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Posted: June 12, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Rupp Captures NCAA 10,000M Title

From David Monti

© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Competing in his last NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, University of Oregon senior and Olympian Galen Rupp finally won the national collegiate title at 10,000m, beating his key rival and the NCAA record holder at the distance, Kenyan Sam Chelanga of Liberty University, into third place. Arkansas senior Shawn Forrest, an Australian, finished second. Rupp's victory came on the second of four days of these championships held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Although Rupp broke 61 seconds for his final circuit, that wasn't what won the race. Rupp, Chelanga and Forrest were together with two laps to go, when Rupp surged, dropping a 58-second penultimate lap. That put him three seconds up on Forrest and six seconds up on Chelanga when he took the bell. A sub-61 second final lap was more than adequate to ensure victory in 28:21.45, to Forrest's 28:24.53 and Chelanga's 28:35.40. Rupp's victory was particularly impressive considering he ran his 5000m heat technically the same day at 12:40 in the morning after Wednesday's evening program was delayed by thunderstorms.

"I just sat back, tried to bide my time, and when it was time to go I made my move," Rupp explained in his post-race interview with He added: "Doubling isn't anything new to me."

Suleiman Nyambui's championship record of 28:01.30 stood up yet another year. The University of Texas El Paso athlete set that mark 30 years ago in 1979.

Providence senior Danette Doetzel, a Canadian, won the women's 25-lap race by 14 seconds in 33:25.71, improving from the runner-up position last year. She broke away with three laps to go with a 78-second circuit. Brigham Young sophomore Cecily Lemmon was second (33:39.97) and University of Washington junior Anita Campbell got third (33:43.33). Defending champion, Iowa State junior Lisa Koll, was a distant ninth.

Smiling broadly, the petite Doetzel told that she waited for a signal from Providence coach Ray Treacy before she made her bid for victory. "I've been training really hard so I knew I was in good shape coming in here," she said. "The only thing was whether I was rested enough before the race." She added: "I just hung in there and stayed cool."

In other events yesterday, qualifying continued in the 800m. Favorites Geena Gall of Michigan (the defending champion), LaTavia Thomas of LSU and Phoebe Wright of Tennessee all advanced to the final, but Tennessee freshman Chanelle Price was eliminated, finishing sixth in heat 2. Andrew Wheating, an Olympian for the University of Oregon who was the runner-up at this meet last year, continued his campaign for the podium, winning the first heat in 1:46.21 to Penn State's Ryan Foster (1:46.78). Other favorites for the crown, including Northern Iowa's Tyler Mulder and Texas's Tevan Everett also advanced to Saturday's final.

They key surprise in the women's 1500m qualifying was the elimination of Oregon sophomore Alex Kosinski, who was beaten into fourth place by a strong stretch run by Michigan's Danielle Tauro. Kosinski's mark of 4:19.02 wasn't nearly fast enough to allow her to advance on time. Tennessee's Sara Bowman, third last year and the co-favorite along with Florida State's Susan Kuijken, eased up in the homestretch to finish second in the third and final heat, finishing behind UC Riverside's Brenda Martinez. Key athletes also advancing to Saturday's final were East Tennessee State's Heidi Dahl, Georgetown's Emily Infeld, and Stanford's Lauren Centrowitz. They finished 1-2-3 in the first heat.

Oklahoma State freshman German Fernandez, the big favorite for the men's 1500m title, looked very solid winning the third heat of the qualifying round, clocking 3:41.39 over California sophomore Michael Coe (3:41.60). Oregon freshman, Matt Centrowitz, who ran 3:36.92 earlier this season, finished last. Other favorites to advance included Arkansas junior Dorian Ulrey (second in heat 2), Georgetown senior Liam Boylan-Pett (third in heat 2), New Mexico senior Lee Emanuel (third in heat 1), and Ohio State senior Jeff See (4th in heat 1). Wisconsin junior Craig Miller ran the fastest time of the day of 3:39.36, winning the first heat.

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships continue today. In the middle and long distance events, the men's and women's preliminary round of the steeplechase will be contested as will the finals of the men's and women's 5000m. Galen Rupp will be in action for the third day in a row and will try to claim the 10,000m/5000m double. The last man to accomplish that feat was Stanford's Brad Hauser in 2000.

PHOTO CREDITS: Galen Run, Sam Chelanga and Shawn Forrest battle for the NCAA 10,000m title. Danette Doetzel, in second place, on her way to winning the NCAA 10,000m title. (Photos by MIKE SCOTT; used with permission)

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