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Shannon Rowbury Rising Fast, Kevin Sullivan Still Going Strong
Americans Bernard Lagat, Brent Vaughn, Scott Bauhs Impress
May 4, 2008
Shalane Flanagan and Kim Smith stole the show in the women's Kim McDonald 10,000m at the Cardinal Invitational as Flanagan prevailed in a sprint finish running 30:34.49 smashing Deena Kastor's American record (30:50.32).
Other highlights from the evening included Bernard Lagat running a 56 second last lap to win the men's 5000m (13:16.29) and being followed by Colorado senior Brent Vaughn in a stunning school record 13:18.46; and Craig Mottram blowing away the field to win the men's 10,000m (27:34.48) as DII American star Scott Bauhs hit the Olympic "A" standard running 27:48.06. The men's mid-d races were somewhat of a letdown as no Olympic "A" standards were hit in the two "equal" 1500m sections. (Although new miling sensation Andrew Wheating did win the men's 800). Shannon Rowbury dominated the women's 1500 and showed she is a fast emerging American star.
But the main highlight was the women's 10,000m and Shalane Flanagan and Kim Smith (10 women hit the Olympic "A" standard in the race), so we'll recap that first.
The Final 2 Laps via Runnerspace
Women's 10,000m: Flanagan American Record, Smith Kiwi Record
The pace from the get go was furious. The first k was in 3:03 (the splits for the women's 10k are from watching flotrack's live coverage of the meet. Thank you flotrack for letting us see the meet) as Flanagan and the rabbit, Rose Koskei (who David Monti reports ran a road race Sunday morning) put a little distance on Kim Smith. The 1600 was in 4:50 and the record assault was definitely on. Things settled down a bit the 2nd mile as 3k was in 9:08, 3200 in 9:45. Flanagan, Smith and the Koskei (who did an excellent job rabbiting) all went through 5k together and faster (15:17 for Flanagan) than the winning time of the women's 5000 (15:19.57).
The rabbit dropped out after the next lap and Smith and Flanagan would take turns sharing the lead until the very end. They went through 9k together with Smith in the lead in 27:35 and it was time to kiss Deena's record good bye.
Smith did her best to try and drop Flanagan over the final kilometer. Smith opened a small gap on Flanagan at times, but it was never enough to drop Flanagan. Smith led at the bell in 28:25, but Flanagan was right on her. Smith could not put any distance between herself and Shalane on the final lap. Flanagan made her move just after 200 to go. By 150 to go she had opened up a gap on Smith. Smith tried to close the gap the final 100m but she could not make up the difference as Flanagan got the win and the American record (30:34.49). Smith had to settle for 2nd, a huge pr (30:35.54) and a New Zealand record (Smith's previous best and the New Zealand national record was the 31:20.63 she ran last year for 2nd).
Photo by Andrew McClanahan PhotoRun.net
Showing how fast things were up front, NCAA star Sally Kipyego was 50 seconds back (31:25.45), but she still set an NCAA record. Germany's Sabrina Mockenhaupt was 4th and American Molly Huddle 5th (31:27.12) in a huge pr (previous best 32:37). Everyone in the field who wasn't lapped (the top 10) all-broke the Olympic "A" standard of 31:45. American and Pan Am Games champ Sara Slattery was lapped and dropped out.
Flanagan's run makes her the 22nd fastest of all time (42nd fastest time ever). We're still blown away that Ingrid Kristiansen ran 30:13.74 twenty-two years ago. 30:15 is hallowed territory (no one has run under 30:15 twice) and Flanagan is now within striking distance.
