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Recap of Distance Races from the Final Day of the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships
June 11, 2005
LetsRun.com

Men's 1500
Half the field PR'd to get to the final.  A ton more did it in the final.

Just as he did in the prelims, Colorado's Stefen Pifer took it out hard and the pace was honest from the gun.  Pifer hit 400 in 57.46 and was followed by Arkansas' Adam Perkins as the field was running single file. By 700, Georgetown's Chris Lukezic had moved up to 2nd and by 800 he was tied for the lead with Pifer in 1:56.84.  Lukeciz then proceeded to extend his lead and entered the bell at 2:39.8. With 300 to go (2:54.11 FAT), Lukezic looked like he might run away with things.  Heading into the final 200, however, it was clear the early move and fast pace was tiring Lukezic and many of the other front-runners as a few streaks of lightning were seen coming up.  BYU's Bryan Lindsay could be seen coming up first from way back as Lukezic had a 15 meter lead at one point.  However, coming from even farther back and even with more force was the burnt orange streak of Texas freshman Leonel Manzano. Manzano wended up blowing away Lukezic, who would fade and finish 6th, and the field to win convincingly in 3:37.13 to Lindsay's 3:38.31. American senior Sean Duffy moved up late to grab fourth in 3:38.46 followed by Arkansas' Adam Perkins in 3:38.54. Perkins ended up being the highest placed finisher of all of the people who went with the hot early pace.

We actually timed Manzano's last 400 as we're friends with his coach (Jason Vigilante) and heard he had a good kick. At the time we, didn't think he a shot in hell of winning. We had him at 2:41.18 (so that would be like 2:41.4 FAT) and he finished in 3:37.2 so he closed in roughly 55.8. Pretty good in our books off a fast pace.

The quick early pace resulted in the top 8 all running in the 3:38s. And to think we said to ourselves coming to the meet today "They 1500 is deep but there aren't many guys at the elite level."


Splits, Full Results, and Quotes appear below.
Splits
300 - 43.0 ht (Pifer, Perkins)
400- 57.46 FAT (Pifer, Perkins Hoffman)
700- 1:41.9 (ht) for Pifer followed by Lukezic (1:42.2)
800- 1:56.84 (FAT) with Pifer and Lukezic tied basically.
1100-2:39.77 (ht)(Lukezic, Perkins, Hoffman with Lancashire making move up to 4th at 500 to go). Manzano was 2:41.2 (ht)
1200 - 2:54.11 (FAT) Lukezic

 
We though Lukezic was going to win coming in so we got his splits. 400 - 58.60 (Ht), 700 - 1:42.2 (HT) 800 - 1:56.84 (FAT),  2:39.8 (ht at 1100), 2:54.11 (FAT) at 1200.

Event 5  Men 1500 Meter Run
=======================================================================         
 2 Heats.  Advance top 4 from each heat plus next best 4 times.                 
    American:   3:29.77  8/25/1985   Sydney Maree, Puma                         
College Best:   3:30.56  8/11/1999   Bernard Lagat, Washington State            
   NCAA Meet:   3:35.30  6/6/1981    Sydney Maree, Villanova                    
 Hornet Stad:   3:35.90  7/16/2000   Gabe Jennings, Stanford                    
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
=======================================================================         
Finals                                                                          
  1 Leonel Manzano            FR Texas                  3:37.13   10            
  2 Bryan Lindsay             SR Brigham Young          3:38.31    8            
  3 Sean Duffy                SR American               3:38.46    6            
  4 Adam Perkins              SO Arkansas               3:38.54    5            
  5 Shane Stroup              JR Florida                3:38.57    4            
  6 Chris Lukezic             JR Georgetown             3:38.58    3            
  7 Sean Jefferson            JR Indiana                3:38.91    2            
  8 Tom Lancashire            SO Florida State          3:38.92    1            
  9 Russell Brown             FR Stanford               3:41.72                 
 10 Paul Hoffman              JR Idaho State            3:41.80                 
 11 Josh Spiker               SR Wisconsin              3:42.39                 
 12 Stephen Pifer             SO Colorado               3:47.13                                  

Men's 1500m Quotes
Leonel Manzano,
true freshman, winner of the men's 1500m in 3:37.13.
On his kick over the final 100m: "I still had enough energy to give it a really good kick and I was like 'hey lets go for it'. I felt good and had the support from all the fans and the guys are awesome athletes and competitors and I did well and ended up winning."

