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LRC's Stanford Invitational Distance Carnival Write-Up
Women's 3000m Steeplechase
Norweigan Silje Fjortoft of Southern Methodist University (2008 NCAA steeplechase runner-up) beat former American record-holder Lisa Galaviz (Nike) with a fast finish in 9:56. Galaviz lead the entire race, setting the pace not only for Fjortoft, but also Sara Hall (Asics) in her debut at the event.
Hall's race was intriguing as the 1500m star stepped up to the hurdle event for the first time. Hall's water jumps and hurdling have a long way to go. She consistently landed basically on two feet in the water pit, losing ground and fighting to make it up. On the regular barriers, the story was the same as Hall sailed relatively high over the barriers, landed without the same momentum, and was forced to make up ground over and over.
After the race, Hall was visibly exhausted after a grueling final 800m where she faded all the way back to 7th place. After she collected herself, Hall graciously gave interviews by the finish line. As she was walking towards the reporters, she said, to noone in particular, "Well, that was interesting!" Soaked, drained, covered in goosebumps, Hall smiled and talked about her first try at the steeple and her preparation. She mentioned practicing the water pit for the first time on Thursday night, and only practicing the hurdles three times in practice (they don't have a track up in Mammoth).
What we found most interesting was Hall's comment about her new attitude towards racing. Hall said that this year she isn't running fearing failure anymore. We were impressed with how well she took what surely was a very humbling experience, finishing well-beaten in a relatively high-profile race. It sounded like she is going to keep giving the steeple a go, possibly in an attempt to make the USA World Championship team in the new event. Surely the addition of Anna Willard to Terrence Mahon's group in Mammoth will help Hall learn the event.
On the boards: How will Sara Hall do in the steeplechase
Event 63 Women 3000 Meter Steeplechase Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 10:50.25 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Fjortoft, Silje So Southern Methodist 9:56.73R 2 Galaviz, Lisa NA Nike 9:58.41R 3 Bedell, Erin Jr Baylor 9:58.46R 4 Wagner, Angela Jr Unattached 10:06.34R 5 Carrizales, Rachel Sr Nebraska 10:09.69R 6 Bradley, Danielle Jr Baylor 10:10.17R 7 Hall, Sara NA Asics 10:10.56R
Men's 3000m Steeplechase
BYU showed that they are "Steeplechase U" right now in the NCAA as Josh McAdams (alum), Kyle Perry, Richard Nelson and Ryan Merriman ran 8:37, 8:47, 8:50 and 9:02, respectively, all excellent early-season clockings.
The pace was brisk from the start, but not overwhelming, especially considering the presence of 2008 Olympian and former NCAA champion from BYU Josh McAdams and former Princeton Tiger Michael Spence. The crowd had the pleasure of witnessing McAdams' ferocious finish as he crushed the final 400m. After the race, a pleased McAdams said he'll run better when he gets rid of some of his "winter weight".
East-coaster Kyle Heath of Syracuse ran the top collegiate time, a stellar 8:40 2nd place finish for the All-American.
Event 13 Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 9:07.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 McAdams, Josh NA New Balance 8:37.74R 2 Heath, Kyle Sr Syracuse 8:40.89R 3 Spence, Michael NA Asics 8:42.57R 4 Perry, Kyle Sr Brigham Young 8:47.92R 5 Adams, David So Nebraska 8:48.10R 6 Sisay, Ezkyas NA Unattached 8:48.53R 7 Nelson, Richard Jr Brigham Young 8:50.75R 8 Winter, Chris Sr Oregon 8:52.44R 9 Ahlbeck, Sam Jr Washington State 8:53.46R 10 Houck, Justin Sr Portland 9:01.47R 11 Williams, Matt Sr US Air Force 9:06.72R
Women's 1500m - Great Finish As Pixler Gets The Win Over Rhines
The women's 1500 heats were pretty interesting. Tennessee coach J.J. Clark had two of his middle-distance stars, Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price, step up to the 1500m, but he wisely kept them in the second heat. Wright and Price, the 1200m and 800m legs of Tennessee's world record-setting indoor DMR, were surprisingly overmatched in the competitive second heat. Price, a 2:00 800m runner in high school, had an especially tough go of things, as she ran 4:30, or 3 seconds away from the NCAA regional mark.
