Thoughts on Ben Brown Invitational last night? Here's my basic review:
Some pretty good racing in several events. There were some great doubles (Jordan Senko- 800 + 1500; Alex Mason, 1500 + 5k), as well as individual performances. (is this the same Alex Mason from Alameda high school in the late '90's, and who i think ran at Long Beach State?) Charles Jock is showing that his endurance is improving. I'm confident he'll be a contender for the win at the Oly Trials 800m this summer. Danny Reid (from Azusa Pacific) came back with a solid 1:50 in the 800, after a few years off. The winner was Brandon Johnson (sorry, but I don't know who that is) with a legit 1:48 and a huge margin of victory. He looked solid.
Men's 5k: strong field in the top 2 sections, as usual. Gotta hand it to those 2 dudes from The Master's (NAIA school near 6 flags magic mountain) who ran about 14:10 or so. Top 4 were really close!
1 Micah Chelimo Alaska Anchorage 14:08.91
2 Lane Werley Unattached 14:10.18
3 Anthony Pizzo The Masters 14:10.64
4 John Gilbertson The Masters 14:11.96
Anyone know what happened to a real masters level runner, Christan Cushing-Murray? He looked good, but i think he dropped out? Didn't see him in the results.
Men's steeple was a little soft in terms of time, but was a good race overall. Several lead changes, a good tumble by some dude, and a fun race to watch!
Womens' 1500 looked good as well. Good to see Kim Ramirez still running strong.
Women's 5k was good, but i expected it to be faster, with a winning time in the 16:40's.
Women's steeple was more stacked than the men's. Alaska Anchorage did well with the top 2 spots.
What are your thoughts?