2014 Mt. SAC Highlights: Sweden’s Meraf Bahta Wins 5,000 Over Abbey D’Agostino, Jordan Hasay, Brenda Martinez

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by: April 18, 2014
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Friday night was the main distance night at the 56th Mt. Sac Relays and the most anticipated match-up was the 5000m matchup between current NCAA champ Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth, former NCAA star Jordan Hasay, and Worlds 800m bronze medallist Brenda Martinez.

In the end, the winner was… Meraf Bahta of Sweden in 15:30.37.

Pack extremely bunched up with the slow early pace.

Pack extremely bunched up with the slow early pace.

The race started out very slow with a 78 first lap and didn’t pick up much from there and the pack stayed extremely bunched up with many runners (D’Agostino especially) spending a lot of the race running wide on the outside of lane 1 or even 2 and 3.

Some small lead changes and surges were made throughout, but no decisive moves were made until about 1K to go when Hasay went to the lead and started pushing. She quickly put a gap on the field and D’Agostino was leading the group of runners playing catch-up (although most failed to respond at all).

At the bell Hasay still had the lead as she went through with about 14:23 on the clock. However, D’Agostino blew by her on the backstretch and it looked like she would have it wrapped up. However, she was passed by Mexico’s Brenda Flores on the inside and going down the last straightaway it was clear she was going to beat D’Agostino, but that wasn’t getting her the win as Bahta came from way back to get the victory in the final meters as she won in 15:30.37. We’re not sure of Bahta’s last 400, but it was at least faster than 67-seconds.

Bahta, a 4:05.11 1500m runner born in Eritrea, only had a 5000m pr of 15:56 from way back in 2007. She got her Swedish citizenship this past December and now has more opportunities to travel,  and she took advantage getting the win.

Bahta’s win may have not been a total shocker as she is a 4:05 1500m runner, but Flores of Mexico getting second in 15:30.87 was. Flores was a 4:20/15:53 women prior to today. D’agastino was 3rd, .06 back of Flores.

Jessica O’Connell of Canada who ran at West Virginia in 2011, had a big pr in 4th (15:50 last year) as did NCAA XC runner-up Emma Bates in 5th (previous best 15:52.61 indoors).

Hasay was well beaten on the last lap as she finished 6th in a pr of 15:34.35 (previous best 15:37.39 from 2011). Brenda Martinez coming off a 15:24 road 5 in Carlsbad only ran 15:41 here. Olympc steepler Shalaya Kipp of Colorado ran 15:54.

Results below plus results of the other invitational section.

On the boards: Discuss D’Agostino, Hasay or Martinez?

 Flash Results, Inc. - Contractor License   4/18/2014 - 8:58 PM
                  56th ANNUAL MT. SAC RELAYS                   
           "Where the world's best athletes compete"           
Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, California  - 4/17/2014 to 4/19/2
 
Event 215  Women 5000 Meter Run Invit. Elite
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World Record: W 14:11.15  2008        Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia
American Rec: @ 14:44.76  2010        Molly Huddle, Saucony    
 Meet Record: $ 14:44.80  2007        Shalane Flanagan, Nike   
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Meraf Bahta                  Hälle IF              15:30.37
  2 Brenda Eunice Flores Mun     Mexico-FMAA           15:30.87
  3 Abbey D'Agostino             Dartmouth             15:30.93
  4 Jessica O'Connell            UCAC                  15:33.29
  5 Emma Bates                   Boise State           15:33.42
  6 Jordan Hasay                 Nike Oregon Project   15:34.35
  7 Erin Finn                    Michigan              15:41.35
  8 Brenda Martinez              New Balance           15:41.50
  9 Elinor Kirk                  UAB                   15:42.13
 10 Dominique Scott              Arkansas              15:42.42
 11 Mara Olson                   Butler                15:47.14
 12 Crystal Nelson               Iowa State            15:49.90
 13 Sarah Crouch                 Zap Fitness           15:51.86
 14 Dana Giordano                Dartmouth             15:53.96
 15 Shalaya Kipp                 Colorado              15:54.13
 16 Addie Bracy                  Brooks                15:57.92
 17 Alia Gray                    Brooks / HTS Elite    16:01.29
 18 Kara Lubieniecki             Saucony/HTS Elite     16:03.95
 19 Meghan Peyton                Saucony/Team          16:03.99
 20 Megan Goethals               Washington            16:04.86
 21 Grace Heymsfield             Arkansas              16:05.96
 22 Beth Potter                  Unattached            16:09.98
 23 Kelsey Smith                 U C Los Angeles       16:12.47
 24 Gladys Lucy Tejeda Pucuh     Club Rodolfo Gomez    16:12.85
 25 Alycia Cridebring            UC Davis              16:15.08
 26 Lindsay Flanagan             Washington            16:21.98
 27 Natasha LaBeaud              Brooks                16:22.54
 28 Ellie Keyser                 Boulder Track Club    16:24.77
 29 Ángela Maria Figueroa Pa     Colombia              16:32.25
 -- Betzy Jimenez                Brooks ID                  DNF
 -- Valerie Lehmann              Swiss Athletics            DNF

