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Day 2 Recap of USATF Indoors
by: LetsRun.com
February 24, 2008

*Day 2 Photos
*LetsRun.com Day 1 Recap: Tegenkamp, Rowbury Get 3k Titles, Wurth-Thomas Dominates Women's 1500

Men's 800: KD and Nick Symmonds Put on an Exciting Duel
Heading into the 2008 AT&T USATF Indoor Championshiops, the men's 800m seemed to be the marquee event on the track as it featured 2 American stars, 2007 US #1 Khadevis Robinson and the up and coming Nick Symmonds, who won the Prefontaine Classic last year.

The battle between Robinson and Symmonds lived up to its pre-race billing.

Karjuan Williams, the former USATF junior champ, had the early pacemaking duties. He led at 200 (25.29) and 400 (52.34) as Robinson and Symmonds were more concerned with one another and content to let Williams open a gap on the field. Symmonds moved up after the first lap to sit behind Robinson, who was in 2nd.

By 600 (1:20:34), Robinson and Symmonds were right on Williams's heels as they and Ryan Brown were clear of the rest of the field. Heading into the final turn, Robinson and Symmonds went by Williams. Symmonds was in a perfect position, sitting on the outside of Robinson's shoulder as they came onto the finishing straight. Robinson smartly drifted wide, pushing Symmonds into lane 3. Symmonds was slowly gaining on him and at the tape the both lunged for the line.

Nick Symmonds and KD Putting on a Show
Nick Symmonds and
KD Putting on a Show
photo by Victor Sailer

And the winner was? It was too close to call.

Robinson got the win by 1/100th of a second, 1:46:95 to 1:46.96. Both runners brought their "A" game as expected (neither had run under 1:48 this year prior to today).

Afterwards, Robinson told ESPN's Lewis Johnson,  "Well Nick came strong. He ran well.  I really wanted it. This is what we needed to do. This is what the US needs to do in middle distance and distance (running). He pushed me all the way. I needed it. This was a great race for the fans."

It definitely was. Honestly, if you can somehow find a video of this race, it's worth watching. You won't find a better track race than this one. Two guys hyped up as the favorites and they both totally lay it on the line and end up separated by .01.

Robinson's quote to Lewis Johnson was accurate but his quote to USATF is likely to create some buzz, "To be honest , I'm a little upset that everyone was sitting on me. I like to lead, but off that pace I thought there might have been a little help. I had to dig from the heart today. My legs were shot on the last lap. I'm happy with the win and the fast time, but sometimes it hurts more to run from the lead. When I lead if someone is going to get by me they will have to hurt themselves trying."

Men 800 Meter Run
================================================================
 Advance 6 to final; heat winners + next 3 fastest
 1 turn stagger
       World: W 1:42.67  3/9/1997    Wilson Kipketer, DEN
    American: A 1:45.00  3/8/1992    Johnny Gray, Santa Monica T
        Meet: M 1:46.60  3/2/2002    Derrick Peterson, adidas
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
================================================================
Finals
  1 Khadevis Robinson            Nike                   1:46.95
  2 Nicholas Symmonds            Oregon TC Elite        1:46.96
  3 Ryan Brown                   Asics                  1:47.99
  4 Karjuan Williams             unattached             1:48.40
  5 James Hatch                  unattached             1:51.92
  6 Frederick Sharpe             unattached             1:53.44
Nicole Teter and Nicole Cook
She's Back!!
photo by Victor Sailer

Women's 800: Nicole Teter is Back

The women's 800 proved to be an entertaining race like the men's. Like the men's, the top performers gave the fans a strong showing.  The race was expected to be a battle between 2008 US #1 Nicole Cook and 2004 US Olympian Nicole Teter, who appears to be back after missing most of 2005 and 2006 with injuries. It ended up being exactly that.

Cook took the lead at the start as Teter got on her shoulder right away. The top two names never would relinquish their top two positions. Cook made things honest, going through the first 200 in 29.63 and 400 in 61.17. As they approached the bell, the pace started to lag just a little and Teter decided it was time to make a move. Teter increased her speed and took the lead just before the 600 meter mark (1:32:32 for Teter) . Cook responded and went after Teter.  Instantly, it was clear that those two were the class of the field as the pack which had stayed in contact up through 600 had a tough time responding and a gap opened up between the pack and Teter and Cook.

It was a two person race. Coming off the final turn, Cook went wide in hopes of coming back on Teter. Early in the home stretch, Cook gained a very small amount on Teter but she never pulled even and then in the final 30 meters, Teter pulled away to get the win in 2:02.65 - the fastest time by an American this year. Cook was 2nd in 2:02.86 as Cornell alum Morgan Uceny moved up on the final lap to pass Tiffany McWilliams to grab 3rd in 2:04.12.

Teter was pleased with her victory. She told Lewis Johnson, "I've never been on a world team (she made the Olympics in 2004 but never Worlds). This is what I really wanted to do (make a world team)... My ultimate goal is to medal (in Beijing) and make the final.

1986 NCAA 1,500 meter champion (yes, that's not a typo) Alisa Harvey ran great for the 2nd straight day. People who thought the 42-year-old might have a tough time running well a second day were wrong as she set a new US Masters record for 800 for the 2nd straight day. 2:05.75 at age 42. Unbelievable.

