NCAA Indoor Women's Day 1 Recap - Brittany Sheffey's Heroics Give Vols Another DMR Victory
March 12, 2010
After a thrilling DMR ended the men's day 1, the women's DMR was even more exciting, as Jordan Hasay and Brittany Sheffey put on a great show on the anchor leg. Read our event recaps below.
Women's DMR - Unbelievable Race Comes Down To Hasay And Tennessee's Sheffey ...
Tennessee built a huge lead thanks to a brilliant opening leg by Phoebe Wright (who will almost certainly win the 800m tomorrow). Tennessee's 400 runner, if anything, extended the lead and handed off to none other than 800m star Chanelle Price. Price opened up an even bigger gap and Tennessee was left with about a 35m lead over Oregon with Jordan Hasay and Georgetown's Emily Infeld on the anchor. Hasay and Infeld were the only girls that had a shot at catching Tennessee and even they had a very big gap to close.
We Were Wondering - What Was Tennessee Mid-D Coach J.J. Clark Thinking?
With Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price available, how could legendary Tennessee coach J.J. Clark not put one of those two on the anchor of the DMR? As Tennessee's anchor Brittany Sheffey, runner-up at the SEC indoor mile this year, ran around the track seemingly hung out to dry with a huge lead being gobbled up by true miler Hasay, we couldn't understand it. Of all the Tennessee runners, we knew the least about this girl. In our predictions, we thought Tennessee would finish 3rd because they didn't have a great miler to close it. Wright, who crushed the 1,200 and has run 2:01 this season, simply isn't a miler and already ran an 800 today. Price is not a great miler. But we at least assumed one of the "big names" would anchor it.
|Video: Lady Vols after their unexpected DMR win.|
We were wrong and Clark clearly knew what he was doing. Tactically, Sheffey was brilliant. She ran steady but not super-fast. Hasay and Infeld had to work hard to catch Sheffey by 800m. At that point, Hasay passed Sheffey but Sheffey hung on to the 3-woman pack. When it came down to crunch time, Sheffey rallied, passed Hasay, and then held off repeated attempts by Hasay to pass. First she held off Hasay on the outside going into the last turn. Then, Hasay tucked in an made another push in the final straight. Sheffey just kept pouring it on until Hasay literally broke with 15m left and stumbled towards the finish. A great effort from both girls and from Georgetown's Emily Infeld, who ran 4:33 on the anchor to bring the Hoyas home 3rd.
On the video we were watching, it looked like Phoebe Wright was crying as she hugged her lesser-known teammate, who just won Tennessee another relay national title by holding off one of the greatest young milers in American history. A great moment.
Boards: Jordan 4:32.5 split and loses!
*Box Quad Payout? LRC Picks Top 4 Women's DMR Teams We were bold in picking the top 4 seeds to finish in the top 4.
|Video: LIsa Koll on how she has gotten back in monster shape.|
Women's 5,000 - Lisa Koll Dominates While Oregon's Point-Scoring Hope Nicole Blood Falls And DNFs
Iowa State's NCAA record-holding Lisa Koll won her first NCAA indoor title after coming in with the top time in the NCAA by over 20 seconds. Koll put the race away and won by a wide margin (we're still waiting to see results) over West Virginia's Marie Louise Asselin. Nicole Blood of Oregon fell during the race and did not finish, a serious blow to the Ducks' team title hopes, as Blood was the #2-ranked 5,000 runner in the NCAA coming in.
|1||Lisa Koll||SR||Iowa State||15:39.65||10||1(1)|
|2||Marie Louise Asselin||JR||West Virginia||15:50.53||8||1(2)|
|4||Bridget Franek||SR||Penn State||15:58.02||5||1(4)|
|8||Felicity Milton||JR||Oklahoma State||16:01.90||1||1(8)|
|10||Beverly Ramos||SR||Kansas State||16:08.60||1(10)|
|11||Clara Grandt||SR||West Virginia||16:14.09||1(11)|
|12||Janet Jesang||SR||Western Kentucky||16:17.56||1(12)|
|14||Holly Van Dalen||SO||Stony Brook||16:39.37||1(14)|
|Heat 1||[View Splits]|
|2||Keri Bland||West Virginia||4:41.87||Q|
|4||Mihaela Susa||Oklahoma State||4:42.03||Q|
|5||Dina Nosenko||Wake Forest||4:43.61||q|
|7||Amanda Winslow||Florida State||4:52.99|
|Heat 2||[View Splits]|
|3||Pilar McShine||Florida State||4:44.23||Q|
|4||Caroline Karunde||Texas Tech||4:44.45||Q|
|6||Kaylyn Christopher||West Virginia||4:46.76|
|8||Purity Biwott||Texas Tech||4:50.12|
|9||Sharla Manuele||Southern Utah||4:54.15|
Women's 800m Semis - All 4 LetsRun.com Favorites Advance
There were no surprises here, as Tennessee's Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price advanced along with LSU's LaTavia Thomas and BYU's Lacey Cramer. Wright was absolutely dominant in the 1,200m leg of the DMR and she remains our big favorite to take the final ... but there's no event less predictable than the final round of an 800 at a championship.
|Heat 1||[View Splits]|
|2||Lea Wallace||Sacramento St.||2:05.27||Q|
|5||Renisha Robinson||Sacramento St.||2:08.71|
|Heat 2||[View Splits]|
|Heat 3||[View Splits]|
|4||Erica Moore||Indiana State||2:06.09|
Women's Long Jump - Meet Record For Blessing Okagbare
In our non-distance coverage of the day, we wanted to mention Blessing Okagbare of UTEP, who broke the meet record in the long jump when she jumped 6.87m or 22'6". Okagbare had to be on the top of her game, as 2nd-place was a very solid 21'11" by Mindy McClurkin of BYU.
|American||7.13m||23-4 ¾||Jackie Joyner-Kersee||March 5 1994|
|Collegiate||6.91m||22-8||Elva Goulbourne||Auburn||February 23 2002|
|NCAA Meet||6.81m||22-4 ¼||Elva Goulbourne||Auburn||March 14 2003|
|Facility||6.91m||22-8||Elva Goulbourne||Auburn||February 23 2002|
|1||Blessing Okagbare||SR||UTEP||6.87m||22-6 ½||10||MR|
|2||Mindy McClurkin||SR||BYU||6.69m||21-11 ½||8|
|3||Shara Proctor||SR||Florida||6.64m||21-9 ½||6|
|4||Karoline Koehler||SR||San Diego St.||6.59m||21-7 ½||5|
|5||Kimberly Williams||JR||Florida State||6.46m||21-2 ½||4|
Team Scores After Day 1 - Nothing Has Been Decided
|Team Scores||6 of 17 Events Scores|
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