2012 Nike Pre: Hayward Night a huge success, by Larry Eder

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The proof is there: Nike Pre Classic is a two day event.  The events this evening drew a crowd of 7,800 (last years crowd for Friday night was 4000).

The evening started with the women's hammer, which had over two thousand fans watching an epic hammer throw. Betty Heidler took the lead in round one with a throw of 74.89m. Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland went in front of the German Hammer thrower with a throw of 75.60 meters. 

American Jessica Cosby set an American record on her first throw, with her heave of 74.19 meters. Betty Heidler, of Germany, threw 75.93m in round 4, taking the lead for good. 

Tatyana Lysenko of Russia had a nice series, 70.22m, 72.66m, 72.51m, 73.76m, 74.95m, 73.37m, with her fifth throw of 74.95m giving her third, moving Cosby to fourth. 

Anita Wlodarcyzk threw 75.10m on her last throw, and remained in second. 

The 800 meters showed me that Alyisa Montsho has the guts to be a medal contender. Hitting the 400 meters in 55.4 is no mean feat. Montsho kept going, and gutted out a very difficult last 100 meters. 1:57.37 is a fast time, and Montsho can go much faster. 

The women's 1,500 meters was a fine race. Alice Schmidt scored a big win and a big pb. Jennie Simpson was close, but that next gear is not there as of yet. Gabrielle Anderson is looking quite dangerous, with a very swift last gear. I believe Mike Durkin,  1976 Olympian, would have called that " controlled aggression".

Oh, the 10,000 meters. 

First, Tirunesh Dibaba is back after a two year Odyssey. Dibaba is a nine global medal winning distance runner, with a kick that would make Steve Ovett grin.

Florence Kiplagat, who under the eccentric watch of  Coach Canova, ran this fine race less than six weeks after a rather challenging marathon. She was also in flats. 

The 10,000 meters on the track is a chess match over 25 laps. If one can not take that last 1,000 meters and make one's competition gasp for air, then you better have a miler's kick.  Fourteen guys with pbs of under 27:30, and eight under 27:00? 

The race was 27:30 pace through 5,000 meters, hitting 13:43. As marathoner Wilson Kiprop, quite modest by Kenyan standards, with a
Pb of 2:09, dropped the hammer, it was only Moses Masai, and pre teen Bitan Karoki, who ran a 2:31 last 1,000 meters, with a 2:01 last 800 meters, and finally to show he was king of his domain, Wilson Kiprop dropped a 58.6 last lap, with arms upheld in victory as he past Masai for the last time. In my vernacular, we might suggest that Mr.Kiprop sure has some big ones. Or perhaps, Mr Kiprop just knew better than us, that he could win such a stacked race.

Jeff See was first American in the International mile. Matt Centrowitz ran his outdoor pb on a recovering knee. Not sure what is up with Alan Webb, always hate seeing a top runner fighting his or her demons, but Alan just needs a couple good races. 





01/06/2012

Prefontaine Classic
Eugene, OR, 01/06/2012


Men' results

One Mile - Men Race 1                                         

    1 Magut , James Kiplagat           KEN    3:54.16
    2 Brown , Russell                  USA    3:54.48
    3 Wote , Aman                      ETH    3:54.73
    4 See , Jeff                       USA    3:55.51
    5 Ulrey , Dorian                   USA    3:55.62
    6 Gathimba , Gideon Mwangi         KEN    3:56.17
    7 Cheru , Tesfaye                  ETH    3:56.50
    8 Centrowitz , Matthew             USA    3:57.44
    9 Wolde , Dawit                    ETH    3:57.48
   10 Leer , Will                      USA    3:58.65
   11 Webb , Alan                      USA    3:59.47
   12 Shaween , Mohammed               KSA    3:59.55
   13 Kemboi , Nicholas                QAT    4:00.80
   14 Yego , Alfred Kirwa              KEN    4:01.98
   15 Kipchirchir , Elijah             KEN    4:02.70
      McNamara , Jordan                USA        DNF                   
      Stanford  , Travis               USA        DNF                   