Did he plan to make his move that late (making up a lot of ground the last 100m): "Actually I was hoping for the last 200 (to make my move), but I got boxed in really bad and the guys were out in lanes 3 and 4, so it was really difficult for me to do that (go with 200). I said I'll have to wait until the last 100 meters. When I came out of the curve, I was feeling really fatigued, but I still felt I had a pretty good kick in me, so I was like 'lets do it right now before its too late.' So everything went well and I got it."

On whether he plans to keep running this summer: "I'm still a freshman and my body is starting to feel very fatigued. I'm not used to all this mileage we've been doing so I think we're going to call quits for this year and come back next year and see what we can do."

On the prelim where he was only 9th and qualified for the final on time 3:41.27: "I had a freak accident the day right before.  For some reason my knee got really swollen. I don't know what it was. It might have been from the plane flight or being in the car too long. I had to ice it down and make sure I took care of it. So I came into the prelim pretty nervous, I didn't know what to expect. I just wanted to qualify and hopefully run fast.  I improved in the prelim by about a minute and a half (he meant 1.5 seconds) it wasn't the race I wanted to run but I was happy to make it to the final."

Was he surprised at running so fast (3:37): "I knew I had it in me because in the prelim I got boxed in pretty bad and could have run with the other guys, but other than that I knew I could run better than in the prelim."

Bryan Lindsay, BYU 2nd in 3:38.31:
On his race: "It was a good day. I was fortunate to be in the first heat (in the prelim) and it was a kickers race (so I had more left today). All 4 of us in that heat were praying it (the final) would be fast as it would give us the advantage. So I just hung back in the pack and pretty much ran even splits (he says he went out in 59 seconds and was 11th after one lap).  I stuck to my race plan and people came back."

On his thoughts entering the final lap, "With a lap to go, I was in 6th and I was just thinking (Get as many) points for the team, going out as a senior trying to go out as high as I could, maybe to set myself up something to run post collegiately."

Lindsay said technically it was about a 7 second pr for 1500 although he has run 3:59 before.  On whether he was surprised with how fast he ran: "3:38 I am surprised. I thought I could run (3:)40. The school record is 3:38 (Lindsay actually ended up breaking Doug Padilla's old school record 3:38.37 by .06 seconds) so we'll have to go do the math. That's been my dream the whole time at BYU (to get the record). If that's the end result I couldn't end it any better."

Women's 1500
The women's 1500 also produced a slew of PRs.  We wish we knew who was leading the beginning but the announcer was announcing the 400 awards during the first two laps and we were kind of high in the stands.  400 was reached in 69.70 and 700 was reached in 2:00.0, with indoor mile champion Anne Shadle of Nebraska in the lead at this point. Shadle hit 800 in 2:16.03 and never relinquished it.  At 1100 (3:05ish) it was Shadle and then Johanna Nilsson of NAU and Erin Donohue of UNC.  Shadle hit 1200 in 3:33.19. At this point, the senior Donohue made a big move up from third and it was clear she would be the only one to challenge Shadle for the win. Donohue pulled up almost even with Shadle with 200 to go but Shadle had another gear and pulled away for an easy victory - nearly two full seconds up on 2nd placer Nilsson. Donohue's bid for the title ended up costing her a few places in the final standings as she was passed both by Nilsson and Stanford's Arianna Lambie, but Donohue can leave NCAA competition with no regrets - she went for it in her final NCAA race, 4th, a pr, and earning the respect of the crowd isn't too bad of a consolation prize.

Splits, Full Results, and Quotes appear below.
Splits:
300. 51.3 at 300 (women are running 3 wide).
400-69.70.
700-2:00.0 Shandle leads
800- 2:16.03 at 800 with Nilsson in 2nd then Donohue 3rd. Single file. Vashchuck in 4th
1100-3:05. Shandle, Nilsson 2nd
1200- 3:33.19 fat with 300 to go. Then Donohue makes a move. Pulls up on Shadle's side with 200 to go. Falls back with 150.
Finish- Shandle wins convincingly and adds outdoor crown to indoor crown. 4:11.37. Donohue's bid for win cost her as she ended up 4t
h.

