Men’s Mile Heats: All The Favorites Are Through; The Beginning Of The End For Lawi Lalang’s Historic Triple Attempt

No big surprises as all the big names were through comfortably. Oregon’s Mac Fleet and Arizona’s Lawi Lalang were 1-2 in the first heat and BU’s Rich Peters won the second.

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by LetsRun.com
March 14, 2014

Albuquerque, NM – No big surprises in the first round of the men’s mile at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as all the big names were through comfortably. Oregon’s Mac Fleet and Arizona’s Lawi Lalang were 1-2 in the first heat and BU’s Rich Peters won the second.

Heat 1 – Why Lawi, why?

Place Name Affiliation Time
1 Mac Fleet UO 4:04.13 Q
2 Lawi Lalang ARIZ 4:04.27 Q
3 John Gregorek COLU 4:04.36 Q
4 Jeremy Rae ND 4:04.37 Q
5 Matt Hillenbrand UKY 4:04.67 q
6 Sam Penzenstadler LOYI 4:04.86 q
7 Isaac Presson UNC 4:04.93
8 Elmar Engholm UNM 4:05.04
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*Full Splits

Lalang took the lead immediately and led the field through a relatively honest pace for the entire race until he was passed by Fleet in the last lap as it was an extremely close finish with the entire field finishing withing less than a second of each other. Columbia’s John Gregorek and Notre Dame’s Jeremy Rae took the next two automatic spots. Both Matt Hillenbrand and Sam Penzenstadler would make the final on time as 8th place in this heat was faster than 1st place in the second heat.

Our Only Thought: Why Lawi, why? As we wrote in our, 5000 recap, we felt like this was the beginning of the end for Lalang as leading the whole race at an honest pace here followed by doing the same in the 5000 was too much for him. He ran an altitude converted 3:58.95 mile and our question is why? He knew he had a 5K two hours after this prelim and two more races to run tomorrow. Why run a sub-4 equivalent if you don’t need to? Only 6 guys were eliminated from the mile heats so he was never in any danger of not making the final. He should have sit back conserving as much energy as possible for the races ahead.

Interviews:

Mac Fleet

Jeremy Rae

Heat 2 – Gotta Be Top 4

Place Name Affiliation Time
1 Rich Peters BOSU 4:09.65 Q
2 Will Geoghegan DART 4:09.94 Q
3 Anthony Rotich UTEP 4:10.09 Q
4 Jordan Williamsz NOVA 4:10.18 Q
5 Steve Mangan DART 4:10.22
6 Michael Williams PRIN 4:13.07
7 Izaic Yorks WASH 4:13.17
8 Matthew Gillespie IONA 4:13.69

*Full Splits

With the honest time put forward by Lalang in the first heat and no one willing to set a fast pace in this heat, anyone who wanted to make the final knew they had to be top-4. Here Rich Peters lead wire to wire as the pace was extremely slow going through 800 in 2:11. The next 400 was about 62 and then Peters closed in a 55.53 400 to win the heat as behind him four men competed over the final 200 for the last 3-spots as Will Geoghegan took 2nd, Anthony Rotich 3rd, Jordan Williamsz 4th and Steve Mangan missed the final in 5th.

QT #1: If Lalang is too burnt out from his 5000, look to Peters as a possible guy to challenge Fleet. He looked good here and did set the NCAA 1000m record earlier this season.

Interviews:

Rich Peters

Will Geoghegan

Jordan Williamsz

Michael Williams

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