NCAA Day 1 - Andrews, Wheating Advance As UVA Frosh Goes 1:45.54
Koll Destroys 10k

By Emory Mort
LetsRun.com

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The last 120m of Robby Andrews' 1:45.54 800m semifinal

June 9, 2010

Men's 800 Heat 1 - Andrews 1:45.54!
The most anticipated showdown of the NCAA championships got off to a great start on Wednesday with the 800m semifinal heats. A relatively full stadium of just under 10,000 fans watched UVA's freshman sensation Robby Andrews run the US #3 junior 800 of all-time in winning his fast first heat in a personal record 1:45.54. Teammate Lance Roller surged at the line to just nip Charles Jock of UCLA to get the final time qualifying slot 1:46.11 to 1:46.17.

Andrews ran at the back of the pack for the whole race, moving up with 150m to go from 2nd-to-last. The heat got out fast thanks to Travis Thompson of Oregon who took the heat out in 24.43. The field passed 400 in 50.6.

Boards: Robby Andrews will become the next Sebastian Coe. American mile domination is back!!!
*Wheating PSYCHOLOGICALLY destroyed by Andrews already.

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                                        
  1 Robby Andrews             FR Virginia               1:45.54Q             
  2 Cory Primm                JR UCLA                   1:45.70Q             
  3 Fred Samoei               JR Alabama                1:45.94q             
  4 Lance Roller              SO Virginia               1:46.11q             
  5 Charles Jock              SO Irvine                 1:46.17              
  6 Travis Thompson           JR Oregon                 1:48.42              
  7 Blake Irwin               SO Missouri               1:50.25              
  8 Sadiki White              FR LSU                    1:50.63      



                                        

Heat 2 - Aaron Evans and Ryan Martin Advance, Elijah Greer Just Misses
Oregon was hoping to advance freshman Elijah Greer to the final but after a blazing heat 1, Greer either needed to run 1:46-low or get in the top-2. He ran tough but couldn't quite catch the two leaders. Michael Rutt (UConn) and Richard Jones (LSU) did the work in the race, taking it out in a quick 25.32/51.61, but neither of them could advance.

The last 50m of the race can be seen here.

      
Heat  2 Preliminaries                                                        
  1 Aaron Evans               SO Georgia                1:46.55Q             
  2 Ryan Martin               JR Santa Barbara          1:46.71Q             
  3 Elijah Greer              FR Oregon                 1:46.99              
  4 Richard Jones             JR LSU                    1:47.18              
  5 Brian Gagnon              SR Connecticut            1:47.40              
  6 Michael Rutt              JR Connecticut            1:47.56              
  7 Luke Rucks                JR Wisconsin              1:48.99              
  8 Scott Crawford            SR UCLA                   1:49.60              
                        

 

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Robby Andrews talks after the 800m semifinals.

Men's 800 Heat 3 - Wheating Gets Through Easily
After watching Andrews and company run fast in the windy conditions, Andrew Wheating was happy to go to the back and rely on his big kick in the last heat. That's exactly what he did and his 1:48.80 looked very easy.

The last 50m of the race can be seen here.

Heat  3 Preliminaries                                                        
  1 Andrew Wheating    SR Oregon                 1:48.80Q             
  2 Chris Gowell       SR Baylor                 1:49.69Q             
  3 Casimir Loxsom     FR Penn State             1:49.89              
  4 Felix Kitur        JR Virginia Military      1:50.40              
  5 Ryan Waite         SO Brigham Young          1:51.29              
  6 Chris Labosky      SR Yale                   1:51.63              
  7 Aaron Dixon        JR Missouri               1:53.19              
  8 Ryan Foster        JR Penn State             1:53.45        




           

 

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Andrew Wheating talks after the 800 prelims.  

Women's 10k: Lisa Koll Dominates as Iowa State Goes 1-2
The only track final on Wednesday was the women's 10k and NCAA record holder Lisa Koll dominated as expected. Koll was content to run with the pack until 3k to go and then she crushed the field the last 3k. It was a dominant performance. Employee # 1 remarked, "She looked like Shalane Flanagan." Koll got this thread on the message boards, "Lisa Koll - now THAT is how you break the field in a race!!". The big surprise in the race was that Koll's teammate Betsy Saina was second. Oregon's Nicole Blood was third getting 6 crucial points for Oregon who is expected to battle for the team title with Texas A&M.

On the boards:
Lisa Koll - now THAT is how you break the field in a race!!
*Iowa dismantles Oregon's distance progra
*Remember 6 years ago when nicole blood burned out???

Finals                                                                       
  1 Lisa Koll                 SR Iowa State            32:49.35   10         
  2 Betsy Saina               SO Iowa State            33:13.13    8         
  3 Nicole Blood              SR Oregon                33:22.62    6         
  4 Clara Grandt              SR West Virginia         33:23.22    5         
  5 Pasca Cheruiyot           JR Florida State         33:23.63    4         
  6 Tara Erdmann              JR Loyola Marymount      33:27.66    3         
  7 Danielle Domenichelli     SR Santa Barbara         33:32.81    2         
  8 Stephanie Marcy           JR Stanford              33:32.92    1         
  9 Andrea Walkonen           SR Boston University     33:33.18              
 10 Jessica Rydberg           FR Notre Dame            33:34.60              
 11 Amanda Goetschius         SO Charlotte             33:38.11              
 12 Megan Duwell              SR Minnesota             33:40.94              
 13 Kimberly Ruck             SO Clemson               33:42.88              
 14 Mattie Bridgmon           SR Oregon                33:43.64              
 15 Anita Campbell            SR Washington            33:44.57              
 16 Natasha Labeaud           SR Georgetown            33:44.63              
 17 Tonya Nero                JR Wichita State         33:45.83              
 18 Katie DiCamillo           SR Providence            33:53.61              
 19 Semehar Tesfaye           SO Iowa State            33:55.95              
 20 Catherine DeSarle         JR Syracuse              33:58.13              
 21 Bridget Lyons             JR Georgia               34:02.80              
 22 Carly Seymour             SO Duke                  34:06.40              
 23 Sarah Cummings            JR Princeton             34:13.04              
 24 Zsofia Erdelyi            JR Southern California   34:44.63              

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