Event 25  Women 1500 Meter Run
=======================================================================      
 2 Heats.  Advance top 4 from each heat plus next best 4 times.              
    American:   3:57.12  7/26/1983   Mary Slaney, Athletics West             
College Best:   4:05.81  8/3/1991    Sonja O'Sullivan, Villanova             
   NCAA Meet:   4:06.75  6/14/2004   Tiffany McWilliams, Mississippi St      
 Hornet Stad:   4:01.01  7/16/2000   Regina Jacobs, Nike                     
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points      
=======================================================================      
Finals                                                                       
  1 Anne Shadle               SR Nebraska               4:11.37   10         
  2 Johanna Nilsson           JR Northern Arizona       4:13.36    8         
  3 Arianna Lambie            SO Stanford               4:13.64    6         
  4 Erin Donohue              SR North Carolina         4:14.57    5         
  5 Heidi Magill              FR Brigham Young          4:15.57    4         
  6 Lindsey Gallo             SR Michigan               4:15.83    3         
  7 Iryna Vashchuk            SR Southern California    4:16.15    2         
  8 Shannon Rowbury           JR Duke                   4:17.69    1         
  9 Marina Muncan             JR Villanova              4:19.27              
 10 Kerry Meagher             SR Notre Dame             4:20.02              
 11 Maggie Infeld             FR Georgetown             4:21.97              
 12 Amy Lia                   SO Washington             4:27.89              

Quotes from 4th Placer Erin Donohue of UNC (PR'd in 4:14.57)
LRC: It looked like you were going for the win or nothing out there. Was that the case? "Yeah, pretty much. I thought I was in great shape and was ready to compete and finally get a win at NCAAs. I went for it with about 300 to go but I just didn't have it." 

LRC: So how do you feel about ending  up 4th? "I'm happy that I did go after the win and I ran a pr and that's my highest finish outdoors. I'm just glad that I came out and went for it. It didn't work out today but overall I know I had a great season so I'm proud of that."

Anne Shadle, of Nebraska winner in 4:11.37.
On her win, "It's really cool. All those girls in that race, any one of us could win on any given day. I have so much respect for all those girls. It is great to race with girls who are very genuine and very nice. All of us of course want to do out best but we want to see each other succeed too. That whole group of girls were an amazing group of girls and it was really cool to be able to win with them."

On whether she was worried when Erin Donohue pulled up on her with 200m to go: "Actually, I was. She has a monster kick. She can kick and she's so strong. I just had to keep my form and do what I've done. I had confidence, but I was ready for her (to come up on me) because she has a big kick and is so strong."

Men's 800

Texas Tech's Jonathon Johnson, the defending NCAA champ as well as last year's Olympic Trials champ, took it out hard as expected. Johnson hit 200 in 23.4 and was followed by Nebraska's Dmitrijs Milkevics, Auburn's Sheridan Kirk and 2005 NCAA indoor and USATF champ Kevin Hicks of Florida A&M.  Those 4 would run in that order until 600, passing 400 in 50.12 (FAT) and 600 in 1:17.2.  On the final the turn, Johnson started to fade and Milkevics moved to the lead heading into the homestretch but the race was far from over as Kevin Hicks also started to make a move with about 150 left. Hicks however was unable to catch Milkevic. Milkevics broke Johnson's stadium record with a stellar 1:44.74 to Hicks's huge pr of 1:44.94. Kirk would get a deserved 3rd.

Johnson shut it down in the last 15 meters as it's probably hard to run for 3rd when you won NCAAs and the Olympic Trials last year.


Splits, Full Results, and Quotes appear below.

Splits:
Johnson leads to about 700.
200: 23.4 Johnson, Milkevics, Kirk, Hicks.
400: 50.12 Same order.
600: 1:17.2 Johnson, Milkevics, Kirk, Hicks. Hicks makes move with 150 to go.

 Flash Results, Inc.                                       Hy-Tek's Meet Manager
                          NCAA Division I 2005 Outdoor                          
                           Track & Field Championship                           
                    Sacramento,  CA  - 6/8/2005 to 6/11/2005                    
                              Last Completed Event                              
 
