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NCAA Day 4 On Site Coverage
The race was expected to be a dual between Cheseret and Ritzenhein. After a fast opening lap of 65.8, no one wanted to take the lead in the heat of Austin on the hottest day of the championships and the pace slowed on lap 2 and the pack bunched up. Then just over 500 meters into the race there was a fall and one of the runners who fell was the pre race co-favorite Cheseret. Cheseret had been in the pack and by the time he got to his feet he was probably at least 30 meters behind. But Cheseret did not waste his time and immediately tried to get on the pack. He was very fortunate in the fact that the pace was dawdling on this lap as no one wanted to lead and was the slowest lap in the race by a lot (70.8). Cheseret ran 30.9 for the next 200m to get back on the pack less than 300 meters after he fell. He had a slight limp at first but by another lap, his limp was gone and he was right up front with Ritzenhein who had taken the lead at the end of the 2nd lap (we're unsure if he knew about Cheseret going down or not)
By the halfway mark, it was a 3 man race with Ritzenhein still in front with Cheseret and Stanford's Louis Luchini on his heels. By lap 9, Luchini had fallen off and was caught by Wisconsin's Matt Tegenkamp who would finish 3rd.
Ritz and Cheseret had been through 1600m in 4:30 and 3200 in 8:57, but Ritz slowly began upping the tempo the final kilometer. His 11th lap was 65.8 and the race was on with 600 meters to go. Ritz really increased the pressure the next 200m running 31.7 to open a 3-5 meter gap on Cheseret at the bell. Cheseret however had shown with the fall he wasn't going to give up and he battled back the next 200m to be on Ritz's heels with 200m to go as Ritz ran 31.0 that 200m to go. Cheseret struck the final 100m flying by Ritz the final 100m and winning in 13:49 to Ritz's 13:52. Cheseret's final 200m wasn't super fast (31.0) but he had refused to wilt under Ritz's pressure.
Cheseret said after the race, "I fell down and when I got up, everyoone was gone. I had to regorup and I had to spend a lot fo energy to close that gap. I was a litle worried because I didn't feel comfortable after I fell. I'm happy with my time though. (My 2nd place in the 10k) was my motivation because I was expecting to win that race and I came in second. But it gave me motivation in this race."
1 Robert Cheseret SO Arizona 13:49.85 10 2 Dathan Ritzenhein SO Colorado 13:52.13 8 3 Matt Tegenkamp JR Wisconsin 14:11.45 6 4 Louis Luchini SR Stanford 14:16.44 5 5 Kyle King SR Baylor 14:18.38 4 6 Kyle Goklish SR Arizona 14:20.73 3 7 Eric Logsdon JR Oregon 14:22.05 2 8 Steve Sundell SR Columbia 14:23.97 1 9 Chris Powers SR Indiana 14:24.99 10 Seth Hejny SR Stanford 14:26.12 11 Will McComb SR Minnesota 14:33.20 12 Jarrod Shoemaker SR Dartmouth 14:38.48 13 Steven Kocsis JR Tenn-Chat 14:39.87 14 Jacob Gomez SO Stanford 14:40.39 15 Brett Schoolmeester SO Colorado 14:41.71 16 Joep Tigchelaar SR Florida State 14:47.56 17 Andrew Carlson JR Minnesota 14:49.45 18 Bobby Mack FR NC State 14:58.39 19 Benson Chesang SO Kansas 14:59.71 20 Thomas Morgan SR Kentucky 15:03.27 21 Thomas Frazer JR Butler 15:06.74 22 Sam Mwape JR LSU 15:12.64 23 Jeff Hedley JR William & Mary 15:35.93 -- Velibor Radojevic SO Northern Iowa DNF -- Forest Braden SO Boise State DNF -- Chris Solinsky FR Wisconsin DNF -- Jason Woolhouse SR Oklahoma State DQ Rule 5-5-3c
The interesting race was for 2nd and it became a 5 way battle with Molly Huddle of Notre Dame doing most of the leading. She was in a group with Colorado's Renee Metiever, Sara Bei of Stanford, Emmily Chelanga of Iona, and Clara Horowitz of Duke. They had distanced themselves from everyone else with a mile to go.
