LetsRun.com's Recap Of The Men's Distance Action At The 2012 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
One Of The Most Exciting Men's 5,000s We've Ever Seen; Alan Webb Doubles; And Chris Derrick And Cam Levins Battle It Out With Sam Chalanga
April 30, 2012
What a night of great men's distance action.
A much-improved Alan Webb came through with a very encouraging double, the American collegiate record in the men's 10,000 fell, and all of that was overshadowed by one of the most exciting 5,000s we've ever seen in our lives.
Where to begin?
How about with Alan Webb? We guess we'll start with him because the only fair way is to recap things in chronological order (saving the steeple for last).
Is Alan Webb Back (Or At Least On His Way Back)?
Written off for dead by many running aficionados just over three weeks ago when he ran a 1:54/3:54 double at the Florida Relays on April 6th, Alan Webb didn't give up on himself and was vastly improved just a week later on April 14th when he ran a 3:43/14:15 double at George Mason.
Well, if Webb can improve that much in one week, we imagine some of you were wondering, "How much can he improve in two weeks?" The answer? A ton.
On Sunday, in the span of 40 minutes, Alan Webb ran a 3:38.86/13:49.70 double (the 5,000 was scheduled to start 23 minutes after the 1,500 ended). Making the feat more impressive than the short rest was the fact that at Stanford in the 5,000, Webb started the race simply as the rabbit but he felt good at halfway and fell back to the middle of the pack and finished it and ran 25+ seconds faster than he did two weeks ago at George Mason, where he was towed along in the 5,000 until a mile to go.
We recap all of the big men's races below, starting with the most exciting race of the night - section one of the men's 5,000 (Webb was in section 2).
Men's 1,500: Alan Webb Finishes 3rd-To-Last & Many Rejoice
The rabbit Matt Scherer got things going fast from the start and Alan Webb aggressively was the one to get right behind him. At 400, Webb was in 2nd place (56-high according to the announcers), but he'd soon start to fade. With 400 remaining (2:39 for the leaders), Webb was 2nd-to-last in the large 13-person field. At the finish, Webb was third to last.
A disaster, right?
Not so fast, as 12 of the 13 guys in the race broke 3:40, including Webb, who improved his seasonal best by 4.42 seconds from 16 days ago as he went from 3:43.28 to 3:38.86 tonight.
Up front, there was one dominant performer as Britain's Andy Baddeley crushed the field and dipped under the Olympic A standard of 3:35.50 as he ran 3:35.19 to get the win with his fastest time since 2010.
The runner-up, Norway's Henrik Ingebrigtsen, was very happy in defeat as the 21-year-old set a new Norwegian record of 3:36.39, a huge improvement of his PR of 3:38.61, which was Norway's junior record. The record he broke was almost 36 years old, as Lars Martin Kaupang ran 3:37.4 back on June 30th, 1976.
Kiwi Zane Robertson, one of the twins who raised eyebrows when he chose to move to Africa to train instead of coming to college in America, found that a trip to America was just what he needed, as he got a big PR to finish third in 3:36.53. His previous 1,500 best of 3:39.39 came en route in his 3:56.13 mile last week at Mt. SAC.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang set a new collegiate leader in fourth at 3:36.77. NCAA indoor mile champ Chris O'Hare of Tulsa, whose PR was just 3:40.62 (coming during his 3:56.63 indoor mile at Millrose), ran 3:37.95 for 7th.
Event 8 Men 1500 Meter Run Section 1 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Andy Baddeley New Balance 3:35.19 2 Henrik Ingebrigtsen Aam 3:36.39 3 Zane Robertson Unattached 3:36.53 4 Lawi Lalang Arizona 3:36.77 5 John Bolas Melbourne Tr 3:37.31 6 Craig Miller Melbourne Tr 3:37.48 7 David Bishop Unattached 3:37.51 8 Jeff See Saucony 3:37.60 9 Chris O'Hare Tulsa 3:37.95 10 Taylor Milne Speed River Tfc 3:38.07 11 Alan Webb Nike 3:38.86 12 Geoff Martinson Prince George T&F 3:39.67 13 Jeremy Roff Nswis Sydney 3:40.73 -- Matt Scherer Unattached DNF
A 56-second last lap gave Ohio State's Cory Leslie a brief collegiate leader.