Event 4  Men 800 Meter Run
=======================================================================         
 4 Heats. Advance top 3 from each heat plus next best 4 to semi.                
 Advance top 3 from each semi plus next best 2 times to final.                  
    American:   1:42.60  8/28/1985   Johnny Gray, Santa Monica TC               
College Best:   1:41.77  8/26/1984   Joaquim Cruz, Oregon                       
   NCAA Meet:   1:44.70  6/1/1990    Mark Everett, Florida                      
 Hornet Stad:   1:44.77  7/12/2004   Jonathan Johnson, Texas Tech               
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
=======================================================================         
Finals                                                                          
  1 Dmitrijs Milkevics        SO Nebraska               1:44.74   10            
  2 Kevin Hicks               SO Florida A&M            1:44.94    8            
  3 Sherridan Kirk            SR Auburn                 1:45.43    6            
  4 Jeremy Mims               SR Kansas                 1:45.86    5            
  5 Andrew Ellerton           JR Michigan               1:46.25    4            
  6 Jonathon Johnson          SR Texas Tech             1:46.43    3            
  7 Courtney Jaworski         JR Pennsylvania           1:46.70    2            
  8 Peter Etoot               JR Alabama                1:46.80    1                        

Men's 800m Quotes:
Jonathon Johnson
, pre race favorite, 2004 Olympian, who led most of the way but faded to 6th in 1:46.43.
His general comments on the race, "I knew it was going to happen. I'm a rabbit out there. If nobody ever races you in the 800m down here (in America) you're going to use your energy every time. I'm not mad because I know if I get in an actual race I might go 1:44 low or better. Over here in the America, in the US you see what everybody does, they sit on me."

On his front running tactics, "I just need someone to race with. Everyone wants to see a race. I'm not going to ever change my running style. There was no one out here to race with today so I had to be a rabbit for everyone else." Johnson also said if he hadn't taken it out in 50 point, the field would have sat through a 52.

Kevin Hicks, 2005 USATF indoor and NCAA indoor champion, who ran a huge pr, 1:44.94 for 2nd.
On his race, "It was fun. It was fast. It was ok." 
OK? He just ran a huge pr and broke 1:45, "(Well, it's) Not too much to brag about," said a seriously subdued Hicks.

Come on you have to be excited with a sub 1:45. "No. I guess it sounds good, but I'm not that excited or anything.  I'm just glad the weekend is over. It was a tough week . I just came out here and tried to race the best in collegiate athletics. I had fun."

Whether he'll run USAs: "I don't know if I want to go, not want to go." (His coach when interviewed before this, indicated Hicks would race throughout the summer and hopefully make the Worlds team).

Dmitrijs Milkevics, winner of men's 800m in a pr of 1:44.74.

His general comments on the race, "The race went out how we planned, that Jonathon Johnson is going to take it out as usual."   

Was he surprised with the time, "We planned to run 1:44 this week."

On his goals for the rest of the summer where he plans on racing in Europe and at the World Champs for Latvia:  "We actually planned (1:)45 low this year, so I already achieved that so to stay on that level (is my goal) and that would be great." 

Women's 800
If one looked at just the results of the women's 800, they'd have no idea as to what happened.  Ah the beauties of being a letsrun.com visitor.

The race was fairly honest from the start. 400 was passed in 60.24 with Nebraska freshman Egle Uljas and Cal Poly SLO's Maggie Vessey side by side in 1-2 with Arkansas' Aneita Denton and BYU's Aneta Lemiesz right behind them side-by-side in 3rd and 4th.  By 500, it was clear these 4 were the only players with aspirations on the win.  Half-way down the backstretch at around 550, Lemiesz made a move and took the lead and Denton who had been on her side followed. 600 was supposedly reached in 1:30.4 (we think it was slower but that's what was announced).  On the final turn, the indoor champ Denton took the lead and moved away convincingly from Lemiesz.  It was clear Denton was going to get the win and she did in 2:02.84. The question was who would get 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Coming down the homestretch, Vessey moved up well from 4th to grab 2nd.  About 40 meters from the finish Uljas really started to struggle and about 20 meters from the tape, replays showed she inexplicably cut in on (moving from lane two to lane one) on Lemiesz and both went sprawling to the track.  It appeared to be more of "I'm really tired and don't have a lot of control and don't want to get passed" move rather than anything viscous but she justifiably was DQ'd as she really hurt Lemiesz's finishing place.

Full Results and Quotes appear below.