F1 Shalane Flanagan Nike 30:34.49A 2 Kim Smith Reebok 30:35.54A 3 Sally Kipyego Texas Tech 31:25.45A 4 Sabrina Mockenhaupt Koeln Marathon 31:27.05A 5 Molly Huddle Saucony 31:27.12A 6 Madai Perez Carrillo Nike 31:30.23A 7 Jennifer Rhines adidas 31:30.31A 8 Xioaqin Dong China 31:31.87A 9 Kate Reed Bristol and West 31:35.77A 10 Dulce Maria Rodriguez adidas 31:39.20A 11 Adriana Fernandez Unattached 32:07.69A 12 Amy Yoder-Begley Nike 32:07.84A 13 Hiromi Ominami Toyota Auto Body 32:17.48A 14 Amy Hastings adidas 32:18.72A 15 Andrea Grove Unattached 32:29.69A 16 Elena Valencia Unattached 32:36.98A 17 Sharon Thompson Unattached 32:49.39A 18 Kathy Newberry Nyac 32:50.97A -- Adriana Pirtea Boulder-Wave DNF -- Courtney Babcock Unattached DNF -- Melissa Cook New Balance DNF -- Sara Slattery adidas DNF
Men's 5000 Lagat and Vaughn Impress
Final 500 of Men's 5000
Christian Hesch rabbited the field in his board shorts right at 13:20 pace. 4:16 for the first 1600. Things slowed a bit the 2nd mile as the 3k was reached in 8:03. At the bell (12:20) there still was a group of 5 up front that surprisingly included Brent Vaughn of the University of Colorado (Boaz Cheboiywo, Boniface Songok, and Abdi Abdirahman were the others).
Lagat has his customary huge final 400. He blasted clear of the field the final 200, but hanging surprisingly close and emerging from the rest of the field was Vaughn who ran 13:18.46 to smash Jorge Torres (13:24.56) school record. CU has a storied tradition with NCAA champs Adam Goucher (3000m, 5000, and XC NCAA titles), Jorge Torres (Cross), Alan Culpepper (5000), and Dathan Ritzenhein (Cross), but Vaughn now is at the top of the 5000m rankings. (Vaughn did run 13:30 last year, but only finished 15th at NCAAs).
On the boards: All-time top ten US American collegiate 5K list? (Vaughn is 4th)
Finals 1 Bernard Lagat Nike 13:16.29R 2 Brent Vaughn Colorado 13:18.46R 3 Boaz Cheboiywo Nike 13:19.21R 4 Boniface Songok Nike 13:21.46R 5 Abdi Abdirahman Nike 13:23.79R 6 Jacob Korir Eastern Kentucky 13:29.48R 7 Jorge Torres Reebok 13:30.09R 8 Ed Moran Nike 13:30.75R 9 James Carney Unattached 13:31.62R 10 David McNeill Northern Arizona 13:35.07R 11 Jason Woolhouse Unattached 13:36.39R 12 Thomas Morgan Zap Fitness 13:38.47R 13 Tim Nelson Unattached 13:38.78R 14 Patrick Tarpy Reebok 13:38.89R 15 Ryan Bak Otc Elite 13:39.27R 16 Filmon Ghirmai Germany 13:39.73R 17 Kyle King Zap Fitness 13:40.60R 18 Anthony Gallo Run Flagstaff 13:45.79R 19 Simon Bairu Nike 13:46.75R 20 Scott Overall Brooks Team IN 13:47.79R 21 James Strang Arkansas 13:52.00R 22 Tyson David Alabama 13:53.67R 23 Matthew Gabrielson Reebok 13:57.17R 24 Giliat Ghebray Unattached 13:58.46R
Men's 10,000m Craig Mottram and Scott Bauhs Impress
Final Lap Men's 10,000
The Kim McDonald's 10,000m started out on a more cautious note (4:30 1600, 8:56 3200, 13:59 for 5k) as the goal for most was clearly just an Olympic "A" standard. 27:50.00. Anyone with a kick off the 13:59 pace would hit the standard and that is exactly what happened.
There was still a lot of guys in contention with 1000 to go 25:02 (27:49 pace), but Craig Mottram soon took care of business over the final 800. Mottram may have had a subpar run at World XCs (31st) but 27:50 pace is a walk in the park for a guy who has run 12:55. Mottram ran strongly the final 800 for an easy win (27:34.48) . Austria's Guenther Weidlinger closed well the final 200 to finish 2nd (27:36.46) but the real intrigue was in seventh and eighth where Americans Scott Bauhs and Fasil Bizuneh were battling to hit the Olympic "A" Standard. The Chico State star Bauhs made it with nearly 2 seconds to spare 27:48.06 (a day after winning the 1500 at his conference meet in 3:57.04), while Bizuneh came up an agonizing .48 seconds short. The Olympic Trials may be in two months, but for the 10,000m runners the Trials likely won't mean anything if they don't have the standard beforehand.
