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Day 2 Distance Recap of USATFs: Tim Broe Makes it Three in a Row, Katie McGregor Gets Her First USA Title in Exciting Women's 10k
The men's 5000m and women's 10,000m finals highlighted the distance races of day 2 of the USA champs. Recaps of those races plus the 800m semis and the women's steeple semi below.
Men's 5000m: Tim Broe Shows He's King, Dobson and Hall Break Through
Tim Broe wasted little time in the final, showing he was serious about running fast as he went straight to the lead and led the field through a fast opening lap of 61 point, and 800m in 2:05.6. At 800, he had a five meter lead on the field led by Adam Goucher. Broe hit the 1600m in 4:15.3 and former Stanford runners, Ryan Hall (now with Asics) and Ian Dobson (now with Adidas) were leading the pack in pursuit.
Hall and Dobson would catch up to Broe by 2k (5:20.9). Hall would take the lead and push the pace the next lap (62.) and the halfway mark was reached in roughly 6:38-6:39, which was on pace to hit the World Championship "A" qualifying standard (13:21.5) which Hall and Dobson did not have coming into the race.
By 2800m Hall stepped to the outside of lane 2, hoping someone else would take the lead and Ian Dobson eventually did, as they passed 3k in 7:59.3. The chase pack led by Adam Goucher was 15-20 meters behind and it appeared to be a 3 man race for the win.
Dobson continued to lead through 3200 (8:32.2). At 3600 the pace slackened a bit (65.3) and Hall was back to the lead. 4000m was reached in 10:41.5 (13:21.8 pace) and it appeared that Hall and Dobson would hit the "A" standard if they had any kick left in them.
With 800m to go, Broe began his push for home. Hall tried to stay with him and a slight gap developed between Hall and Dobson. Broe reached 600 to go in 11:43.6 (61.8) and tightened the screws even further running 30 seconds for the next 200, opening a 5 meter gap on Ryan Hall at the bell with another 4 or 5 meters to Dobson. Broe wasn't done yet upping the tempo as he ran 29.6 the next 200, giving him a comfortable cushion with 200m left. Broe nonetheless ran 29 seconds the last 200m to win in a personal best and meet record time of 13:12.76. The battle now was for second and Dobson came up and passed Hall with 200m to go and held off Hall ,who beat him at NCAAs on the final stretch, to finish 2nd in a pb of 13:15.33, while Hall would get 3rd in a pb of 13:16.03.
Jorge Torres would win the very tight dash from the chase pack for 4th, finishing in 13:25.00 to Jonathon Riley's 13:25.04, with Matt Tegenkamp close by in 13:25.36 and Ed Moran of William & Mary in 13.25.87.
With Broe's win he has now won 3 straight USA 5000m titles (despite being injured for most of 2003 and 2004) and has only lost to an American once in 3 years outdoors (last year when he was coming off injury). Broe believes he is in shape to run 13:05 right now which would put him #3 all time in the US. Dobson and Hall, had tremendous breakthrough races on Friday in their professional debuts, and their coach, Andy Gerard could be seen still pumping his hands in the air in exaltation, 3 or 4 minutes after the race. Quotes from the top runners below:
Tim Broe, 3rd Straight 5000m title, in a pr and meet record of 13:12.76
On whether Hall and Dobson helped him out: "(It helped) big time (having them help with the pace). They looked like they kind of came in with a plan to run fast and heck man my hats off to the young talent. They're just not afraid and that's what we need. Those are the kind of guys we need. Those are the kind of guys we need representing us at the World Champs."
On whether he was surprised to pr: "I was ready for it (a pr). I was 100% prepared to run under 13:20. I didn't know how fast I could go on my own, but like I said they (Dobson and Hall) helped out. And you know there was a little bit left in there (in his tank at the end). I was kind of hesitant. That's the fastest I've been through 3k in a 5k and it still isn't that fast so I was a bit hesitant with a mile to go, so I just held back (and didn't push for home until later)...I've known especially for the last month after those couple of good three ks that on my best day I can run 13:05 and after today I'm convinced I can. I've got 7 seconds in me. We were only 7:59 for 3k and ideally I'd like to be 7 seconds faster (at 3k)."
On being healthy at nationals: "This is the first time since 2001 that I've come in 100% prepared (health wise). It takes a lot off stress and pressure off you to come in and know your fit and not have to worry about what's happened in the past (with injuries). I haven't had to take a day off for injury in 18 months. Being in really good shape, I didn't really have to taper for the meet. I definitely sharpened up and got ready for it, but we're still really getting prepared for a month and a half for now"
On his 7:41 3k at the Reebok Grand Prix Meet: "I actually felt really rough there (at the 3k in NY). I was really expecting to run 7:36 to 7:37 and it was just one of those days I wasn't clicking. I think I trained too hard the week before, but to have an off day and run 7:41 against some pretty good guys on a kind of hot, humid day bodes well for the summer."
On his plans for the summer: "go back to Ann Arbor and do some fast stuff. I haven't done anything faster than 60 second pace. Get a 1500 (race) or two in, and a really good 5(k) in, in either Stockholm or London, and then just kind of train and get ready for World Champs 3 weeks out.
