Kithuka Puts On A Front Running Show From Start To Finish As D’Agostino Hammers Home The Last Mile Plus
March 8, 2013
Fayetteville, Arkansas – Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth and Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech used vastly different tactics but the results were the same – dominant victories tonight at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor track and field championships .
Kithuka did it from the front from start to the finish. D’Agostino didn’t wait for a kick, either. She took the lead at about the 3350 meter and led the entire last 1650 but didn’t pull clear of last year’s champion, Betsy Saina, until the final 400 meters. But when D’Agostino did get clear, it was suddenly a rout.
The Men’s Race
Kithuka took the lead from the gun. After the race, Kithuka indicated he wanted to hit 1600 in 4:15 and 3200 in 8:30. At 1200 (3:13.40), Kithuka was slightly behind his ambitious schedule. As a result, he accelerated and ran each of the next 400 meters in under 63 seconds as he went 62.57, 62.94, and 62.99 to blow the race open.
When he hit 1600 in 4:16.64, Kithuka already had a 2-3 meter lead on Diego Estrada, the senior from Northern Arizona who ran at the Olympics for Mexico last year. A lap later Kithuka’s lead was 6-7 meters and for all practical purposes, this race was over. Kithuka would hit 3200 in 8:30 as he had planned and at that point he enjoyed his largest lead of the night (5.28 seconds).
To his credit, Estrada never gave up and kept fighting and he’d get as close at 3.84 seconds back with 400 left. With the lead shrinking, Kithuka was looking over his shoulder. Was he in trouble? No.
Afterwards, Kithuka told LRC he was just making sure he was far enough ahead so he wouldn’t have to push hard at the end as he wanted to save something for the 3000 tomorrow. Kithuka said (inteview embedded below) today’s 13:25.38 masterpiece from the front, which just missed the NCAA meet record of that Lawi Lalang set last year at 13:25.11, wasn’t too hard for him.
D’Agostino likewise was full of energy after her victory. She even said she was hoping the race would be faster from the start as she was hoping to potentially get the IAAF ‘A’ standard for the 2013 World Championships of 15:18.00 out of the way. Instead, she merely blew away a 31:15 10,000 runner at the end of a 15:28.11 win – her second straight NCAA 5000 title, as she won outdoors last year.
The stats reveal D’Agostino likely had a sub 15:18 in her as she ran her final 1600 in 4:44.36 (sub 14:50 pace) with a final 400 of 66.81.
D’Agostino took the lead with just over 1600 to go, a half lap after her coach, 1996 Olympic marathoner, Mark Coogan yelled, “Abbey, you’re fine. You’re the best the best miler in the field.” Coogan was factually correct, as D’Agostino ran 4:30.03 in the mile this winter whereas Saina’s mile pb is just 4:40.98 (Hasay’s is second best at 4:33.98)
Once in the lead, Coogan instructed her to “just keep squeezing it down” and that’s exactly what she did. Take a look at her last 8 lap splits – each one faster than the previous.
38.91 (slowest lap of night takes lead near end of lap), 37.11, 36.61, 36.55, 36.53, 35.74, 35.07, 33.92, 32.89. Beutiful execution by D’Agostino.
Early on, the pace was pretty honest from the start as Saina hit 1600 in 4:59 and 3200 in 10:04. By 4k, the field was down to four as the top two finishers were still joined by eventual third placer Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (15:38.00) and fourth placer Jordan Hasay (15:40.30) of Oregon. With 850 to go, Hasay showed signs of life and moved up to third. As the pace squeezed down the final 800m, it soon became a two person battle for the win with 550 remaining.
Results and post-race interviews with Kithuka, Estrada, D’Agostino, Hasay and her Oregon teammate Alexi Pappas, who also scored (6th 15:47.13) and was teammates with D’Agostino last year at Dartmouth before graduating, appear below. There also is an interview with fifth placer Mo Ahmed of Wisconsin. He and his Wisconsin teammate Maverick Darling did a good job of coming off the pace to pick off people to finish fifth (13:41.25) and fourth (13:41.84) respectively as they got by UTEP’s Anthony Rotich, who was fourth at the cross country championships, on the last lap. Oklahoma State’s Girma Mecheso, who was the last person accepted into the meet after he blew up trying to ride the train in the American record attempt in New York last weekend, was a deserved third in 13:40.28.
