Day 1 Distance Recap at 2010 USATF Championships
By Ben Fletcher for LetsRun.com
February 28, 2010
– Day one of the USATF Indoor National Track and Field Championships
started off slowly but ended with a bang. Both the first rounds
of the women’s 60m dash and 60m hurdles were canceled, which left
many fans sitting around waiting for some action. Those who came
were eventually rewarded with an exciting exploit in the Men’s 35lb
weight throw. Pre-meet favorite, A.G. Kruger, fulfilled expectations
with an enormous throw of 24.99m (82ft) which places him at number 10
all time indoor. Next up was the Men’s high jump final with
three men jumping over the 7.5 ft barrier, with Jesse Williams ultimately
topping out in 2.34m (7ft8in).
LetsRun.com readers care most about the distance races and Saturday had both the women's and men's 3k finals.
Men’s 3000m: Lagat Kicks to Easy Win Over Rupp on Last Lap Off of Slow Pace
The Men’s 3000m final, the most built up event of the National Championships, proved to be one of the least exciting of the evening. Many big guns lined up at the 8PM start time, but none threw down the way they were capable of. Seemingly running scared due to the moderate altitude, the men jogged a pedestrian opening quarter in around seventy-two seconds, passing 1k in 2:59. The first mile was covered in around 4:40 with Lagat at front, shadowed by the
green of Solinsky and Rupp. The pace increased the last one thousand meters with Lagat and the Oregon duo separating themselves from Scotty Bauhs. Lagat looked incredibly smooth, as he always does, pulling away from Rupp the last 150m to win comfortably in 8:12.60 with Rupp second in 8:13.49 after time trialing an 8:04 3k this past Monday. After, Lagat looked barely winded as he raised his children on the victory podium.
For More Coverage of this race with quotes see David Monti's recap.
Finals 1 Bernard Lagat Nike 8:12.60 2 Galen Rupp Nike/OTC Elite 8:13.49 3 Chris Solinsky OTC/Nike 8:13.85 4 Scott Bauhs adidas 8:15.76 5 Aaron Braun Adams State College 8:17.40 6 Ian Burrell McMillan Elite 8:23.08 7 Brian Medigovich Adams State College 8:23.14 8 Aucencio Martinez Boulder RC/adid 8:24.82 9 Jordan Horn McMillan Elite 8:27.17 10 Jonathan Pierce Asics 8:27.28 11 Kyle King unattached 8:27.33 12 Mark Fruin Team Ind Brooks 8:32.34 13 Thomas Morgan ZAP Fitness 8:36.51 14 Nate Jenkins Saucony 8:41.24 15 Eric Garner unattached 8:42.98
The Women’s 3000m proved to be the greatest crowd pleaser of the evening. Running with “balls” as Craig Mottram would say, Renee Metivier Baillie took the lead from the gun and charged a 32 second opening lap. The rest of the field ran timidly 50m back with Shannon Rowbury, the pre-race favorite, leading the chase pack. Baillie held her lead fairly well, but with three laps remaining began to look fatigued and struggled to maintain the pace. The duo
of Rowbury and Sara Hall began to close in and with 200m to go they were ten meters off of Baillie. With 100m and one bend to go Hall and Rowbury ran even with Baillie who was struggling to maintain her stride. Urged on by the loud Albuquerque crowd, Baillie made one final charge the last 25m to dart ahead of Hall who dove at the finish line. Winning by 2/100th of a second, Baillie took her first indoor 3000m title. Baillie turned in a true and courageous effort and is certainly a
new crowd favorite.
For More Coverage of this race with quotes see David Monti's recap.