Event 9 Men 1500 Meter Run Section 2 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Cory Leslie Ohio State 3:39.00 2 Michael Hammond Virginia Tech 3:39.22 3 Liam Boylan-Pett New Jersey-N 3:39.65 4 Stephen Pifer Otc 3:39.97 5 Kristopher Gauson Unattached 3:40.16 6 Reed Connor Wisconsin 3:40.46 7 Tyler Stutzman Stanford 3:40.53 8 Andrew Graham Adams State 3:40.95 9 Rob Finnerty Wisconsin 3:41.07 10 Jermaine Mays Great Britain 3:41.57 11 Michael Atchoo Stanford 3:42.36 12 Pablo Solares Nike/Mexico 3:48.35 -- ryan witt VT Elite DNF
Wisconsin's Austin Mudd unleashed a ferocious kick over the last 150 meters to dominate in 3:40.87.
Event 10 Men 1500 Meter Run Section 3 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Austin Mudd Wisconsin 3:40.87 2 Elliott Heath Unattached 3:41.55 3 Billy Nelson New Balance 3:41.57 4 Ross Proudfoot Speed River Tfc 3:41.86 5 Ryan McNiff Adidas Team Green 3:42.19 6 Chris Walizer Virginia Tech 3:42.61 7 Darren McBrearty Dcu/Letterkenny AC 3:42.92 8 David Forrester Florida State 3:44.67 9 Jordan Chipangama Northern Arizona 3:45.43 10 Carlos Jamieson Cptc New Balance 3:46.19 11 Adam Cotton Harvard 3:47.52 -- Danny Buechel Wisconsin DNF -- Andrew Berberick Stanford DNF
5,000: One Of The Funnest Races We've Ever Watched In Our Lives - Don't Worry; We Won't Spoil It For You
If you didn't watch this race live, you have watch one of the greatest races we've ever seen. If you haven't seen it, please watch it below. We haven't mentioned what happens in the race as we don't want to kill the suspense for you. Just don't scroll down too far, as we tell you what happens below the video.
Evan Jager did a nice job of rabbitting the field through 1,600 in 4:15.6 and 3,200 in 8:32. After he stopped towing the field along, Brit Chris Thompson took over the duties. With 1,300 meters to go, American Matt Tegenkamp went to the lead but with 3 laps to go (10:10), the real racing began as the third-to-last lap was covered in 61. Things would only get faster to the finish, as on the backstretch of the next lap, Americans Lopez Lomong and David Torrence, who before tonight were known primarily as milers (Torrence had a 13:55 road PR and Lomong a 14:04 PR from the road as well) really started hammering on the backstretch. Suddenly the lead field was obliterated as Lomong and Torrence started showing some of their 1:45 800 speed. Coming off the turn, the speed of Lomong was mind-boggling.
As he approached the homestretch, we thought to ourselves, "Oh my god. He thinks he's fiinishing. There is no way he can keep up this full sprint for another lap."
Lomong went through the finish line in 12:05 - meaning he'd run a 54 - and he pumped his fist in celebration. Everyone in attendance - spectators, commentators and photographers - started screaming at Lomong, trying to tell him he had one more lap to go. After a few painful seconds, Lomong hopped back in and started running again. He was going so fast on the final 200 of his next-to-last lap that when he hit 200 to go on his ACTUAL final lap, he'd still run the 400 meters from 600 to 200 out in 59 seconds even after stopping for several seconds, and his lead was so big he still managed to hold off everyone in the field thanks to a 66 final lap.
Now that was certainly the most impressive and unbelievably exciting 13:11.63 that we've ever seen.
