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LetsRun.com's 2009 NCAA Day 3 Distance Recap: Rupp Completes The Perfect Season
Men's 5,000m - Galen Completes The Rupp-tet With His 6th NCAA Title
Much like the women's race, it certainly wasn't a surprise that the men's 5k started tactically, as the conditions were less than Stanfordesque (74 degrees and 86% humidity).
Rupp On His Way To Perfection
Someone stepped on Galen Rupp's shoe in the opening lap and he stopped to get it back on properly after asking Alberto Salazar what to do. Iona's Ryan Sheridan smartly tried to take advantage of Rupp's mishap but before the lap was even over, Rupp was back with the pack and Sheridan and the pack started to crawl once again.
Despite the momentary surge, the first 1,600 was covered in just 4:40 (as there were two laps in 73 in there). At halfway, the 73s and 74s were continuing and the clock read 7:27. Just past halfway, Stanford freshman Chris Derrick decided to make things somewhat honest as he started running 70s. After three 70s, the clock read 10:02.7 for the leaders with 1,600 to go. Rupp was 10:04 as he was near the back.
The entire field was still in contact and even after a 64.28, all 16 men will still there together. With three laps to go, Galen Rupp was in next-to-last. The pace had started to pick up and he was in the back. Was there something wrong? Just when we started to think that maybe he didn't look quite right, Rupp moved wide and accelerated towards the front.
Within the span of 120 meters (from 1,120 out to 1k out), Rupp passed 11 runners and put himself into 4th. Are you serious? Was it really that easy? Yes, it was.
That 400 was covered in 62.44 and five guys were starting to separate themselves from everyone else. From 600 to 400 out, it became clear that this was a two-man race - Galen Rupp and NAU's David McNeill. McNeill put up a good fight. He was glued to Rupp with 300 to go but just around the 200 meter to go mark, Rupp proved that in his senior season he is simply unbeatable at the collegiate level as he pulled away and ended his perfect senior season with his 7th NCAA title thanks to his 14:04.12 clocking.
Rupp Post Race Interview (6:43)
Last night in the 10k, we thought that Rupp, a man who until this year had never broken 4:00 in the mile, might have been able to close sub-4:00 for his final 1,600 had he really been pushed and tonight he left no doubt that he could have done that as we quickly figured his final 1,600 was 4:01 if not faster (the leader was 4:01.4, so Rupp might have been 4:00 and he let up at the line).
Actually, scratch the conjecture. Flash Results have the official splits up and Rupp's final 1,600 was 4:00.08. His final 800 1:54.30. His final 1k was 2:25. UNBELIEVABLE.
RUPP, YOU ARE THE MAN. Seriously, why should we try to be all smart and spend hours trying to act like we are some Sports Illustrated writer who can describe Rupp's magnificence this week appropriately. We aren't good enough writers to do that.
We simply urge you to watch the final 3 minutes of the race. And for the record, Galen, we apologize for thinking you were tired or maybe out of it with three laps to go. We actually think that us thinking you were human adds to your greatness. It reminds us a bit of watching the 10k at the 1996 Olympics when Gebrselassie, after waging an epic battle with Tergat, just glanced over his shoulder in the final 50 to make sure no one was coming. That slight glance over his shoulder showed us that Geb was at least human and seemingly possibly beatable.
Final 3 Minutes Of The Men's 5k
Rupp, you showed no vulnerability this week at all. We as humans showed our own as we were just shocked to see someone falling so far back with 1,200 to go. You were so good you fooled us.
Our only question is: Could you have tripled?
And to all the LetsRun.com haters, let the scorecard officially read: Alberto Salazar and Rupp 1 - Doubters 0. Rupp received so much attention before this year, we feel like this season perhaps is not getting the credit it deserves. Rupp is a totally different runner this year. Last year, he could not break 4 minutes in the mile, now he is closing in 4 minutes. Not since Bob Kennedy have we heard any serious discussions about an American-born male runner medalling at 5k or 10k, and that is the discussion we heard today (although his coach Alberto Salazar still has his feet grounded. He told Flotrack, "He (Galen) knows he's probably going to get his ass kicked pretty hard in the next couple of months."). The transformation of Galen Rupp this year has been incredible and we hope you all appreciate it.
