifying spot. Ellerton of Michigan and Etoot of Alabama would both advance as well on time.
Quotes from heat 1
Jonathon Johnson, NCAA champ last year, 1:44.77 (pr) to win the Olympics Trials in Sacramento on the same track as where the NCAAs are. 2nd in Heat #1: "I haven't run any fast times since Big 12s. It feels good to get back out here and run (fast) before a big crowd."
On the final: "I want to get the (NCAA) record (1:44.55 by Julius Achon in 1996). I definitely like running here (he won the Olympic Trials on this track and set his pr). It's a fast track, and the environment (is great). I definitely had a lot left. I need to work on my last 200 (to break the record)."
Women's 800 (Top 3 and next 2 fastest
Please note the 200 and 600 splits are hand-times the 400 split
Quotes from heat winner Aneta Lemiesz of BYU (2:04.82). "I controlled the race. I noticed from the telebeam (jumbotron) that I was ahead. I wanted to save some energy for the final."
Heat 1 1 Aneta Lemiesz SR Brigham Young 2:04.82Q 2 Katie Erdman SO Michigan 2:05.39Q 3 Alysia Johnson FR California 2:05.49Q 4 Ashley Patten JR Missouri 2:05.74 5 Althea Chambers JR Texas Tech 2:05.76 6 Antoinette Gorham SR Tennessee 2:06.06 7 Ada Anderson JR Iowa State 2:07.21 8 Lysaira Roman-DelValle SR Kansas State 2:07.45
Quotes from heat winner Aneita Denton of Arkansas (2:04.01). "I felt pretty in control. I didn't feel like I was going too fast or going too slow. My plan was for me to take it out. The final is going to be a really competitive race because you have a lot of really good athletes. I believe in God that I have a good chance to go there and win. I'm going to do my best."
Heat 2 1 Aneita Denton SR Arkansas 2:04.01Q 2 Maggie Vessey SR Cal Poly-SLO 2:04.25Q 3 Egle Uljas FR Nebraska 2:04.29Q 4 Beata Rudzinska SR Akron 2:04.38q 5 Mable Kunihira FR Oral Roberts 2:04.45q 6 Erica Sigmont SR Arkansas 2:05.95 7 Fatimoh Muhammed JR Texas-El Paso 2:06.98 8 Ashley Freeman SO Stanford 2:11.22
Men's 1500 (Top 4 and next 4 advance)
Heat 1 1 Chris Lukezic JR Georgetown 3:46.64Q 2 Shane Stroup JR Florida 3:46.79Q 3 Bryan Lindsay SR Brigham Young 3:47.27Q 4 Tom Lancashire SO Florida State 3:47.76Q 5 Michael Woods FR Michigan 3:47.77 6 Ryan Ponsonby SR Texas 3:47.89 7 Jon Rankin SR UCLA 3:48.51 8 Max Smith FR Providence 3:49.59 9 Pete vanderWesthuizen SO Nebraska 3:51.29 10 Mark Walter JR Air Force 3:51.93 11 Brent Wilberts SR Drake 3:52.15 12 Tipper O'Brien SO Missouri 3:54.69 13 Kyle Miller FR Texas 3:58.02
Guys in the 5-8 positions were all well clear of 9th coming down the homestretch and all would advance on time. Thank you Mr. Pifer.
The 3:39.42 for Duffy, was not only a PR, but it also was the fastest qualifying time ever in an NCAA meet according to the announcer.
Men's 1500m Quotes
On his race, "That was the best I felt in a long time, warming up and stuff. I'm ready to run. I came here to try and win. It's going to be a good final."
Lukezic was surprised to find out Rankin did not make the final.
On his season so far, "It's been a quite season, I haven't raced much. It (not racing a lot) was kind of forced (upon me) as indoors as I had a hiccup with my Achilles. You really need to focus on your training if you're going to have a good June and July. I think things are really together.
Jon Rankin, who has had a tremendous outdoor season, doubling in the 800 and 1500 at both Regionals and Pac 10s, went with Lukezic on the third lap, but faded the final 100m and did not make the final.
Rankin on not making the final: "I'm not upset. I'm in shock. When I called on the reserves there was nothing there. It was unbelievable. I just started tieing up with 200m to go. I tried to hold on as good as I could ,but a lot of the other guys finished well. When your sitting there like a sitting duck, some of the guys have a lot of motivation. I hope and pray I get a second chance (in the final, as the interview was conducted prior to heat #2). I'm pretty surprised."