The fast heat was a thrilling race, both for the times run and the mad dash to the finish. Olympian Jen Rhines had the lead but couldn't hold off Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler. The crowd, on their feet for the final 200m, certainly appreciated what was a deep race that saw 7 runners (6 collegiates) break 4:24, including some big names in Christine Babcock and Kailey Campbell from Washington and Alex Kosinski of Oregon.
Event 58 Women 1500 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 4:27.80 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Pixler, Jessica Jr Seattle Pacific 4:18.64R 2 Rhines, Jennifer NA Adidas 4:18.96R 3 Babcock, Christine Fr Washington 4:19.13R 4 Kosinski, Alex So Oregon 4:19.84R 5 Campbell, Kailey Jr Washington 4:22.38R 6 Palmer, Katie So Brigham Young 4:23.21R 7 Dahl, Heidi Sr E Tenn St 4:23.70R 8 Callahan, Natalja Sr Nebraska 4:27.01R 9 Arlin Genet, Aeron NA Running Divas 4:30.79 10 June, Kara NA Asics Aggies 4:38.34
Men's 1500m - Solinsky a surprise 5th!
The names in the fast heat of the men's 1500m were impressive: Chris Solinsky, Ian Dobson, Seth Summerside, Evan Jaeger, Matt Lincoln, Andy McClary (Ark), David McNeill (NAU), and a couple of other guys we haven't really heard of. Well, those "couple other guys" didn't seem to conform to the pre-race pecking order, at least not in the final 200m! Austin Abbott (Washington) and Chris Gowell (Baylor) showed absolutely no respect to their highly decorated competitors and went 1-2 with sub-4 equivalents 3:41.62 and 3:41.85.
Again to the delight of the crowd, it was a blanket finish, but the only other piece to the blanket was Evan Jaeger! Solinsky, who barely missed out on an Olympic spot last year in the 5k could only muster a season-opening 3:43 (hey, not too bad, really). 2008 5k Olympian Dobson was out the back in 3:46. Solinsky was in perfect striking distance with 400m to go but couldn't hang with the sharper collegiate boys. Australian 10,000m specialist McNeill of ran a solid 3:42.78 for 4th.
Event 8 Men 1500 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 3:47.80 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Abbott, Austin Sr Washington 3:41.62R 2 Gowell, Chris Jr Baylor 3:41.85R 3 Jaeger, Evan Nike 3:41.96R 4 McNeill, David Jr Northern Arizona 3:42.78R 5 Solinsky, Chris Nike 3:43.36R 6 Lincoln, Matt NA Phoenix Athletics 3:44.73R 7 Summerside, Seth Adidas 3:45.08R 8 McClary, Andy Sr Arkansas 3:45.42R 9 Dobson, Ian NA Adidas 3:46.28R
A great race, the women's 5000m fast heat made the NCAA regional qualifying standard look like a complete joke. 16:52 will get you to regionals, but 15:52 was only good for 10th in this race.
Former Pitt Panther Maureen McCandless looked fit as a fiddle (and tough as nails) as she powered away from a back of 10 runners to win in 15:34. It's crazy to think that Kim Smith and Shalane Flanagan were running 14:39 and 14:47 indoors this year, or over 2 minutes faster than the NCAA regional qualifying standard and 300m in front of McCandless' time . On the men's side, that's like setting the regional mark at 14:45 or something like that, still less than 2 minutes off the American record.
Great marks were put up by a number of collegiate athletes including Oregon's Nicole Blood (15:42) and Stanford's Laurynne Chetelat (15:43), not to mention two other great Washington runners Follett and Lawrence in 15:48 and 15:50 (what a team they have!). LRC Thread on Chetelat points out that the Stanford freshman's time is the #2 American junior 5k time behind only Molly Huddle.