On the boards: *Scott Bauhs, is this guy tough or what? (Former American record holder in the steeple malmo praises Bauhs)
Finals 1 Craig Mottram Melbourne Tr 27:34.48A 2 Guenther Weidlinger Austria 27:36.46A 3 Josphat Boit adidas 27:40.64A 4 Takayuki Matsumiya Konica-Minolta 27:41.75A 5 Mo Farah adidas 27:44.54A 6 Juan Carlos Romero Unattached 27:47.46A 7 Scott Bauhs Chico State 27:48.06A 8 Fasil Bizuneh New Balance 27:50.48A 9 Satoshi Irifune Kanebo 27:56.33A 10 Jan Fitschen Nike 28:02.55A 11 Alejandro Suarez Unattached 28:06.43A 12 Eric Gillis Speed River 28:07.19A 13 Collis Birmingham Melbourne Tr 28:08.23A 14 Yuuki Nakamura Kanebo 28:30.99A 15 Rod Koborsi Reebok 28:31.37A 16 John Moore Portland 28:32.31A 17 Pieter Desmet Golazo Sports 28:33.44A 18 Japtheth Ngo'joy Utep 28:33.68A 19 Edwardo Torres Reebok 28:33.89A 20 Suehiro Ishikawa Honda Motors Sayama 28:34.31A 21 Michael Kilburg Portland 28:34.51A 22 Naoki Okamoto Chuugoku Ele 28:48.24R 23 Dan Browne Nike 28:52.21R 24 Hideaki Date Chuugoku Ele 29:03.98R 25 Fernando Cabada Reebok 29:10.67R -- Yuki Sato Tokai Univ. DNF -- Bolota Asmerom Otc Elite DNF -- Andrew Lemoncello Adidas DNF -- Bernard Lagat Nike DNF -- Chris Graff Asics DNF -- Monder Rizki Unattached DNF
Men's 1500: Kevin Sullivan Still Doing What He Was Doing When Nick Symmonds Was Eight Years Old
Heat 1 With Kevin Sullivan and the Fall
Lomong Talks About the Fall
The men's 1500m were a disappointment before they even started with the top section being split into 2 "equal" sections so more people in theory could hit the Olympic "A" standard 3:36.60. The end result was no athletes hitting the "A" standard.
The first section had all the drama. The pack fell off of the rabbit and things got way, way too bunched up coming into 1200 (2:58.1 according to Scott Davis the track announcer). Just before 1200 Japan's Yasuhiro Tago, who was in 3rd place, fell and rolled outwards on the track and a ton of guys tried to get out of his way. Lopez Lomong twisted his ankle as a result and was not a factor the rest of the way.
Nick Symmonds had been in 2nd the entire race (the guy behind the rabbit) and Kevin Sullivan was on his shoulder. Sullivan easily dispatched the field in convincing fashion the final 200, winning by over a second in 3:39.75 as Symmonds held on for second but way back in 3:40.98.
Sullivan is super consistent on the circuit, but rarely wins races, so this was a nice win for him at age 34. Sullivan incredibly ran 3:39.11 in 1992 when Nick Symmonds was 8 years old.
Symmonds looked flat, but the sit and kicker told Runnerspace leading might have been his problem, "I love to sit and kick. I hate leading".
