The race played out nicely for him, he has a great chance in a kick to the finish. Anyone who remembers him from his high school days knows he has great speed for the distances he races. Although nowadays it seems you need to be able to kick like a miler just to win a 10k.
I don't think this performance came out of nowhere, like other have suggested. He seems to have had some injury problems but when healthy he can put together some truly impressive results (most recently 4th at the CVS road 5k).
Per your request, some of the last few times I actually saw him race in person he was winning open 400s at mid size Arizona meets. Maybe that was in '09?