Event 24  Women 800 Meter Run
=======================================================================      
 4 Heats. Advance top 3 from each heat plus next best 4 to semi.             
 Advance top 3 from each semi plus next best 2 times to final.               
    American:   1:56.40  8/11/1999   Jearl Miles-Clark, Reebok               
College Best:   1:58.33  8/16/1985   Claudette Groenendaal, Oregon           
   NCAA Meet:   1:59.11  6/1/1990    Suzy Favor, Wisconsin                   
 Hornet Stad:   1:58.97  7/23/2000   Hazel Clark, Nike                       
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points      
=======================================================================      
Finals                                                                       
  1 Aneita Denton             SR Arkansas               2:02.84   10         
  2 Maggie Vessey             SR Cal Poly-SLO           2:03.10    8         
  3 Beata Rudzinska           SR Akron                  2:03.14    6         
  4 Katie Erdman              SO Michigan               2:03.86    5         
  5 Mable Kunihira            FR Oral Roberts           2:05.98    4         
  6 Alysia Johnson            FR California             2:06.88    3         
  7 Aneta Lemiesz             SR Brigham Young          2:33.96    2         
 -- Egle Uljas                FR Nebraska                    DQ   Rule 5-5-3a

Women's 800m Quotes:
Aneita Denton, of Arkansas, winner in 2:02.84. On whether she can run under 2:00 and make Worlds, "I can run under two flat. My body hasn't been there before so I need somebody who is used to doing it (sub 2) to run with (so I can get under 2).

On her race and whether she wanted to kick earlier, "I was boxed in the third 200. I wanted to go, but they wouldn't let me. I didn't panic, I just stood there, you know be patient, and then I got a chance to move and I did."

Men's 5,000 (5k)
The men's 5k had by far the most stacked field of any of the men's distance races. So many players.  Among others, you had the Stanford duo of Ian Dobson (#1 on the collegiate list this year at both 5k (13:27) and 10k (27:59)) and Ryan Hall (13:31 this year), the defending champion Robert Cheseret of Arizona (who won the 10k earlier at this meet and the 5k last year and was 2nd in the 10k last year), 3:32 1500 meter runner Nick Willis of Michigan as well as the Wisconsin duo of Chris Solinksy and Matt Tegenkamp. The question heading into the race was would people be able to make the pace hot enough early on to break Cheseret who was doubling back and take the kick out of the miler Willis. Last year, Colorado's Dathan Ritzenhein was unable to drop Cheseret who in turn proceeded to blow Ritz's doors off the last lap.

To the surprise of many LetsRun.com faithful (51.8% picked Willis to win and 17.8% picked Cheseret), the pace indeed proved to be fast enough to break Cheseret and Willis. The pace started fast from the gun. Actually Cheseret was the one doing the leading early on so maybe he thought he too needed to try to break Willis. Cheseret led for the first 1k (2:43.89) before team tactics ended up playing a big roll. The Wisconsin duo of Solinsky and Tegenkamp then took over. Solinksy led through 1600 in 4:19.7 before Tegenkamp carried the field through 2k in 5:24.81. Then it was the Stanford duo that took over. The duo of Ryan Hall and Ian Dobson would alternate leading the rest of the way - literally until the finish.  They hit half-way on 13:29-30 pace and things would only get quicker from there.  Hall had the lead after 6 laps but once he took the lead, he not only kept the pace honest, he pushed the pedal down and mashed it.  The 7th lap was a 63.6 - the race's fastest until the last lap and that lap did some damage as the lead pack splintered.  Cheseret was in 5th - 7 meters or so behind Hall, Dobson, Teg and Solinsky with Colorado's Brett Vaughn and Willis another 7-8 meters behind in 6th and 7th.  Dobson led Hall past 3200 in 8:36-7 and on the 9th lap they dropped their Wisconsin counterparts.  It was also clear to us at this point that Cheseret's hopes of winning were finished.

Nick Willis however lurked in the background - 10-15 meter back.  Would he be able to hang on and come up with a big kick? The lead that Dobson/Hall had on him was not quite large enough that you thought there was no way he'd be able to do it. With 800 left, Willis was 5 seconds back. However, he was unable to make up any ground on the penultimate lap and with 300 to go, it was clear this was going to be an intra-squad scrimmage for the title.

Hall stayed on Dobson's shoulder the entire last lap until he was coming off the final turn.  Then with just over 100 meters to go, in a classic moment, Hall looked back over his shoulder to make sure Willis wasn't coming up.  He then seemed to wait a second or two and started to kick, passed his teammate and got the win.  It seemed to us that Hall thought he had Dobson, he just wanted to see where Willis was.

