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2005 USATF Day 3 Distance Recap: Dan Lincoln Wins Steeple, Webb Repeats in 1500, Treniere Clement Gets Her First US Title
Alan Webb repeated as US champ by the narrowest of margins over his training partner Chris Lukezic, Treniere Clement got her first US title in the women's 1500m, and Dan Lincoln got his second straight steeplechase title. Recaps and quotes below.
Coming into the bell (3:02.5), Shadle and Clement were still 1-2 and Amy Mortimer, who had a made a big move up from the back the previous 100, was in third but it was still just about anyone's race. At 1200 (3:19.1), six women were in contention for the win. Christine Wurth who had moved up on the inside after 1100 had the lead and was followed by Shandle/Clement who were side by side and then Sara Schwald in 4th and then Mortimer/Jen Toomey were side by side in 5th/6th. The battle intensified as Toomey and Mortimer both moved up and just prior to 200 to go, Toomey took the lead. She was followed by Mortimer and Clement. With 150 to go, those 3 were clear of the others and battling it out for the win. Coming off the final turn, Clement started to move up, and she passed Toomey half-way down the homestretch and held on for a win. Clement's kick was very impressive and in hind-sight it seemed as if she was totally in control the whole time - even when she let Toomey and Mortimer pass her just prior to 200 go and tucked into 3rd. Sarah Schwald made up ground in the last 100 on Mortimer but couldn't get 3rd.
The win represented a nice PR for Clement (she had run 4:08.87 earlier this year for 5th on this track at The Home Depot center in May after running 4:11.11 last year), who is really flourishing this year under the coaching of JJ Clark after running collegiately for Georgetown. Last year after earning runner-up honors at NCAAs for the Hoyas, Clement ran a school record 2:02.35 for 800 in Zurich, but this year she has taken it to another level as she broke 2:00 (1:59.59) earlier in the year and now has her first national title. The win also in our mind is sweet justice and makes up for a travesty at last year's Olympic Trials when Clement appeared to a qualifier for the finals in the 1500 (in a nice PR of 4:09ish) before tripping and being sent sprawling just prior the finish line.
The third place finish for Mortimer was a monstrous PR of nearly 4 seconds (4:07.58 versus 4:11.51) from last year.
The only bad news is that none of the top three have the world championship A standard of 4:05.80 so as of now only Clement is going to worlds.
Quotes and Results below:
Was this race a breakthrough or just a continuation of her improvement: "It's a little of both. It's definitely a breakthrough because I've come down a lot (in time) since last year, but its just another step. I plan on being low 4s, breaking 4s. "
On whether she's done anything different this year in training, "I focused a little more on my 800 this year. I ran 1:59. My strength, we just kept that going, and I knew my 1500 would come down."
On whether she considered running the 800 here, since she has a World Championship qualifying time in that event but not the 1500: "The 1500 has been the goal since day one so we just kept going with that and whatever I start I like to finish."
On whether she thinks she can get the "A" standard (4:05.80) "I'm definitely in shape to get the "A" standard."
On her first national title, of any kind: "It was way overdue for me today. I knew it was coming. Today was definitely the day."
Women 1500 Meter Run Open ================================================================ World: W 3:50.46 9/11/1993 Yunxia Qu, CHN American: A 3:57.12 7/26/1983 Mary Slaney, Athletics West World "A": 4:05.80 World "B": 4:08.20 Name Year Team Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Treniere Clement Nike 4:06.73 2 Jennifer Toomey Nike 4:07.39 3 Amy Mortimer Reebok 4:07.58 4 Sarah Schwald Nike 4:07.88 5 Lindsey Gallo Reebok 4:08.60 6 Christin Wurth Nike 4:08.80 7 Anne Shadle Reebok 4:08.82 8 Jenelle Deatherage Reebok 4:11.02 9 Tiffany McWilliams adidas 4:14.46 10 Erin Donohue North Carolina 4:15.53 11 Arianna Lambie Stanford 4:15.72 12 Bethany Brewster Wisconsin Ru 4:28.41
Men's 1500 Recap:
Dan Wilson led the field through the opening 400m (61.1) followed by 2004 Olympian Charlie Gruber, former US champ Jason Lunn, and Alan Webb in 4th (Lukezic was last). With 800 to go (1:48), Wilson was still in the lead. After 800m in 2:03.9, Charlie Gruber moved to the front followed by Webb. At the bell, Gruber and Webb were still in the front and Rob Myers and Lukezic were stalking behind them. After 3 laps (3:02.1 (58.2)), the field really began to make its mad dash for home. Jon Rankin, the UCLA star moved up well on the backstretch, and got into 2nd with 200m to go (3:15, 27.1 that 200), but would not be a factor after that. Webb would lead coming into the final stretch but Lukezic moved up on him on the outside and they stayed virtually side by side most of the last half of the straightaway with Webb slightly ahead all the way to the finish. Webb would get the narrow win (by .09, they were 2:48 at the bell so his last lap was 54), Lukezic got some redemption after blowing up at NCAAs as the favorite, and Rob Myers got the final spot for the World Championships (Myers and Lukezic need to still hit the qualifying standard (3:36.2)).