"Oh my god. When someone said you got one more lap to go, I thought, 'No way," said Lomong. "(When I hopped back in) I couldn't kick the way I wanted to kick. (But) I'm excited."
When asked if he'd run the 1,500 or 5,000 at the US trials, Lomong answered coyly: "Everything is on the table right now."
Behind Lomong, the top seven all got the "A" standard of 13:20, including Americans Matt Tegenkamp (13:15.00), Andrew Bumbalough (13:16.26) and David Torrence (13:16.53). Even though Torrence kicked on the backstretch with Lomong with a lap and half to go, he said he didn't miscount the number of laps but was just trying to win the race and match Lomong's move.
"I didn't really miscount. I just kind of misjudged the effort. (Lomong) made a hard move (and) I thought I can go with it," said Torrence. "Lopez to his credit, I can't believe he held on for the win."
Coming into the race, only four Americans had the "A" standard. Bernard Lagat (12:53.60), Galen Rupp (13:06.86), Matt Tegenkamp (13:14.75) and Chris Derrick (13:19.58).
People coming up short of the "A" standard included 2008 Olympic silver medallist at 1,500, Nick Willis, who ran 13:29.56 for 10th.
Event 18 Men 5000 Meter Run Section 1 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Lopez Lomong Nike Otc 13:11.63 2 Kevin Chelimo Otc 13:14.57 3 Matt Tegenkamp Nike Otc 13:15.00 4 Chris Thompson Otc 13:15.21 5 Thomas Farrell Unattached 13:15.31 6 Andrew Bumbalough Nike Otc 13:16.26 7 David Torrence Nike 13:16.53 8 Paul Chelimo Unc-Greensboro 13:21.89 9 Garrett Heath Saucony 13:27.07 10 Nick Willis Reebok 13:29.56 11 Ryan Hill North Carolina St. 13:33.23 12 Mitch Goose Iona 13:34.41 13 Jordan McNamara Otc 13:34.64 14 Sindre Buraas Aam 13:34.72 15 Yosef Ghebray Unattached 13:35.29 16 Ian Dobson Otc 13:35.82 17 Mark Christie Ireland 13:37.32 18 Chris Barnicle New Balance 13:42.46 19 Jeroen D'Hoedt Golazo Sports 13:42.72 20 Aldo Vega Unattached 13:45.85 21 Brenton Rowe Unattached 14:08.70 22 Ross Millington Unattached 14:11.75 23 Kyle Boorsma Speed River Tfc 14:13.93 -- Reed Connor Wisconsin DNF -- Evan Jager Nike Otc DNF -- Jake Robertson Unattached DNF -- José Mauricio González G Colombia DNF
Section 2: Alan Webb Rabbits & Then Races
Jake Hurysz is going to be a great addition to Mark Wetmore's Colorado program in the near future. The NC transfer, who is sitting out this spring, just exploded over the final 200 to get the win in 13:38.59, but the story here was how Alan Webb stayed in the race after towing the field through halfway.
The rabbit-turned-racer closed his last 800 in about 2:09 to run 13:49.70.
