Day 1 2010 USATFs: Galen Rupp Reigns Supreme, Amy Begley Over Hometown Hero Lisa Koll
By Ryan Craven for LetsRun.com
Day 1 of the 2010 USATF champs saw Galen Rupp win the men's 10k as expected and 2008 Olympian and 2009 USA #1 Amy Begley defeat hometown favorite and 2010 NCAA star Lisa Koll in the women's 10k. Plus there was qualifying action in the men's and women's 800, women's 1500 and women's steeple. Brief recaps and results below.
Men’s 10,000m Run: Rupp Cruises as Expected
The men’s 10k saw a number of lead changes and an even wider variety of lap splits as the field tried to figure out just what to do about Galen Rupp. The early pace was beyond pedestrian. For reference, the leaders passed through 3k a mere 6 seconds faster than juniors Emily Sisson and Jordan Hasay. 800 meters later, James Carney made a move to break the race open. Covering his next lap in 62.9, Carney created a sizeable gap between himself and the rest of the field. Patrick Smyth quickly responded to the move, as did Galen Rupp who had been content to sit towards the back third of the pack. The excitement was short lived however as the pace slowed again over the next two laps. With just a little over two miles left in the race, almost everyone in the field seemed ready to take their shot. Smyth, Moen, and Carney all took a turn in the lead before relinquishing the lead to Ed Moran and Rupp. Moran fought bravely, throwing the best he had at one of the country’s most decorated distance runners but in the end it just wasn’t enough. With a lap and a half to go, Rupp did exactly what everyone expected him to do and put a quick gap on Moran who had no choice but to settle for second. Behind them, Ryan Sheehan and David Jankowski were locked in a fierce battle for third. Little did they know, Smyth, who had faded very hard in the penultimate laps, was launching an unbelievable kick from 350 meters out to capture third place. In the meantime, Galen Rupp was all smiles as he receiving his medal. As he so perfectly put it, “Winning national championships never gets old.”
Finals 1 Galen Rupp Nike 28:59.29 2 Edward Moran Nike 29:03.07 3 Patrick Smyth Team USA Minnesota 29:18.13 4 Ryan Sheehan Hansons-Brooks 29:18.55 5 David Jankowski ZAP Fitness 29:18.99 6 Josh Simpson NYAC 29:22.43 7 Mikhail Sayenko Club Northwest 29:26.89 8 James Carney New Balance 29:32.50 9 Fasil Bizuneh New Balance 29:33.17 10 Jimmy Grabow unattached 29:33.47 11 Robert Cheseret unattached 29:48.43 12 Sergio Reyes Asics Aggie RC 29:50.76 13 Scott Bauhs adidas 29:51.91 14 Joshua Moen Team USA Minnesota 29:52.56 15 Brian Medigovich Hansons-Brooks 29:53.78 16 Daniel Browne unattached 29:54.64 17 Sean Houseworth US Air Force 30:13.56 18 Crosby Freeman Asics Aggie RC 30:19.32 19 Michael Krisch Georgetown 30:35.71 20 Christian Wagner Hansons-Brooks 30:46.73 21 Jesse Armijo Brooks 30:51.95 22 Jonathan Kotter Brigham Young 31:13.78 23 Marco Anzures Cal Los Angeles 32:15.42 -- Charlie Serrano unattached DNF
Women’s 10,000m Run: Amy Begley Dispatches Hometown Hero and NCAA Star Lisa Koll
The women’s 10k played out much more calmly than the men’s race. Olympian Blake Rusell took care of the majority of the early work, eventually stringing the lead pack out into just seven runners by 4k. With two and a half miles to go, the crowd erupted as Iowa native and NCAA 2010 superstar Lisa Koll took the lead with conviction. Olympian and veteran Amy Begley was more than happy to sit behind the recently graduated collegian. As Koll continued her attempt to tighten the screws on Begley, Desiree Davila made a bold move and never looked back. She had spent most of the earlier parts of the race staying back from the lead pack, but it paid off as the marathoner finished strong to eventually capture third place. In the meantime, Blake Russell showed that though she was down she not out by moving up from the back of the lead pack to finish fourth.
most memorable moment of the race had to be Begley’s stellar kick. Just shy of a lap to go, Begley quickly
dropped the hometown hero on her way to a seven second victory. Koll showed a great deal of composure as she
held her own and continued to finish strong down the final straight much to the
delight of her many fans.
