“I’m back, baby. I’ve been waiting three freaking years to say that. I’ve been running too many races unsure of myself and unconfident. Rowland has transformed me into a monster and I cannot wait to see what becomes of it.”
– Andrew Wheating after winning the Portland Track Festival 1,500 in 3:38.53. In his full interview, he went on to say how he thinks the American record may not be out of reach for him.
Mo Farah returned to the track and showed great finishing speed. Andrew Wheating returned as well with a win and said he's "back" and Jordan Hasay got double wins with impressive last laps. Plus the steeple debut of Andy Bayer, wins by Bridget Franek, Cas Loxsom and Kate Grace in a tshirt.
Lawi Lalang came within .04 seconds of being the first man to pull off the 1,500/5k double, but Oregon's Mac Fleet was too good and repeated as NCAA champion before the Oregon crowd.
On The Boards: USA USA! MAC FLEET IS THE NEW KING!! Edges Lalang by .04 in 3:39.09!!
It came down to Hall, D'Agostino and Stanford's Aisling Cuffe, but in the end it was Hall who broke away with a 30.4 last 200 to win her first NCAA title. The UT senior has dropped more than a minute off her 5,000 PR in the last year. Pretty damn impressive.
On The Boards: Marielle Hall pulls a shocker, takes down Abbey D in 5k – Wins in 15:35.11!!
Everyone had a chance in this one with a lap to go, but there was no question who was best over the final lap - ASU's Shelby Houlihan.
On The Boards: Shelby Houlihan Crushes The Last 200 To Shock Women's 1,500 Field
This race was very exciting over the last lap. An all-out war between two men that almost resulted in both of them going down on the final barrier because they were so spent. In the end, Rotich was your winner. Might runner-up Stanley Kebenei soon be on a US Olympic team?
*MB: Anthony Rotich and Stanley Kebenei wage great battle in men's steeple - Rotich repeats- Mason Ferlic top American in 4th
Photos: 455 Photos From Saturday
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LRC Greatest NCAA 5k Ever: Lawi Lalang Defeats Edward Cheserek And 10,000 Screaming Oregon Fans NCAA meet record – check. 10,000 plus screaming fans – check. Great finishing duel- check. Greatest NCAA 5,000m ever – check.
LRC Brandon McBride Defends Indoor Title As SEC Runners Take the Top Four Spots
It was a thrilling four-man battle down the home straight, but in the end McBride had just enough to hold everyone off.
LRC 2012 Olympian Shalaya Kipp Upset As Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor Arrives A runner was dominant over the final 1.5 laps but it was O’Connor, not Kipp, as Boise State’s Marisa Howard PRed by 15+ seconds to get 2nd.
LRC Oregon’s Laura Roesler Comes Through As The Favorite To Earn 10 Points For The Women Of Oregon Roesler crushed the field the final 200m.
The women's 10,000m was historically fast and it featured two lead changes in the final 100. Emma Bates and Elinor Kirk battled side-by-side for much of the final 100m, but Bates was too good in the end and got her first NCAA title. *Post-Race interviews With Emma Bates, Elinor Kirk, Julie Bottorff, Erin Finn, Elvin Kibet And Megan Curham
NCAAs Day 2 Thursday Live
MB:Official 2014 NCAA outdoor Day 2 discussion thread
Day 2 Video Interviews Here Cory McGee, Katie Flood, Stephanie Brown, Emily Lipari, Ben Saarel, Mac Fleet, Linden Hall, and many more.
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Recommended Read: Josh McDougal Blogs About His Comeback From 7 Years Of Injury, Which Got Going Sunday Night With A 4:10 Mile At The Music City Distance Carnival “… We felt there was no better way to start back than jumping in head first. Would it be pretty? … Probably not! But all new stories have to begin somewhere.”
*MB: Josh McDougal comeback? Coach Steve Magness?
A vision, cause and nearly $20,000 from Hoka One One go a long way in attracting stars.