Men’s 5000: Kennedy Kithuka Rolls

Kithuka Wins

Kithuka Wins

Unlike the women’s race, the men’s 5000 had two rabbits and they took it out at a goo pace right from the gun as they went out in a 63 first 400 which helped to string the pack out early. However, the rabbits didn’t make it far as they were a mile or less in and Kennedy Kithuka was already leading setting a pace of steady 64s and 63s.

Once the rabbits were done, Kithuka put a large gap on the field pretty quickly and that gap only grew as the race went along. Kithuka broke the Texas Tech school record by 14-seconds as he won in a dominating 13:26.98. Not bad, especially considering he ran the majority of the race alone. (This was and outdoor PR for Kithuka who’s previous best was 13:28.61, but he’s run 13:25.38 indoors.

Oregon’s Trevor Dunbar was the best of the rest as he closed hard to take second in 13:32.38.

*Texas Tech Article: Kithuka Obliterates Tech 5k Record at Mt. SAC

Event 115  Men 5000 Meter Run Invit Elite
===============================================================
World Record: W 12:37.35  2004        Kenenisa Bekele, Ethiopa 
American Rec: @ 12:53.60  2011        Bernard Lagat, Nike      
 Meet Record: $ 13:11.37  2007        Juan Barrios, Mexico     
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Kennedy Kithuka              Texas Tech            13:26.98
  2 Trevor Dunbar                Oregon                13:32.38
  3 Luke Caldwell                New Mexico            13:33.28
  4 Liam Adams                   Adidas Australia      13:33.53
  5 Jared Ward                   BYU                   13:34.74
  6 Aron Rono                    WCAP                  13:35.83
  7 Maverick Darling             Kimberly Creations    13:36.10
  8 Tony Okello                  Santa Monica TC       13:36.48
  9 Diego Alberto Borrego Mo     UAZ                   13:36.98
 10 Shadrack Kipchirchir         Oklahoma State        13:37.68
 11 Sean Quigley                 Saucony/ Boulder TC   13:38.81
 12 Reed Connor                  Wisconsin             13:39.34
 13 Riley Masters                Brooks                13:39.47
 14 Christo Landry               Mizuno                13:39.71
 15 Micah Chelimo                Alaska Anchorage      13:41.99
 16 Malcolm Hicks                Nike                  13:43.38
 17 James Leakos                 Harvard               13:44.57
 18 Ryan Herson                  Arizona State         13:44.81
 19 Soufiane Bouchikhi           Eastern Kentucky      13:45.92
 20 Iván Darío González Gonz     Colombia              13:48.06
 21 Tabor Stevens                Adams State           13:49.40
 22 Simon Stutzel                ART Dusseldorf        13:49.41
 23 Sam Stabler                  Lamar                 13:55.16
 24 Stanley Kebenei              Arkansas              13:57.49
 25 David Rooney                 Northern Arizona      14:04.48
 26 Jukka Keskisalo              Team Finland          14:10.96
 27 Joseph Stilin                Zap Fitness           14:11.27
 28 Nicholas Hilton              Team Run Fla          14:12.67
 29 Malachy Schrobilgen          Wisconsin             14:15.08
 30 Tylor Thatcher               BYU                   14:20.47
 31 Jeremy Johnson               Brooks                14:28.59
 -- Taylor Milne                 Speed River                DNF
 -- Tommy Schmitz                Speed Factor               DNF
 -- José Mauricio González G     Colombia                   DNF
 -- Jonathan Grey                Team USA Minnesota         DNF
 -- Robert Allen                 UMass Lowell               DNF

Women’s 1500m: Sara Vaughn Wins in 4:10

Sara Vaughn got the win over Leah Wallace as Kim Conley who ran 4:24 fort the mile indoors was 4th.

