The 'old man' (well he's at least a year older than me) Mark Carroll won the 3k tonight in Boston at what used to be called the Terrier Classic. Carroll took the lead from Alan Webb with 400 to go and held him off down the stretch to win in 7:46.60.
The race was a good one. There appeared to be a rabbit from Georgetown for maybe 1200 or so. The pace started quickly as Webb ran 62.05 and 2:04.6 before the rabbit slowed a bit by running 32.45 and 32.12 to 1200.
Webb then showed he was here to run fast as he took over and pushed the pace, leaving the rabbitt and the field in the dust, running 30.91 and 30.88 to reach 1600 in 4:11.00 (hand time). Webb had opened up a fairly decent gap on the field - approximately 10 meters or so.
The veteran Carroll, who was making his name on the boards of Boston 10 years ago as an undergrad at Providence, slowly made up the gap by 2k as Webb slowed a bit (31.40, 31.58) but once Carroll came up on Webb, Webb surged and immediately opened up another gap by dropping a 30.42. Webb however slowed a bit over the next 400 by running 31.81 and 32.50 (slowest lap of the night) and with 400 to go, the savvy Carroll took the lead for the first time. It was a lead he'd never relinquish.
Webb stayed on his shoulder but Carroll was able to keep his lead and hold on for the win. A small fist pump at the line revealed Carroll's happiness. Closing 400 for Webb was 29.82 and 28.54.
Webb's 7:47.19 was a pr. Carroll focus may be on the longer distances now as he is preparing fo rhte Boston marathon, but he has run 7:30.36 for 3k, the second fastest time ever by a non-African, only behind Isaac Viciosa's 7:29.34.
In the men's 5k, Fernado Cabada won in solo fashion (13:54.13) and in the women's 5k Cornell' own Kate Boyles won in 16:18.94
Webb is scheduled to run the mile on Saturday versus Dan Wilson who ran 7:54 for a huge improvement over his 8:17.39 opener just two weeks ago.
Photos from Carroll over Webb here
Men's Results here
Women's Results here
yea thanks for that detailed account. also cabada ran very well, i heard something like 13:53. man but webb's time is very good for this early. just imagine if he had things had worked out for him at michigan both he and willis would give the 3k record a shot. that would have been crazy.
Great info Rojo! I wonder what meet next for Webb, I predict he doubles at Usatf XC in two weeks
|Alan Webb fan|
What was Alan's race plan?
If his top goal was to win this race was a big flop.
Alan needs to get some tactics training from a veteran 1500 racer.He is a smart motivated guy who just needs the guiding hand of someone who knows how to race.
Big fan of AW
|The spirit of B|
I talked to Carroll for a couple seconds, he said he felt great during the race, and judging by the way he was laying down on the ground smiling afterwards, I don't doubt it.
He also said that he'll be coming back to the Manchester Road Race soon.
|Proud to be an American|
Thanks guys from letsrun... im a true Fan...
hardly a flop even if his plan was to win....of course his plan was to win, i doubt he went into this race saying i'm going for second...Carrols still one of the best out there.
His tactics could have been better and might have worked against other runners....but Carrols been aruodn a long time and knew what he was doing....he just kept his pace and then let loose at the right time. Nothing Webb did influenced how he ran.