1. The men’s 5000 lived up to the hype, it just wasn’t the result we expected.
While many of us assumed a member of Schumacher’s army would take home the win, it was Ben True and Hassan Mead who blew by Lopez Lomong, Chris Derrick, and Evan Jager to go 1-2 in 13:02.74 and 13:02.80, respectively.
The result sets up a fascinating dynamic for the remainder of the outdoor season. True and Mead knocked on the door of the 13-minute barrier last night and are certainly capable to dipping below the mark later on this summer. Throw in the Schumacher crew of Lomong, Derrick, and Jager who all have personal bests under 13:10, their training partner Ryan Hill who ran a 7:34 indoor 3k, and U.S. 5k stalwarts Bernard Lagat and Galen Rupp, and we could upwards of eight Americans break 13 minutes in one season. This summer could be very, very fun to watch.
2. Katie Mackey has found her event.
Prior to Sunday night, Mackey found herself in a tough place in her career — a perennial U.S. championship 1500 finalist but not someone quite with the wheels to make World or Olympic teams. A move up to the 5000 seemed to make a lot of sense for the former Washington Husky, a move that paid off with a third place finish in a time of 15:04.74.
With Molly Huddle and Kim Conley exploring the longer distances, Mackey will be a contender to make 5k national teams in the years to come, especially considering her closing speed from her background as a miler.
3. Don’t forget about Elise Cranny.
The high school senior and future Stanford Cardinal finished sixth in the fast section of the 1500, clocking a time of 4:10.95 to make her the second-fastest high school 1500 meter runner of all-time.
With the World Junior Championships being held in Eugene this summer, the team will be a highly desirable one to make for American athletes. Each country can only select two athletes per event, meaning either Cranny, Alexa Efraimson, or Mary Cain will be left of the 1500 team should they all choose to participate.
4. Stanford is going to have a nasty men’s cross country team next year.
The Stanford men had quite a day yesterday. Joe Rosa, Erik Olson, and Sean McGorty (redshirting this season) all ran sub-13:40 in section two of the 5000. Jim Rosa, the sixth place finish at last year’s NCAA XC championships, ran 29:00.13 in the 10k.
All four are back for this fall’s cross country season, and that doesn’t account for incoming transfer Maksim Korolev from Harvard. There are sure to be some fun battles to come between the Cardinal and conference rivals Colorado and Oregon.