Two Tennessee runners were in the fast heat, but the most notable Tennessee runner, miler Sarah Bowman, was (we assume) strategically entered in the slower heat. She led from the gun, out in front with her powerful, loping stride. Bowman amassed a big lead, only to lose much of it in the final laps, running 16:20 in a longer event for the distinguished miler.
Event 66 Women 5000 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 16:52.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 McCandless, Maureen NA New Balance 15:34.31R 2 Marchand, Racheal NA Unattached 15:39.96R 3 Blood, Nicole Jr Oregon 15:42.13R 4 Chetelat, Laurynne Fr Stanford 15:43.31R 5 Hastings, Amy NA Adidas 15:45.19R 6 Maloy, Elizabeth NA Unattached 15:46.31R 7 Follett, Katie Jr Washington 15:48.72R 8 Allen, Lindsay NA McMillanElite 15:48.97R 9 Lawrence, Mel Fr Washington 15:50.36R 10 Jesang, Janet Jr Western Kentucky 15:52.22R 11 Pohl, Veronica Jr Northern Arizona 16:06.67R 12 White, Catherine So Arkansas 16:08.29R 13 Kingma, Jenna Sr Arizona State 16:09.11R 14 Susa, Mihaela So Oklahoma State 16:09.83R 15 Salucci, Toni Raleigh TC 16:10.24R 16 Bargiachi, Denise Sr Arkansas 16:11.56R 17 Conley, Kim Sr UC Davis 16:17.51R 18 Areson, Jackie Jr Tennessee 16:27.16R 19 Higgins, Lesley NA New York AC 16:39.98R 20 Kalmer, Christine Sr Arkansas 16:43.17R 21 Van Horn, Katie Sr Tennessee 17:03.02 -- Centrowitz, Lauren Sr Stanford DNF
Men's 5000m - Shawn Forrest... Is An Animal!
Sometimes you know you are watching something special.
There WAS a rabbit. But even the rabbit wasn't hanging with Australia's (and Arkansas') Shawn Forrest. Forrest destroyed a highly talented field, including the pace-setter, who dropped out about 2400m into the race as Forrest was already well ahead. All alone on a fairly warm day, Forrest put on a show, running like a man possessed and clocking a superb 13:28 as the announcer made it known that it was one of the top-5 times in the world so far this year.
Forrest went through the mile in about 4:19, and still had some company at that point... but not for long. 8:05 through 3k, Forrest had a big gap and kept opening it up on guys like Jon Riley (13:19 pb) and Yuichiro Ueno (13:21 pb). We guess it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise considering he ran 13:37 indoors at the Tyson Invite and ran 13:57 7 YEARS AGO (he's 25 now), but the determination and boldness of Forrest - running without the aid of a pace-setter and with a pack of hungry competitors behind him - was, in our minds, the performance of the meet.
Surprise! According to his coach Scott Simmons, DII runner Mike Crouch of Queen's University split 1:30 for his last 600m and passed almost half the field en route to a 13:46. The reigning NCAA DII indoor 5000m champion, Crouch bested his 14:12 previous personal best by a long shot.
Event 17 Men 5000 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 14:12.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Forrest, Shawn Sr Arkansas 13:28.81R 2 Riley, Jonathan Nike 13:38.76R 3 Ueno, Yuichiro S and B 13:39.42R 4 Bruce, Ben NA Unattached 13:40.61R 5 Heath, Garrett Sr Stanford 13:42.27R 6 Heath, Elliott So Stanford 13:42.59R 7 Cabada, Fernando NA Reebok 13:44.28R 8 Steeds, Mark Sr Georgia State 13:46.85R 9 Crouch, Michael So Queens of Charlotte 13:46.97R 10 Scott, Derek NA Brooks Team Indiana 13:47.28R 11 Estrada, Diego Fr Northern Arizona 13:47.37R 12 Rodriguez, Cele NA Strands 13:47.50R 13 Wall, Scott Sr Oregon 13:49.40R 14 Kibioywo, Felix Jr Auburn 13:50.87R 15 Kipchumba, Alfred So Portland 13:51.09R 16 Burrell, Ian NA McMillanElite 13:56.34R 17 Ashkettle, Ben So Northern Arizona 13:59.67R 18 Werts, Jean-Peierre Auburn 14:26.82
This race was a one-woman show as 2004 Olympic 10,000m runner and Yale alum Kate O'Neill won from the front in 33:02. Only 2 collegiates hit the NCAA auto mark of 33:30, easterners Andrea Walknonnen of Boston University and Clara Grandt of West Virginia.