*Longer RRW recap of 10k here
Finals 1 Amy Begley Nike 32:06.45 2 Lisa Koll Iowa State 32:11.72 3 Desiree Davila Hansons-Brooks 32:22.32 4 Blake Russell Reebok 32:46.73 5 Amy Hastings Brooks 32:49.07 6 Megan Hogan George Washington 32:52.84 7 Katie McGregor Team USA Minnesota 32:58.62 8 Allison Grace ZAP Fitness 33:12.70 9 Clara Grandt West Virginia 33:28.54 10 Erin Nehus unattached 33:49.17 11 Meghan Armstrong Team USA Minnesota 33:54.05 12 Cassandra Slade Boulder Running Co 33:57.32 13 Kara Storage Infinite Running 34:01.86 14 Kim Conley Asics Aggie RC 34:16.91 15 Tara Erdmann unattached 34:23.55 16 Tanya Zeferjahn Queens Univ- 34:28.27 17 Danielle Domenichelli Cal Santa Barbara 34:29.27 18 Amanda Goetschius Charlotte 34:39.09 19 Tara Storage Infinite Running 34:40.18 20 Rachel Booth New Balance 34:54.95 21 Brooke Wells Impala Racing Team 34:56.19 22 Nicole Feest Boulder Running Co 35:01.03 23 Natasha LaBeaud Georgetown 35:06.99 -- Sarah Porter Western Washington DNF -- Megan Duwell unattached DNS -- Katherine Newberry NYAC DNS
Men’s 800m Run: Symmonds Cruises, Robinson Does Not Start
Oregon Track Club’s and former NCAA indoor champ at Northern Iowa Tyler Mulder looked right at home as he won the first heat of the men’s 800m prelims with a swift kick at the line. Mulder bided his time as Cory Primm took the early lead and continued to hang back as Duane Solomon of Saucony opened his stride after the bell. Coming down the home stretch, Primm swung wide but faded as Mulder, former NCAA champ Jacob Hernandez, collegian Michael Rutt and Solomon towered down the final meters. Despite the excitement at the line, Primm, Gagnon and Golden Coachman still managed to qualify for the Semi Finals.
|1||Tyler Mulder||Oregon TC Elite||1:47.18||Q|
|5||Cory Primm||Cal Los Angeles||1:47.79||q|
|7||Golden Coachman||US Army||1:48.11||q|
|10||Ryan Waite||Brigham Young||1:52.24|
In the second heat, Karjuan Williams wasted no time getting to the front and controlling the race as he crossed the line in 1:47.02, the fastest time of the day. Behind him, Ryan Brown and Mark Wieczorek grabbed the last two auto spots as LSU’s Richard Jones held off a ferocious final 80m from Oregon freshman Elijah Greer.
|3||Mark Wieczorek||Oregon TC Elite||1:47.75||Q|
|8||James O'Brien||Indiana Invaders||1:48.64|
The crowd in Des Moines awaited anxiously for the arrival Nick Symmonds and were far from disappointed. As the field toed the line, Symmonds calmly walked over, taking a sip of his water before handing the bottle over to an official. Even the competition was waiting for the Nick Symmonds show to begin. Off the line, Symmonds went immediately to the back of his alley. Meanwhile, California Irvine’s Charles Jock took the early lead. As the race progressed, Symmonds found himself behind a group of runners that had moved to the outside of lane one in anticipation of the kick. The veteran tactician made no hesitation as he passed runner after runner on the inside, moving all the way up to the leaders before realizing the lane had closed. “I thought I might be able to ride this to the front” said Symmonds, “but I just ran out of room.” Symmonds spent the next forty meters swinging wide to secure his position in the final, but instead decided that while he was there he might as well win the thing. Speaking of the frenzied finish, “I had enough speed to get me through.”
The big news was that 4 time USATF champ Khadevis Robinson did not start his prelim and will not be able to challenge Symmonds.
|1||Nick Symmonds||Oregon TC Elite||1:47.91||Q|
|2||Charles Jock||Cal Irvine||1:47.99||Q|
|3||Matt Scherer||Oregon TC Elite||1:48.01||Q|
|7||Owen Dawson||Penn State||1:49.69|
|9||Ryan Martin||Cal Santa Barbara||1:51.28|
Women’s 1500m Run: Rowbury, Flanagan, Wurth, Pierce Final Setup
The first heat featured world champs bronze 1500m medallist, Shannon Rowbury, worlds champ 10k bronze medallist Shalane Flanagan, and sub 4 1500m runner Christin Wurth. Heidi Dahl and Lauren Bonds set the early pace before fading to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, eventual victor Rowbury, waited patiently towards the front of the pack before she and runner up Shalane Flanagan overtook a tiring Christin Wurth. Wurth, who made a bold move at 650m to go still advanced to the final with her third place finish.