1 Kevin Sullivan Reebok 3:39.75R 2 Nick Symmonds Otc Elite 3:40.98R 3 Will Leer Otc Elite 3:41.12R 4 Jack Bolas Wisconsin 3:41.21R 5 Craig Miller Wisconsin 3:41.61R 6 John Richardson Kentucky 3:41.87R 7 Brendan O'Keefe Zap Fitness 3:42.04R 8 Lee Emanuel New Mexico 3:42.42R 9 Peter Van der Westhuizen Nebraska 3:42.80R 10 Chris Solinsky Nike 3:43.59R 11 Nick Bromley Melbourne Tr 3:43.98R 12 Don Sage Otc Elite 3:44.16R 13 Jacob Evans Stanford 3:44.81R 14 Lopez Lomong Nike 3:46.10R 15 Hunter Spencer Kentucky Milers 3:48.89 -- Ian Cronin Team XO DNF -- Yasuhiro Tago Chuugoku Ele DNF
Finals 1 Matt Tegenkamp Nike 3:40.04R 2 Chris Lukezic Reebok 3:40.29R 3 Andrew Acosta Oregon 3:40.52R 4 Russell Brown Stanford 3:40.96R 5 Garrett Heath Stanford 3:41.08R 6 Evan Jager Wisconsin 3:41.24R 7 Sean O'Brien Otc Elite 3:41.30R 8 Kyle Miller Texas 3:41.67R 9 Bradley Woods Athletics Australia 3:41.71R 10 Mark Matuzak California 3:42.69R 11 Jonathon Riley Nike 3:43.64R 12 Stephen Pifer Colorado 3:43.90R 13 Adam Davis Unattached 3:44.25R 14 Erik Stanley Texas 3:44.32R 15 Brendon Mahoney Unattached 3:44.95R
Shannon Rowbury's Dominating Win
Shannon Rowbury first garnered notice by surprising everyone and winning the 3000m indoor at USATF nationals. Here she absolutely obliterated the field (she won by 4.5 seconds) and ran a huge pr (4:07.59) (her previous best was 4:12). Clearly, her training with Shalane Flanagan is starting to pay off.
Looking at the results you'd never know it but four women were together at the bell (2:11.5 800, 3:03.9 1200) (Rowbury, Yuriko Kobayashi of Japan, and Americans Lindsey Gallo and Amy Mortimer). Rowbury just trounced them all the final lap. Super impressive.
Rowbury came up short of the Olympic "A" Standard (4:06.50) but clearly her career is heading in the right direction and fast.
High schooler Jordan Hasay was 10th in 4:17.46.
Finals 1 Shannon Rowbury Nike 4:07.59R 2 Yuriko Kobayashi Toyota Wellness 4:12.11R 3 Lindsey Gallo Reebok 4:13.03R 4 Dacia Barr Arkansas 4:13.77R 5 Sara Hall Asics 4:14.15R 6 Amy Mortimer Reebok 4:15.21R 7 Lauren Centrowitz Stanford 4:16.13R 8 Nicole Edwards Mich 4:17.06R 9 Nanae Kuwashiro Acom 4:17.30R 10 Jordan Hasay Unattached 4:17.46R 11 Julia Howard Nike 4:18.20R 12 Alicia Follmar Stanford 4:21.25R 13 Mary Jayne Reeves Otc Elite 4:22.76R -- Kelly Strong Asics DNF -- Diane Cummins Unattached DNFMen's 800: Andre Wheating Does it Again
Get the bandwagon rolling. Andrew Wheating the guy we had never heard of until he went sub four in the mile last weekend for the first time went from last to first the final lap to win the 800 in 1:47.82 defeating former NCAA champ Kevin Hicks.
Wheating was coached by Nike farm team founder Jeff Johnson in high school and only did one season of track in high school. He's a big dude as you can see from this video.
Finals 1 Emily Brown Unattached 15:19.57R 2 Arianna Lambie Unattached 15:22.51R 3 Julie Culley Nyac 15:39.63R 4 Katie McGregor Reebok 15:46.87R 5 Maureen McCandless New Balance 15:58.02R 6 Roisin McGettigan New Balance 15:58.64R 7 Diane Nukuri Iowa 15:59.39R 8 Katie Follett Washington 16:01.16R 9 Cack Ferrell Otc Elite 16:06.09R 10 Megan Armstrong Iowa 16:08.83R 11 Toni Lynn Salucci Mich 16:11.78R 12 Erin Dromgoole New Balance Boston 16:12.24R 13 Maria Elena Calle Unattached 16:16.69R 14 Katrina Rundhaug Wisconsin 16:18.99R 15 Alisha Williams adidas 16:19.28R 16 Nora Rocha Unattached 16:21.93R 17 Brooke Kish Unattached 16:22.28R 18 Allison Grace Zap Fitness 16:22.41R 19 Rebecca Walter Unattached 16:22.76R 20 Amanda Trotter Brooks Pdc 16:24.29R -- Georgie Clarke Reebok DNF -- Angelica Sanchez Unattached DNF -- Kathleen Trotter Pdc-Brooks DNF