Alan Webb Redeems Himself With a 1500m/5000m Double, Robby Andrews Opens With 1:49 Win

By LetsRun.com
April 14, 2012

The fascinating career of American record holder in the mile Alan Webb continued Saturday night at the George Mason Invitational.

A week after opening his outdoor season last week with a very disappointing 1:54.17 800 and then doubling back with a 3:54.08 1500m that left us at LRC pondering if Alan Webb "was done", Webb had a much, much better performance Saturday night.

First up was the 1500m and Webb ran a 3:43.28 1500m (roughly a 4:01 mile) for 4th place. Then Webb doubled back in the 5000m to get the win in 14:15.54 over Sam Luff of Georgetown Running Company(who LRC's Rojo used to coach at Cornell).

With a hat tip to message board poster joecrunner, Webb, in 2010 when coming back from surgery, opened with a 1:52.32 800m. Two weeks later he completed a 3:41.16 1500m and 14:15 5000m double, winning both races. Two weeks after that Webb ran 3:36.21 in his last track race of the year (this was all in the fall so his season was shorter). This year's Webb's double wasn't as impressive as in 2010, but his subpar performance before the double was much worse, and his impressive double was only one week later.

With today's run Webb appears to be on track with a chance to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Also running at George Mason was Webb's training partner, former NCAA champion Robby Andrews who was making his 2012 debut which was also his first race as a professional. Andrews ran 1:49.08 to get the win.

Results for Webb's and Andrews races below.

*Full results here

Event 29  Men 1500 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
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  1   816 Banks, Mike            Unattached           3:46.00    3:42.37  
  2   510 Stilin, Joe            Princeton            3:42.00    3:42.79  
  3   301 Springer, Andrew       Georgetown           3:42.00    3:43.04  
  4   653 Webb, Alan             Unattached           3:40.00    3:43.28  
  5   167 Everett, Daniel        Columbia             3:42.90    3:43.80  
  6   351 Crits, Nick            La Salle             3:44.50    3:43.99  
  7   170 Gregorek, John         Columbia             3:45.50    3:44.26  
  8   164 Behnke, Adam           Columbia             3:42.90    3:44.74  
  9   513 Williams, Michael      Princeton            3:44.00    3:44.97  
 10   168 Feigen, Mark           Columbia             3:42.80    3:45.01    
Event 31  Men 5000 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
================================================================================
  1   653 Webb, Alan             Unattached          14:20.00   14:15.54  
  2   304 Luff, Sam              Georgetown Runni    14:15.00   14:22.51  
  3   121 Paulson, Matt          Boston U.           14:35.00   14:22.85  
  4   439 Burns, Christopher     Navy                14:25.00   14:49.33  
  5   609 Kacyon, Matthew        Temple              14:45.00   14:52.67  
  6   800 Bass, William          William and         14:45.00   14:53.31  
  7   440 Rynning, Sean          Navy                14:25.00   14:54.23  
  8   748 Leavitt, Brenden       VCU                 14:40.00   14:54.44  
  9   452 Foy, Kevin             Penn                14:55.00   15:01.89    

 
Event 27  Men 800 Meter Run
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    Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points
================================================================================
  1   636 Andrews, Robby         Unattached           1:45.00    1:49.08  
  2   381 Brown, Zavior          Maryland-Eas         1:49.10    1:49.53  
  3   689 Kitur, Felix           Va. Military         1:47.90    1:49.58  
  4   174 Merber, Kyle           Columbia             1:48.50    1:49.74  
  5   169 Fish, Brendon          Columbia             1:48.90    1:49.80  
  6   173 McFann, Harry          Columbia             1:48.50    1:49.98  
  7   454 Fulton, Brian          Penn                 1:48.10    1:50.45  
  8   511 Van Ackeren, Trevo     Princeton            1:48.40    1:50.46  
  9   426 Gibilisco, Louis       Mount St. Ma         1:49.10    1:50.59  
 10   646 Ledder, Billy          Unattached           1:49.70    1:50.86    

Webb is by far the most talked about runner in the history of LetsRun.com and the message boards were afire Saturday night:

*Webb 3:43.28/14:15.54 Double
*Webb knocks out a 3:43.53. Not bad, not bad...
*Official Webb bandwagon pulling into town -- hop on or get left off in 2011, 2012
*I just opened my apartment window and screamed "WEBB IS BACK BABY" at the top of my lungs.
*ALAN WEBB 1500M IN 3M
*Robby Andrews 800m tonight George Mason- PREDICTIONS?

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