The last few days have been packed with excellent running! I’ve picked out a few highlights that I thought were noteworthy – this is definitely not an exclusive list!
Lawi Lalang Defeats King Cheserek
In the 5000 meters at NCAA Track & Field Championships, Lalang ran 13:18:36 and Cheserek finished in 13:18:71 – both men ran under the meet record that had been around since 1979!
The Return of Mo Farah
Mo Farah was back on the track at the Portland Track Festival. He ran 13:23:42 for 5,000m – and he flew through the last 400m in 53 seconds. I don’t know what Mo’s plans are going forward, but at this point, I think he looks much more comfortable on the track than on the roads.
Molly Huddle is REALLY Good
By now, most people who follow running know who Molly Huddle is – but I still don’t think most people appreciate how good she is. In time, I suspect they will.
In winning the New York Mini 10K on Saturday, she set at an American record for an all-women’s road 10K (the previous record was 31:38, by Mary Decker Slaney).
I’m curious what Molly will do about the Rio Olympics. In London, she ran the 5,000m and had to deal with Tirunesh Dibaba, Meseret Defar, Vivian Cheruiyot and others – she finished 11th. Will she run the 10,000m in Rio? The marathon?
Grant Fisher Will Go Sub-4 in High School
Last fall, Grant Fisher, a high school junior from Michigan, won Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. This past weekend, he ran a 4:02:02 mile in the Adidas High School Boys’ Dream Mile. As best I can tell, only five high school boys have broken 4 minutes in the mile (Jim Ryun, Tim Danielson, Marty Liquori, Alan Webb and Lukas Verzbicas – please correct me if I’m missing anyone). I strongly believe that Fisher will add his name to that list.
Alexa Efraimson, At It Again!
Apparently, Alexa didn’t want to let Grant steal the high school spotlight! She decided to run with the pros and finished 10th in the 1500m – in 4:07:05 – the second fastest 1500m by a high school female (Mary Cain 4:04:62).
Not only that, apparently, she has opened the door to going pro. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. In the meantime, stay tuned – she’ll be running head-to-head against Cain in several meets in the near future!
In other running news, Mike Morton will not be running Western States (3rd last year). Neither will Amy Sproston (3rd female last year).
There is a great Western States preview at iRunFar:
I will have my own Western States preview later this week!!
Did you watch any races over the weekend?
How far did you run over the weekend?