Molly Huddle tried to distance herself from the pack with under 2 laps to go but Sara Bei got out off the rail and followed her with 600m to go. It was a 2 way battle for 2nd. They stayed glued together with Huddle in front until the final straightaway when Bei passed Huddle with 30 meters to go to get 2nd. It was then Chelenga, Horowitz, and Metivier.
1 Kim Smith SR Providence 15:48.86 10 2 Sara Bei JR Stanford 16:24.90 8 3 Molly Huddle SO Notre Dame 16:25.44 6 4 Emmily Chelanga JR Iona 16:33.97 5 5 Clara Horowitz SO Duke 16:34.44 4 6 Renee Metiever JR Colorado 16:37.60 3 7 Jennifer Kramer SR Boston College 16:40.26 2 8 Erika Schneble SO Vanderbilt 16:46.45 1 9 Renee Gunning JR NC State 16:49.72 10 Michelle Prowse JR Oklahoma State 16:53.77 11 Shannon Wommack SO Tenn-Chat 16:54.22 12 Christy Csorna SR Belmont 16:58.09 13 Amanda Bales SO Missouri 16:59.27 14 Kate Boyles JR Cornell 17:07.56 15 Desiree Leek JR Santa Barbara 17:08.29 16 Ana Rodriguez JR Stephen F. Austin 17:14.65 17 Mary Kinyanjui SR TCU 17:17.58 18 Laura Harmon JR Oregon 17:18.41 19 Sally Meyerhoff SO Duke 17:19.03 20 Cara Kiernan FR Yale 17:20.95 21 Emily Logan SR Pennsylvania 17:26.76 22 Stephanie Madia SO Notre Dame 17:29.44 23 Desiree Davila JR Arizona State 17:31.78 24 Rachael Cuellar JR New Mexico State 17:38.91 25 Heather Lee SR Campbell 17:46.00 26 Ruth Graham FR Brigham Young 18:19.13 -- Julia Lucas FR NC State DNF -- Suzanna Logan SO Brigham Young DNS
1 Jonathan Johnson JR Texas Tech 1:46.39 10 2 Jesse O'Connell SR Georgetown 1:46.79 8 3 Paul Cross FR Tennessee 1:47.18 6 4 Marc Sylvester JR Tennessee 1:47.23 5 5 Andrew Ellerton SO Michigan 1:47.29 4 6 Dmitrijs Milkevics FR Nebraska 1:47.51 3 7 Prince Mumba FR Oral Roberts 1:47.65 2 8 James Hatch JR Arkansas 1:47.78 1 9 Moise Joseph SR Florida 1:49.91
1 Neisha Bernard-Thomas SR LSU 2:02.86 10 2 Kameisha Bennett SR Tennessee 2:03.11 8 3 Alice Schmidt SR North Carolina 2:03.79 6 4 Beata Rudzinska JR Akron 2:04.33 5 5 Nikeya Green SR Wake Forest 2:04.74 4 6 Nicole Petty JR Nevada-Reno 2:05.74 3 7 Carlene Robinson FR Illinois 2:06.19 2 8 Brooke Patterson JR Kentucky 2:06.34 1 9 Aneita Denton JR Arkansas 2:06.41
On the next lap, it became a 3 man race as Smith, Dobson, and Desilets dropped everyone else. Ian Dobson pushed the pace to 73.3 on the 2nd to last lap. But Desilets had been running a very smart race, biding his time letting the others break the wind. And he showed he had a lot left when he burst into the lead on the curve, lengthened his lead on the backstretch and would go on to get the win in 8:42.64. Smith and Dobson were in a close battle for 2nd, but Smith blew by Dobson after the final water jump and defeated him by over 2 seconds over the final 150. 67. for Desilets the final 200m.
