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Kibet with a 58:54 half PR is the class of the field that also has Micah Kogo, Will Geoghegan, Christo Landry, Riley Masters, Aaron Braun, Maksim Korolev and Chris Solinsky. The women are lead by defending champ Gemma Steel, Emily Sisson, 5-time world xc medalist Meselech Melakamu, Diane Nukuri Alexi Pappas and Laura Thweatt. *Full Fields
*Ben True Pulls Out Of B2B With Fatigue From Standard USAs/Standard Chasing In Europe Many top Kenyans (including Patrick Maka and Emily Chebet) also pulled out of the race due to the sudden death of their agent, Zane Branson.
The Morton Mile is headlined by Aussies Jeff Risley and Ryan Gregson as well as Americans Jordan McNamara, Pat Casey, Mac Fleet and Ford Palmer. Aisha Praught and Shelby Houlihan lead the women's mile. Robby Andrews is in the men's 800 while NZ's WUG champ Angela Petty leads the women's race with USA's Lauren Wallace. Andy Vernon vs Will Geoghegan in the 3000.
True ran 13:06 to seal the deal for worlds with Jenkins right behind him in a huge PR. Abbey D’Agostino PRd at 5000 as did Johnson to punch her ticket to worlds in the 1500. Other big names in action included Dejen Gebremeskel, Chris Derrick, Emily Sisson, Mary Cain, PVer Sandi Morris andLolo Jones. Check out how they did.
*MB: Ben True Runs 13:06 5000m, Eric Jenkins 13:07
Ben True faces Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel as he goes for the IAAF 5000 “A” standard. Chris Derrick and Eric Jenkins also racing. Lauren Johnson, Rachel Schneider go for the standard in the 1500 as they face Mary Cain andNicole Tully. Abbey D’Agostino and Emily Sisson in the 5000, Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Kitum, NCAA champ Edward Kemboi and Charles Jock in the 800.
*MB: Start list for Heusden KBC Nacht – True going for standard vs. Derrick, Jenkins, Gebremeskel
Mary Cain led from 1k to 2k in the women's 3k but Abbey D dominated the final 900. In other action, Brett Robinson won the battle of 13:21 SBs with Jeff See in the men's 3,000 and Michael Rutt and Heather Kampf won the 800s.
What a race. Matt Centrowitz destroyed everyone with the largest margin of victory since 2004, Robby Andrews had an incredible kick, and Leo Manzano had his 10th straight top 3 finish.
No one was holding anything back in this one and in the end Oregon's Edward Cheserek was simply too good for teammate Eric Jenkins over the final 100 as he won his 8th NCAA title in 13:48.67. Jenkins was second and Will Geoghegan was fourth to give Oregon 23 points and seal a second straight team title.
Oregon's Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins are the favorites to go 1-2 in the 5,000 and 10,000 at NCAAs. But will they race all-out against each other? And can anyone like Jason Witt, Kemoy Campbell, Justyn Knight, Patrick Tiernan or Thomas Awad possibly break them up?
Two hours after wondering if Edward Cheserek would ever lose another NCAA race, Cheserek lost, but was it on purpose? This one will be debated forever.
MB: That was F***ing awesome - Oregon Civil War - Jenkins FTW!! Edward Cheserek is human!! (Wait: Ches says he let Jenkins win!)
The futures of American seniors Eric Jenkins and Emily Sisson look very bright as they both got their first NCAA titles in the 5,000m.
Neither Jenkins (7:44/13:18) nor Sisson (15:12 CR) has won an NCAA individual title, but that is likely to change on Friday night in Fayetteville.
Cheserek will be tired (he's also entered in the DMR Friday and the mile earlier on Saturday) but Oregon will be hoping that he and top seeds Eric Jenkins (7:44.91) and Will Geoghegan (7:45.71) can deliver big points in the final individual event. Scott, runner-up to Abbey D'Agostino last year, will try to prevent Sisson from completing the 3k/5k double.
Cas Loxsom and Emily Sisson had the performances of the weekend. We break them down and take another look at all the USA winners. We ponder if Alysia Montano and Shannon Rowbury may soon be on the 2012 Olympic podium, and tell you how incredibly good the Oregon Ducks distance men are.
Eric Jenkins and Will Geoghegan aren't even Oregon's best 3000m runners but they went 1-2 at Millrose and nearly broke Galen Rupp's American collegiate record.