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LRC: KBC Nacht Recap: American Record for Jenny Barringer
July 20, 2008
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American distance runners flock to the KBC Night of Athletics Meet every year in Heusden, Belgium chasing personal bests and American distance fans are usually rewarded with remarkable performances. Last year, Alan Webb ran a world-leading 1:43.87, Chris Solinsky ran 13:12, Bolota Asmeron hit 13:15 (leading to the remark that 13:15 is the new 13:30) and Lisa Galaviz set an American record in the steeplechase (9:28.75).

The 2008 KBC Night of Athletics Meet did not disappoint and we recap it from an American perspective below. There were two American wins and quite a few World Championships A standards met, but the most impressive US performance was the American record by Jenny Barringer in the women's steeplechase, so we'll start with that.

 

Women's Steeple: Jenny Barringer and Anna Willard Sizzle to American Record
The American highlight of the meet was the women's steeple duel between Olympic Trials Champion and American record holder Anna Willard and NCAA Champ Jenny Barringer. Barringer and Willard are clearly at the top of American steepling and have had some epic battles. Last year at USATFs, Barringer edged Willard by .08 for the US crown. This year, Willard got sweet revenge when she won the Olympic Trials and lowered the AR to 9:27.59.

Sunday night in Heusden, Belgium, the two American stars crossed swords again and waged another memorable duel as Barringer came out on top by a scant .03 and smashed Willard's two-week-old American record, running 9:22.73. Further back, Lisa Galaviz (who set a then-AR of 9:28.75 at this meet last year) finished 9th in 9:45.91.

Sunday's race was a bit bizarre, as you can see from the Flotrack video below that it seemed like Barringer was destined to finish 2nd in the race until about the final 30 meters. Willard followed the rabbit and then was pushing the pace on her own, with Barringer staying a few meters behind her. On the final lap, Willard widened the gap and led by at least 10 meters heading over the final water barrier. It seemed all but over, but Barringer then found new legs, shifted into another gear and roared up the finishing straight. It was almost like Willard didn't realize her rival was still there. Willard did try to respond before the line, but Barringer was able to just edge her out to get the win (and the American record) by a few inches.

Barringer had just missed Galaviz's American record at NCAAs, only to see Willard capture the record en route to the Olympic Trials crown in Eugene (where Barringer faded to third).
*Post race interview with Barringer
*Post race interview with Willard


Video of Barringer's AR from Flotrack


Women's Steeple

Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 4 65 BARRINGER JENNY 9:29.20 USA 9:22.73
2 7 71 WILLARD ANNA 9:27.59 USA 9:22.76
3 10 73 KOKKINARIOU IRINI 9.30.72 GRE 9:33.11
4 1 63 HAYAKARI MINORI 9:38.68 JPN 9:33.93
5 9 69 DUARTE SOPHIE 9:27.51 FRA 9:35.35
6 8 66 DEJAEGHERE VEERLE 9:28.47 BEL 9:36.56
7 3 67 VANDENBEMPT SIGRID 9:35.28 BEL 9:39.15
8 5 62 HINDS KORENE 9:28.86 JAM 9:42.09
9 6 64 GALAVIZ LISA 9:28.75 USA 9:45.91


Women's 1,500: Morgan Uceny's Undefeated European Campaign Continues
Shannon Rowbury is without a doubt the face of American women's middle distance running right now, but Morgan Uceny is turning quite a few heads this summer. She followed up two high finishes at the US Trials (6th in the 800, 4th in the 1,500) with two wins last week in Italy in the 800 and 1,500. Tonight, Uceny added European win #3 as she put a Belgian notch into her belt by narrowly winning the 1,500 in 4:07.22. She was followed in 5th and 6th by Amy Mortimer and Sara Hall. Hall's 4:08.55 was a new PR. Nicole Teter, 800m veteran and 2008 Olympian, ran 4:10.17 for 8th.

Women's 1,500m

Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 15 54 MORGAN UCENCY 4:06.93 USA 4:07.22
2 8 50 BELETE MIMI 4:09.85 ETH 4:07.36
3 10 42 ELMORE MALINDI 4:02.64 CAN 4:07.89
4 11 34 EFEDAKI KONSTADINA 4.05.63 GRE 4:07.95
5 14 35 MORTIMER AMY 4:06.55 USA 4:08.39
6 1 47 HALL SARA 4:08.99 USA 4:08.55
7 9 39 BYRNE DEIRDRE 4:09.45 IRL 4:08.89
8 17 37 TETER NICOLE 4:04.19 USA 4:10.17
9 13 44 CLARK GEORGIE 4:06.50 AUS 4:10.21
10 5 40 REEVES MARY JAYNE 4:07.47 USA 4:10.85
11 3 51 BELETE ALMENSH 4:15.18 ETH 4:11.79
12 6 48 MCWILLIAMS TIFFANY 4:06.30 USA 4:12.40
13 7 45 YOSHIKAWA MIKA 4:10.00 JPN 4:12.73
14 12 43 MUNCAN MARINA 4:08.02 SER 4:14.10
15 2 49 TE RAA MARIJE 4:15.39 NED 4:17.10
16 16 53 COOK MELISSA 4:14.20 USA 4:18.56
17 4 46 KUWASHIRO NANAE 4:14.60 JPN 4:21.79
18 38 JOHNSTONE REBECCA 4:20.18 CAN DNF
Video of Uceny's Win