Event 19 Men 5000 Meter Run Section 2 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Jake Hurysz Unattached 13:38.59 2 Kevin Williams Oklahoma 13:39.87 3 Kenyon Neuman Nike 13:40.38 4 William Mulherin Virginia Tech 13:41.06 5 Breandan O'Neill Florida State 13:41.56 6 Elliot Krause Wisconsin 13:42.38 7 matthew tebo Boulder Track Club 13:43.05 8 Brendan Gregg Stanford 13:46.49 9 Kirubel Erassa Oklahoma State 13:47.26 10 Ben Cheruiyot Eastern Kentucky 13:47.62 11 Michael Fout Florida State 13:47.76 12 Jonathan Peterson UC Davis 13:48.43 13 Daniel Chenoweth Wisconsin 13:49.41 14 Andrew Colley North Carolina St. 13:49.61 15 Alan Webb Nike 13:49.70 16 Ryan Collins Wisconsin 13:50.62 17 Miles Unterreiner Stanford 13:50.90 18 Matt Bond Adams State 13:51.03 19 Diego Alberto Borrego Mexico 13:53.73 20 Ryouhei Kawakami Kanebo 13:54.91 21 Nicholas Kipruto New Mexico 13:59.56 22 Jonathan Hay Nike 13:59.97 23 Kevin Castille John's Run/W 14:00.09 24 Lex Williams Unattached 14:24.00 25 Steve Murdock adidas/Movin Shoes 14:29.16 -- Chris Rombough Team Usa Minnesota DNF -- Michael Coe Unattached DNF -- Giliat Ghebray Transports R DNF
Mens 10,000: Chris Derrick Sets The American Collegiate 10,000 Record & Loses To Another Collegian Not Born In America
The men's 10,000 was hyped as a chase for the Olympic "A" Standard of 27:45.00 and a clash between the two collegians who had recently beaten the seemingly unbeatable Lawi Lalang - Chris Derrick (who beat lalang in a 1,500 three weeks ago) and Cam Levins (who beat him in a 5,000 last week at Mt. SAC).
The race lived up to the to the hype as the first eight across the line all got the Olympic "A" and Derrick and Levins were battling for the lead late.
The race started off right at the Olympic "A" standard pace as Tim Nelson rabbitted the field through 4,800 as the leaders went through 5k in 13:52. Just after 5,000, Sam Chelanga, who set the collegiate record of 27:08.39 in this race in 2010, took the lead as he and Aaron Rono did a lot of the work to keep the pace honest. The pace would stay would right on 27:45 pace through 6,400 (17:45 is 27:45 pace and they hit 6,400 in 27:46). Shortly thereafter, Derrick, who had started off next to last and gone through 5,000 in about 13:55, finally made his appearance known up front when he made a big move to the lead from sixth to first with 7.5 laps to go as the pace dipped under 4:25 for the 5th and 6th 1,600 segments before the race was decided on one last glorious lap.
With 500 meters to go, Chelanga and Derrick were battling side-by-side. After a 63.6 penultimate lap, Chelanga took the lead but on the backstretch it soon became apparent who the victor was going to be.
Southern Utah's Cam Levins!!!
With 250 meters to go, he took the lead and his last 200 was a thing of beauty. A 26-point final 200 and 55 final 400 gave him the victory in 27:27.96. Chelanga ended up second in 27:29.82. Derrick eclipsed Galen Rupp's five-year-old American collegiate record of 27:33.48 by running 27:31.38, proving that our plea from earlier in the year that people should compare Derrick to Rupp was correct.
Despite the new American collegiate record, Derrick sounded far from satisfied in his post-race interview on the flotrack broadcast.
"It's always less good when you lose - especially to someone in college, but I'm pretty stoked and it just shows you what attitude and expectations can do. I saw that (Stephen) Sambu and (Leonard) Korir did it last year (got the "A" standard in the race) so I thought I can do it too," said Derrick.
"Obviously the goal was to run under 27:45 to give me some options for the Trials and such so I'm pleased with that. I felt pretty good in the race."
"I got worried with like 8 laps to go. I was pretty far back and the pace was slowing so I went to the lead and I may have shot my (chances)."
***Stanford is all about hitting the Olympic "A" standard of 27:45. Italy's World Championship 5000m finalist Daniele Meucci already had the standard and was 3rd. Also getting the standard were
former redshirting NAU star and recent American citizen Diego Estrada 27:32.90 (a huge pr, old best 28:40), the University of Wisconsin's and Canada's Mohammed Ahmed (27:34.64), former USATF XC champ Brent Vaughn (27:40.21), and former Dartmouth runner Ben True. Before this race 4 Americans (Galen Rupp, Matt Tegenkamp, Tim Nelson, and Bobby Curtis) had the standard. Now it's 8. The bigger news might be who missed. There aren't many top notch 10,000m races on the track and the ones in Europe are often too fast for guys just trying to hit the standard. Amongst those coming up short were Aaron Braun, Ryan Vail, Bobby Mack, Simon Bairu, Collis Birmingham, Brett Gotcher, David McNeil, Alistair Cragg and Scott Bauhs. Making the Olympics became very difficult for these guys.
