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LetsRun.com's Heusden KBC Nacht Distance Recap And Analysis

By LetsRun.com
July 18, 2009

Note: Our recap focuses primarily on the American competitors in Heusden as several of them were chasing championship qualifiers or personal bests in the distance events. At the end of the article we list all of the American distance runners who hit A or B standards in Heusden.

*2009 Heusden KBC Nacht Full Results
*World Championship Qualifying Marks

Men's 5000m A - Teg Runs Best 5k In 2 Years
The American performance of the day came from Matt Tegenkamp in the 5000m. Initially settling back in 14th place behind a train of Kenyans, Teg held on through the fast early pace (~2:33 for the first 1000m) and moved his way up the field in the middle stages. At 3000m, he sat in 6th as the lead pack passed through in approximately 7:51. Looking calm and under control, Tegenkamp stayed attached to the lead group throughout the remainder of the race.

Tegenkamp's significant flaw was in the final lap where he twice got himself cut off or boxed in, disrupting his momentum in a fairly critical juncture of the race. With 180m to go he wanted to tuck in but was moving faster than the runners around him. He pushed the guy in front and lost his speed. In the final 100m Teg was probably moving the fastest but left himself too much ground to make up to win the race. Nonetheless his 13:07.97 is one of his best performances of all time and his best since 2007 when he ran 13:07.4. It looked pretty easy for the US champ as he still was able to kick decently off of a fast pace amidst considerable traffic.

USA Track and Field National Championships Tegenkamp achieved the A-standard of 13:20 by almost 100m and looks to have more left in the tank for a good shot at lowering his 13:04 personal best from 2006. His kick was pretty good - we had him at 59.6 for the final circuit - but his tactics in the final 400m might have cost him. Tegenkamp just edged 19-year-old Josephat Bett of Kenya for second place with the win going to Jonas Cheruiyot. If Teg can finish more smoothly he may be able to come close to his 4th-place worlds finish in 2007.

3 runners prominent on the US distance racing circuit this year did not fare so well: Anthony Famiglietti 13:25, Collis Birmingham AUS 13:35, and Juan Luis Barrios MEX 13:37.

Approximate 1000m splits for Tegenkamp
1k 2:33
2k 2:38 (5:11)
3k 2:40 (7:51)
4k 2:41 (10:32)
5k 2:35 (13:07.97)

Approximate 1600m splits for Tegenkamp
1600m 4:08
3200m 8:23 (4:15 2nd 1600)
4800m 12:40 (4:17 3rd 1600)

*Interview With Matt after his Race and Video of It

1 16 365 CHERUIYOT JONAS 12:59.08 KEN Sen 13:07.47
2 11 370 TEGENKAMP MATT 13:04.90 USA Sen 13:07.97
3 2 363 BETT JOSPHAT 13:33.69 KEN Jun 13:07.97
4 18 435 ROTICH LUCAS 12:58.70 KEN Sen 13:08.79
5 8 353 RASHED ESSA 13:08.02 QAT Sen 13:11.01
6 15 368 ABDULLAH AHMAD HASSAN 12:56.27 QAT Sen 13:17.40
7 14 364 CHESARI JACOB 13:04.12 KEN Sen 13:23.80
8 12 352 FAMIGLIETTI ANTHONY 13:11.93 USA Sen 13:25.24
9 5 360 KEMBOI PAUL 13:24.25 KEN Jun 13:26.13
10 1 408 KADDOUR SLIMANI 13:43.21 ITA Sen 13:34.32
11 17 355 BIRMINGHAM COLLIS 13:14.53 AUS Sen 13:35.58
12 7 361 KIMUTAI KENNEDY x KEN Sen 13:35.86
13 13 369 BARRIOS JUAN LUIS 13:11.37 MEX Sen 13:37.16
14 19 567 BUTTER MICHEL 13:37.60 NED Sen 13:37.33
15 10 359 KIPKORIR EDWIN 13:20.67 KEN Sen 14:02.04

Women's 800m
IAAF Golden League - Brussels Gold League Jackpot winner and Olympic gold medalist Pamela Jelimo got back on the right track with a solid win at 1:59.59. Her best coming into this meet was a 2:02.46 and her last 800m was a 2:05 beat-down at the Pre meet.

