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Page 2 of the Week in Review (Individual Heroes at the Conference Meets)
Despite our very own Rojo being a collegiate coach at Cornell (another Heps (Ivy League) title for the Big Red this weekend as the Big Red set a record for points scored and largest margin of victory) , we're always a bit weary of collegiate coaches over-racing their runners. But there is one weekend we put that aside, the weekend of the conference champs. There is nothing more that we respect than a collegiate kid running multiple events and putting it all on the line for his teammates at the conference meet. If you don't want to double or triple, then you shouldn't be running in college, as most college coaches are evaluated on their success at conferences.
The Emergence of John Kosgei and Brandon Bethke
Bethke was a stellar recruit out of California but had hardly been noticed as a Wisconsin Badger. Most schools would die for a guy who runs 3:45 for 1,500 as a freshman and 4:01 for the mile as a sophomore, but at Wisconsin that doesn't mean too much. He was even 11th as a freshman and 10th as a sophomore at Big 10 cross country, but at Wisconsin that only means you are the fifth best guy on your team.
But this year Bethke has started to emerge from the shadows. He ran a 7:51 3k last month (which used to be unheard of at the NCAA level, but now only has him 4th on the list), but his coming out party was at the Big 10s where he was a double winner in the 3k and 5k (in 8:10 and 14:23 respectively). If the times don't impress you (times should be tossed out the window at a conference meet) then keep on reading as a letsrun.com visitor reminded us how impressive Bethke was in the super competitive Big 10. Here's what 26mi235 had to say about Bethke:
Bethke had a pretty spectacular double in the 3000/5000. Do not let the times fool you, as he destroyed the fields at the end. His finish in the 5000 was almost unbelievable. Hassan Mead ran a VERY fast last 200 and was really flying, and he lost to Bethke by 3 seconds (video of finish here). Bethke could have done the same in the 3000 probably except that he needed to save something for the second day. He completely trashed guys like Lex Williams (twice, including beating him by 12 seconds in the 5000, where Lex had a qualifying time of 13:45); Lex had 5 points, Trent Hoerr had 2 trying the same double.
- Aka 26mi235
We now turn the site over to the readers and let the letsrun.com viewers share with us more of their heroic performers at the conference level from this past weekend below.
Big 10 women's 600m race. Heather Dorniden from MN tripped at 400m while in first place. Lays on the ground stunned, gets back up ~30m back from the pack, comes home to win the heat. Gets second place overall from a runner in the first heat. Very impressive, very exciting for all the fans.
That's all I got.
(And thankfully the Big 10 Network Was There to See it All. And listen to the announcers go nuts. These guys need to be broadcasting all track meets in the US)
Erin Kelly of Carroll College - 5 Events, 5 Wins (And She's Not a Sprinter)
The first day she ran the 800 leg of the 1600 Sprint Medley and brought the team from last to first place with a 2:14 split. Then she dominated the open mile (her time was only 5:10, but she was 5th at Nationals last year so she can go much faster). Then came Day #2, where she started out by running the mile leg of the DMR and bringing her team from 2nd to 1st. After that she won the open 800 and followed that win up with another win in the 3k in 10:16.
She's run faster times, but still, winning 5 events at conferences...she's a rockstar!
Anyway, just thought I'd send this along since you put the link up for emails about impressive conference performances, thanks! :)
Peter Kosgei of Hamilton College at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference (DIII).
Won the mile in 4:10 (going through
800 in 2:09), won the 1,000 in 2:27 (26 second last lap). Now what
makes this truly impressive is that he ran a 4:03 anchor leg of
Hamilton's DMR the night before that double (and Hamilton's relay still
only ran a 10:18 or so). Link to the thread on letsrun concerning
Emily Tangwar - Mile, 3k, 5k Wins The Efficient Way
Won the Atlantic Sun Indoor Track Conference Championships in the 3k, mile, and 5k, freshman of the year, and track performer of the year...won all three by a combined total of less than 4 seconds.
Eastern Michigan and Curtis Vollmar in the Team Effort
Joanna Rodgers of Georgetown at Big East
Jeomi Maduka Cornell: Basketball Game, Private Jet, 3 School Records, & 1 NCAA Auto Qualifier
She started things off with a school record, NCAA auto mark (and #3 in the NCAA) jump in the long jump (21'2"). Up next was a 7.58 pb school record win in the 60 and then she finished it all off with a 43-1 3/4 school record, NCAA provisional qualifying triple jump on her last jump. Super impressive.
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