Men's Steeple: Billy Nelson's Return To Oregon Is Successful
June 25, 2011
*Race Video And Results At Bottom Of Page
Former Oregon Track Club member Billy Nelson, who is now back in Colorado training under collegiate coach Mark Wetmore, made his return to Eugene a successful one as his final last lap overtook Dan Huling for the win. Recap, results and video below.
Derek Scott looked comfortable leading the field through the first four laps, and 2008 Olympian Billy Nelson, 8:13 steepler and last year's champ Daniel Huling, and Ben Bruce were in close pursuit.
Things finally got rolling around 2,000 meters, as Huling, Nelson and 2009 World Champs team member Kyle Alcorn opened up a 10-meter gap on former US champ Josh McAdams and Bruce. McAdams attempted to make a run for to the top three with 600 meters to go.
In the lead, Huling looked very strong. Nelson was five meters back, second place seemingly secure, and the real battle was developing between Alcorn and McAdams for the third and final spot on the World Championships team.
With 200 to go, Huling seemed to falter slightly as Nelson had not given up the hunt. Racing hard, Alcorn and McAdams were also closing hard.
In the last 80 meters, Nelson stormed by Huling on the inside for the win. Huling held on for second and Alcorn surged for third, while McAdams had to settle for fourth.
It was the first major win for Nelson. Although an Olympian while a collegian in 2008, Nelson was only NCAA runner-up to Alcorn.
Nelson already has the Worlds "A" standard (8:23.1), so the guys behind him will go to Europe to chase it so they can go to Worlds with him. If none of them get it, Huling will go to Worlds with the "B" standard along with Nelson.
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