Men's Steeple: Kyle Alcorn PRs, Hits A Standard

In the men's steeplechase, Kyle Alcorn rebounded from a somewhat disappointing US Trials (where he wasn't a factor in the final) to set a big PR and achieve the World Championships A standard in 8:21.46. He recently graduated from Arizona St., after winning the NCAA indoor 3k title and the outdoor NCAA steeplechase title, where he defeated Billy Nelson, the recent Colorado graduate who would go on to make the US Olympic team. On this go-around, Alcorn barely edged Nelson, who clocked 8:21.50, just shy of his PR from the Olympic Trials (8:21.47). It is promising to see two athletes so young both with the A standard and moving forward.

It is definitely worth mentioning that Kenya's Paul Koech ran a world-leading 8:00.57 for the win, although his world record attempt came up a bit short.

Men's 3k Steeple Video via Flotrack

Men's Steeple Results
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 13 441 KOECH PAUL 7:56.37 KEN 8:00.57
2 11 445 CHIRCHIR ABRAHAM 8:23.95 KEN 8:19.81
3 4 442 PALOMEQUE RUBEN 8:23.21 ESP 8:20.07
4 7 432 VAN KOOLWIJK KRIJN 8:17.11 BEL 8:20.32
5 10 433 DESMET PIETER 8:15.02 BEL 8:21.13
6 5 444 ALCORN KYLE 8:28.26 USA 8:21.46
7 12 443 NELSON BILLY 8:21.47 USA 8:21.50

Men's 1500: Alan Webb Returns to Action
In the 1,500, several Americans returned to action, most notably Alan Webb.

After clocking 1:46.89 earlier in the week, Webb finished 6th in arelatively strong field, running a seasonal best of 3:35.86. Considering his PR from last year is 3:30.54, a 3:35 is nothing to pop champagne corks about normally. But in a year where Webb has taken awhile to get his wheels under him at his favorite distance, his race tonight was certainly an improvement in form. A 3:35 1,500 is certainly better than the 3:55 mile he ran at the Pre Classic; more importantly, Webb was more aggressive than he's been this year as he took the lead with 300 to go. He just seemed to have nothing left in the last 50 meters.

Hopefully, Webb will keep racing, although we must point out how different 2008 has been for him compared to 2007. Last year at this meet, he ran 1:43.87).

Webb was trailed closely by Rob Myers in 3:36.23, as he and Webb picked up the A standard for next year's World Champs.

In the B 1,500, Will Leer ran with confidence to take the race in a new PR of 3:37.63, followed by Kurt Benninger in a PR 3:38.03. It's a shame that Leer, who was 4th at USAs, wasn't able to get in the top heat as Myers, who was only 9th at USAs, was put in the A section.

 


Men's A 1,500m Results
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 15 311 MADI NABIL 3:34.74 ALG 3:34.53
2 16 345 KOMEN DANIEL 3:29.02 KEN 3:34.66
3 6 320 BELAL MANSOOR 3:31.49 BHR 3:34.88
4 12 314 VANDEVENTER JUAN 3:34.46 RSA 3:35.20
5 9 328 MEKHISSI MAHIEDINE 3:36.34 FRA 3:35.73
6 3 325 WEBB ALAN 3:30.54 USA 3:35.86
7 11 324 KEITANY HARON 3:34.68 KEN 3:36.17
8 5 323 MYERS ROB 3:34.89 USA 3:36.23


Men's B 1,500m Results
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 8 351 LEER WILL 3:38.11 USA 3:37.63
2 7 347 BENNINGER KURT 3:38.54 USA 3:38.03
3 10 348 MILNE TAYLOR 3:36.00 CAN 3:39.43
4 4 342 JEFFERSON JOHN 3:39.44 USA 3:39.55
5 6 663 MARRION GEOFFREY 3:41.87 BEL 3:40.30


Men's 800: Gary Reed Rounding Into Form at Right Time
The men's 800m was won by Canadian Gary Reed in 1:44.46, only a half a second off his PR. The race was rabbited by Sam Burley. The only other American in the field was 2004 Olympian Jonathan Johnson, who crossed the line in 1:46.05.