Whether his time, a meet record, was good enough for him: "2 more seconds and I would have been top 3 all time (in the US), it kind of irks me"
On his training: "We don't start turning the legs over too early. We do strides throughout the year. But as for hard miles we just started doing that last week. A lot of threshold this year, that builds the base."
"I've come a long with Andy (Gerard his coach at Stanford the last 2 years). This year has been more of a challenge than last for Andy and I. We got along real well last year, (and don't get me wrong) we get along personally great (this year). We've had a little more, not clashing, but I've had more input this year which is great. He listens to it, he's a coach who is not afraid to say let's reconsider and think of something new. So I have a lot of respect for him""
Ryan Hall, 3rd place in a PR of 13:16.03: Hall was proud to introduce his girlfriend Sara Bei, as his new fiancee. Its been a hectic few weeks for Hall as he got his NCAA win 2 weeks ago, saw Sara graduate from college that same weekend, then got engaged last weekend, decided to turn professional the next day, qualified for the World Champs on Friday, and is watching his brother get married tomorrow.
On his decision to turn pro:
On his great race and pushing the pace with a 62.3 lap in the middle: "Sara told me before the race, 'Be Bold'"
Adam Goucher, 8th place in 13:27.65:
Results and lap by lap recaps below (plus women's 10,000m recaps and 800 meter semi recaps)
1 Tim Broe adidas 13:12.76 2 Ian Dobson adidas 13:15.33 3 Ryan Hall Asics 13:16.03 4 Jorge Torres Reebok 13:25.00 5 Jonathon Riley Nike 13:25.04 6 Matt Tegenkamp Nike 13:25.36 7 Edward Moran Unattached 13:25.87 8 Adam Goucher Nike 13:27.65 9 Matthew Gonzales Unattached 13:36.85 10 Chris Solinsky Unattached 13:37.55 11 Stephen Haas Indiana 13:48.27 12 Rod Koborsi Unattached 13:49.10 13 Joshua Rohatinsky Unattached 13:50.11 14 Eric Logsdon Oregon 13:51.10 15 Andrew Carlson Minnesota 13:54.03 16 Kyle King Zap Fitness 13:54.48 17 Neftalem Araia Stanford 14:01.25 18 Ian Connor Nike 14:02.90 19 Tim Nelson Unattached 14:08.40 20 Thomas Morgan Unattached 14:21.79 -- Christopher Emme Stanford DNF -- Bolota Asmerom Nike DNF -- Eric Savoth Nike Farm Team DNF -- Sean Graham Nike Farm Team DNF
Broe wins it 13:12 Meet Record!!! 13:15.33 Dobson. 13:16.03 Hall. Top 3 Get A Standard!! Torres gets 4th. 13:25.00 Riley 13:25.04
Everyone's attention in the women's 10,000m was on Athens Olympic marathon bronze medallist Deena Kastor, who was making her 2005 debut, coming off of a stress reaction. Kastor stayed with lead pack of 4 throughout the race in what was a very competitive women's 10,000m final. Over the final lap, Kastor was not in contention and it was a sprint amongst Katie McGregor, Blake Russell and Jen Rhines for the US title and the World Championship qualifying spots. Katie McGregor, NCAA XC champ in 1988, was strongest over the final 200m as she would pass Russell for her first USATF outdoor title, but Russell would hold on for second and also got the crucial world championship qualifying time. Rhines already had the time, and would finish 3rd, while Kastor would get 4th.
A lead pack of 8 (McGregor, Russell, Rhines, Kastor, Sylvia Mosqueda, Elva Dryer, Laura O'Neill, and American junior record holder Lindsey Scherf) emerged from the field of pretenders on the first lap. The 1600 was in approximately 5:06 and 2k in 6:21 (31:45) so the women were close to the World Championship qualifying pace (31:40). Scherf was in over her head at this pace and was the first to drop. Black Russell continued to do most of the leading as she unlike McGregor, Rhines, Kastor, and Dryer did not have the qualifying standard. 3200 meters were reached in 10:07.3 (5:01 2nd 1600), 4800 in 15:11.9 (5:04.6), and halfway in 15:50, right on pace for the 31:40 "A" standard. Mosqueda dropped off the fast pace by 5k, and the bigger surprise was that around 4 miles (Russell in lead at 20:19 (5:08 for 4th mile)), Elva Dryer, who had the fastest time this year of the runners in the field, was dropped.
Russell would continue to lead the pack of 4 (McGregor, Russell, Kastor, and Rhines) until 1 lap short of 5 miles where Katie McGregor would take over the lead. McGregor continued to lead into the final mile. With 2 laps to go, a gap was starting to form between the top 3 and Olympic medallist Kastor, who clearly was not on top of her game.
