Evan Jager (13:24) and Marielle Hall (15:39) Start Seasons Off With Wins as DII Sydney Gibaduday Beats D1’s Matthew Baxter for Top NCAA Honors

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By LetsRun.com
April 19, 2018

Evan Jager and Marielle Hall of the Bowerman Track Club started off their 2018 outdoor seasons with wins at 5,000 at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University in California.

Jager got the narrow win over Isaac Kimeli of Belgium (2015 European Under 23 Silver medallist) who until today only had a 13:34 PB. Sydney Gidabuday of DII Adams State (NCAA DII Indoor 3k and 5k champ) got the top NCAA honors as he finished ahead of Matthew Baxter of NAU.

This was only Jager’s 3rd race of 2018 (5th at USA Cross, 3:58 indoor mile) as he begins to ramp up for the steeple season and a crack at the 8 minute barrier. Oregon frosh Cooper Teare improved nearly 20 seconds over his 14:06.10 from 3 weeks ago.

In the women’s race, Marielle Hall got the win convincingly over NCAA DII cross country champ Caroline Kurgat.

Results Below

Quick Take: It’s a rust bust don’t read too much into this. We didn’t see the race but message board poster BeeTeeSee wrote, “Jager almost walked down in the last 50m by virtual unknown in a 13:25 race. Shouldn’t be struggling in the last 400m like that. Hope that was just a typical rust buster.” We will just note while Jager did open his 2014 outdoor season with a 13:08 at Stanford (in May), last year he only opened with a 3:43.95 in May and had a great year. We don’t see anything wrong with a 13:24 win. So we’ll side with the rust buster.
Discuss: Jager looked BAD 

Results 5000m Bryan Clay Invite (full results here)
1. Evan Jager – Nike/BowermanTC 13:24.77
2. Isaac Kimeli 13:24.92 Belgium
3. Suguru Osako- Nike Oregon Project 13:29.11
4. Sydney Gidabuday JR – Adams State 13:29.31
5.Robin Hendrix- Unattached 13:29.57
6. Matthew Baxter SR – Northern Arizona 13:31.00
7. Colby Gilbert SR – Washington 13:41.88
8. Cooper Teare FR – Oregon 13:46.46
9.  Joe Hardy SR – Wisconsin 13:46.85
10. Futsum Zienasellassie – Hoka One One / NAZ Elite 13:47.09
11. Tanner Anderson SO – Oregon 13:48.64
12. Simon Debognies – Unattached 13:49.35
13. David Goodman SR – Boulder Track Club13:49.60
14.Blaise Ferro SO – Northern Arizona 13:50.16
16. Gilbert Boit SO – Arkansas 13:50.36
17. Austen Dalquist JR – Arkansas 13:50.87
17.Paul Hogan JR – UMass Lowell 13:56.30
18. Cameron Griffith JR – Arkansas 13:58.6
19. Nick Hauger JR – Portland 14:06.49
20.Kasey Knevelbaard JR – Unattached 14:09.60
21. Alec Baldwin – Boulder Track Club 14:12.12
22. Andrew Ronoh JR – Arkansas 14:14.51
23. Travis Neuman SR – Oregon 14:17.93
24. John Whelan SR – Washington St. 14:48.85
Tyler Day SO – Northern Arizona DNF
Lopez Lomong – Nike/BowermanTC DNF

Place
1. Marielle Hall – Nike/BowermanTC 15:39.42
2. Caroline Kurgat JR – Alaska Anchorage 15:43.95
3. Samantha Nadel SR – Oregon 15:57.48
4. Bridget Lyons – Atlanta Track Club 15:58.28
5. Maya Weigel – Strava TC 15:58.41
6. Gracie Tostenson JR – Boise State 15:58.88
7. Vallery Korir SR – Washington St. 15:59.73
8. Ashleigh Warner SR – BYU 15:59.95
9. Alicia Nelson – Boulder Track Club 16:06.74
10. Emeline Delanis JR – Cal Baptist 16:08.21
11. Rachel King JR – South Dakota St. 16:09.54
12. Carmela Cardama Baez SO – Oregon 16:12.15
13. Jessa Perkinson SR – Southern Oregon 16:13.79
14. Lindsey Brewis JR – Loyola (Ill.) 16:14.16
15. Maddie Cannon JR – BYU 16:22.09
16. Eileen Stressling JR – Azusa Pacific 16:22.81
17. Eilish Flanagan SO – Adams State 16:24.26
18. Kaitlyn Neal SO – Washington 16:24.50
19. Sophie Eckel SO – New Mexico 16:59.22
Alli Cash SR – Oregon DNF
Amy Cragg – Nike/BowermanTC DNF

In heat #2, Helen Guo ran an NCAA leading 16:30.20 according to this tweet:


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