Reed got the surprise silver at Worlds last year and appears to be rounding into form at just the right time for Beijing.


Men's A 800m
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 10 273 REED GARY 1:43.93 CAN 1:44.46
2 9 275 ISMAIL ISMAIL AHMED 1:44.47 SUD 1:44.71
3 11 284 MANSEUR NAJIM 1:44.75 ALG 1:44.83
4 12 282 KOMBICH ISMAEL 1:44.24 KEN 1:45.82
5 8 274 JOHNSON JONATHAN 1:44.69 USA 1:46.05
6 1 279 MILKEVICS DMITRIJS 1:43.67 LAT 1:46.10


Men's 5k: Solinsky Goes for It and Dies, Blincoe Gets Kiwi Record, NCAA Champ Curtis PRs

The men's 5k was a hot one, with the top 10 in the race all dipping under 13:10. Unfortunately, Americans Chris Solinsky and Ian Dobson did not finish among those first 10. However, Solinsky battled in the top group at sub-13:10 pace for most of the race before rigging with less than 600m remaining. In the end, he still gutted out a solid 13:18.51, over 6 seconds off his best but still under the World Champs A standard. Terrence Mahon-trained Dobson, the 3rd qualifier for the American Olympic team in the 5k, had a DNF. Former Villanova star Adrian Blincoe (NZL) ran a New Zealand national record 13:10.19, breaking the three-decades-old record of 13:12.86, which was held by Dick Quax. When Quax set the mark way back in 1977, it was also a world record.

In the second section, the big American stories were this year's NCAA Champion Bobby Curtis (Villanova grad) and Thomas Morgan (ZAP Fitness), who set significant PRs of 13:25.66 and 13:27.45, respectively.


*B and C Race Videos at Flotrack

Men's A 5,000m
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 10 382 MAROFIT MOURAD 13:15.87 MAR 13:02.84
2 2 388 MATEBO LEVY 13:31.98 KEN 13:03.04
3 13 380 MONDER RIZKI 13:15.51 BEL 13:04.06
4 18 422 KWALIA JAMES 12:54.58 QAT 13:04.70
5 16 390 DABA BEKANA 13:06.52 ETH 13:04.91
6 19 377 NDIWA MANG'ATA 13:10.09 KEN 13:05.27
7 21 381 KIPROP VINCENT 13:08.62 KEN 13:06.41
8 14 415 EL IDRISSI ENNAJI 13:21.39 MAR 13:06.81
9 20 384 ZAMAN SULTAN KHAMIS 13:09.11 QAT 13:07.57
10 24 341 RASHED ESSA ISMAIL 13:16.26 QAT 13:08.02
11 4 374 BLINCOE ADRIAN 13:17.28 NZL 13:10.19
12 22 383 KIPRUTO SILAS 13:02.86 KEN 13:12.83
13 12 373 ABDULLAH AHMAD HASSAN 12:56.27 QAT 13:13.73
14 5 438 KIBORE FELIX 13:16.22 QAT 13:16.11
15 11 386 BADAY AHMED 13:03.82 MAR 13:16.73
16 1 376 SOLINSKY CHRIS 13:12.24 USA 13:18.51


Men's B 5,000m
Rank Lane ID Name PB Team Result Info
1 22 413 ROTICH LUCAS 13:33.93 KEN 13:17.88
2 2 406 BIWOTT YUSUF 12:58.49 KEN 13:19.59
3 16 344 MOKHTAR BENHARI 13:32.74 FRA 13:24.33
4 14 389 KIPKORIR EDWIN 13:27.63 KEN 13:24.45
5 15 758 MAEDA KAZAHIRO 13:28.84 JPN 13:25.24
6 4 401 CURTIS BOBBY 13:33.93 USA 13:25.66
7 1 407 BANDI PHILIP 13:35.26 SUI 13:25.83
8 8 729 GABIUS ARNE 13:27.48 GER 13:26.69
9 24 403 SJOQVIST ERIK 13:23.24 SWE 13:27.05
10 17 416 MORGAN THOMAS 13:36.91 USA 13:27.45
11 6 414 DAME TASAMA FAYISA 13:33.27 ETH 13:28.38
12 21 419 RILEY JONATHAN 13:19.92 USA 13:29.72
13 29 757 LUCHINI LOUIS
USA 13:29.93
14 11 730 GABRIELSON MATT 13:30.68 USA 13:30.95
15 12 404 HAAS STEPHEN 13:38.51 USA 13:33.59
16 23 783 SATO HIDEKASU 13:39.85 JPN 13:33.86
17 20 412 PIFER STEPHEN 13:37.46 USA 13:34.62



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