Quote from Desilets ďAt the NCAAís, itís all about your place. Your time means nothing. Since last
year, when I got second, all I wanted was to get that first place at NCAAís so
badly. Itís been the goal for a year now. Man, it feels good! I figured (NC
Stateís Andy) Smith would get tired because he had to block the wind the whole
race, and (Ian) Dobson (of Stanford) was kind of wind-blocker, too. I got a nice
close, and my coach kept telling me that. I waited and waited until I could make
Finals 1 Jordan Desilets SR Eastern Michigan 8:42.64 10 2 Andy Smith JR NC State 8:45.84 8 3 Ian Dobson JR Stanford 8:48.12 6 4 Aaron Fisher JR Ohio State 8:49.53 5 5 Steve Zieminski JR Florida 8:53.84 4 6 Jochen Dieckfoss SR Boston University 8:55.02 3 7 Brett Holts JR Oregon 8:57.75 2 8 Matt Adams JR Brigham Young 8:59.11 1 9 Mark Floreani JR Texas 9:03.45 10 Daniel Parker SO Florida 9:04.25 11 Mate Nemeth SR Memphis 9:05.70 12 Brian Olinger JR Ohio State 9:06.60 13 Soeren Lindner SO Southern Methodist 9:15.28 14 Kenneth Richardson SR Weber State 9:21.72
Shook continued to lead in the heat. The outside temperature was 86 degrees but add 60% humidity and the distance runners running in the sun for the first time all week and it was hot on the track. On the 4th of the 7 laps, Nilsson passed Shook but Shook got on her heels. By the end of lap 5 Nilsson opened up a slight lead over Shook. She would stretch the lead on the penultimate lap and had a comortable 15 meter lead at the bell. She extended the lead until the final stretch where Shook had a strong finish but it was too late to even make it interesting as Nilsson won in 9:48, only 5 seconds off her NCAA record. A great run in the heat of Austin. Especially considering how hard they took it out. Their first lap was 80. For reference their 2nd to last lap was only 84.6.
Nilsson's said after the race, "I expected that Brianna (Shook of Toledo) would go out and set a good pace. I just wanted to go with her and then try to pass her with four or five laps to go, which is what I did. The win is nice because Iíve just missed out and lost to two different BYU girls in each of the last two years. I wanted to go out with a win. I didnít have a real strategy, but I just wanted to go with Brianna and maintain a good pace. Iím not a strong kicker, so I knew Iíd have to make my move early.Ē
Finals 1 Ida Nilsson SR Northern Arizona 9:48.29 10 2 Briana Shook SR Toledo 9:49.44 8 3 Michaela Mannova JR Brigham Young 9:56.66 6 4 Kassi Andersen JR Brigham Young 9:58.38 5 5 Ann Gaffigan SR Nebraska 9:59.75 4 6 Julia Budniak SR Southern California 10:14.51 3 7 Amber Ferner JR Purdue 10:15.26 2 8 Victoria Mitchell JR Butler 10:18.34 1 9 Jinny Hanifan SR Northern Arizona 10:26.00 10 Cassie Hunt FR Illinois 10:28.37 11 Audrey Geisler SR Indiana 10:35.98 12 Maureen Scott SO Arkansas 10:46.23 13 Carol Henry JR North Carolina 10:48.23 14 Jennifer Donovan SR Boston College 11:04.41
Heading into the final stretch, Robison still led and the only guy who looked like he might catch him was Mulvaney who was moving up well. He passed Robison about 2/3 of the way down the home stretch for the win by .2 over Robison who held off Sage who finished 3rd. Roughly 53 seconds on the final lap. Mulvaney was actually faster as he was not on the lead at the bell.
Mulvaney got his first outdoor 1500m title after bombing for the Hogs indoors this year. He said, "I just tried to stay relaxed through the race, but it was a tough one today because I didnít feel great. But I knew I had to dig down and get the points for the team. Weíre already in a really good position and obviously, this just put us in a better position to win the national championship."
McWilliams would extend the lead a bit on the
final lap until the final stretch where Clement of Georgetown closed
fairly well on McWilliams as McWilliams really slowed the final
20 meters. But she had the race in the bag as this was a 1500m and
not a mile. Treniere Clement was 2nd, Muncan 3rd, and Gallo 4th.
1 Tiffany McWilliams JR Mississippi State 4:11.59 10 2 Treniere Clement SR Georgetown 4:12.21 8 3 Marina Muncan SO Villanova 4:13.84 6 4 Lindsey Gallo JR Michigan 4:15.33 5 5 Hilary Edmondson SR Wisconsin 4:16.64 4 6 Iryna Vashchuk JR Southern California 4:17.00 3 7 Londa Bevins SR Arkansas 4:17.71 2 8 Marlies Overbeeke SR Virginia Tech 4:20.49 1 9 Kerry Meagher JR Notre Dame 4:21.26 10 Melissa McBain SR UCLA 4:24.13 11 Erin Donohue JR North Carolina 4:34.30 12 Valentina Medina JR Oklahoma State 4:37.43
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