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Men’s 1500 Top 6+6
Riley Masters took the field through the 400 in 60.3. NCAA Champion Andy Bayer was right behind as Masters brought them through in 60.0 and a 2:00.3 at 800. By 1000, World Championships bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz had positioned himself well in third and then took the lead with 400 to go.
They hit 1200 at 2:59.9 with Centro looking smooth and sitting on David Torrence. A 42.2 final 300 brought them home as Craig Miller came by Torrence on the inside for the heat win in 3:41.89. Torrence in 3:41.99 and Centro in 3:42.02 were the top three. After all the early work, Riley Masters was eighth and NCAA champ Bayer was seventh in 3:42.14, a mere three one-thounsandths behind sixth place Jack Bolas, also 3:42.14.
In the end, Bayer would get in on time, Masters would not.
Quick Take #1: Centrowitz looks so smooth.
1 Craig Miller New Balance 3:41.89 Q
2 David Torrence Nike 3:41.99 Q
3 Matthew Centrowitz Nike 3:42.02 Q
4 Jeff See Saucony 3:42.03 Q
5 Daniel Clark Unattached 3:42.05 Q
6 Jack Bolas New Balance 3:42.14 Q
7 Andrew Bayer Indiana University 3:42.14 q
8 Riley Masters Oklahoma 3:42.71
9 Duncan Phillips Arkansas 3:42.75
10 Erik Van Ingen S U N Y Binghamton 3:43.52
Stephen Pifer took the lead and brought the field through in the most aggressive first lap of the day, men or women. They hit 400 58.9 as the pack was still together. Hanging comfortably in the back in lane one was Robby Andrews. Garrett Heath and German Fernandez lurked as Will Leer took the lead as 800 was passed in 2:00.1
Leer continued to keep things honest and with a lap to go, AJ Acosta and Fernandes were right on this shoulder as Andrews began his ascent through the field. A 59.3 third lap brought the field through in 2:59.4 at 1200.
With 200 to go, Andrews was still moving up but Leer had the most clear and straight run to the finish. Leer closed in 41.1 for the final 300 to take the win in 3:40.79, .21 ahead of Acosta, with Andrews coming in fourth with a 55.41 final 400 to pass most of the field before finishing fourth.
Quick Take #1: This heat certainly was superior to heat 1 in terms of last lap and overall finishing time. Virtually everyone up front in this race ran a 55 last lap whereas in heat 1 only Daniel Clark (55.65) and Jeff See (55.95) broke 56.
1 William Leer Nike 3:40.79 Q
2 AJ Acosta Oregon 3:40.98 Q
3 Garrett Heath Saucony 3:41.02 Q
4 Robby Andrews adidas 3:41.11 Q
5 Miles Batty B Y U 3:41.21 Q
6 German Fernandez Unattached 3:41.33 Q
7 Brian Gagnon New Jersey New York Track Club 3:41.38 q
8 Stephen Pifer Nike / Oregon TC Elite 3:41.47 q
9 John Jefferson Brooks 3:41.64 q
10 Kyle Miller Nike 3:48.81
If all ran under 3:41.50, all 10 will advance.
Rob Finnerty and Russell Brown towed the field through the first 400 in 59.1. The field came through the fastest 800 split of the day as Finnerty ran a 60.1 for 1:59.1. As the field approached 1000, crowd favorite Andrew Wheating began moving up from the back of the pack and with 500 to go, Dorian Ulrey took the lead with Brown and Leo Manzano lurking.
A 60.4 split brought the field through in 2:59.4 as Jordan McNamara took the lead with 250 to go as McNamara and John Mickowski fought for the lead as the hit 200 to go. McNamara closed in 41.4 for the final 300 and the lead pack of six seemed to separate. As they hit the final 15 meters, however, Mickowski seemed to trip and fell across the line but still managed the sixth and final auto qualifier.
1 Jordan McNamara Nike / Oregon TC Elite 3:40.78 Q
2 Leonel Manzano Nike 3:40.91 Q
3 Russell Brown Nike / Oregon TC Elite 3:41.13 Q
4 Andrew Wheating Nike / Oregon TC Elite 3:41.14 Q
5 Liam Boylan-Pett New Jersey New York Track Club 3:41.17 Q
6 John Mickowski Unattached 3:41.18 Q
7 Matthew Maldonado Long Beach State 3:41.93
8 Dorian Ulrey Nike 3:42.55
9 Rob Finnerty Wisconsin 3:43.89
10 Kyle Merber Columbia 3:45.87