1,600 - 4:27
3,200- 8:53 (4:25-6)
4,800 - 13:19 (4:25-6)
5k - 13:52
6,400 - 17:46 (4:26-7)
8,000 - 22:08 (4:21-2)
9,600 - 26:32 (4:24)
55 last lap
Event 21 Men 10000 Meter Run Kim McDonald =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Cameron Levins Southern Utah 27:27.96 2 Sam Chelanga Otc 27:29.82 3 Chris Derrick Stanford 27:31.38 4 Daniele Meucci Unattached 27:32.86 5 Diego Estrada Unattached 27:32.90 6 Mohammed Ahmed Wisconsin 27:34.64 7 Brent Vaughn Nike Otc 27:40.21 8 Ben True Saucony 27:41.17 9 Brian Olinger Reebok 27:50.58 10 Akinobu Murasawa Tokai University 27:50.59 11 Aaron Braun adidas 27:51.01 12 Ryan Vail Brooks 27:51.07 13 Tsuyoshi Ugachi Konica Minolta 27:52.79 14 Bobby Mack Unattached 27:53.52 15 Andy Vernon Melbourne Tr 27:53.65 16 Yuki Sato Nissin Foods 27:57.07 17 Simon Bairu Nike Otc 27:58.05 18 Collis Birmingham Melbourne Tr 28:06.63 19 Aron Rono Unattached 28:06.74 20 David McNeill Unattached 28:09.58 21 Harry Summers Melbourne Tr 28:13.23 22 Stefano LaRosa Italy 28:13.62 23 Luke Puskedra Oregon 28:13.91 24 Kensuke Takezawa S&B 28:15.79 25 Brett Gotcher adidas - McM 28:21.43 26 Robert Cheseret US Army 28:53.51 27 Juan Carlos Romero Mexico 28:54.59 28 Yuki Matsuoka Otsuka Pharm 28:55.90 29 Yusuke Takabayashi Toyotabw 29:12.69 30 Yufu Ikuto Komazawa University 29:21.29 31 Tomoyuki Morita Kanebo 29:25.55 -- Alistair Cragg adidas DNF -- Scott Bauhs Mammoth TC DNF -- Tim Nelson Nike Otc DNF -- Rory Fraser Unattached DNF -- Adrian Blincoe Melbourne Tr DNF
Josh McAdams dropped out in the second-to-last lap and Kyle Alcorn went to the lead in last 100m to get the win. Despite the win, Alcorn wasn't happy with the time as he came up short of the "A" standard of 8:23.10.
"I'm happy with the win but a little disappointed I didn't get the 'A' (standard)," Alcorn told flotrack. "I feel like I'm finally ready to break 8:20. I've been in the low 8:20s for years (Alcorn ran his 8:21.46 PR in 2008)."
Event 14 Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Section 1 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Kyle Alcorn Nike 8:26.66 2 Alex Genest Speed River Tfc 8:27.41 3 Donald Cowart Rmr 8:29.05 4 Matt Hughes Unattached 8:31.77 5 Jose Pena venezuela 8:31.97 6 Rob Mullett Saucony 8:32.80 7 Chris Winter Speed River Tfc 8:33.68 8 David Adams Unattached 8:35.59 9 Augustus Maiyo US Army 8:35.98 10 Peter Nowill Melbourne Tr 8:36.92 11 Steve Slattery Unattached 8:38.05 12 Cameron Bean Zap Fitness 8:38.27 13 Kyle Heath Wcap -army 8:41.19 14 mario bazan Unattached 8:41.28 15 Luke Gunn Asics 8:43.05 16 Corey Nowitzke Unattached 8:44.16 17 Luis Ibarra Nike Run LA 8:45.57 18 Aoi Matsumoto Otsuka Pharm 9:01.23 -- Joshua McAdams New Balance Memphis DNF