The Weekend Review (5/14/17)



SEC Championships

800

The big event of this meet was the half-mile and it surely lived up to expectations.

Andres Arroyo (Florida) entered the race as the heavy favorite after running 1:45 earlier this season. But, as fate would have it, Arroyo lost as he was upset by Texas A&M freshman Devin Dixon who ran a monster 1:45.71 to earn the conference title. Arroyo was second in 1:46.14 while Mississippi’s Craig Engels was third in a time of 1:46.93.

I think we all knew that Dixon was legit, but no one expected him to run 1:45 this season! Dixon is now 4th in the NCAA standings and is the third freshman to go under 1:46 this season.

Then we have Arroyo who failed to win a championship race…again. This seems to be a reoccurring theme when he enters the post-season. I believe that Arroyo is in the best shape of his life and you can’t fault him for losing to a 1:45 guy, but this is the time of the year where I get suspicious about how successful he can be.

1500

Craig Engels (Ole Miss) reinforced the idea that he should pursue the 1500 over the 800 at NCAA’s after finishing third in the 800 and winning the 1500 conference title in a tactical 3:52.

Robbie Farnham-Rose (Alabama) was runner-up in a time of 3:53.

3000 Steeple

MJ Erb (Ole Miss) entered this event as the favorite and left with gold. His time of 8:48 was enough to best Alabama’s Antibahs Kosgei who ran 8:54 for second.

5000

As if his steeplechase title wasn’t enough, Erb was also the winner of this race with an excellent time of 13:47. He was followed by the Arkansas duo of Alex George and Jack Bruce (each ran 13:53).

Zach Long (Tennessee), Jacob Thomson (Kentucky), Alfred Chelanga (Alabama), and Austin Dalquist (Arkansas) all finished under 14 minutes as well (in that order).

10,000

The Alabama duo of Chelanga and Kosgei cruised to a 1-2 finish with unexciting times of 30:25.

While that may not seem like a big-deal, understand that Antibahs Kosgei just completed one of the hardest triples any athlete can attempt. That triple was the 5k/10/steeple. He ended up with two silvers and an 11th place finish. Not too bad for someone racing 11 miles over three days.

PAC-12 Championships

800

Nick Harris (Colorado) showed that the Buffs could compete in more than just the long distance events. The senior pulled away from the field with a winning time of 1:48.77.

USC’s Robert Ford was the runner-up in a time of 1:49.41.

1500

In a very tactical race, Grant Fisher (Stanford) burned the field with a blistering 51.81 last 400. His winning time was 3:54.

About a second behind Fisher was Blake Haney (Oregon) and Thomas Joyce (California). They each finished in 3:55.

3000 Steeple

What a huge race from Bailey Roth! The Arizona sophomore broke the 8:40 for the first time this season to get the PAC-12 title over UCLA’s Austin O’Neil. Bailey’s time of 8:39.38 is now second best time in the NCAA standings right now behind Troy Fraley of Gonzaga.

O’Neil’s time of 8:46 was enough for second while Arizona State’s CJ Albertson ran 8:49 for third.

5000

It was the total domination for the Colorado Buffaloes as they took four of the top five spots in this race. Zach Perrin was the winner in a time of 13:58 while Klecker and Dressel ran 14:01 to finish in the top three.

Oregon’s Tanner Anderson was the only individual separating Ben Saarel from the rest of his teammates. Anderson was fourth in 14:02 while Saarel was fifth in 14:04.

10,000

It was an easy win for Edward Cheserek (Oregon) as he cruised across the line in 29:11 to defeat California’s Trent Brendel who ran 29:20 for second.

BIG 10 Championships

800

Isaiah Harris (Penn State) took the win in a time of 1:49.68. He was the only athlete to dip under the 1:50 mark in the finals which is in stark contrast to the preliminaries where 15 men ran 1:49 or faster.

1500

Justine Kiprotich (Michigan State) continued to show off his racing tactics as he won the conference title in a time of 3:48. He was the only athlete to dip under 3:50 in the finals.