NCAA champ and 2009 USATF #2 Geena Gall of Michigan came up short of her personal best with a 2:01.61, good for 4th. Morgan Uceny continues her comeback from a knee injury with a 2:00.95. Uceny's PR is 2:00.01 from 2008. She was only 6th at USATF's so has no shot at Berlin but has to be optimistic after this performance.

1 3 173 JELIMO PAMELA 1:54.01 KEN Sen 1:59.59
2 5 168 SINCLAIR KENIA 1:57.88 JAM Sen 2:00.77
3 6 177 UCENY MORGAN 2:00.01 USA Sen 2:00.95
4 8 170 GALL GEENA 2:00.44 USA Sen 2:01.61
5 7 180 ARIGAWI ABEBA 2:02.35 ETH Jun 2:02.13
6 5 175 BERNARD -THOMAS NEISHA 2:00.09 GRN Sen 2:02.34
7 2 167 VAUGHN SARA 2:04.60 USA Sen 2:03.76
8 1 174 JELAGAT JANE 2:05.70 KEN Sen 2:04.71
9 8 430 LOZANO JENNIFER FRA Sen 2:04.82
10 1 176 VAN DEN HURK ANNE 2:04.51 NED Sen 2:05.22
11 7 179 MELOUCKI IBSTISSAM 2:04.85 FRA Sen 2:06.83
12 6 887 FINESSO ALLESANDRA 2:05.64 ITA Sch 2:07.28
4 178 TAVARES LAURA PACE FRA Sen DNF

 

Men's 1500m A - Nate Brannen Scores European Win But Still Lacks Canada's World Championship Qualifying Standard

Canadian national champion Nate Brannen got a big win and a seasonal best in 3:36.53 but missed the A-Standard of 3:36.20. Brannen looked great, as he has all season. His kick was very good and he was clearly the class of the field on this day. Though he is currently one of the best milers in the world, Brannen has not hit the 1500m A-standard so despite running a 3:52 mile this year, Canada will not let him go to worlds unless he gets the A-standard in the next week or so. Watch the Flotrack interview to the left to see how the Canadian rule is totally screwing Brannen and Canadian athletics over.  

Ireland's Thomas Chamney ran 4th in a 3.5 second pb, 3:37.67, and gave a hilarious interview to Flotrack after the race. Check it out to the right.

Lopez Lomong was in it most of the way but faded at the end. While Brannen was charging in the final 250m, Lomong wasn't moving up at all. Rob Myers took a nice scalp by taking down Ethiopian Mekkonen Gebredhim in 3:38.10. Will Leer and Ryan Gregson were not factors in the race, both failing to break 3:40 in performances that surely are disappointing for those two.

1 10 270 BRANNEN NATE 3:34.65 CAN Sen 3:36.53
2 11 278 KEIYO CHURCHILL 3.36.00 KEN Sen 3:36.77
3 8 277 TOUIL IMAD 3:38.52 ALG Jun 3:37.50
4 1 266 CHAMNEY THOMAS 3:41.38 IRL Sen 3:37.67
5 13 264 MYERS ROB 3:34.89 USA Sen 3:38.10
6 12 280 GEBREDHIM MEKKONEN 3:34.49 ETH Sen 3:38.48
7 14 274 LOMONG LOPEZ 3:36.36 USA Sen 3:38.92
8 2 276 VAN MALDEREN KRISTOF 3:40.41 BEL Sen 3:39.10
9 4 300 PIFER STEPHEN 3:38.06 USA Sen 3:39.24
10 5 268 NAVA GORAN 3:38.35 SRB Sen 3:39.44
11 9 267 GREGSON RYAN 3:37.24 AUS Jun 3:40.60
12 7 483 LEER WILL 3:37.63 USA Sen 3:40.74
13 3 261 MARRION GEOFFREY 3:40.21 BEL Sen 3:43.19