With 800m to go, the pack needed a sub 2:28 800m to hit the World Championship qualifying standard which Blake Russell did not have. Russell busted the race open with 600m left, as she began her push for the win and the standard. She led at the bell (74.2 for 400) with McGregor and Rhines still in contention. Russell would lead until the end of the final turn where Katie McGregor would summon up one final surge to pass Russell. McGregor would pull away down the stretch and get the win (31:33.82), while Russell got a much deserved second place (31:35.25) and World Championship qualifying standard while Rhines got a trip to Helsinki in 3rd.
Deena Kastor was a clear 4th (31:45) and Elva Dryer 5th, as five women were at 32:00 or better. Laura O'Neill was rewarded for staying with the lead pack with a pr in 6th, in a supercompetitive women's 10000m.
McGregor's win was some redemption for missing out on the Olympic team in 2004, but after the race she said she'd trade the win for a trip to the Olympics. For quotes from the women's 10,000m click here
1 Katie McGregor Reebok 31:33.82 2 Blake Russell Reebok 31:35.25 3 Jennifer Rhines adidas 31:37.20 4 Deena Kastor Asics 31:45.08 5 Elva Dryer Nike 32:00.91 6 Laura O'Neill Nike 32:15.70 7 Jennifer Crain Wisconsin Ru 33:07.43 8 Turena Johnson Lane Unattached 33:22.69 9 Casey Owens S W Missouri 33:32.51 10 Lindsey Scherf Westchester 33:35.91 11 Nicole Hunt Moving Comfo 33:42.01 12 Melissa Cook Reebok 33:49.77 13 Anne Bersagel Wake Forest 34:20.99 14 Sabrina Monroe Hansons Odp 34:29.51 15 Megan Daly Impala Racing Team 34:40.59 16 Melissa White Hansons Odp 35:37.40 -- Sylvia Mosqueda Nike DNF -- Samia Akbar Unattached DNS -- Kimberly Fitchen-Young Unattached DNS -- Amy Rudolph adidas DNS
Lap by Lap Recap:
Men's 800m Semifinal Recaps:
Women's 800m Semifinal Recaps:
1 Hazel Clark Nike 2:02.47Q 2 Kameisha Bennett Nike 2:03.16Q 3 Sasha Spencer Nike 2:04.72Q 4 Tanya Osbourne L S U 2:04.97q 5 Mishael Bertrand Unattached 2:05.05q 6 Erica Sigmont Arkansas 2:05.53 7 Chloe Jarvis Cal-Berkeley 2:10.12 8 Perry Fields Ehi 2:11.14
1 Alice Schmidt adidas 2:03.96Q 2 Maggie Vessey Unattached 2:04.02Q 3 Jearl Clark New Balance 2:04.42Q 4 Frances Santin Santa Monica 2:05.08q 5 Kristina Bratton Nike 2:06.74 6 Sherron Rhetta South Bay Tr 2:07.84 7 Antoinette Gorham Tennessee 2:08.75 8 Ashley Patten Missouri 2:10.12
Men's 800m Semis:
1 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:47.53Q 2 Christian Smith Kansas St. 1:47.73Q 3 Timothy Dunne New York Ath 1:47.95Q 4 Kevin Hicks Florida A&M 1:48.27Q 5 Zachary Glavash Illinois 1:48.69q 6 Duane Solomon Unattached 1:48.97 7 Elliott Blount Nike Farm Team 1:49.38 8 Courtney Jaworski Unattached 1:50.66 9 Joel Legare Connecticut 1:53.56
1 Jebreh Harris Reebok 1:48.89Q 2 Jeremy Mims Nike 1:48.95Q 3 David Krummenacker adidas 1:48.99Q 4 Derrick Peterson adidas 1:49.08Q 5 Jonathan Johnson Reebok 1:49.34 6 Samuel Burley Asics 1:49.77 7 Joel Williams Unattached 1:50.71 8 Jeffrey Fisher L S U 1:51.50 9 Richard Smith Nike 1:51.69
Women's Steeple Heats:
Dawn Cromer did much of the leading in a slow Heat 2 but the runners knew they didn't have to do much to advance. These preliminaries were really a waste of time but were used to try and prepare the runners for the World Championships where this event will be held for the first time this year, and there will be rounds.
1 Briana Shook Nike 10:07.37Q 2 Carrie Messner Asics 10:11.96Q 3 Natalie Florence Colorado 10:14.81Q 4 Lisa Galaviz Unattached 10:14.87Q 5 Jane Rudkin Kansas City Smoke 10:16.23q 6 Kara June Unattached 10:19.69q 7 Lucinda Hull Adidas Ralei 10:22.90q 8 Kelly Siefker Unattached 10:32.52q 9 Andrea Parker Michigan 10:35.51 Heat 2 1 Rena Chesser B Y U 10:17.81Q 2 Dawn Cromer Unattached 10:23.32Q 3 Elizabeth Jackson Nike 10:24.88Q 4 Cassie King North Carolina 10:25.73Q 5 Ann Gaffigan New Balance 10:26.06q 6 Brianna Dahm Unattached 10:28.87q 7 Lisa Antonelli B Y U 10:38.92 8 Jinny Hanifan Unattached 10:44.96 ================================================================
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