Splits, Full Results, and Quotes appear below.
Splits
400: 65.1 Cheseret to the lead, followed by Solinsky, Hall, Songok, Dobson. Willis in middle of pack.
800: 2:10.9 Cheseret still leads. 
1k:  2:43.89 Cheseret, Solinksy 
1200 3:15.8 Solinksy to the lead, followed by Cheseret, Hall, Dobson,. All players are in pack but they are running quick.
1600: 4:19.7 Solinksy, Hall, Tegenkamp, Dobson, Cheseret.  Willis is 10 meters back in 10th. Guy in orange falls. 
2k: 5:24.81 Tegenkamp takes lead. Are Wisco boys working together? Roughly 13:25 pace. 
2400: 6:29.4 Hall to lead followed by Dobson, Teg, Solinksy, Cheseret, Arkansas guy, one more and then Willis. 
2800: 7:33.0 Hall, Dobson, Teg and Solinsky are 7 meters up on Cheseret - 7 meters more to Vaughn and Willis. Willis is maybe 15 meters from front. 
3200 836-7 Dobson, Hall, Teg top 3. Solinsky 5 back.  
Dobson, Hall then 10 meters to Teg and 6 meters to Vaughn, Willis and Moran, 10 more to Cheseret.
3600 941.3 Dobson, Hall, 3 meters to Teg, 5 to Solinsky then Vaughn and Willis. Cheseret is done.
4k 1046.68 Hall and Dobson 1-2. Big lead. 15 meters back to Vaughn, Willis and Teg.  
4200 Willis is 5 secs back. Can he do it? 
4400- 11:51. Dobson to lead, he and Hall 1-2. Willis 5 secs back. 
4600 -  12:52.6 (62.3)Willis is coming . Is it too late? Dobson in lead with Hall on shoulder. Willis still 5.2 secs back.
5k - Hall wins it 1322. Hall knew he had it. It was classic. Coming off the final turn while in 2nd, he looks over his shoulder to make sure Willis isn't coming. Then he waits about 20 meters and starts to kick. Thank you very much. Dobson 1322, Willis 1327, Vaughn 1340, Teg 1341, Chesert 1341. Moran 1346, Solinsky 1351. 

Results                                                                          
  1 Ryan Hall                 JR Stanford              13:22.32   10            
  2 Ian Dobson                SR Stanford              13:22.54    8            
  3 Nick Willis               JR Michigan              13:27.54    6            
  4 Brent Vaughn              SO Colorado              13:40.11    5            
  5 Matt Tegenkamp            SR Wisconsin             13:41.07    4            
  6 Robert Cheseret           JR Arizona               13:41.88    3            
  7 Ed Moran                  SR William & Mary        13:46.99    2            
  8 Chris Solinsky            SO Wisconsin             13:51.36    1            
  9 Shadrack Songok           FR Texas A&M-CC          13:54.63                 
 10 Kevin Chelimo             SO Texas Tech            13:59.87                 
 11 Stephen Haas              JR Indiana               14:05.74                 
 12 Eric Logsdon              SR Oregon                14:20.21                 
 13 Chris Emme                SR Stanford              14:29.30                 
 -- Josphat Boit              JR Arkansas                   DNF                 
 -- Simon Ngata               SR Georgia                    DNF                 
 -- Stephen Samoei            SO Texas-El Paso              DNF                                  

Men's 5000m Quotes:
Ryan Hall
, of Stanford,  winner in 13:22.32 just .22 ahead of his teammate Ian Dobson.

His thoughts on the race, "I don't see it as I won, and Ian got second. That was the goal to go1-2. I appreciate it when races go like that. I'm not a big fan of championships style races. We want to all see a good 5k and who can run the fastest 5k. Those guys ran with a lot of heart. In the middle part, I felt really good and was just tucking in. Ian and I wanted to try and keep pressing the pace through 2 miles. Ian was/is great. We were working together."

On whether they were trying to push the pace to tire Cheseret, "Cheseret wanted to make it honest too. Everyone knew with Willis in there we needed to have a gap with 400 to go, otherwise it would  be tough to beat him as he has good footspeed. Everyone had the same race strategy so it made it easier."

On whether he felt good with 100m left when he looked over his shoulder: "I was just seeing how much Ian and I had on Willis. I just wanted to see how hard we were going to have to run, I know we were both really tired. The last 100 meters is just having fun out there and running hard. It's great. We finished together. I couldn't have asked for it any better. "

On his plans for after USAs, "I'd love to find a way to get to Europe and sit in some of those races."  He also said he plans on coming back for his 5th year at Stanford.