|2||Shalane Flanagan||Oregon TC Elite||4:11.94||Q|
|7||Heidi Dahl||New Balance||4:20.62|
In the second heat, Erin Donahue did most of the early work as Sarah Bowman led a small pack from the inside. Coming into the bell lap, 2009 World beater at 800m and sub 4 1500m runner Anna Pierce demonstrated some great turnover as she moved from fifth up to second before ultimately finishing just shy of Donahue. Minnesota’s Gabriele Anderson was the only collegian to advance out of the second heat, joining Georgetown’s Emily Infeld of the first heat in the final.
Prelims: Women’s 800m Run: Favorites Advance
In heat 1, NCAA champ Phoebe Wright continued her spectacular winning streak by holding off a late charge from veteran Morgan Uceny in the final meters of the race. Wright chose to lead the race from the break and did so with a poise not often seen from collegians at the professional level. Coming off of the top of the final turn, Uceny and last year’s breakout star Maggie Vessey looked poised to go wide and pass the Tennessee senior. Uceny continued to fight the final 100 meters while Vessey opted to hold back and smoothly stride in as all the favorite advanced..
|3||Maggie Vessey||New Balance||2:03.03||Q|
|6||Holli Hosch||Northern Iowa||2:05.62|
|7||Andria Nussey||Angelo State||2:07.82|
|10||Heather Dorniden||Team USA Minnesota||2:11.11|
Heat 2 had one of the first great finishes of the weekend as Latavia Thomas of LSU held her own for third place against the onslaught of Nike runners barreling down the final stretch. Alysia Johnson secured her spot as one of the favorites for Sunday’s final with a dominant race from start to finish, but she will still have to make it past Friday’s semis as well as former USATF champs Treniere Moser (2nd) (3 time USATF 1500m champ) and five time USATF 800m champ Hazel Clark (4th).
|6||Ty Davis||Team Indiana Elite||2:05.27||q|
|DNS||Anna Layman||Washington State|
Heat 3 was no let down either as a horde of women came barreling down the final ten meters for a thrilling finish. Through 600, former Wake Forest All American Nikeya Green led former NCAA champ Geena Gall and Olympian Alice Schmidt. As the runners came down the final straight however, it was a five woman race for three automatic spots. Lindsay Schnell (3rd) and Laura Januszewski (4th) made a late burst to pass a fading Green and finish behind Gall (1st) and Schmidt (2nd).
Women’s 3000m Steeple
Heat 1 of the women’s steeplechase held no big surprises as the top five seeds in the race (including four sub 10’ers) advanced easily to the final. The race was not without excitement however as the crowd enjoyed a Big Ten dual between former Michigan State runner Nicole Bush and NCAA champion Bridget Franek of Penn State. Over the final lap, Franek continued to put distance on Bush and the rest of the field with each barrier. Fellow Big Ten harrier Sarah Pease of IU grabbed the first non-automatic spot in the final as she made a late charge closing strong on Masciana and Houlihan.
Always the competitor, Franek was “happy to have someone to run with and looks forward to more of the same in the final.”
On paper, Heat 2 didn’t appear to be anything but a race for the last three auto spots behind the eventual winner, former USATF champ Lisa Aguilera (pictured below). With a scratch from Princeton’s Ashley Higginson, Aguilera had only McMillan Elite’s Lindsay Allen and the rest of the field to worry about. Aguilera took no time getting to the front and turning the race into what would soon come to be a five woman race over the final laps. In the end, it was Rogue Running’s Kara June and MIT’s Jacqueline Wentz who would grab the final automatic qualifying spots behind Allen.
|1||Bridget Franek||Penn State||9:58.91||Q|
|2||Nicole Bush||New Balance||10:00.69||Q|
|3||Juliane Masciana||Janes Elite Racing||10:01.40||Q|
|8||Alicia Nelson||Adams State||10:18.37||q|
|9||Lois Ricardi Keller||unattached||10:21.23|
|10||Mason Cathey||Indiana Invaders||10:23.14|
Heat 2 Results
|2||Lindsay Allen||McMillan Elite-adidas||10:03.81||Q|
|3||Kara June||Rogue Running||10:05.40||Q|
|7||Kristen Hemphill||Colorado State||10:19.76|