Men's 1500m B - Jager Wins And PR's, Torrence Comes Close
Coach Jerry Schumacher's young stud Evan Jager got a great win and confidence-building pr at the 1500, winning the slower heat in 3:38.33. Several LRC Message Board posters were irate that Jager was not moved to the fast heat, but winning the slower heat in a fast time is just as good for Jager. Next time, he'll be in the fast heat at a race like this. His winning time would have placed him 6th in the fast heat. Which would you rather be if you were 20 years old running in Heusden, 1st in the slow heat or 6th in the fast heat? It's probably more exciting for him to get a win.

David Torrence should also be mentioned as he had a great race and pr'd by 2.5 seconds with a 3:38.39 just behind Jager. Torrence and Jager both hit the world championship b-standard in the 1500m, a great accomplishment.

1 9 303 JAGER EVAN 3:39.67 USA Sen 3:38.33
2 1 302 TORRENCE DAVID 3:40.80 USA Sen 3:38.39
3 8 295 WOLDE DAWIT 3:38.22 ETH Jun 3:39.89
4 10 306 MAYS JERMAINE 3:39.85 GBR Sen 3:39.92
5 2 301 DIRSHE RIZAK 3:38.47 SWE Sen 3:40.40
6 5 293 WALLERANG OLLE 3:41.35 SWE Sen 3:40.90
7 12 308 LINCOLN MATT 3:38.44 CAN Sen 3:41.19
8 11 307 VELDE MORTEN 3:39.58 NOR Sen 3:41.30
9 7 281 TOUIL ABDELMAJED 3:39.87 ALG Jun 3:44.07

Men's 800m A
John Cook-coached Leonel Manzano ran by far the best 800m race of his life to get third ahead of Christian Smith. Manzano came in to the race with fantastic 1500m credentials but only a 1:49.26 personal best at 800m. Well, now his 800m pr matches up much better with his 1500m performances as he ran 1:46.20 to hit the world championship b-standard. 2008 Olympian Christian Smith didn't have a good race and fell back to 5th in 1:47.55.

1 7 223 MANSOUR ALI BILAL 1:44.02 BRN Sen 1:45.26
2 5 224 BETT REUBEN 1:44.79 KEN Sen 1:45.77
3 6 230 MANZANO LEONEL 1:49.26 USA Sen 1:46.20
4 1 417 RENSHAW LACHLAN 1:45.79 AUS Sen 1:46.62
5 3 227 SMITH CHRISTIAN 1:44.86 USA Sen 1:47.55
6 3 1857 ST. CLAIR DARREN 1:46.56 GBR Sen 1:47.94
7 6 229 ROSSEEUW MATTHIAS 1:46.84 BEL Sen 1:48.38
8 2 249 VAN HEES CHARLES 1:48.89 BEL Sen 1:48.74
9 2 232 KUCHINO TAKESHI 1:47.81 JPN Sen 1:48.78
10 4 228 MATTHYS THOMAS 1:45.75 BEL Sen 1:49.11
11 1 233 KANDIE HOSEA 1:48.50 KEN Sen 1:50.03

Men's Steeplechase - McAdams Again Nears 8:20 Barrier
The steeplechase produced a world championship A-standard performance for America's Josh McAdams as the hard-charging BYU grad came up for third in a seasonal best 8:22.83. The other American in the race was Ben Bruce and he ran very well for a B-standard 8:26.60 that just missed his all-time personal best set earlier this year.