Ian Dobson of Stanford, 2nd in 13:22.54, just sort of the World Championship A standard of  13:21.50.

His thoughts on the race, "We won it together. I mean Ryan won, but we wanted to work together and go 1-2. That's how the Kenyans work. I'm happy he won."

On whether he was surprised by the fast time "We figured we'd get the world standard. It was hot. I'm looking to get in a good race where I don't have to do some of the race and it is a little cooler. I think if both Ryan and I get in a good race we can run close to 13:10."

On why he opted to run the super competitive 5000m instead of the 10k where he had the top seed coming in: "I wanted to be in the best race there was. With Willis and Cheseret and the Wisconsin guys I figured it was the better race."

Nick Willis of Michigan 3rd in 13:27.54 a huge pr.

His general comments on the race, "I'm pretty satisfied. You can't complain with a 27 second pr or whatever it was. I really got to thank Brent Vaughn for dragging me through even though I clipped his heels. When you're just short of at the red line you sort of have the tendency not to want to pass people on the bends but when you're following someone (like Vaughn) you sort of have too. I knew it would have been more beneficial to stay behind them (the leaders) because then I could kick more subtly off of it. I probably might have even run faster if I had waited another 100 (to start kicking). I know that sounds ironic but from 400 out I (think) could have really blasted it (instead of 500 where he started to kick). It's more of a mental thing but with 500 out you try and wind it up and you don't have it.  But 13:27 (is pretty good). 3 years ago I never would have dreamed of that."

On whether he thought it was hot, "Not to take anything from the Stanford guys. They ran great, and as a team. But the fact I got third wasn't so much that I was passing a bunch of guys but I think the heat took a lot of toll on the Midwest guys and some of the other guys and they were dropping off rather than me picking it up. I was expecting to see Solinsky and Tegenkamp as huge challengers for me, but I think the heat took its toll on them. One thing I experimented with before the race, that I've only done once before which I did at the world juniors in Jamaica, I jumped in the ice tub for 10 minutes before I warmed up, and then for another 5 minutes after I did my 20 minute jog. So I was actually shivering before the start of the race and I think that really helped me out a lot, as I kept my core temperature down. It was really warm out there. It had to be 75 degrees."

On his thoughts on ending his Michigan career (he's turning professional): "It was a good way to close out my Michigan running and hopefully I left some good impressions. I'm proud of myself. This race mentally I was able to stay in it mentally more. I was able to sing a couple songs to myself. There was never a point in the race where I thought 'Man am I going to give up?' Cause often that creeps into the back of a runner's mind so that was nice to not have that to fight against."  

He said he plans to run miles and maybe one 3000m the rest of the season "That was pretty much the start of my season. It's time to put on the spikes and start running some fast quarters on the track.  Time to get busy. I'm excited".

On Ryan Hall, "I really can't think of a more deserving winner than Ryan Hall, maybe Matt Tegenkamp, both of those guys have never won a championship. Me and Ryan are really good buddies and Dobson won indoors, so it worked out well (that Hall won here). It's a shame they didn't get the A Standard."

And then Nick asked if he looked awkward running the 5k or if he looked like the other guys. A true miler indeed.

Women's 5,000 (5k)
Just like with the women's 10k, we wish all of the male chauvinistic pigs that we know exist out there in track and field circles could have seen the women's 5k.  The two most common things we here about women's running is "It's boring" and "Women don't know how to run tactical."

Well tonight we got a very tactical 5k final. The pace was so slow early on that the fans booed at times.  However, at the end, we heard a fan near us remark, "After such a bad start, that was a fantastic race." It was indeed.

The race started slow. So slow the fans were booing before 200 meters was even over.  The opening 400 was 81.0 and it slowed down from there as one lap was run in 89.8. The first 1600 was run in 5:38.3, led by Michigan's Rebecca Walter who led for the first 6 laps.

Stanford freshman Teresa McWalters, who had been leading since after 6 laps, really started to push the pace on the 8th lap running a 73.8 to hit 3200 in 11:08.4 (2nd 1600 5:30.1). After 2 more 73-74 second laps, the field had been whittled down to 3 contenders in McWalters, Stanford senior Sara Bei and West Virginia senior Megan Metcalfe with 1200 meters remaining (with 4 laps left - 13 women were still in the lead pack).  Notre Dame's Stephanie Madia was five meters back in 4th.

