Mt. SAC has traditionally been the venue for many of America’s top distance runners to open up their outdoor track seasons. This year is no different as some of the best in the U.S. will be in Walnut, Calif. “where the world’s best athletes compete.”
Men’s 800 meters
Many of America’s premier milers will be using the 800 at Mt. SAC as early season speed work for the later summer season. Those runners include John Cook-coached athletes Leo Manzano and David Torrence. Both ran the same event at the Texas Relays last weekend, a race that Manzano won in 1:47.
Also entered are top British miler Tim Bayley, World Junior silver medalist Cas Loxsom of Penn State, and UC Irvine’s Charles Jock.
**Editor’s note: Manzano and Torrence have withdrawn from the race.
Men’s 1500 meters
Top collegiates will challenge many of the best U.S. professionals in the 1500 meters. The field is headlined by Oregon Track Club teammates Chris Solinsky and Matt Tegenkamp. Both opened up their outdoor seasons in early March with ‘A’ standard times in the 5000 meters. Russell Brown and Garrett Heath, former Stanford teammates and surprise 1-2 finishers at the Boston Indoor Games will also look for a good opener to their 2011 outdoor campaigns.
Miles Batty of BYU, the double NCAA indoor champ, is top among the collegiates entered. Also set to race are Patrick Casey of Montana State, Ben Blankenship from Minnesota, and Oklahoma State’s German Fernandez.
Men’s 5000 meters
Jorge Torres makes his return to the track after focusing on road racing last year. The 2008 Olympian has struggled thus far in 2011, finishing tenth at the USA Cross Country Championships and sixth at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville. Joining Torres are pros Scott Bauhs, Aaron Braun, David Jankowski, and Bolota Asmerom. Another to watch out for is Brit Scott Overall, a member of Team Indiana Elite.
Arkansas’s Dorian Ulrey has looked good so far this outdoor season, including a strong 25 second final 200 meters to win the DMR at the Texas Relays. He’ll be joined by NCAA cross country runner-up Stephen Sambu from Arizona, Justin Tyner of Air Force, and Wisconsin teammates Maverick Darling and Mo Ahmed.
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