Freshman Clayson Shumway (BYU) was the top American collegiate with an impressive time of 8:47 (NCAA #12). He was followed by fellow collegian Ryan Driscoll (San Francisco) who ran a time of 8:50 for fourth overall.
UCLA alumni Lane Werley was the winner in a time of 13:59. He defeated redshirt freshman Caleb Webb (Portland) who was a second behind in a time of 14 flat.
Dominik Notz (Alaska Anchorage) finished in third overall also with a time of 14 flat.
Vincent Ciattei (Virginia Tech) threw down a 1:48.46 to secure the win over teammate Neil Gourley who ran 1:49.88 for second.
Virginia Tech sophomore Diego Zarate took the win by nearly six seconds with a time 3:46.
ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight
Erik Martinsson (UT-Arlington) soloed a time of 1:48.53 to cross the line in first.
Ivy League Championships
Myles Marshall (Harvard) took the win in a time of 1:53 to secure his second individual Heps title.
In one of the more underrated 1500’s of the weekend, Rob Napolitano (Columbia) out ran some very talented milers in a winning time of 3:45. He defeated Princeton’s Will Paulson (2nd), Yale’s James Randon (3rd), and Penn’s Chris Hatler (4th) in the process.
Penn’s Nick Tuck secured the win in a time of 9 flat.
Ryan Thomas (Columbia) was the next Columbia Lion to get a win in the distance events with a time of 14:13. Cornell’s Dominic DeLuca was runner-up in 14:16.
In a very tactical 10k, Mark Tedder (Cornell) took the win in a time of 31:55.
Indiana State University Twilight
On his home track, Indiana State’s David Timlin ran a very strong 3:42 to out-perform Indiana’s Joseph Murphy who ran a time of 3:44 for second.
Payton Jordan Invite
Despite all eyes being on the longer distances, there were plenty of great surprises that came out of the 1500.
The biggest surprise came from Arizona’s Carlos Villarreal who ran a massive personal best of 3:41.75 to secure the win (for his section) and grab the 16th spot in the NCAA standings. Villarreal is an established miler who has had some solid performances, but this was his true breakout race when you consider that he had a personal best of 3:45 prior to this race.
The next collegiate to cross the line must’ve read our Where You At? article. Stanford’s Sean McGorty finally made his outdoor debut after an injury kept him away from competition for the entirety of the winter season. McGorty was 4th in his heat with a time of 3:46 which is decent when you consider that he was out of commission for so long. He may not be in top form, but he still has a chance of making nationals.
In the elite section, Syracuse’s Adam Palamar ran a season best of 3:42 to secure his spot at regionals.
3000 Steeplechase: REGULAR
We FINALLY have a collegiate steeplechase under the 8:40 barrier! Gonzaga’s Troy Fraley ran a great race and finished runner-up in a field filled with professionals. Fraley now tops the NCAA leaderboard with a time of 8:39.
Daniel Carney (BYU) and Scott Carpenter (Georgetown) each ran 8:48 to finish 6th and 7th (respectively) in their section.
3000 Steeplechase: ELITE Despite this being the supposed “faster” section of the two heats, no collegiate broke 8:40 in this race. Edwin Kibichiy (Louisville) was the top collegiate in a time of 8:42 which is good for NCAA #4.
Darren Fahy (Georgetown) and Troy Reeder (Furman) each ran 8:46 and 8:47 respectively.
Clayton Young (BYU) and Amon Terer (Campbell) stayed competitive with the likes of Matt Centrowitz and Drew Hunter who led these two collegiates to a time of 13:50.
BYU’s Rory Linkletter and Jonathan Harper ran 13:52 and 14:03 respectively.
The entire focus of this race was to see if Edward Cheserek could break the NCAA 5k record of 13:08 and become enshrined in the record books. Yet, while Cheserek got all of the attention, it was Justyn Knight who truly deserved the recognition.
By the last two laps of the race, it was clear that Knight was looking strong and had a legitimate chance of not only beating Cheserek, but winning the entire race. Sure enough, Knight took off and sustained an incredible kick to bury Cheserek and hold off Villanova alum Sam McEntee for the win.
The time may not have been a collegiate record, but Knight did record a mind-blowing 13:17 to become NCAA #4 All-Time in the event.
Despite faltering on the last lap, Edward Cheserek still finished in a very respectable time of 13:24.
So what do these results mean for the future? Is Cheserek still the title favorite? Or will Justyn Knight now have the upper-hand come June?
Fun fact: Out of the three times Cheserek and Knight have raced throughout this academic year, Knight has won twice (2016 NCAA XC and 2017 Payton Jordan).
The next collegiate to cross the line was Southern Utah’s Mike Tate who ran an awesome race in a time of 13:34. This is an excellent improvement off of his previous 13:39 personal best from the Stanford Invite earlier this season. His development has been very encouraging and you have to think that he’ll be an All-American this June.
The last collegiate finisher was Erik Peterson (Butler) who finished in an underwhelming time of 13:57. The Butler senior is certainly better geared for the longer distances and I know he can run faster, but I was definitely hoping for a better 5k performance from him.
Marc Scott (Tulsa) was the only collegiate in this race and he held his own against one of the most elite 10k fields so far this year. The Tulsa senior finished the race 12th overall in an impressive time of 28:07.
Although his time is impressive, I thought we would see Scott run a bit faster. Payton Jordan seemed to be the last big opportunity for a collegiate to go under the 28 minute barrier and I was hoping that Scott could pull it off. According to TFRRS, there has always been at least one individual to break 28 minutes since 2010. Now, it seems like a very real possibility that 2017 ends without a collegiate under 28 minutes.