May 4, 2014
The men’s 5,000 at the 2014 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational was definitely the event of the night as the super stacked field all but guaranteed some fast times. It did not disappoint as Ben True and Hassan Mead battled it out over the final 100m with True getting the win in 13:02.74, beating Mead by only .06. Behind them was “Team Schumacher” (now the Bowerman TC), with Lopez Lomong (13:07.95), Chris Derrick (13:08.63) and Evan Jager (13:08.18) all breaking 13:10.
This race was out fast right from the gun as rabbits Lee Emanuel and Dan Huling lead the field through a first 800 of 2:05 and 1600 of 4:11. Behind them the field was strung out in a straight line immediately. Huling took them them through 3200 in 8:23 and then stepped off the track with 4-laps to go (3400) at which point a pack of 7 had separated themselves from the field as True lead Jager, Mead, Derrick, Lomong, Ryan Hill, and Garrett Heath.
With no rabbit, the pace slowed significantly and the next two laps were 65 and 64 (as opposed to the 62.8’s they’d been averaging) and that is where they lost sub-13 as they would need about a 1:56 last 800 to get it. The lead traded a few times between True, Jager and Derrick, but with one lap to go Jager led over Lomong, True and Mead with Derrick falling off a bit in 5th. Before 200 to go Lomong surged and took the lead from Jager with True following, but Hassan Mead went wide on the final turn and started kicking away from the pack.
True was the only one who could hang with Mead as Lomong and Jager were quickly gapped. Going into the last 100 it was Mead with a slight lead on True, but True was able to fight back and get the win at the line, closing with about a 56 or 57 last lap.
Quick Take #1: True’s 13:02.74 is a big PR from the 13:11.59 he ran last year and puts him #9 all-time in the US. This performance could come as a surprise to some since he reported before the BAA 5K last month that he has had the worst fall and winter of his career as he couldn’t touch on any of the speed work he normally does. We always say strength equals speed and True’s performance here just goes to prove that.
Really, a performance like this could be seen coming as at the BAA 5K True almost outkicked Dejen Gebremeskel causing Gebremeskel to say he thought True could definitely break 13 on the track. He came close here.
After the race asked on the FloTrack broadcast if this was a career defining performance for him, True said, “That’s over thinking it. I think I had this in me all last year. I just never got a chance to run in a 13-flat race. It’s a good start for the season, hopefully I’ll be able to crack under 13 at Pre [Classic] and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
On the boards: BEN MF TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!
Quick Take #2: Hassan Mead was overlooked by most coming into this race, but he almost got the win in an absolutely stacked field as he crushed his previous 13:11.80 PR and moved to #10 all-time in the US. Before this meet last year, Mead was only a 13:28 man, but he ran 13:15 here last year and now a year later he is the 10th fastest 5000 runner in American history at 13:02.80. Well done!!
Quick Take #3: Derrick wasn’t happy with his 13:08.18 which was just slower than his 13:08.04 PR and as he tweeted “A disappointing race given where my fitness is at, but it’s a long season.”
Quick Take #4: Almost lost behind the string of sub-13:20 performances was Matt Centrowitz in 9th place with 13:20.06. At first glance, that may not seem like much, but that was a huge PR for Centrowitz who as a miler doesn’t run the 5K often. Here he took 27-seconds off his previous best of 13:47.73 from 2010. Centrowitz is still just the second best 5ker in his family though as Matt Centrowitz Sr. is a former American Record holder with a PR of 13:12.91.
Quick Take #5: As always, Stanford with its perfect weather, no wind and deep races was a great place for people to set PRs. Of the top 10, 6 of them set PRs, some of them by huge margins. And the 4 who didn’t weren’t far off as Lomong, Derrick and Hill all missed their PRs by less than a second (Jager was 6-seconds off his 13:02). For those that did PR, their previous and current personal bests are listed below. This was an especially great race for Donn Cabral who had a terrible 2013 after making the Olympic final in the steeplechase in 2012, but set an 18-second PR here and seems to be thriving after returning to NJ and joining the NJ/NY Track Club.
|Name||Previous Best||Current PB|
On the boards: BEN MF TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!
Event 19 Men 5000 Meter Run Section 1 =============================================================== Name Year School Finals =============================================================== Finals 1 Ben True Saucony 13:02.74 2 Hassan Mead Nike Otc Elite 13:02.80 3 Lopez Lomong Nike 13:07.95 4 Chris Derrick Nike/Aurum 13:08.18 5 Evan Jager Nike 13:08.63 6 Andy Vernon Melbourne Tr 13:11.50 7 Ryan Hill Nike 13:14.31 8 Garrett Heath Brooks Beasts 13:16.65 9 Matthew Centrowitz Nike Oregon Project 13:20.06 10 Donn Cabral Nike 13:22.19 11 Tom Farrell Nike 13:22.27 12 Leonard Korir Global Sport 13:24.74 13 Kirubel Erassa Oklahoma State 13:27.55 14 Mohammed Ahmed Wisconsin 13:28.02 15 Andrew Bumbalough Nike 13:28.17 16 Matt Hughes Nike 13:28.36 17 George Alex Zap Fitness 13:30.00 18 Diego Estrada Asics 13:41.45 19 Sean Quigley Saucony/ Boulder TC 13:42.05 20 Joseph Stilin Zap Fitness 13:44.16 21 Parker Stinson Oregon 13:45.62 22 John Bolas New Balance TC 13:46.09 23 Maverick Darling Kimberly's C 13:55.57 24 Travis Mahoney New Jersey-N 14:00.42 25 Nick McCormick Melbourne Tr 14:09.76