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 ======================================================================= 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
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