NCAA Day 1: DMR: Villanova's Reid Outkicks Oregon's Hasay, BYU's Miles Batty Holds Off Incredible 3:53 Anchor From Andy Bayer

By: LetsRun.com
March 11, 2011

Women's DMR: Villanova's Sheila Reid Outkicks Jordan Hasay For The Title

The incredible 2010-2011 season continued for Villanova's Sheila Reid as the NCAA cross-country champion outkicked Oregon's Jordan Hasay on the final lap to win the distance medley relay championship at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Meet at Texas A&M.

Oregon's Anne Kesselring, a finalist in the mile on Saturday, led off and put Oregon in the lead after the 1,200m leg (3:20.52). 'Nova's Emily Lipari kept Villanova close in third (3:21.83). Villanova's Christine Verdier moved the Wildcats to 2nd on the 400m leg, but Oregon was still a second in front. A 2:07 800m from Ariann Neutts closed the gap on Oregon's Becca Riday (2:08.0) and the anchors Reid and Hasay got the batons together.

Hasay had earlier in the evening qualified for the mile final while Reid was running fresh. The two stayed together basically until the finish as they battled fiercely. At the bell, Reid took the lead, but Hasay was right behind her. Hasay did her best to try and  pull back alongside Reid on the backstretch but could not do it. Reid lengthened her lead to a couple of strides on the turn and looked back to see where Hasay was even though Hasay was still right in her slipstream. In the end, Reid was just too good. Her stellar 4:29.9 split was to much for Hasay. Hasay had to be content for second place and eight important points for the Ducks, who are in contention for the team title.

Villanova and Oregon crushed the rest of the field, but they do not award style points at the NCAA meet. Virginia was third, Texas Tech fourth and Oklahoma State fifth. The DMR often comes down to the anchor leg and the top five teams all had the fastest anchor splits on the evening and finished in the order of their anchor splits.

Afterwards, Jordan Hasay was full of tears immediately after the race as she had to deal with the frustration of being outkicked by Reid like in cross-country. Hasay was very composed by the time she addressed the media and was pleased to get the eight crucial points for the team. She was full of praise for Reid calling her a "great racer." Hasay obviously wished it had turned out differently. She said, "There was nothing I could do ... I knew she was just sitting on me ... The last 400m I gave it my all, but I just didn't have enough ... It sucks, but we had a really good day for the team and I'm excited for that."  Hasay refused to use having run the mile prelims earlier in the day as an excuse. She said, "I don't really take that into account." She was upset that her teammates' hard effort was not rewarded with the NCAA crown.

Results and video of the final lap of the women's DMR below. *We can only display this video for 48 hours so if you don't see it, that is why.

Video Of Final Lap Of Women's DMR



 Place Team Name Time     Pts   Runner #1 Runner #2 Runner #3 Runner #4  
 1 Villanova 10:52.52     10    Emily Lipari (FR)
(3) 3:21.83
Christie Verdier (JR)
(2) 53.73 - 4:15.55
Ariann Neutts (SO)
(2) 2:07.07 - 6:22.61
Sheila Reid (SR)
(1) 4:29.91 - 10:52.52
 
 2 Oregon 10:52.90       Anne Kesselring (SO)
(1) 3:20.52
Chizoba Okodogbe (FR)
(1) 53.88 - 4:14.39
Becca Friday (SO)
(1) 2:08.05 - 6:22.44
Jordan Hasay (SO)
(2) 4:30.47 - 10:52.90
 
 3 Virginia 10:59.79       Morgane Gay (SO)
(8) 3:24.19
Ayla Smith (SR)
(7) 53.90 - 4:18.09
Lyndsay Harper (SR)
(5) 2:06.00 - 6:24.08
Stephanie Garcia (SR)
(3) 4:35.71 - 10:59.79
 
 4 Texas Tech 11:01.04       Caroline Jepleting (JR)
(7) 3:24.09
Erica Alexander (JR)
(6) 53.53 - 4:17.62
Purity Biwott (SR)
(3) 2:05.96 - 6:23.58
Caroline Karunde (SR)
(4) 4:37.46 - 11:01.04
 
 5 Oklahoma State 11:04.59       Natalja Piliusina (FR)
(2) 3:21.12
Mihaela Bobos (FR)
(5) 56.15 - 4:17.26
Caileigh Glenn (FR)
(7) 2:09.26 - 6:26.52
Mihaela Susa (SR)
(5) 4:38.07 - 11:04.59
 
 6 Michigan 11:07.38       Danielle Tauro (SR)
(6) 3:23.02
Alisha Cole (SR)
(8) 55.11 - 4:18.12
Rebecca Addison (SO)
(8) 2:09.81 - 6:27.93
Jillian Smith (SO)
(6) 4:39.45 - 11:07.38
 