1 15 334 MUBARAK TAHER 8:06.13 BRN Sen 8:15.83
2 13 327 KITUM SILAS 8:22.53 KEN Jun 8:21.75
3 6 321 MCADAMS JOSH 8:21.36 USA Sen 8:22.83
4 14 329 DESMET PIETER 8:15.02 BEL Sen 8:23.81
5 17 431 BRUCE BEN 8:26.08 USA Sen 8:26.60
6 5 330 WATSON ROB 8:27.09 CAN Sen 8:28.24
7 8 323 KRISTENSEN BJORNAR USTAD 8:16.75 NOR Sen 8:28.57
8 3 336 GHIRMAI PHILMON 8:20.50 GER Sen 8:28.70
9 10 325 NGETICH CALEB 8:15.21 KEN Sen 8:29.91
10 11 328 VAN KOOLWIJK KRIJN 8:17.11 BEL Sen 8:30.42
11 1 335 NGENO KIMUTAI COLLINS 8:24.30 KEN Sen 8:31.75
12 12 326 PAULO ALBERTO 8:24.2 POR Sen 8:32.56
13 9 324 RIBEIRO PEDRO 8:32.20 POR Sen 8:34.61
14 4 337 SANCHEZ ENRIQUE 8:29.12 ESP Sen 8:38.15
15 7 322 JIMENEZ ANTONIO 8.11.52 ESP Sen 8:39.16
16 2 349 OYSTEIN SYLTA 8:31.00 NOR Sen 8:45.00

*Men's 5000m B
*Our initial recap was inaccurate as we were using incorrect results. Updated results below.

Led by Jonathon Riley in first, Americans ran great in the last event of the day. USA runners took 5 out of the top 6 spots and 6 out of the top-10 in the slower heat of the 5000. The biggest PR belonged to Tim Nelson who lowered his best from 13:34 to 13:24.

The weird result of the meet was 34-year-old Yossef Gezachw of Israel who ran 13:30.86 after coming in with a 14:09.04 pb run earlier in the year in Tel Aviv. His 10,000m pb is only 29:34 but he has spent most of his career running 1500m's. Go figure. At first we were suspicious but when we think about it 14:09 in Tel Aviv might be super hard to do if it's hot and humid and there's nobody to run with. So maybe Gezachw switched events and miraculously found the fountain of youth in his mid-30's. Yeah, we doubt it too.

1 22 405 RILEY JONATHON 13:19.92 USA Sen 13:21.65
2 7 392 NELSON TIM 13:34.93 USA Sen 13:24.87
3 27 387 KIBET MOSES UGA Jun 13:24.94
4 4 384 ABDIRAHMAN ABDI 13.13.32 USA Sen 13:26.27
5 12 393 VAUGHN BRENT 13:18.46 USA Sen 13:26.50
6 21 394 QUIGLEY SEAN 13:27.17 USA Sen 13:28.07
7 16 400 NAKAO YUSEI 13:31.81 JPN Sen 13:28.16
8 20 390 FORREST SHAWN 13:28.81 AUS Sen 13:28.31
9 17 407 GABIUS ARNE 13:26.69 GER Sen 13:28.45
10 18 396 BAUHS SCOTTY 13:30.85 USA Sen 13:28.92
11 8 402 TASAMA DAME 13:28.38 ETH Sen 13:30.86
12 2 389 GEZACHW YOSSEF 14:09.04 ISR Sen 13:31.45
13 15 381 OVERALL SCOTT 13:28.33 GBR Sen 13:36.17
14 19 401 SATO YUKI PACE JPN Sen 13:36.26
15 14 388 DAMIAO MANUEL 13:35.90 POR Sen 13:36.66
16 10 529 MATSUOKA YUKI 13:36.51 JPN Sen 13:36.90
17 24 406 GONZALEZ JONAY MIGUEL 13:45.48 ESP Sen 13:39.79
18 3 382 VAN STEEN MAARTEN 13:59.10 BEL Sen 13:41.85
19 13 399 BANDI PHILIPPE 13:25.83 SUI Sen 13:46.28
20 11 383 SKOOG HENRIK 13:27.01 SWE Sen 13:46.98
21 25 386 WEERTS JEAN-PIERRE 13:55.80 BEL Sen 13:48.28
22 5 409 EL ASRI ABDERRAHIM x MAR Sen 13:53.47
23 23 404 GAHUNGU VITAL 13:38.19 BDI Sen 14:05.82
24 1 385 JANSSEN GUUS 14:02.03 NED Sen 14:06.15
25 9 546 TESFAI SIMON 13:48.26 ERI Sen 14:34.13