The top 3 stayed close together heading into the last lap when both Bei and Metcalfe passed McWalters almost simultaneously with 300 to go. Bei and Metcalfe ran literally side by side down the back stretch for about 40-50 meters before Bei pulled ahead just before heading into the final turn.  Metcalfe was not broken, however, and she came back on Bei with about 75 meters to go and held on for a thrilling victory - her first NCAA title. Metcalfe's winning time was 16:31.88, meaning she ran her last 1600 in a stellar 4:46 high. Bei would end her collegiate career as runner-up for the 2nd straight year in the 5k in 16:32.42. The freshman McWalters was a deserved third 16:38.44.

Full Results as well as post-race comments by a few key participants as well as a full lap by lap recap appear below

Lap by Lap Recap of Women's 5k
They are jogging for first 150 and being booed. Walter takes the lead and hits 200 in 41ish and gets cheers.
400: 81.0 Walter of Michigan leads. 
800:  82.5 (2:43.5) Walter followed by Carlstrom of American 
1k- 3:25.12 for 1k I think. Pace is still slow 
1200: 85.0 (4:08.5) Walter, then Lucas of NC State, then Madia of Notre Dame. Crowd is getting antsy. 
1600: 89.8 (5:38.3) Yes. an 89.8. The announcer didn't announce it as he doesn't want the crowd to boo.
2400: 87.7 A new leader!! McWalters. They actually are going faster the last 100 meters. Did I mention that everyone is in the lead pack?
2800: 77.6 McWalters.
3k: 10:32.48
3200 73.8, 1108.4. McWalters, Lucas, Metcalfe, Madia. 13 in lead pack. 3 have been dropped.
3600 72.4 (12:20.7) McWalters is pressing it 3 meter lead, Metcalfe is coming up. (3400 likely 11:44.5 ht or 11:44.7)
3800 (Ok I screwed this up and thought it was 4k but the announcer is like getting ready for the 4k split. Not!! It was 3800) -12:57 mid for 3800. McWalters is pressing it 3 meter lead, Metcalfe is 2nd and then Bei. 5 meters to Madia in 4th.
4k- 13:34.7 - 73.0-4 hard to say as we got confused.
4400- 74.5 (1448.3) maybe 73.5
4600- 15:25.1 McWalters, Metcalfe, Bei are battling it out.
5k- Great Finish!! - Bei and Metcalfe pass McWalters with 300 to go. Side by side for 50 meters. Bei takes lead with 210 to go. Metcalfe ain't giving it up. Metcalfe comes back on her with 70 meters to go and wins!!! 66.51 last 400. Metcalfe 1631, Bei 1632, McWalters 1638, Metiever 1643, Madia 1643, Donaldson 1645, Osburn 1646, Lucas 1647.

Women's 5k Full Results

Event 27  Women 5000 Meter Run
=======================================================================      
 2 Heats.  Advance top 6 from each heat plus next best 4 times.              
 One waterfall line.                                                         
    American:   14:45.35  7/21/2000   Regina Jacobs, Nike                    
College Best:   15:07.56  7/4/1985    Cathy Easker, Wisconsin                
   NCAA Meet:   15:24.06  6/14/2004   Lauren Fleshman, Stanford              
 Hornet Stad:   14:45.35  7/21/2000   Regina Jacobs, Nike                    
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points      
=======================================================================      
Finals                                                                       
  1 Megan Metcalfe            SR West Virginia         16:31.88   10         
  2 Sara Bei                  SR Stanford              16:32.42    8         
  3 Teresa McWalters          FR Stanford              16:38.44    6         
  4 Renee Metiever            SR Colorado              16:43.15    5         
  5 Stephanie Madia           JR Notre Dame            16:43.98    4         
  6 Lindsay Donaldson         FR Yale                  16:45.84    3         
  7 Desiraye Osburn           JR Wichita State         16:46.97    2         
  8 Julia Lucas               SO NC State              16:47.04    1         
  9 Lauren Blankenship        SO Samford               16:54.16              
 10 Felicia Guliford          JR Tennessee             16:56.65              
 11 Lauren Christman          JR Santa Barbara         17:03.41              
 12 Cosette Smith             SR Santa Barbara         17:05.99              
 13 Rebecca Walter            SO Michigan              17:07.56              
 14 Kathleen Turchin          SO Tenn-Chat             17:11.34              
 15 Jaime Turilli             JR Illinois              17:14.22              
 16 Keira Carlstrom           JR American              17:17.08              


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