Women 800 Meter Run
================================================================
 Advance 6 to final; heat winner + next 3 fastest
 1 turn stagger
       World: W 1:55.82  3/3/2002    Jolanda Ceplak, SLO
    American: A 1:58.71  3/2/2002    Nicole Teter, Nike Farm Tea
        Meet: M 1:58.41  3/4/1995    Maria Mutola, Mozambique
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
================================================================
Finals
  1 Nicole Teter                 Nike                   2:02.65
  2 Nicole Cook                  Reebok                 2:02.86
  3 Morgan Uceny                 Reebok                 2:04.12
  4 Tiffany McWilliams           adidas                 2:05.09
  5 Miesha Marzell               unattached             2:05.22
  6 Alisa Harvey                 Pacers/Brooks          2:05.75 - New US Masters Record!!!

Men's 1500: Rob Myers Gets It Done
Instead of recapping this race for you, we could save ourselves time and just tell you to just read our preview as the order of finish 1-2-3 was exactly what we predicted (just as it was on the men's 3k). But the race ended up being a good one so we'll describe it in detail.

Nicole Teter and Nicole Cook
Victory is Sweet!!
photo by Victor Sailer

After two apparent false-starts (although no-one was dqd on the 2nd one so we're not sure what happened there), the race got under way. Kalpanatit Broderick of Team XO took the lead and kept things from going tactical which was great as coming in only  Stever Sherer and Rob Myers had hit the World Indoor standard (sub 3:43.00 1,500 or sub 4:00 mile on a non-oversized track). In hindsight, we're not sure if Broderick planned on being the rabbit all along or if he got tired, but after passing 400 in 57.72 and 800 in 1:59.82, Broderick stepped off the track just after 1100 once the field passed him (He sure looked like a rabbit but it seems weird that he'd fly all the way out from Oregon to rabbit).

Sitting on Broderick's heels throughout the first 5+ laps was 2004 US indoor champion Rob Myers, who was in perfect position throughout, as was Russell Brown, who was just behind Myers. Myers seemed to consciously push the pace once Broderick was gone and at 1200 (2:59.92), the real racing began as only 300 was left. At this point, Oregon Track Club's Will Leer moved up on the outside and passed Brown (who was still on the inside behind Myers) and moved up on Myers's shoulder. Myers never did give up the lead though, as he responded and held the pole position. The real racing started with 200 to go, as coming into the bell from the 1250 meter mark to 1300, Sherer made a huge move up from the middle of the pack (Sherer was in 8th at 800 and was 5th at 1200) to pass Leer and Brown and move into second on the outside of Myers. Once again Myers responded and the trio of Myers, Brown and Sherer made their bid for glory. Heading down the backstretch, Myers had a slight lead as Brown and Sherer ran side by side behind him. Just before the last turn, Sherer started to fade a bit as Brown moved into second, but Brown was unable to gain on Myers, who held on for a much deserved victory in 3:40.89. Brown did end up with a nice consolation prize - a runner-up finish plus a world championshp qualifying time of 3:41.20.

Myers told USATF after the race, ""The game plan was to get out in front and stay out of trouble. I run best that way. It feels good to get a win under my belt. I've been running some fast time, but very few wins. I knew I was strong heading into the race. I've gotten in a lot of strength training and that has helped a great deal. That probably what I was lacking in the past. I haven't sacrificed any training in preparation for outdoors. So this win proved to be a good indicator of where I'm at."

Anyone know if Broderick was rabbiting? Please discuss in our messageboard. We're sure Russell Brown was thrilled Broderick was in the race to say the least.

Men 1500 Meter Run
===============================================================
 1 turn stagger; 8 inside, 4 outside
       World: W 3:31.18  2/2/1997    Hicham el Guerrouj, MAR
    American: A 3:33.34  2/11/2005   Bernard Lagat, Nike
        Meet: M 3:40.80  2004        Rob Myers, Unat.
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
===============================================================
Finals
  1 Rob Myers                    Reebok                 3:40.89
  2 Russell Brown                unattached             3:41.20
  3 Steve Sherer                 unattached             3:41.52
  4 William Leer                 Oregon TC Elite        3:41.94
  5 Grant Robison                Playmakers Racing      3:42.81
  6 Jason Jabaut                 Carrboro Ath           3:43.36
  7 Sean O'Brien                 Oregon TC Elite        3:43.52
  8 Jordan Fife                  Team Indiana Elite     3:44.06
  9 Gabriel Jennings             Saucony                3:44.25
 10 Brendan O'Keefe              Zap Fitness            3:44.49
 11 Joshua McAdams               New Balance            3:47.59
 -- Kalpanatit Broderick         Team XO                    DNF

Other  

Other events
Shockingly, Adam Nelson didn't make world team in the men's shot put as he finished 3rd, but the good news for the 2-time Olympic silver medallist is that he won $25,000 for winning the Visa Championship series. In the men's hurdles, inspirational 37-year old Allen Johnson finished a surprise 2nd to make worlds.
*Controversy in Men's Shot Put Boston Globe The big story perhaps should have been Adam Nelson not making the team, but instead it is the feud between Cantwell and Hoffa. You think at this level the guys or Nike or someone would make sure they have the 16 lb shot they want. Nelson won't compete for $40,000 at Worlds but did get $25,000 for winning the Visa Championships series.
*Day 2 Photos
*Winners Quotes From Day 2

*Jones, Nelson win Visa Championship; Cantwell wins menís SP at AT&T USA Indoor Championships
*Full Results Here
*Event By Event Results Here

*LetsRun.com Day 1 Recap: Tegenkamp, Rowbury Get 3k Titles, Wurth-Thomas Dominates Women's 1500

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