After a disappointing fifth place effort in the 5000 meters Friday night, Stanford senior Elliott Heath claimed his first individual national title on Saturday in the 3000 meters.
In a race that saw a multitude of lead changes and pace fluctuations, Heath surged to the lead with 150 meters remaining and kicked hard to open a large gap. His storming kick was reminiscent of his 25-second 200 meter close earlier this indoor season in the Husky Invitational 5000 meter run. Heath’s finishing time was 8:03.71 was about a second ahead of Ben Blankenship of Minnesota in second and Indiana’s Andrew Bayer in third.
Heath speaking with Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton after his race