On his time at William and Mary, rising senior Regan Rome said, "Chris keeps his running accomplishments separate from his coaching. Just because he's an accomplished runner doesn't mean he's going to be an accomplished coach, and he knows that. He's ready to put in the work."
At the time Solinsky said, "This was a glorified tempo run. This was just an indication race to see where I was ... This was my debut. No one expected it. I didn’t expect it!”
Some good quotes from Solinsky and Fenton. Solinsky: “I’m not a guy who waits for a final kick. Not to compare myself to [Steve] Prefontaine, but I always had the mentality of, ‘If you’re going to beat me, I’m going to make you hurt.’ I liked making a move early just to challenge you...even if I was bluffing.”
Solinsky gave up on the marathon and is planning on going for it one more time on the track this winter and spring. Good article as he talks about getting past his fear of racing, starting to coach himself as he coaches collegiates and how he wish he got the chance to take on Mo Farah back in 2011.
“If I didn’t, I probably would have walked away from the sport. I’m sure there are people out there that are like, ‘Why is he still going after it?’ ... If it doesn’t happen this year, I can walk away my head held high. But there is that slight piece of hope that I can catch fire at the right time and make the team.”
Solinsky with 25:14 and Hall 29:43.
Solinsky has been enjoying the job so far and says he it hasn't been too hard getting in his own training.
"Stephen Walsh—he did a really good job of pitching. He said it would be criminal for me to stop running right now. If a university said I had to stop running to get a job, I was willing to do it but it would have been tough."
Also in the field are Chris Solinsky and Abdi Abdirahman. The women are led by Molly Huddle who faces Mary Wacera, Gemma Steel, Betsy Saina, Jordan Hasay and more.
*Full Elite Fields
Kim Conley was 4th (4:09.48). Chris Solinsky was 10th in the men's race with 3:46.55.
German Fernandez was 10th in 3:38.11. Chris Solinsky ran 8:00.46 for 7th in the 3000.
"I wouldn't quite shut the door, however, on track for me in the future, it is just most likely not in the cards for this year."
*MB: He's (gonna be back) - Solinsky's not ruling out a return to the roads.
Solinsky says even if he didn't get hurt, he always thought the marathon would be a good event for him anyway. He hasn't given up on the 10K completely though and may run one this spring.
Evan Jager, German Fernandez, Dan Huling and Alan Webb (Webb also listed in 800) are in the mile. Alexa Efraimson, Kate Grace, Emma Bates and Lauren Fleshman (also listed in mile) lead the women's 3k. Women's 5K has Betsy Saina, Emma Bates, Megan Goethals and Alexi Pappas