 

Men's 800m B
Not much to report here as nobody ran particularly fast. We were surprised to see Liam Boylan-Pett in the results, especially in 1:49.89 way back in the field. He usually dominates slower 800m races like this.

1 3 241 JOSEPH MOISE 1:45.74 HAI Sen 1:47.87
2 5 246 SCHERER MATT 1:46.11 USA Sen 1:48.14
3 7 251 BOUDJEMA AZZEDINE 1:46.73 ALG Sen 1:48.32
4 3 247 OKKEN ARNAUD 1:45.64 NED Sen 1:48.35
5 2 231 CURRIE ADAM 1:48.49 CAN Sen 1:48.80
6 2 242 VAN DEN BROECK JAN 1:48.40 BEL Sen 1:49.73
7 6 250 BOYLAM-PETT LIAM 1:48.28 USA Sen 1:49.89
8 1 253 STUBBE MATTHIAS 1:50.12 BEL Jun 1:50.40
9 4 248 OMEY HANS 1:47.81 BEL Sen 1:53.52

Women's 1500m
The women's 1500m saw Hannah England of the UK run 4:08.96 for the win. The Florida State alum's seasonal best is still 4:05.

1 10 76 ENGLAND HANNAH 4:05.87 GBR Sen 4:08.96
2 5 63 MAKESTAD BOVIM INGVILL 4:13.58 NOR Sen 4:09.62
3 9 73 HAMBLIN NIKKI 4.08.52 GBR Sen 4:10.51
4 13 310 STELLINGWERF HILLARY 4:05.69 CAN Sen 4:11.18
5 11 77 CLEMENT TRENIERE 4:03.32 USA Sen 4:12.34
6 6 69 BELETE ALMENSH 4:10.86 ETH Sen 4:12.54
7 4 75 DELANEY BRIDEY 4:14.83 AUS Sen 4:14.20
8 3 61 PERKINS DACIA 4:11.02 USA Sen 4:14.84
9 8 66 HOWARD JULIA 4:11.78 CAN Sen 4:15.08
10 7 72 PICOCHE LAURANE 4:11.60 FRA Sen 4:15.82
11 12 74 SCHONBECK CHARLOTTE 4:16.24 SWE Sen 4:17.46
14 65 JOHNSTONE REBECCA PACE CAN Sen DNF
2 64 PEDERSEN LISBETH 4:13.37 DEN Sen DNF

 

American A-Standard Qualifiers In Heusden
- Matt Tegenkamp 5000m 13:07.97
- Josh McAdams 3000mSC 8:22.83

American B-Standard Qualifiers In Heusden
- Morgan Uceny 800m 2:00.95
- Evan Jager 1500m 3:38.33
- David Torrence 1500m 3:38.39
- Rob Myers 1500m 3:38.10
- Lopez Lomong 1500m 3:38.92
- Anthony Famiglietti 5000m 13:25
- Leo Manzano 800m 1:46.20
- Ben Bruce 3000mSC 8:26.60
- Jonathon Riley 5000m 13:21
- Abdi Abdirahman 5000m 13:26
- Scotty Bauhs 5000m 13:28
- Sean Quigley 5000m 13:28
- Tim Nelson 5000m 13:24
- Brent Vaughn 5000m 13:26

 

            
  

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