3000 Steeple

Dylan Lafond (Illinois) ran an outstanding 8:40 to win the BIG 10 steeplechase title. I was impressed by Lafond earlier this season when he ran 8:42 at Mnt. SAC, but getting a win and improving on that time gives me the impression that he could contend for the NCAA steeplechase title.

Second place was taken by Obsa Ali (Minnesota) who ran a very strong time of 8:45. This is now the second personal best for Ali this season. He has a lot of momentum heading into championship season and that can do wonders for an athlete’s confidence.

The next three spots were taken by Indiana as Joseph Murphy, Jeremy Coughler, and Jason Crist each 8:47, 8:47, and 8:50 respectively. No matter who they graduate or what season it is, this team always has an incredible amount of depth in the distance events.

5000 & 10,000

Malachy Schrobilgen (Wisconsin) crossed the line in a time of 29:27 to win the 10k conference title. He was followed by Penn State’s Tim McGowan and Nebraska’s Wyatt McGuire who ran 29:38 and 29:39 respectively.

Schrobilgen would later bounce back to finish behind teammate Morgan McDonald in the 5k. The duo went 1-2 in this event running 14:14 and 14:16.

BIG East Championships

800

Joe White (Georgetown) got a win over Villanova’s Ville Lampinen 1:52 to 1:54.

1500

The Villanova redshirt freshman Logan Wetzel continues to impress us as he earned his first BIG East title in a tactical 3:52.

3000 Steeple

The Georgetown duo of Darren Fahy and Scott Carpenter went 1-2 with each individual recording times of 8:51. They were the only athletes to break nine minutes in this race.

5000

Erik Peterson (Butler) secured the title by six seconds with a time of 14:11.

10,000

Stephen Roberston (Providence) took the win with a time of 30:08. Providence took four of the top six spots in this race.

BIG 12 Championships

800

Strymar Livingston (Kansas) defended his indoor title by pulling away from the field with a winning time of 1:48.77.

Vincent Crisp (Texas Tech) and Roshon Roomes (Iowa State) ran 1:50 and 1:51 to round out the top three.

1500

The Oklahoma State duo of Josh Thompson and Craig Nowak cruised through a very tactical 1500 to take the top two spots in a time of 4:08.

3000 Steeple

In one of the most underrated races of the weekend, we saw Texas Tech’s Benard Keter edge out Josh Thompson (Oklahoma State) for the win (8:49 to 8:50). Although Thompson lost, it’s important to note that this was his first time ever racing the steeplechase. What can this guy not do?

Keter and Thompson led four others under the nine-minute barrier with sophomore Dylan Hodgson (Kansas) taking bronze in a time of 8:52. Dylan Blankenbaker (Oklahoma) also ran 8:52 for fourth place overall.

5000

After winning the steeplechase, Benard Keter came back to get yet another BIG 12 title. His time of 14:11 was enough to hold off Oklahoma’s Dylan Blankenbaker who ran a respectable time of 14:12 for the runner-up position.

10,000

Hassan Abdi (Oklahoma State) recorded a time of 29:21 which was enough to best redshirt freshman Thomas Pollard (Iowa State) who ran 29:30 for the runner-up spot. It was the first BIG 12 title ever won by Abdi.

ACC Championships

800

It was déjà vu from this past indoor season with the Virginia Tech duo of Drew Piazza and Patrick Joseph taking the top two spots in 1:46 (Piazza earned gold). It seems only appropriate that this was the case since Joseph won the indoor title while Piazza settled for second in that race.

Robert Heppenstall (Wake Forest) did not let the VT duo finish easily. The Ontario native finished third overall in a time of 1:47.04.

John Lewis (Clemson) led for most of the race, but faltered during the last 200. He finished fourth with a time of 1:47.62

1500

As the team title race became closer and closer, Virginia Tech rallied and took the top three spots in this event with Neil Gourley, Vincent Ciattei, and Diego Zarate going 1-2-3 while also fending off Virginia’s Henry Wynne and Syracuse’s Adam Palamar. The VT trio all ran 3:46 while Palamar and Wynne ran 3:47.