Quick Take #1: Well deserved victories for D’Agostinto and Kithuka in honest races. Nothing to complain about here.
The victory for D’Agostino was a reversal of what happened in cross country when she finished second and Saina first, but it should be pointed out that D’Agositno was injured mid-season and didn’t race for six weeks in the middle of the season – from Paul Short (9/28/12) to regionals (11/9/12)
Quick Take #2: Who was the top American in the men’s race? Diego Estrada is an American citizen and he was second, but he runs internationally for Mexico. So he’s the first American but the first American by IAAF standards was Mecheso.
Quick Take #3: Post-Race, Jordan Hasay had a bit of a sad look on her face at first as the 2011 NCAA indoor mile and 3000 champ was unable to get NCAA title #3 today, but she really lit up when talking about the team and how she was going to do everything she could for them in the 3000 on Saturday. It should be pointed out that in 2011, Hasay was bested by Sheila Reid on day 1 before turning the tables on her on day 2.
Event 23 Women 5000 M ======================================================================= Final only. Two waterfall start, two turn stagger. (11,5) American: A 14:47.62 2/7/2009 Shalane Flanagan Collegiate: C 15:14.18 3/12/2004 Kim Smith, Providence NCAA Meet: M 15:14.18 3/12/2004 Kim Smith, Providence Facility: F 15:14.18 3/12/2004 Kim Smith, Providence Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Abbey D'Agostino JR Dartmouth 15:28.11 10 2 Betsy Saina SR Iowa State 15:33.66 8 3 Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton SR Wichita State 15:38.00 6 4 Jordan Hasay SR Oregon 15:40.30 5 5 Katie Matthews SR Boston U. 15:42.27 4 6 Alexi Pappas SR Oregon 15:47.13 3 7 Juliet Bottorff JR Duke 15:49.45 2 8 Sara Sutherland SR Texas 15:50.04 1 9 Emily Sisson SO Providence 15:54.73 10 Jennifer Bergman SR Arizona 15:56.35 11 Rachel Sorna JR Cornell 15:59.60 12 Corey Conner SR Maine 16:02.44 13 Gina Valgoi SR Loyola (Ill.) 16:04.90 14 Emma Bates JR Boise State 16:08.56 15 Jessica Tonn JR Stanford 16:10.42 16 Katie Conlon SR Oregon 16:46.53
Flash Results, Inc. - Contractor License NCAA Division 1 2013 Indoor Championship Randal Tyson Track Complex -U of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ar - 3/8/2013 to 3/9/2013 Event 7 Men 5000 M ======================================================================= Final only. Two waterfall start, two turn stagger. (11,5) American: A 13:07.15 2/11/2012 Bernard Lagat Collegiate: C 13:08.28 2/11/2012 Lawi Lalang, Arizona NCAA Meet: M 13:25.11 3/9/2012 Lawi Lalang, Arizona Facility: F 13:17.89 2/13/2009 Bekana Daba, adidas Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Kennedy Kithuka SR Texas Tech 13:25.38 10 2 Diego Estrada SR Northern Arizona 13:30.24 8 3 Girma Mecheso SR Oklahoma State 13:40.28 6 4 Maverick Darling SR Wisconsin 13:41.25 5 5 Mohammed Ahmed JR Wisconsin 13:41.84 4 6 Anthony Rotich SO UTEP 13:43.52 3 7 Stanley Kebenei JR Arkansas 13:45.87 2 8 Luke Caldwell JR New Mexico 13:46.44 1 9 Jared Ward JR BYU 13:54.04 10 Dan Lowry SR Michigan 13:54.41 11 Shadrack Kipchirchir SR Oklahoma State 13:55.00 12 Elliot Krause SR Wisconsin 13:55.31 13 Jeramy Elkaim SO Oregon 14:08.42 14 Bobby Aprill SR Michigan 14:10.96 15 Tylor Thatcher JR BYU 14:12.55 16 Kevin Williams SR Oklahoma 14:33.79
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|Olympian Mark Coogan, Dartmouth Coach|
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