 7 Georgetown 11:07.84       Rachel Schneider (SO)
(5) 3:22.33
Deidra Sanders (SR)
(4) 54.37 - 4:16.70
Chelsea Cox (FR)
(4) 2:07.14 - 6:23.84
Katie McCafferty (SO)
(7) 4:44.01 - 11:07.84
 
 8 Tennessee 11:07.86       Chanelle Price (JR)
(10) 3:26.30
Ellen Wortham (JR)
(10) 54.24 - 4:20.54
Nijgia Snapp (SO)
(9) 2:08.14 - 6:28.68
Brittany Sheffey (JR)
(8) 4:39.19 - 11:07.86
 
 9 Arkansas 11:13.92         Kristen Gillespie (JR)
(4) 3:21.86
Whitney Jones (JR)
(3) 53.99 - 4:15.85
Samantha Learch (JR)
(6) 2:08.36 - 6:24.21
Stephanie Brown (SO)
(9) 4:49.72 - 11:13.92
 
 10 BYU 11:17.83         Nicole Clark (SR)
(12) 3:31.23
Natalie Stewart (JR)
(11) 53.76 - 4:24.99
Lacey Bleazard (JR)
(12) 2:08.22 - 6:33.20
Katie Palmer (JR)
(10) 4:44.63 - 11:17.83
 
 11 Duke 11:23.27         Rebecca Craigie (FR)
(11) 3:29.69
Cydney Ross (JR)
(12) 55.32 - 4:25.00
Devotia Moore (SR)
(11) 2:08.05 - 6:33.04
Juliet Bottorff (SO)
(11) 4:50.24 - 11:23.27
 
 12 Connecticut 11:28.43         Leah Andrianos (SR)
(9) 3:26.01
Celina Emerson (FR)
(9) 54.38 - 4:20.39
Brigitte Mania (SO)
(10) 2:09.06 - 6:29.44
Heather Wilson (JR)
(12) 4:58.99 - 11:28.43

 

 

Men's DMR: Miles Batty Holds Off Incredible 3:53 Anchor From Andy Bayer

Leonard Korir started the men's distance finals off with a stellar performance in the men's 5,000m, and that excellence continued in the men's DMR final.

Arizona's Abdi Hassan opened up with a 2:56.58 split to put Arizona in the lead as he was followed by BYU's Bryan Weirich. After the 400m leg, Stanford would move up from 5th to first thanks to Amaechi Morton's 46.29 split. The real fireworks, however, were going on behind him, as Alabama used James Kirani's 44.9 split to go from 12th to 7th. A strong 1:47.92 split by 'Bama's Fred Samoei moved them up to 3rd going into the anchor (Emmanual Bor), as BYU with Miles Batty on the anchor and Arizona with Lawi Lalang were just a few steps in front. There was a little gap to fourth in Stanford and the rest of the teams behind them. The famed (and marginally favored) Oregon Ducks with Matt Centrowitz Jr. on the anchor were in 6th (1.3 seconds behind the lead) and Indiana with Andy Bayer was nearly 2 seconds behind Oregon in 9th, but only 3.3 seconds behind the leaders.

Centro Jr. lost his shoe on the first turn and Oregon's chances were done, as Centro had to stop and put it back on. The front 3 teams maintained their lead over the field for much of the final leg, but the teams behind them were closing. Indiana's Andy Bayer, who started in 9th, didn't stop closing the gap. He was the first to bridge the gap to the front three and when the pace quickened, Alabama's Bor got dropped (he would go down on the final lap and not finish). At the bell everyone was single file with Miles Batty in the lead, followed by Bayer now in second with Lalang in 3rd and Minnesota and Ben Blankenship in 4th. Bayer dug deep and stayed right behind Batty on the final lap. Could he pass Batty? No. Down the finishing stretch, it was clear Bayer didn't have the final gear and Batty brought home BYU the DMR crown. Bayer faded a bit the final meters and Blankenship nearly caught him, but Bayer finished second. His stunning 3:53.29 split had brought Indiana from out of the scoring (9th) to second. What a run.

Blankenship himself had split a stellar 3:54.61 and those two will square off Saturday in the 3,000m final. Notre Dame sophomore Jeremy Rae split 3:55.8 to pass Arizona's Lalang, who faded from 2nd to 5th on the anchor leg with a 3:56.96. Yes, ladies and gentleman, he ran 3:56.96 and his team lost 3 places. Surely that must be the end of all the heroics, right? Nope. New Mexico's David Bishop split 3:54.32 (2nd fastest split) to bring the Lobos home in 6th. Three guys split sub-3:55 and that didn't even include the winning team or Matt Centrowitz Jr. Hopefully this sickness continues tomorrow in the 3k, mile, and 800m finals.