3000 Steeple

Edwin Kibichiy (Louisville) took care of business as he out ran the field to a winning time of 8:45. He was followed by Syracuse freshman Aidan Tooker who took second in 8:54.

Aubrey Myjer (NC State) and Matt McGoey (Pitt) ran 8:55 and 8:57 to take the next two spots.

5000

Throughout most of the race, Justyn Knight (Syracuse) patiently waited in the lead pack. With about two laps to go, he easily shut down the field with a strong surge in pace (is it really a “kick” if it looks like he’s barely trying?). Knight cruised across the line with a time of 13:52 while George Parsons (NC State) hung tough and finished in 13:54.

Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy was the last man under 14 minutes as he ran 13:59 for third overall to complete a very solid double for the weekend.

10,000

In a field with experienced, top-tier talent it was Virginia Tech sophomore Peter Seufer pulling off the surprise win as he outkicked Philo Germano (Syracuse) to a winning time of 29:21. Germano finished in 29:22.

UVA flexed their strength in the distance events as they took the next three spots with Demarest, Herriot, and Cook running 29:27, 29:31, and 29:31 respectively.

AAC Championships

800

Stefano Migliorati (East Carolina) ran 1:49.49 to win the conference title.

1500

Marc Scott (Tulsa) out ran freshman Eric Van Der Els (UConn) 3:52 to 3:53 to win the AAC title.

3000 Steeple

Emmanuel Rotich (Tulane) won the steeplechase in a time of 9:21.

5000

Tulsa dominated this event by taking the top four spots (all under 14:40). Luke Traynor was the winner of this race with a time of 14:20.

10,000

Tulsa’s Henry Pearce and Adam Roderique took the top two spots in times of 31:21 and 31:34.

Conference USA Championships

800

Michael Saruni (UTEP) and Eliud Rutto (MTSU) put on a show as Saruni barely edged Rutto for the win (1:47.48 to 1:47.74).

1500

UTEP’s Jonah Koech and Michael Saruni took the top two spots with times of 3:44 and 3:46 respectively.

3000 Steeple

Geoffry Cheruiyot (MTSU) ran 8:58 to win the conference title.

5000 & 10,000

Jacob Choge (MTSU) emerged victorious in both races (which became very tactical). Choge ran 30:06 in the 10k and eventually followed that up with a 15:08 5k to earn double gold.

Mountain West Championships

800

Josh Kerr (New Mexico) hasn’t lost a race since late January and he wasn’t going to start this weekend. The redshirt freshman ran 1:48.05 to barely defeat Clay Lambourne (Utah State) who was second in 1:48.07.

Ricky Faure (Wyoming) was third overall in a time of 1:48.47. Michael Rhoads (Air Force) was the last man under 1:50 with a time of 1:49.66.

1500

Josh Kerr continues to establish himself as one of the best in the nation thanks to a winning time of 3:46. Dillon Maggard (Utah State) was runner-up in 3:47.

3000 Steeple

Yusuke Uchikoshi (Boise State) wins in a time of 9:13. Graham Thomas (New Mexico) was second in a time of 9:14.

5000

Jefferson Abbey (Colorado State) won an incredibly tactical race with a time of 15:10 to defeat Air Force’s Jacob Bilvado who ran 15:11 for second.

10,000

Colorado State duo Jerrell Mock and Grant Fischer went 1-2 in a tactical race with Mock crossing the line in 31:01 and Fischer nine seconds behind.

BIG Sky Championships

800 & 1500

Kevelbaard continued his winning ways after running through the finish line in first with a time of 3:47. He later earned a win in the 800 with a time of 1:49.49.

3000 Steeple

It was all about Weber State in this race as teammates Luca Sinn and Jordan Cross went 1-2 in times of 8:54 and 8:59.

Idaho’s Nathan Stark was the only other individual under nine minutes with a time of 8:59.

5000 & 10,000

In the 5k, Mike Tate (Southern Utah) out-ran Diego Leon (Montana State) 14:12 to 14:16 for the title. Prior to that race, Tate also won the 10k in a time of 30:28.

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