The Princeton-bound O’Toole, a LetsRun.com message board poster, ran 58 over the last lap to move into the top 15 all-time in the HS ranks and come close to sub-4 on the 50th anniversary of Jim Ryun‘s first sub-4. We caught up with him after the race.
*MB: HSer Garrett O’toole runs 4:01.89
LRC W1,500 And W800 Abeba Aregawi Wins Again As Two High Schoolers Take On The Pros And Alexa Efraimson Is The One Who Impresses The Most Two high schoolers ran in the pro races at the adidas Grand Prix. Sure, there was Mary Cain (4th in 800 in 2:01), but the one stealing the show today was Alexa Efraimson. Plus Mary Cain revealed she may not run the 1,500 at USA juniors.
LRC David Rudisha Returns To The Winner’s Circle As Duane Solomon Questions His Tactics The king David Rudisha is back to his winning ways as American Duane Solomon was left questioning his tactics.
“The greatest men’s high jump competition in the history of the sport.” Bondarenko and Barshim both took jumps at the WR. Bondarenko was your winner.
LRC The Real Deal: Foot Locker Champ Grant Fisher Wins Dream Mile In 4:02.02, Chopping 7 Seconds Off His PR Fisher is only a junior.
Full Meet Recap David Rudisha returned to the winner’s podium, Yohan Blake got beaten, LaShawn Merritt kept winning and more. Wayde van Niekerk ran 44.38 for 2nd and South African 400m record.
Chris Solinsky Runs 29:05 For 3rd At Portland Track Classic; Says He Just “Didn’t Have It Today” He said he ran a workout that indicated he could even be in 28-minute shape, but that he thinks the problem is all mental right now and not having the “toughness” he usually does. The race was won by Nouredine Smail in 28:56.
*MB: Solinsky in the 10K at the Portland Track Festival
Huddle broke Mary Slaney's 30-year old record for a women's only race by running 31:37.
LRC 4-For-4! Edward Cheserek Runs 24.8 Last 200 To Blow Away Field In NCAA 10,000 Final King Cheserek waited until the final 250, but boy was it special as he remained undefeated for his life at NCAA champs.
*MB: Cheserek – 24.71 last 200!!! Wow!!!! (EOM)
LRC 1:45 Man Edward Kemboi Fails To Advance In 800; Favorites In Women’s 800, Steeple All Advance The favorites in men’s and women’s 800 and women’s steeple all looked great.
LRC Cornell’s Stephen Mozia
Sets New Just Misses Ivy League Shot Put Record With 20.46m, Finishes Second At 2014 NCAA Championships
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LRCEvan Jager Runs Boldly, Just Misses American Record In Steeplechase By .16Evan Jager bravely went out on the heels of the rabbit, on sub-8 pace. He ended up with a career-best 2nd place finish.
*MB:JAGER – 8:06.97
LRC Men’s 5,000: Galen Rupp’s AR Attempt Fails To Materialize As Yenew Alamirew Outkicks Caleb Ndiku For Win The field never went for a fast time, they went for the win as Rupp ended up 3rd.
*Galen Rupp Reaction After Running 13:03.35 For Third In Oslo: “There are no short-cuts in distance running.”
LRCMen’s Mile: Ayanleh Souleiman Notches Another DL Win As Nick Willis And Germany’s Homiyu Tesfaye Join The Sub-3:50 ClubAyanleh Souleiman held on for yet another victory as Nick Willis nearly went from last to first to get under 3:50 for the first time in his career. Matthew Centrowitz went in the other direction in this one.
*MB:Nick Willis 3:49.83 Welcome to the Sub 3:50 Club
LRC Women’s 800: Eunice Sum Keeps Her Undefeated Streak Going As Ajee Wilson Gets Season’s BestEunice Sum won her 11th straight, America’s Ajee Wilson had a great runner-up showing as Brenda Martinez struggled.
MB: OFFICIAL 2014 Oslo Diamond League Discussion Thread
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