On The Boards: Sick Men's DMR - But Will There Be A DQ?

Results and video of the final lap of the women's DMR below. *We can only display this video for 48 hours, so if you don't see it that is why.


1 BYU 9:29.28   10    Brian Weirich (SR)
(2) 2:57.28
Chris Carter (JR)
(4) 47.83 - 3:45.10
Justin Hedin (JR)
(1) 1:48.05 - 5:33.14
Miles Batty (JR)
(1) 3:56.14 - 9:29.28
 
 2 Indiana 9:29.65       Daniel Stockberger (JR)
(7) 2:58.58
Chris Vaughn (JR)
(9) 47.78 - 3:46.35
Joseph Holahan (SO)
(9) 1:50.01 - 5:36.36
Andrew Bayer (SO)
(2) 3:53.29 - 9:29.65
 
 3 Minnesota 9:29.70       Nick Hutton (SO)
(8) 2:58.64
Harun Abda (SO)
(6) 46.80 - 3:45.44
Travis Burkstrand (SO)
(7) 1:49.66 - 5:35.09
Ben Blankenship (JR)
(3) 3:54.61 - 9:29.70
 
 4 Notre Dame 9:30.16       Johnathan Shawel (JR)
(9) 2:58.82
Patrick Feeney (FR)
(11) 47.74 - 3:46.55
Jack Howard (SR)
(5) 1:47.79 - 5:34.34
Jeremy Rae (SO)
(4) 3:55.82 - 9:30.16
 
 5 Arizona 9:30.33       Abdi Hassan (JR)
(1) 2:56.58
Sean Delfani (FR)
(3) 48.47 - 3:45.05
James Eichberger (SO)
(2) 1:48.33 - 5:33.37
Lawi Lalang (FR)
(5) 3:56.96 - 9:30.33
 
 6 New Mexico 9:31.50       Sam Evans (SO)
(3) 2:57.37
Richard York (SO)
(8) 48.34 - 3:45.71
Gabe Aragon (FR)
(10) 1:51.47 - 5:37.18
David Bishop (SR)
(6) 3:54.32 - 9:31.50
 
 7 Villanova 9:34.39       Brian Tetreault (SR)
(4) 2:57.60
Carlton Bowers (SO)
(5) 47.74 - 3:45.34
Jason Apwah (SR)
(8) 1:49.76 - 5:35.10
Mathew Mildenhall (SO)
(7) 3:59.30 - 9:34.39
 
 8 Stanford 9:35.02       Andrew Berberick (SO)
(5) 2:57.64
Amaechi Morton (JR)
(1) 46.29 - 3:43.92
Dylan Ferris (JR)
(4) 1:50.34 - 5:34.26
John Sullivan (SR)
(8) 4:00.76 - 9:35.02
 
 9 Air Force 9:42.59         Tyler Stanley (SR)
(11) 2:59.30
Anthony Delgado (SO)
(12) 48.16 - 3:47.46
Nick White (JR)
(11) 1:51.38 - 5:38.84
Justin Tyner (SR)
(9) 4:03.75 - 9:42.59
 
 10 Oregon 9:48.00         Mac Fleet (SO)
(6) 2:57.90
Mike Berry (FR)
(2) 46.62 - 3:44.52
Boru Guyota (FR)
(6) 1:49.93 - 5:34.44
Matthew Centrowitz (JR)
(10) 4:13.56 - 9.8:00.00
 
 11 Arkansas 9:52.48         Bryan Cantero (FR)
(10) 2:59.06
Travis Southard (SO)
(10) 47.42 - 3:46.48
Chris Bilbrew (SR)
(12) 1:55.25 - 5:41.73
Duncan Phillips (JR)
(11) 4:10.76 - 9:52.48
 
 DNF Alabama           Joel Rop (SR)
(12) 3:00.73
Kirani James (SO)
(7) 44.94 - 3:45.66
Fred Samoei (SR)
(3) 1:47.92 - 5:33.58
Emmanuel Bor (SR)


*LRC Day 1 NCAA Coverage: *5,000m Recaps: Unheralded Leonard Korir Storms To NCAA Record, Jackie Areson Impresses, Mia Behm Surprises Everyone
*NCAA Day 1: DMR: Villanova's Reid Outkicks Oregon's Hasay, BYU's Miles Batty Holds Off Incredible 3:53 Anchor From Andy Bayer (video of last laps)
*Recap Of Mile Heats From Day 1 Of 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
*Recap Of 800 Heats From Day 1 Of 2011 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

*Day 1 Photos

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