Rupp afterwards said he appreciated the slower pace (interview on right): "I came in expecting it to be fast, because guys knew I would be tired, just like the 10K last night. It was a pleasant surprise that it wasn’t too fast."
Behind Rupp (14:04.18), NAU's David McNeill was a well-deserved second (as he pushed Rupp more than we thought he would) in 14:05.79. In third, American junior record holder Chris Derrick ended his sensational freshman season with another All-American performance. Five times the youngster was All-American this year. Unbelievable.
Rupp interview above, McNeill and Derrick below.
Event 7 Men 5000 Meter Run ======================================================================= 2 Heats. Advance top 6 from each heat plus next best 4 times. One waterfall line. American: 12:ဵ8.21 8/14/1996 Bob Kennedy, Nike College Best: 13:08.4h 5/13/1978 Henry Rono, Washington State NCAA Meet: 13:20.63 6/2/1979 Sydney Maree, Villanova Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Galen Rupp SR Oregon 14:04.12 10 2 David McNeill JR Northern Arizona 14:05.79 8 3 Chris Derrick FR Stanford 14:07.34 6 4 Brandon Bethke JR Arizona State 14:08.00 5 5 Elliott Heath SO Stanford 14:08.56 4 6 Hassan Mead SO Minnesota 14:09.87 3 7 Tyson David JR Alabama 14:10.75 2 8 Shadrack Biwott SR Oregon 14:11.45 1 9 Ryan Vail SR Oklahoma State 14:11.78 10 Michael Maag SR Princeton 14:14.67 11 Mark Steeds SR Georgia State 14:20.23 12 Alfred Kipchumba SO Portland 14:21.37 13 Ryan Sheridan FR Iona 14:21.60 14 Jean-Pierre Weerts JR Auburn 14:22.98 15 Emmanuel Bor JR Alabama 14:23.13 16 Matt Leeder FR Florida State 14:23.19
Appreciating Barringer's Greatness
After her 3:59.90 performance last week, expectations were very high for Jenny Barringer in the women's steeple. We figured she has to be in American record shape. The question is would she go after it.
The first 200 was an emphatic yes, as she covered the 200+ meters to the finish line in 36.72 seconds (which is well under record pace as that's probably 32-33 200 pace and the American record of 9:22.26 is basically 74.5 per lap on an inside pit). That is very, very fast - so fast that she had 6 seconds on the bottom three in the race just 200 plus meters into the race.
Barringer's first 400 was covered in roughly 69 and her first full lap from the finish line including the water jump was 75.45. After her quick start, 75 flats would give her 9:21-point. She banged out two more 75s (75.78 and 75.47). With 4 laps to go, she looked a little bit tired and her next two laps were 76s (76.65 and 76.73). At this point, we were thinking the record was out the question as the clock was basically 6:57 flat. She'd have to close in 2:25 when she'd been running 76s.
But then Barringer showed a little bit more life and she covered the penultimate lap in 75.80, giving her roughly 8:12.80 with a lap to go. A 69 would give her the record and since she'd run 3:59 last week, we thought, "Maybe she can do it." But her next 200 was 37.70 and the record was officially out of reach. In the end, Barringer covered her final lap in 72.57 to finish in 9:25.54 - a seasonal best and a new NCAA championship record. Pretty impressive considering the conditions during her race - no wind and 77 degrees and 72% humidity.
Behind Barringer, it was basically a two-person race between Olympic Trials 4th placer Nicole Bush of Michigan St. and Bridget Franek of Penn State as the two dared to run behind Barringer for a lap or two. Washington's Mel Lawrence was in 4th sort of running in no man's land for much of the race but with her eyes on both Bush and Franek.
Jenny Barringer (1:35)
Just before 1k to go, Bush passed Franek to move into second before Franek passed her back a lap later. However, over the final 400, Franek would struggle and fade as Mel Lawrence moved up big time. Bush's runner-up status was never seriously questioned but Lawrence's strong final lap ended up getting her within half a second of Bush. Bush was 2nd in 9:40.49 to Lawrence's 9:40.98 to Franek's 9:48.57.
After the race, we caught up with Barringer, who was very happy to be the champion but admitted the pressure is different now than it used to be.
