NCAA Day 1 - Koll Wins 10k With Ease

In Other Distance Action - Men's Steeple and Women's 800m Semis Go Mostly According To Form

By Emory Mort
June 9, 2010

Women's 10,000m Final - Koll Waits, Then Bursts To Easy Win

Iowa State's Lisa Koll was expected to dominate the 10,000m final on Wednesday evening. After all, the NCAA 10k record-holder had a seasonal best over 1-minute ahead of any other girl in the field. With just under 3,000m to go in the rainy race, Koll bolted to the lead and was never challenged.

The majority of the first day's only running final was led by Boston University's Andrea Walkonnen in almost perfectly even 80-second per lap pacing. Running near the front of the 24-person pack, Koll waited until about 7 laps to go and took off, running a 72 to string out the field (her laps would slow slightly from there as she was totally in control). Koll, who hopes to double back Friday against reigning champion Angela Bizzarri in the 5000m, said after the race, “The plan was to go any time after 5k.  I just kept looking at my coach and got a little antsy.  But I got out with 7 laps to go and then tried to enjoy the last lap and smile."

With 2 laps to go it became clear that Iowa State would go 1-2 thanks to Betsy Saina's strong finish. But it wasn't until the final 100m that Oregon's Nicole Blood was able to gut out a 3rd-place finish. The Hayward crowd was screaming for Blood, eager to help the Duck women push towards a team title. It looked like Blood, who had to hold off a strong challenge from West Virginia's Clara Grandt and catch Pasca Cheruiyot of Florida State, was lifted by the encouragement. “That crowd carried me the last 600 meters when I felt like I had nothing left", she would say after. "I heard Blood being chanted and people started standing.” 



Event 28  Women 10000 Meter Run
 Final only. Random draw. Double waterfall. 2/3 on main                      
    American: A 30:22.22  8/15/2008   Shalane Flanagan, Nike                 
College Best: C 31:18.07  3/26/2010   Lisa Koll, Iowa State                  
   NCAA Meet: M 32:28.57  6/1/1998    Sylvia Mosqueda, Cal State Los An      
     Hayward: S 31:22.69  2009        Amy Begley, USA                        
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points      
  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          


Women's 800 Semifinals - Lacey Cramer's 2:15 The Only Big Surprise
LSU's LaTavia Thomas, Indiana's Molly Beckwith and Tennessee's Phoebe Wright each won their heats, setting up a clash between the 3 most accomplished runners this year in the final. Former NCAA champ Lacey Cramer of BYU failed to make the final to make her the only big-name casualty. We were surprised after the fast, competitve men's 800 heats that so many of the top women 800 runners were running 2:08-2:10 or worse.

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                           
  1 LaTavia Thomas            SR LSU                    2:04.82Q
  2 Christine Whalen          SR Georgetown             2:05.09Q
  3 Kim Standridge            JR Cornell                2:06.19 
  4 Zamzam Sangau             SR M. Tenn. St.           2:07.46 
  5 Stephanie Brown           FR Arkansas               2:08.15 
  6 Nachelle Stewart          SO Brigham Young          2:09.45 
  7 Cynthia Anais             SO Maryland-ES            2:12.54 
  8 Lacey Cramer              SO Brigham Young          2:15.92 
Heat  2 Preliminaries                                           
  1 Phoebe Wright             SR Tennessee              2:02.98Q
  2 Anne Kesselring           FR Oregon                 2:05.16Q
  3 Kayann Thompson           SR LSU                    2:05.68q
  4 Caitlin Bailey            JR Boston College         2:07.02 
  5 Becca Friday              FR Oregon                 2:09.13 
  6 Ally Romanko              SR Air Force              2:09.89 
  7 Kimarra McDonald          SR Tennessee              2:10.85 
  8 Lucy Yates                SO Utah                   2:15.43 
Heat  3 Preliminaries                                           
  1 Molly Beckwith            SR Indiana                2:03.90Q
  2 Christina Rodgers         JR Arizona                2:05.25Q
  3 Kate Grace                JR Yale                   2:05.32q
  4 Angela Wagner             SR Brigham Young          2:06.33 
  5 Purity Biwott             JR Texas Tech             2:06.81 
  6 Anna Layman               JR Washington State       2:07.60 
  7 Charlene Lipsey           FR LSU                    2:08.08 
  8 Holli Hosch               JR Northern Iowa          2:10.18 

Men's Steeplechase - East Leaders Hughes and Cabral Win Modestly-Paced Heats
The men's steeplechase heats were uneventful except for a big finish from UVA's Stephen Finley in the first heat. Finley moved up from way back to catch the lead pack at the very end of the race. Finley nabbed the last auto spot but it ended up not mattering as he would have qualified either way.

Princeton's Donn Cabral won his heat in 8:42.84 in his quest to become an Ivy League individual event champion. Cabral, who also qualified for Saturday's 5000m race, ran at the front for a good portion of the 2nd heat but said after, “I didn’t feel as great as I would have liked to.  It was ok though.” 

Steeplechase Prelim Results:

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                                        
  1 Matt Hughes               JR Louisville             8:43.08Q             
  2 De'Sean Turner            SO Indiana                8:43.44Q             
  3 Julian DeRubira           SR Santa Barbara          8:43.62Q             
  4 Barnabas Kirui            SR Mississippi            8:43.66Q             
  5 Gilbert Limo              JR Texas Tech             8:43.70Q             
  6 Stephen Finley            JR Virginia               8:43.71Q             
  7 John Martinez             SR NC State               8:43.82q             
  8 Brett Hales               JR Weber State            8:45.28q             
  9 Evans Kigen               JR Liberty                8:49.18              
 10 Nicodemus Ng'etich        SR Texas-El Paso          8:53.58              
 11 Cory Leslie               SO Ohio State             8:54.38              
 12 Ryan McDermott            JR Duke                   8:55.47              
Heat  2 Preliminaries                                                        
  1 Donn Cabral               SO Princeton              8:42.84Q             
  2 Steve Sodaro              JR California             8:43.04Q             
  3 Hillary Bor               JR Iowa State             8:43.82Q             
  4 John Sullivan             JR Stanford               8:44.03Q             
  5 Richard Nelson            SR Brigham Young          8:44.39Q             
  6 Joonas Harjamaki          JR Lamar                  8:45.17Q             
  7 Harry Miller              SR William & Mary         8:46.49              
  8 Martin Kirui              JR Mississippi            8:49.71              
  9 Adu Dentamo               SR Charlotte              8:56.88              
 10 Jace Nye                  SR Weber State            8:57.49              
 11 Dylan Knight              JR UCLA                   8:59.93              
 12 John Ricardi              SR Idaho State            9:00.28    

*Full Results
*LRC 800m Semis Recap/Videos/Results Robby Andrews 1:45.54; Wheating advances smoothly in 1:48




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