can any of the NCAA historians out Jenkins' run in perspective for us? Clearly the guy is in monster shape (based on his early season time and then his 7:44, I would guess close to 13:18 shape), but it's hard to conceptualize a 13:45ish race.
How does this compare to some of Cragg's wins? His 2:29 from the front was impressive, how fast did a Solinsky or someone similar close slow races?
Here are the winners from recent years:1999 Brad Hauser, Stanford, 13:52.792000 David Kimani, South Ala., 13:52.582001 David Kimani, Alabama, 13:42.322002 Alistair Cragg, Arkansas, 13:49.802003 Alistair Cragg, Arkansas, 13:28.932004 Alistair Cragg, Arkansas, 13:39.632005 Ian Dobson, Stanford, 13:43.362006 Josphat Boit, Arkansas, 13:49.932007 Chris Solinsky, Wisconsin, 13:38.612008 Shadrack Songok, A&M-Corpus Christi, 13:51.262009 Galen Rupp, Oregon, 13:41.452010 David McNeill, Northern Ariz., 13:36.412011 Leonard Korir, Iona, 13:26.012012 Lawi Lalang, Arizona, 13:25.112013 Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 13:25.382014 Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 13:46.67And thankfully we have you covered. I found this from 2009: Rupp was a monster.http://www.letsrun.com/2009/homepage0314.phpTake a look at that face on Rupp.He won the 5000 and then anchored the DMR. Sick.Rupp closed the 5k in 1:55 and ran 13:41.45
Wait, what? It was pretty clearly communicated back then between anyone who followed the sport. Rupp could close like a badass against college kids, and hang his nose in there with the pros and impress. However, until the OT 5000m he NEVER closed great against an elite field of a solid pace.
no, no. That was the first time Rupp could close hard enough to win college championships on the track (his first track championship). Closing in 7:59/2:29 is almost exactly what Jenkins did in a slightly slower race overall.