Heath is up against Craig Miller, Trevor Dunbar, Jeff See and Aaron Brun. Kampf faces Payton Jordan 1500 winner Rebecca Addison.
*Bring Back The Mile "Pick The Winner" Contest Win yourself some new shoes.
Track fans, this one is loaded with former NCAA stars. That's the good news. The bad news is you gotta choose, this or Mayweather - Pacquiao. More bad news, HSer Grant Fisher might go sub-4 but it won't count - unless Stanford changes from a 1,500 to a mile in the next 24 hours.
Stacked fields for every distance event. Also in the 10K field are Juan Luis Barrios, Futsum Zienasellassie, Fernando Cabada, Kemoy Campbell, Trevor Dunbar. More meet highlights include: Women's 10K: Shalane Flanagan, Dominque Scott, Kate Avery. Men's 1500: Lopez Lomong, German Fernandez, Stanley Kebenei, Andy Bayer (also listed in steeple). Women's 5000: Emma Bates, Juliet Bottorff, Tara Erdmann, Gabe Grunewald, Marielle Hall, Nelly Spence Gracey.
Sunday was the best and worst of times for many top runners. Reaction from the likes of Usain Bolt, Shalane Flanagan, Andrew Wheating, Kyle Merber, Trevor Dunbar, Riley Masters, LaShawn Merritt, Heather Kampf, Nick Symmonds, Tom Farrell, Brianna Rollins and more.
Cam Levins started out with a bang in the first big pro meet in the US in 2015.
McNamara runs 4:03 to beat Leo Manzano by less than a second with Trevor Dunbar 3rd. Gabriele Grunewald wins the women's race in 4:32 over Heather Kampf and Sarah Brown (both 4:33).
Kyle Merber got the victory in the mile (3:56.72) over Riley Masters (3:56.75) and Trevor Dunbar (3:57.19). Heather Kampf won the 800 (2:01.25); NZ's Zane Robertson got the 3K win in 7:41.37.
Zane Robertson was 4th (3:53.72) and Kyle Merber 5th (3:54.76). Molly Huddle won the women's mile in 4:26.8 as Phoebe Wright won the 800 in 2:01.91. Mark English took the 800 with 1:45.79 as US's Ryan Martin ran 1:45.79 for 2nd. Juan Luis Barrios won the 3K in 7:44.21 over Trevor Dunbar (7:45.09).
Lagat got the job done yet again as expected since Galen Rupp wasn't in the field. Or was he?
NCAA meet record -check. 10,000 plus screaming fans- check. Great finishing duel- check. Greatest NCAA 5000m ever -check.
King Cheserek waited until the final 250, but boy was it special as he remained undefeated for his life at NCAA champs.
*MB: Cheserek - 24.71 last 200!!! Wow!!!! (EOM)
Edward Cheserek has never lost at an NCAA championship, but if the frosh phenom wants two more NCAA titles, he will have to take down two titans in Kennedy Kithuka and the fastest man in NCAA history, Lawi Lalang.