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Distance Recaps from Day 2 of the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships

by Christopher Lotsbom
March 1, 2009

Photos from photorun.net
LRC Distance Recaps From Day 1
*Day 1 Photos *Day 2 Photos

Here’s a recap of all the distance events from the final day at the USATF Indoor meet, Sunday March 1, 2009.
Women’s 1500m Final: Anna Willard Wins

After the women’s 1500m field was called back due to a false start, the pack took off led by 2008 Olympic steeple-chaser Anna Willard. The New England native led along with former US indoor mile champ Shayne Culpepperthrough the 400m in 1:12.5. Soon joined by fellow Team Running USA teammate Jen Rhines,Willard would assume the duties of pulling the pack along. The wholefield stayed bunched up until the 1000m mark, where the pack began tostring out. Hitting the 1000m in 3:00.5, Willard, Culpepper and Rhineswere joined by Sara Hall, who had finished second in the 3Klast night. Culpepper took over the lead briefly, but was then passedby Willard. With 200 to go, Willard took off, starting to separateherself from the rest of the field. Closing with an unofficial 15.02100m kick, where she kept gaining on the field, Willard broke the tapein 4:17.37. Following her were Culpepper (4:18.82) and Hall (4:19.30)in second and third, respectively.  Willard said, "I felt way more comfortable than usual, I had fun running [the 1500]."  When asked about what she will do in the spring, now that she has runcompetitively in the shorter distance, Willard said she would dabble inthe 800, 1500, as well as her specialty, the 3K steeplechase.  A late scratch, Lindsey Gallo did not participate in the 1500.

Women 1500 Meter Run
       World: W 3:58.28  2/18/2006   Yelena Soboleva, RUS
    American: A 3:59.98  2/1/2003    Regina Jacobs, Nike
        Meet: M 4:03.08  3/4/1997    Mary Slaney, Nike
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals
  1 Anna Willard                 Nike                   4:17.37
  2 Shayne Culpepper             Nike                   4:18.82
  3 Sara Hall                    Asics                  4:19.30
  4 Jennifer Rhines              adidas                 4:22.16
  5 Sara Vaughn                  Boulder Running        4:22.29
  6 Amanda LoPiccolo             Syr. Chargers TC       4:24.86
  7 Susan Hendrick               New York AC            4:25.29
  8 Angelina Blackmon            N C State              4:26.29
  9 Lauren Hagans                Unattached             4:27.41
 10 Clerc Koenck                 Unattached             4:28.21
 11 Natalie Gingerich            Nike Cnt Park TC       4:28.80
 12 Kaitlin O'Sullivan           Syr. Chargers TC       4:30.21
 -- Lindsey Gallo                Reebok                     DNS

Men’s 800m Final: What Else Did You Expect? Khadevis Robinson Wins Again

Karjuan Williams, the former Nike Indoor Nationals 800 champ, went right to the front at the gun, and led through the first 400 in 54.67. He was closely followed by OTC’s Matt Scherer, reigning indoor national champ Khadevis Robinson (Nike), and 2008 Olympian Christian Smith. At 600m, hit in 1:21.88, Steve Sherer of the New York Athletic Club and Matt Wieczorek (OTC/Nike) entered the picture and moved to the front. But, with 100m left, Sherer got shuffled back rounding the turn. Robinson took over, and led the pack to the line, finishing in a season best 1:48.61.

"I came into the championship wanting to enjoy myself more, enjoy the atmosphere. I just wanted to be there with 700 to go. I was, and that’s when I knew I could win," said Robinson, who captured his fourth US Indoor championship.
The surprise of the race had to be Wieczorek, who moved up late and finished second in a personal best of 1:48.94. At first, Wieczorek’s goal was to just make the finals and compete. He certainly did so, taking home the silver. Getting the bronze was Scherer (1:49.36).

Men 800 Meter Run
       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
  1 Khadevis Robinson            Nike                   1:48.61
  2 Mark Wieczorek               OTC/Nike               1:48.94
  3 Matt Scherer                 OTC/Nike               1:49.36
  4 Karjuan Williams             Unattached             1:49.47
  5 Christian Smith              Nike                   1:49.54
  6 Steve Sherer                 New York AC            1:49.85

Women’s 800m Final: Katie Waits is Back

The women’s 800m final was dominated by Reebok’s Katie Waits, the former Michigan Wolverine coached by Mike McGuire. Waits led wire to wire, as she wanted to get the lead early and "not fight it after the first curve." Completing the first 400m in 1:00.58, Waits was followed by 7-time All-American (at Pitt) Chantee McBride and 2006 US Indoor champ (1500) Treniere Clement. By the 600m mark, though, Waits began to move and lengthen the gap between herself and the field. Waits had about a 5-meter lead on Clemente coming around the final turn, and by then she knew she had captured her first indoor title.

"I'm very excited!" exclaimed Waits. "I’m happy with the time, and as long as I stay healthy, plan to see me mixing it up with the leaders in June (at the US Outdoor Championships)."

Clement finished in second (2:04.32), happy with her season best time, but disappointed to finish second, not first.  "But I can't complain, last year was a disaster, and I am now starting to get back to where I want to be."
Jesse Carlin of Nike took the bronze in 2:05.98.
Women 800 Meter Run
       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
  1 Katie Waits                  Reebok                 2:03.56
  2 Treniere Clement             Nike                   2:04.32
  3 Jesse Carlin                 Nike                   2:05.98
  4 Ty Davis                     Team Indiana           2:06.30
  5 Angee Henry                  Team Nebraska          2:08.53
  6 Chantee McBride              Unattached             2:08.64

Master's World Record for Tony  Young
A big surprise at the USA Indoor Championships was a world record: a men’s masters 45-49 1500m record set by Tony Young of Club Northwest. Young, who ran 3:57.91, set his third world record of the season, and dominated the field of six. The Redmond, Washington native’s secret to success is his consistency, which he credits to plyometrics and weeks of 80+ miles. Although he first thought was that he wished he went out a little quicker, the loan officer by day/runner by night record holder was very happy with his performance. He beat the previous world best of 4:02.24 held by Spain's Jose Borrego, and Ken Sparks’ 28 year old American record of 4:04.80. Congratulations Tony!

Christopher Lotsbom is an avid runner and a senior at Walpole High School in MA. He looks to continue both running and writing next year in college.

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