Finals 1 Renee Metivier Baillie unattached 9:14.90 2 Sara Hall Asics 9:14.92 3 Shannon Rowbury Nike 9:15.41 4 Desiree Davila Hansons-Brooks 9:21.05 5 Delilah DiCrescenzo Puma 9:29.54 6 Shayla Houlihan unattached 9:33.20 7 Toni Salucci Adidas Ralei 9:33.72 8 Alisha Williams Boulder RC/adid 9:34.51 9 Frances Koons unattached 9:35.30 10 Tanya Zeferjahn unattached 9:50.88 11 Karen Dimoff Bowerman AC 10:09.08
Women’s 800m Prelims:
of the Women’s 800m played to form with the pre-race favorites all
qualifying comfortably. Anna Pierce (formerly Willard) did not
don her normal colored hair streak as she comfortably stormed ahead
in the last 100m in heat two to a 2:03.17, placing her a full second
ahead of Erin Donohue.
Pierce looks to be rounding
into great form and if she runs the way she did Saturday on Sunday,
she will surely lock up her spot for the Doha team.
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Heather Dorniden Team USA Minnesota 2:05.70Q 2 Angee Henry Team Neb Brooks 2:05.78q 3 Aja Jackson P2 Elite Track Club 2:07.59 4 Chantee McBride unattached 2:15.18 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Anna Pierce Nike 2:03.17Q 2 Erin Donohue Nike 2:04.85q 3 Laura Januszewski unattached 2:06.35q 4 Perry Fields unattached 2:09.87 -- Treniere Moser Nike DNS Heat 3 Preliminaries 1 Alysia Johnson Nike 2:06.29Q 2 Lauren Johnson unattached 2:08.56 3 Victoria Martinez unattached 2:08.80 4 Mary Quiett DePaul University 2:08.93 5 Jesse Carlin unattached 2:09.01
Men’s 800m Prelims:
Like the women, the men’s 800m prelims went pretty much to form with the exception of 2004 Olympian Jonathan Johnson and former Big 12 Champ and NCAA All-American, Jacob Hernandez failing to qualify for the finals.
Nick Symmonds, donning a Prefontaine-like
mustache, charged patiently into the lead around the final bend to secure
the win in his heat and a place in the final. Symmonds looked
incredibly smooth and strong and will be hard pressed to beat in the
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Nick Symmonds Nike/OTC Elite 1:47.59Q 2 Tyler Mulder Nike/OTC Elite 1:47.80q 3 Mark Wieczorek Oregon TC Elite 1:48.47q 4 Jason Collett unattached 1:49.49 5 Rob Novak NYAC 1:49.76 6 Josh Slamka Wisconsin R R T 1:50.89 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Brian Gagnon unattached 1:49.75Q 2 Jacob Hernandez Nike 1:49.87 3 Liam Boylan-Pett unattached 1:51.01 4 Brandon Shaw unattached 1:51.05 5 Peter Najem unattached 1:52.11 Heat 3 Preliminaries 1 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:49.92Q 2 Tetlo Emmen unattached 1:50.24 3 Nick Lara unattached 1:50.42 4 Kevin Hicks unattached 1:50.62 5 Sean Tully NYAC 1:50.99 6 Larry Brooks unattached 1:52.19 Heat 4 Preliminaries 1 Duane Solomon unattached 1:49.33Q 2 Jonathan Johnson unattached 1:50.12 3 Ryan Brown Asics 1:51.48 4 James O'Brien Indiana Invaders 1:53.15 5 Dustin Emrani Central Park TC 1:57.13
Day two of the Indoor National Championships will be highlighted with the Men’s 1500m and Leo Manzano looking to capture the National title along with two very strong 800m finals fields.
More USATF Coverage: Race Results Weekly Recap of Day 1 With Quotes
*LRC Day 1 Distance Recap: Lagat Over Rupp, Metivier Baillie Over Rowbury
*USATF Recap of Day 1: Amber Campbell 3rd Best Weight Throw Ever, Jesse Williams Goes 7'8" in High Jump
*USATF Day 2 Recap: Christian Cantwell Dominates Shot, Carmelita Jeter, Ivory Williams Win Sprints, Terrence Trammell Wins Hurdles, Batman Wins 400, Allyson Felix 3rd in 400
*Day 2 Distance Recap: Lagat over Rupp, Metivier Baillie over Rowbury