On deciding not to double at NCAAs: "It was a team decision."
On how he felt coming into the race: "I haven't felt more prepared for any competition since I've been at UCLA. That's why I'm so surprised. I felt like everything was in place, mentally, physically, emotionally. I've never felt more ready for anything so I'm disappointed (in his finish)."
Ranking did not seem to believe the fast third lap did him in: "Everyone was going out hard (on that lap) so I can't say it was that particular lap. Maybe I responded too quickly to that move (by Lukezic). A lap like that definitely does take away from your finish."
On his post-race thoughts: "I had a great senior year, seriously regardless if I make it to the next round, I can't complain", said Rankin who was clearly in shock.
Don Sage, NCAA champ at 1500 at 2002, and 3rd in 2004, who finished 11th in his heat in 3:49.84 and did not advance. Sage's talks about allergies below and his eyes were clearly red and swollen, either from the allergies or a few tears at his NCAA career ending on a sad note:
On what happened to him in the race, "I knew this was going to happen before the race. I hate to sound like a winy person who makes excuses, but I actually had really bad allergies (this week). (Perhaps) I might be sick (too) but I think it's juts the allergies. I just didn't feel like myself out there. I was (still) prepared to run at 100% of what I had today. I feel like I did that. With 300 to go I was still in the hunt, I just didn't have a close. I hate to go out like this. I've been fortunate to have a great career and have some great moments with my teammates. I wish I could have scored more points for the team here...(I mean) score points for the team."
(Top 4 and next 4 advance)
Her thoughts on the final "It's going to be a great race. About 7 girls ran 4:15 (in the 2nd) there (editor's note 7 ran under 4:16.4). It's going to be real competitive and come down to the last 300 or 400m at the end."
On what she thanks of her chancing of getting her first NCAA individual title. "I've been working really hard the past 4 years. I'm a senior this year. I just have a lot of experience at the NCAA meet, and of all the years, I feel this is my best shot to win a title"
Heat 1 1 Erin Donohue SR North Carolina 4:17.53Q 2 Johanna Nilsson JR Northern Arizona 4:17.90Q 3 Amy Lia SO Washington 4:18.19Q 4 Heidi Magill FR Brigham Young 4:18.36Q 5 Shannon Rowbury JR Duke 4:18.93q 6 Amanda Bales JR Missouri 4:18.94 7 Nicole Edwards FR Michigan 4:19.29 8 Ava Hutchinson SO Butler 4:20.27 9 Deirdre Byrne SR Providence 4:20.69 10 Dacia Barr FR Arkansas 4:25.65 11 Lara Overton JR Indiana 4:26.16 12 Lindsey Egerdahl SR Washington 4:26.42 13 Jemissa Hess SO High Point 4:27.45 14 Jennie Castle SR Akron 4:33.69Heat 2
The second heat was fast from the gun. Michigan's Lindsey Gallo led for most of the opening 800 and hit intermediate splits of 68.64 for 400 and 1:59.8 for 700 and 2:17.47 for 800. At 800 it was Galllo, Shadle, Muncan and Eldridge. With a lap to go (3:08.2) it was Shale, Lambie and Gallo but the order up front was pretty much irrelevant as the top 8 were all clear of 9th and it looked like all 8 would get in on time as they were about 5 seconds ahead of the first heat. In the last 200, the top 5 all separated themselves the only question at this point was would a fading Rachel Ellison of Arizona State, who was in 8th, end up running fast enough to get the final time qualifying spot. She died a bit too much and did not advance.
Heat 2 1 Marina Muncan JR Villanova 4:15.21Q 2 Anne Shadle SR Nebraska 4:15.37Q 3 Lindsey Gallo SR Michigan 4:15.58Q 4 Iryna Vashchuk SR Southern California 4:15.61Q 5 Arianna Lambie SO Stanford 4:15.89q 6 Maggie Infeld FR Georgetown 4:16.26q 7 Kerry Meagher SR Notre Dame 4:16.37q 8 Rachel Ellison JR Arizona State 4:19.62 9 Jessica Eldridge SO Oklahoma 4:19.94 10 Mary Kamau JR Idaho 4:22.22 11 Brionne Yosten JR Texas Tech 4:22.81 12 Catherine Odell SO Oklahoma 4:26.29 13 Tanice Barnett SR Wyoming 4:34.85
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