Event 209  Women 1500 Meter Run Invit. Elite
================================================================
World Record: W 3:50.46  1993        Yunxia Qu, China           
American Rec: @ 3:57.12  1983        Mary Slaney, Athletics West
 Meet Record: $ 4:04.86  4/19/2013   Brenda Martinez, New Balanc
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Sara Vaughn                  Brooks ID              4:10.05 
  2 Lea Wallace                  Nike                   4:10.25 
  3 Laura Thweatt                Boulder Track Club     4:10.55 
  4 Kim Conley                   New Balance/SRA        4:10.92 
  5 Stephanie Brown              Arkansas               4:11.40 
  6 Josephine Moultrie           Unattached             4:12.33 
  7 Rebecca Tracy                Unattached             4:12.37 
  8 Hillary Holt                 College of Idaho       4:13.13 
  9 Lauren Hagans                Speed River            4:14.02 
 10 Beverly Ramos                Unattached             4:14.69 
 11 Carly Hamilton               Georgia                4:15.62 
 12 Linn Nilsson                 Hälle IF               4:15.94 
 13 Jessica Smith                Valley Royals          4:15.96 
 14 Dana Mecke                   Unattached             4:18.27 
 15 Katie Flood                  Washington             4:18.44 
 16 Amanda Mergaert              Oiselle                4:21.58 
 17 Phoebe Wright                Nike                   4:22.26 
 18 Jamie Cheever                Brooks                 4:23.17 
 19 Josephine Adams              North Texas            4:32.18 
 -- Raquel Lambdin               UC Davis                   DNF

Men’s Steeple: Matt Hughes of Canada

Event 114  Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Invit Elite
===============================================================
World Record: W 7:53.63  2004        Saif Shaheen, Qatar       
American Rec: @ 8:06.81  2012        Evan Jager, Oregon TC     
 Meet Record: $ 8:26.14  2012        Evan Jager, Oregon TC     
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Matt Hughes                  Nike                   8:35.87
  2 Curtis Carr                  BYU                    8:37.54
  3 Taylor Milne                 Speed River            8:39.81
  4 Ole Hesselbjerg              Eastern Kentucky       8:41.17
  5 Stephen Lisgo                Leeds City A           8:41.31
  6 Jared Bassett                Brooks                 8:41.33
  7 Mattias Wolter               Louisville             8:42.20
  8 Blake Theroux                Colorado               8:51.96
  9 Caleb Hoover                 Northern Arizona       8:52.75
 10 Emil Blomberg                UT-Arlington           8:53.86
 11 Ryan Brockerville            Unattached             8:55.31
 12 Alex McGuirk                 Chico State            8:57.10
 13 Danny Thater                 Tulsa                  8:59.36
 -- Alex Genest                  Speed River                DNF
 -- Garrett Baker-Slama          Arizona State              DNF

Women’s Steeple:

Event 214  Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase Invit Elite
===============================================================
World Record: W 8:58.81  2008        Gulnara Galkina, Russia   
American Rec: @ 9:12.50  2009        Jenny Simpson, New Balance
 Meet Record: $ 9:39.94  2007        Korene Hinds, Jamaica     
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals                                                         
  1 Chantelle Groenewoud         Speed River            9:55.94
  2 Amber Schultz                Unattached             9:58.42
  3 Kerry O'Flaherty             Ireland               10:00.27
  4 Kara DeWalt                  Bay Area Track Club   10:00.48
  5 Sarah Benson                 Unattached            10:00.74
  6 Elizabeth Graney             Gazelle Spor          10:02.61
  7 Marisa Howard                Boise State           10:07.17
  8 Maya Rehberg                 Iona                  10:07.61
  9 Maria Bernard                British Columbia      10:08.18
 10 Megan Rolland                Oiselle               10:14.42
 11 Jessica Kamilos              Arkansas              10:15.33
 12 Genevieve Lalonde            Speed River           10:15.83
 13 Andrea Harrison              BYU                   10:16.08
 14 Liberty Miller               Washington            10:21.49
 15 Cinthya Pucar Herrera        Club Rodolfo Gomez    10:37.80
 -- Allix Potratz-Lee            Vandal Track Club          DNF

Men’s 1500:

================================================================
World Record: W 3:26.00  1998        Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco
American Rec: @ 3:29.30  2005        Bernard Lagat, Nike        
 Meet Record: $ 3:35.70  2011        Russell Brown, Nike/Oregon 
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Chad Noelle                  Oklahoma State         3:40.06 
  2 Christopher Gowell           Adidas/RogueAC         3:40.29 
  3 Julian Matthews              Unattached             3:40.33 
  4 Hamish Carson                New Zealand            3:41.12 
  5 Tom Farrell                  Unattached             3:41.43 
  6 John Simons                  Minnesota              3:41.94 
  7 Luc Bruchet                  British Columbia       3:42.02 
  8 Sean Tobin                   Mississippi            3:42.07 
  9 Jake Hurysz                  Colorado               3:42.53 
 10 Zach Dahleen                 Southern Illinois      3:42.55 
 11 Tarik Moukrime               RFC Liege At           3:42.88 
 12 Tommy Schmitz                Speed Factor           3:42.98 
 13 William Nelson               Unattached             3:46.58 
 14 Mack McLain                  BRC/adidas             3:50.70 
 15 Diego Estrada                ASICS                  3:52.36 
 -- Nathan Strum                 UC Davis                   DNF 
 -- Kristopher Gauson            Unattached                 DNF


*Full Mt Sac Results here