The two hardly ever run together on long training runs because they get too competitive and run too fast.
The most competitive conference meet in the country features five of the top 12 teams on the men's side (including #1 Colorado and #2 Oregon) and six ranked women's squads. The two big winners two weeks ago, Edward Cheserek (Pre-Nats) and Maksim Korolev (Wisconsin) wills square off in the men's race, while Shelby Houlihan will look to fend off freshmen sensations Elise Cranny and Bethan Knights in the women's race.
Friday's adidas Wisconsin Invitational pits #3 NAU against #7 Stanford on the men's side, while the women's race features 22 ranked teams, including #2 Michigan State, #5 Arkansas and #6 Stanford as well as 9-time defending Canadian champs Guelph. Joe Rosa, Maksim Korolev, Stanley Kebenei and Futsum Zeinasellassie will bid for the individual men's title; Shelby Houlihan leads a loaded women's individual field.
Stanford sat most of their top runners so only finished 3rd as Washington State won. Stanford women won as did Washington State's Abby Regan. In her first race after signing with Nike Alexa Efraimson had a big lead coming down the homestretch, but then collapsed twice (once right after the finish) and lost two spots finishing 3rd. *Results
NCAA meet record -check. 10,000 plus screaming fans- check. Great finishing duel- check. Greatest NCAA 5000m ever -check.