Event 71 Women 10000 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 35:00.00 D1 Auto: A 33:30.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 O'Neill, Kate NA Strands 33:02.31A 2 Walkonen, Andrea Sr Boston University 33:13.66A 3 Grandt, Clara Jr West Virginia 33:16.96A 4 White, Melissa NA Hansons-Brooks 33:32.88R 5 Nehus, Erin NA Unattached 33:36.77R 6 Bridgmon, Mattie Jr Oregon 33:37.73R 7 Campbell, Anita Jr Washington 33:40.22R 8 Becker, Alex Jr Tulsa 33:44.63R 9 McKaig, Alissa NA Unattached 33:48.17R 10 Kielty, Ali Jr Arizona State 33:56.97R
Men's 10000m - Georgetown's Dan Nunn With The Big Win And Big PR!
What a great race as the top 6 finishers crossed the line between 28:24 and 28:26.92!
Georgetown's Dan Nunn outkicked Big East rival Patrick Smyth of Notre Dame as they bettered their pr's by 27 and 49 seconds, respectively. Not to be outdone, 3rd-placer Mike Sayenko pulled a Wejo and ran 28:25.85 (the same time as Smyth). Coming into the race Sayenko had only run 29:41 for 10000m on the track. 4th went to 2008 USA 15km champion Andrew Carlson though he was only .01 out of 2nd. Overall, 8 collegiates hit the new NCAA auto mark of 28:45, and 13 collegiates broke 29:00, the final one being University of New Mexico's Chris Barnicle (3 more collegiates broke 29:00 in section 2).
The dominance of runners from the eastern timezone was impressive considering the 10km races were being run at around 1 and 2am eastern time.
Surprise! High Point's Jesse Cherry ran 28:59. Coming into 2009, Cherry sported personal bests of 14:44 in the 5k and 31:15 in the 10k. Way to go.
Event 22 Men 10000 Meter Run Section 1 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 29:30.00 D1 Auto: A 28:45.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Dan Nunn Sr Georgetown 28:24.10A 2 Patrick Smyth Sr Notre Dame 28:25.85A 2 Mike Sayenko NA Strands 28:25.85A 4 Andrew Carlson NA Brooks 28:25.86A 5 Girma Mecheso Fr Auburn 28:26.09A 6 Elkanah Kibet Jr Auburn 28:26.96A 7 Shadrack Biwott Sr Oregon 28:28.83A 8 James Strang Sr Arkansas 28:29.27A 9 Yosef Ghebray Jr California 28:32.27A 10 Sean Houseworth Sr US Air Force 28:33.71A 11 Diego Mercado So Oregon 28:48.54R 12 Abraham Kutingala Sr Alabama 28:52.45R 13 Danny Mercado So Oregon 28:53.02R 14 Jake Schmitt Jr Washington 28:53.99R 15 Dylan Wykes NA Mizuno Canada 28:58.49R 16 Chris Barnicle Jr New Mexico 28:58.96R Event 23 Men 10000 Meter Run Section 2 ================================================================ D1 Reg: R 29:30.00 D1 Auto: A 28:45.00 Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Finals 1 Vegh, Tibor NA Unattached 28:52.21R 2 Uhl, Kiel Jr Iowa State 28:56.85R 3 Krisch, Michael Jr Georgetown 28:58.48R 4 Cherry, Jesse Jr High Point 28:59.16R *Note: we did our best to research PR's and seasonal bests, but if we made a mistake, email us at [email protected]