Alan Webb, 3:41.97, first place:
On whether he was surprised by Lukezic's (who he trains with a lot) second place finish: "I think he's ready to run. If anyone knows that, I know that. I know what he's capable of. I wasn't the least bit surprised. I knew he was disappointed with the NCAA result, so he was that much more motivated. I couldn't have asked for a better result. 1-2."
On why he clicked his watch during the race, and looked at his splits, "The plan was to try and take off with 800 to go. And if I was going to run on my own I wanted to have a gauge (of how fast he was going). If I was going to run on my own I wanted a little help to see where I was, but it didn't feel right, too much pushing in the beginning threw me off a little bit."
Chris Lukezic, 2nd place:
On moving very close to Webb on the straight but not being able to pass him: "A of that might have been because we train together, and part of that was because I came from the back and had to make up a lot of ground off the turn, and essential had to run in lane 3 the whole last lap. But I don't know I was trying to beat him. I can't complain. He definitely won today. He's definitely the stronger runner today. I'm happy for him. It was great. We train together. For us to go 1-2, I can't think of a better result."
Rob Myers, 3rd place:
1 Alan Webb Nike 3:41.97 2 Christopher Lukezic Georgetown 3:42.06 3 Rob Myers Reebok 3:42.27 4 Scott McGowan New Balance 3:42.59 5 Charlie Gruber Nike 3:42.89 6 Jon Rankin Unattached 3:43.41 7 Jason Lunn Nike 3:44.57 8 Sean Duffy American U. 3:45.24 9 Christopher Estwanik Nike Farm Team 3:46.19 10 Sean Jefferson Indiana 3:47.93 11 Jason Jabaut Nike Farm Team 3:48.49 12 Daniel Wilson Asics 3:55.24
Men's Steeple Recap: Dan Lincoln Gets Steeple Win
2 time Olympian Robert Gary led through an opening lap of 64.75, but soon drop off the pace and drop out, as he has been injured much of the year. Anthony Famiglietti (2002 US Champ and 2004 Olympian) took over the front leading duties at 600m and would lead for most of the remainder of the race.
Fam continued to run predominantly 66 and 67 second splits and the front pack became four, Famiglietti, Daniel Lincoln (2004 US Champion and Olympic finalist), Steve Slattery (2003 US Champ), and Brian Olinger of Ohio State. Olinger would fall back during the second mile and the race was between the winners of the last 3 US championships.
Slattery, who injured his knee on a barrier during Thursday's prelim and said he almost did not start Saturday's final, was the first of the remaining three to drop off the pace, as with 800 meters to go a gap developed . Famiglietti was still pushing the pace with Lincoln on his heels.
Going over the water barrier with 550m to go, Lincoln made his move and powered to the front. By the bell he had opened up a gap on Famiglietti and he would lengthen it and then maintain it to the finish, getting the win in 8:17.27 to Famiglietti's 8:20.49 while Slattery held on for third in 8:25.52. All of the top 3 have the World Championship qualifying standard 8:24.6 (Slattery got the mark last year at the Olympic Trials).
Lincoln said he was injured February through April and started running the last week of April. He had a stress fracture in the tibia. He mostly was in the pool, but then gradually started doing some running, swimming, and biking, but it was a matter of "getting his legs back under him." He called the Prefontaine race a bit "rough". He has a full plate of races (five of them) planned in Europe this summer. He said, "I'm still looking to have a good season here even though I got a late start."
Anthony Famiglietti, 2nd place in 8:20.49
On leading most of the race: "I was so happy Robert Gary took the place. I was like 'I can just sit behind him' and then he dropped off. I knew he was hurt. It was frustrating because I knew I would be stuck in the lead to keep the pace going, and those guys were kicking my heels like crazy.
On not being able to drop Lincoln or stay with him at the end: "It just didn't happen (putting down the hammer). With 3 laps to go, it's a good place to go in the steeplechase, I was going to put the hammer down, and I strung it out, but the hammer wasn't there. With 800 to go, 2 laps, that's easy to do in a workout, and I said I'd put the hammer down and then with a lap to go I'll take off with everything I got. Then, Daniel moved going into the water jump (with 550 to go) and I thought I'd have the wheels to stay with him and outkick him, but I was just flat."
Steve Slattery, 3rd place, saying he almost did not run the race because of a knee injury from the prelims: "I hurt my knee pretty bad (in the prelims) and wasn't able to do anything yesterday. But I have this great ART guy I'm friends with, Justin Whittaker, and he got the inflammation out of my knee so I could actually bend it enough to run. So I was just 'lets see what happens'... (I hurt it by) hitting it on a barrier in the prelims."
1 Daniel Lincoln Nike 8:17.27 2 Anthony Famiglietti adidas 8:20.49 3 Steve Slattery Nike 8:25.52 4 Brian Olinger Ohio State 8:28.44 5 Max King Team XO 8:33.06 6 Andy Smith North Carolina St. 8:36.33 7 Lucas Meyer Yale 8:38.30 8 Joshua McAdams B Y U 8:39.81 9 David Vidal Stanford 8:44.22 10 Jordan Fife Indiana State 8:47.56 11 Tom Burns Indiana 8:47.77 12 Isaiah Festa Wisconsin Ru 9:02.94 -- Robert Gary Reebok DNF -- Aaron Fisher Ohio State DNF
Men's 1500m Recap
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