NCAA 10,000m Preview - Chelanga And Koll HUGE Favorites

June 6, 2010

Women 10k Wednesday 7:15pm
Men 10k Thursday 7:25pm

Liberty's Sam Chelanga and Iowa State's Lisa Koll are huge favorites in the 10,000m finals. Both have run stellar times this year - Chelanga an NCAA record 27:08 and Koll an NCAA record 31:18. There is little doubt in our minds they will be taking home NCAA titles by comfortable margins. Both favorites plan to double back against arguably tougher competition in the 5,000m final two nights later, so we'll see how this affects their tactics in their preferred longer events.

The pure regional system ensures that all 24 competitors on the men's and women's side are fit going into the NCAA final. We're interested to see how this plays out with the size of the packs.

In terms of the NCAA team race, Oregon will be looking for team points from Luke Puskedra on the men's side and Mattie Bridgmon and Nicole Blood on the women's side. Blood will attempt to double back for the 5,000m final.

Dark horses in the men's race include Oklahoma State's John Kosgei, who is coming on strong late in the year. Wisconsin's Canadian prodigy Mohammed Ahmed is the most prominent of three freshmen in the field.

On the women's side, Iowa State could celebrate a 1-2 Cyclone finish if Betsy Saina repeats her West regional performance. From back East, West Virginia's Clara Grandt won the East regional, while Boston University's Andrea Walkonen has the nation's #2 time of 32:31, which is over 70 seconds slower than Koll's seasonal best. 10k Men Predictions - Kenyan Sweep?
1. Sam Chelanga
2. John Kosgei
3. Ben Cheruiyot 10k Women Predictions - 1, 2 Iowa State
1. Lisa Koll
2. Betsy Saina
3. Nicole Blood

Men's West 10,000m Qualifiers
1 John Kosgei               SR Oklahoma State        29:36.55Q
2 Ahmed Osman               SO Northern Arizona      29:37.42Q
3 Jake Riley                JR Stanford              29:38.64Q
4 Mohammed Ahmed            FR Wisconsin             29:38.85Q
5 Kiel Uhl                  SR Iowa State            29:39.00Q
6 Samuel Kosgei             SR Lamar                 29:39.11Q
7 Joe Bosshard              FR Colorado              29:40.29Q
8 Chris Barnicle            SR New Mexico            29:40.45Q
9 John Beattie              SR Tulsa                 29:41.67Q
10 Alfred Kipchumba          SO Portland              29:45.30Q
11 Kevin Schwab              FR Oklahoma              29:46.15Q
12 Luke Puskedra             SO Oregon                29:47.54Q 

Men's East 10,000m Qualifiers
1   Sam Chelanga    JR  Liberty 29:27.20    Q                       1(1)
2   Ben Cheruiyot   SO  Auburn  29:44.76    Q                       1(2)
3   Ryan Collins    JR  Virginia    29:45.55    Q                       1(3)
4   Matt Llano  SR  Richmond    29:48.54    Q                       1(4)
5   Tyler McCandless    SR  Penn State  29:51.45    Q                       1(5)
6   Duriel Hardy    SR  Brown   29:51.62    Q                       1(6)
7   Elkanah Kibet   SR  Auburn  29:52.43    Q                       1(7)
8   Dan Jackson JR  Notre Dame  29:54.24    Q                       1(8)
9   Lex Williams    SR  Michigan    29:57.88    Q                       1(9)
10  Patrick Cheptoek    SR  Western Kentucky    29:58.32    Q         1(10)
11  Michael Krisch  SR  Georgetown  30:03.85    Q                       1(11)
12  Josh Izewski    SO  Florida 30:12.18    Q                       1(12)


Women's West 10,000m Qualifiers
1 Lisa Koll                 SR Iowa State          # 34:23.64Q
2 Betsy Saina               SO Iowa State          # 34:25.84Q
3 Danielle Domenichelli     SR Santa Barbara       # 34:26.10Q
4 Megan Duwell              SR Minnesota           # 34:31.03Q
5 Tara Erdmann              JR Loyola Marymount    # 34:31.58Q
6 Zsofia Erdelyi            JR Southern California # 34:32.32Q
7 Nicole Blood              SR Oregon              # 34:33.32Q
8 Semehar Tesfaye           SO Iowa State          # 34:34.30Q
9 Mattie Bridgmon           SR Oregon              # 34:34.79Q
10 Stephanie Marcy           JR Stanford            # 34:36.41Q
11 Anita Campbell            SR Washington          # 34:39.58Q
12 Tonya Nero                JR Wichita State       # 34:44.61Q 

Women's East 10,000m Qualifiers
1   Clara Grandt    SR  West Virginia   34:29.86    Q                       1(1)
2   Pasca Cheruiyot JR  Florida State   34:42.83    Q                       1(2)
3   Katie DiCamillo SR  Providence  34:43.44    Q                       1(3)
4   Andrea Walkonen SR  Boston University   34:49.83    Q                       1(4)
5   Kimberly Ruck   SO  Clemson 34:55.79    Q                       1(5)
6   Amanda Goetschius   SO  Charlotte   34:58.21    Q                       1(6)
7   Carly Seymour   SO  Duke    34:58.37    Q                       1(7)
8   Jessica Rydberg FR  Notre Dame  34:59.42    Q                       1(8)
9   Bridget Lyons   JR  Georgia 34:59.91    Q                       1(9)
10  Natasha Labeaud SR  Georgetown  35:09.84    Q                       1(10)
11  Catherine DeSarle   JR  Syracuse    35:20.20    Q                       1(11)
12  Sarah Cummings  JR  Princeton   35:25.97    Q                       1(12)


NCAA Outdoor Championships At Hayward Field

The stage is set for an exciting NCAA Outdoor Championships weekend in Eugene, Oregon. We've worked together with our friends at to preview every event at the meet. In distance events, look for difficult double attempts from Andrew Wheating (800/1,500), Lisa Koll (10k/5k) and Sam Chelanga (10k/5k). In sprints, the men's 400 may be the fastest race in the world so far this year. In the team race, the Oregon men and women enter as slight underdogs to sprint powers Texas A&M and Florida, adding even more intrigue to the distance races. We'll see how much of a lift the Ducks get in front of home crowds at Hayward Field. The meet runs Wednesday-Saturday.

NCAA Schedule, Info
*'s Emory Mort will be in Eugene covering the event, so check back for daily updates.
*TV: CBS College will air the championship live on Friday from 8-10 p.m. (EASTERN) and CBS will air it live on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. (EASTERN). will stream the rest of the championship online.








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