"I know when I step out on the track, people don't just want me to win; they really want me to set a record or something and that pressure is mounting," said Barringer. "I had something in mind that I wanted to do. I wanted to run 9:25 because I know I can do that. I knew I would feel pretty good at 9:25 splits. I'm kind of surprised that's exactly what I ran. I'm really happy with how it all turned out today."
"9:23 is the world leading time right now but there is a world record under 9 minutes. The sky's the limit and I'm going for all of it," added Barringer. "This isn't the race where I have to go and shake the world up, so it was a little more relaxed and I felt really good."
We also spoke with Colorado coach Mark Wetmore, who told us minus a twisted ankle or any other unforeseen circumstances that Barringer will run the steeple at USAs in two weeks.
Event 26 Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase ======================================================================= 2 Heats. Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 4 times. American: 9:22.26 8/17/2008 Jenny Barringer, Colorado College Best: 9:26.20 5/30/2009 Jenny Barringer, Colorado NCAA Meet: 9:29.20 6/13/2008 Jenny Barringer, Colorado Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Jennifer Barringer SR Colorado 9:25.54 10 2 Nicole Bush SR Michigan State 9:40.49 8 3 Mel Lawrence FR Washington 9:40.98 6 4 Bridget Franek JR Penn State 9:48.57 5 5 Lennie Waite SR Rice 10:01.40 4 6 Erin Bedell JR Baylor 10:01.72 3 7 Sarah Pease SO Indiana 10:11.77 2 8 Zsofia Erdelyi SO Southern California 10:12.31 1 9 Stephanie Garcia JR Virginia 10:14.35 10 Patricia Loughlin SR Duke 10:15.56 11 Emma Coburn FR Colorado 10:22.58 12 Claire Michel SO Oregon 10:29.16 13 Danielle Bradley JR Baylor 10:34.16 -- Silje Fjortoft SO Southern Methodist DNF
Men's Steeplechase - Unlikely Dominating Victory For BYU's Kyle Perry
The men, following a stirring performance by Jenny Barringer, came through with a great race of their own. Louisville's Corey Thorne stepped on the gas right from the beginning, getting out in 63 for the first 400m and 2:47 for the first 1,000m, or approximately 8:21 pace.
Perry And Morse
Behind him was a pack consisting of almost the whole field. 1,200m in, Texas' race favorite Jake Morse, 4th in last year's Olympic Trials, moved to the front with Thorne as the pace slowed dramatically. The second 1,000m would be covered in 2:55 before the fireworks began.
BYU's Kyle Perry clearly was not fazed by the speedy early pace as he passed Morse and Arkansas' SEC-meet 3-eventer Scott MacPherson. Perry, once on the front, hammered the pace back down, running two 66-second laps, with Morse and MacPherson hanging on. With 800 to go, MacPherson made a move past Morse, prompting Morse to respond, but neither could make up ground on Perry.
Perry, the lanky 25-year-old who had not run under 8:40 in his life prior to Wednesday's preliminary round, ran 8:29.24 easing up in the final 100m for an amazing victory over the heavily favored Morse and the rest of the field.
Perry admitted afterwards he was surprised to go under 8:30.
Not only did Perry defeat Morse and MacPherson, but their efforts to keep up with the BYU runner's late race surges left them out of gas. Morse was passed for second and third in the final meters and MacPherson did well to hang on for 5th after really going for it in front of the home crowd. Iowa State's Hillary Bor came through for second while Butler's Stephen Lisgo surprised in third.
As the men's team title continues to surge back and forth, Oregon's Chris Winter was passed at the line by 2 people to fade back to 9th, losing at least a point for the Ducks. Winter earned our respect afterwards by telling the Register Guard "I’m a little devastated right now, I lost two points for the team in those last five meters. I didn’t know those guys were there, and that was my fault"
Earlier in the night the A&M 4 x 100m squad was DQed after coming in as the #1-ranked team in the event, and the meet will come down to the wire.
