Where Your Dreams Become Reality
Recap of Distance Races from the Final Day of the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships
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.
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
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 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."
Splits, Full Results, and Quotes appear below.
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)
Anne Shadle, of Nebraska winner in 4:11.37.
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."
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:
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.
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).
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."
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:
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."
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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