LRC's Men's Splits
Event 6 Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase ======================================================================= 2 Heats. Advance top 5 from each heat plus next best 4 times. American: 8:08.82 7/14/2006 Daniel Lincoln College Best: 8:05.4h 5/13/1978 Henry Rono, Washington State NCAA Meet: 8:12.39 6/1/1978 Henry Rono, Washington State Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Kyle Perry SR Brigham Young 8:29.24 10 2 Hillary Bor SO Iowa State 8:35.12 8 3 Stephen Lisgo JR Butler 8:35.49 6 4 Jake Morse SR Texas 8:38.25 5 5 Scott MacPherson SR Arkansas 8:38.87 4 6 Josh Karanja SR Eastern Michigan 8:40.16 3 7 Cory Thorne SR Louisville 8:45.86 2 8 Kyle Heath SR Syracuse 8:45.95 1 9 Chris Winter SR Oregon 8:46.06 10 Richard Nelson JR Brigham Young 8:50.08 11 Ricardo Estremera SR Albany 8:51.50 12 Donald Cowart SR Virginia Military 8:54.93 13 Gilbert Limo SO Texas Tech 9:00.28 14 Ryan Gasper JR Wisconsin 9:26.64
Women's 5,000m Final - Bizzari Takes A Tactical Race Over Blood
In collegiate women's running, tactical races are fairly rare. However, considering there was no overwhelming favorite in the women's 5k and that the race started under less-than-ideal conditions as it was fairly warm (74 degrees) and muggy (86% humidity) with zero wind, it shouldn't have taken anyone by surprise that the women's 5k started tactically.
The first 1k was covered in 3:28.20 and the first 1,600 in 5:32-3 (well over 17-minute pace). The 2nd kilometer really wasn't any faster (3:27) as the field was still together. At 2,500, they were at 8:37. That's 17:14 pace. At 2,600, the pace started to pick up a bit thanks to Michigan State's Lisa Senakiewich, who led the next lap in 74.54 (the previous few laps were over 80).
The next lap was 74.18 and just like that, after an 800 in sub-2:30, the field was splintered, as with a mile to go (11:26.36), it was Senakiewich in the lead, with last year's runner-up Angela Bizzarri of Illinois in 2nd and Oregon's Nicole Blood in third. Those three had 2-3 meters on 4th and 5th.
After another sub-2:30 800, thanks to a 75.00 lap and a 74.77, it was down to two - Bizzarri and Blood - with 800 to go. After a 71.94, Blood was still hanging on but over the last 400, there was no doubt who was the class of this field, as Bizarri had a lot left in the tank and closed with a 69.77 to win in 16:17.94.
Blood, on the other hand, really struggled over the final 400 and for a while we thought she might blow her gigantic hold on 2nd (she was probably 30 meters up heading into the lap). But she held on for 2nd and the crucial 8 team points for the Ducks (16:26.58), as fast-closing Frances Koons, who had seemed to struggle a few laps earlier, dug deep and came in 3rd (16:28.36). Senakiewich was 4th in 16:28.88.
Bizarri ran the first half in 8:37 and the 2nd half in 7:40 thanks to her last 1,600 of 4:51.48. Pretty good 2nd half if you compare it to anyone but Jenny Barringer.
Event 27 Women 5000 Meter Run ======================================================================= 2 Heats. Advance top 6 from each heat plus next best 4 times. One waterfall line. American: 14:44.80 4/14/2007 Shalane Flanagan, Nike College Best: 15:07.56 7/4/1985 Cathy Easker, Wisconsin NCAA Meet: 15:15.08 6/13/2008 Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech Name Year School Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Angela Bizzarri JR Illinois 16:17.94 10 2 Nicole Blood JR Oregon 16:26.58 8 3 Frances Koons SR Villanova 16:28.36 6 4 Lisa Senakiewich SR Michigan State 16:28.88 5 5 Janet Jesang JR Western Kentucky 16:32.59 4 6 Alex Becker JR Tulsa 16:34.63 3 7 Betsy Saina FR Iowa State 16:40.87 2 8 Amanda Marino SO Villanova 16:41.57 1 9 Emily Anderson JR William & Mary 16:42.13 10 Kellyn Johnson SR Wichita State 16:45.34 11 Denise Bargiachi SR Arkansas 16:49.40 12 Katie Follett JR Washington 16:56.72 13 Irine Lagat SR Arizona 16:59.06 14 Anna Nosenko SO Wake Forest 16:59.96 -- Marie-Louise Asselin SO West Virginia DNF -- Gwen Jorgensen SR Wisconsin DNF