10,000 Metres - Men                                           

    1 Kiprop , Wilson                  KEN   27:01.98
    2 Masai , Moses Ndiema             KEN   27:02.25
    3 Karoki , Bitan                   KEN   27:05.50
    4 Bett , Emmanuel Kipkemei         KEN   27:07.90
    5 Kirui , Geoffrey                 KEN   27:08.44
    6 Rotich , Lucas Kimeli            KEN   27:09.38
    7 Kipchoge , Eliud                 KEN   27:11.93
    8 Kiptoo , Mark Kosgei             KEN   27:18.22
    9 Kogo , Micah Kipkemboi           KEN   27:23.04
   10 Kigen , Mike Kipruto             KEN   27:23.75
   11 Tanui , Paul Kipngetich          KEN   27:27.56
   12 Masai , Dennis Chepkongin        KEN   27:32.79
   13 Kipkoech , Josphat Bett          KEN   27:39.65
   14 Chelimo , Kevin                  KEN   27:46.10
   15 Mbishei , Titus Kipjumba         KEN   27:59.15

Triple Jump - Men                                             
                                                            Pts               Wind
    1 Taylor , Christian               USA      17.62          4              +1.9
    2 Claye , Will                     USA      17.48          2              +1.2
    3 Idowu , Phillips                 GBR      17.05          1              +1.2
    4 Sands , Leevan                   BAH      16.99                         +1.0
    5 Frayne , Henry                   AUS      16.64                         +0.5
    6 Davis , Walter                   USA      16.49                         +0.7
    7 Li , Yanxi                       CHN      15.58                         +1.0


Women' results

800 Metres - Women                                            

    1 Johnson Montano , Alysia         USA    1:57.37
    2 Gall , Geena                     USA    1:59.28
    3 Bishop , Melissa                 CAN    1:59.82
    4 Beckwith , Molly                 USA    2:00.13
    5 Smith , Jessica                  CAN    2:00.61
    6 Thomas , LaTavia                 USA    2:01.27
    7 Kesselring , Anne                GER    2:02.72
      Kampf , Heather                  USA        DNF                   
      Vessey , Maggie                  USA        DNS                   

1500 Metres - Women                                           

    1 Schmidt , Alice                  USA    4:05.64
    2 Simpson , Jennifer               USA    4:06.10
    3 Anderson , Gabrielle             USA    4:06.77
    4 Rowbury , Shannon                USA    4:07.16
    5 Pierce , Anna                    USA    4:07.81
    6 Bogale , Tizita                  ETH    4:09.41
    7 Follett Mackey , Katie           USA    4:09.51
    8 Muncan , Marina                  SRB    4:09.87
    9 Clement Moser , Treniere         USA    4:10.05
   10 Wright , Phoebe                  USA    4:10.45
   11 Simpson , Jemma                  GBR    4:10.46
   12 Reid , Sheila                    CAN    4:10.73
   13 Vaughn , Sara                    USA    4:11.82
   14 Martinez , Brenda                USA    4:17.06
      Feyisa , Bertukan                ETH        DNF                   
      Mcmahon , Emily                  USA        DNF                   

10,000 Metres - Women                                         

    1 Dibaba , Tirunesh                ETH   30:24.39
    2 Kiplagat , Florence Jebet        KEN   30:24.85
    3 Oljira , Beleynesh               ETH   30:26.70
    4 Kidane , Werknesh                ETH   30:50.16
    5 Kebede , Aberu                   ETH   31:09.28
    6 Chepkurui , Lineth               KEN   31:28.56
    7 Utura , Sule                     ETH   31:41.54
    8 Nyakagwa , Caroline              KEN   31:42.25
    9 Afework , Abebech                ETH   31:48.53
   10 Kiros , Aheza                    ETH   32:03.85
   11 Korikwiang , Pauline Chemning    KEN   32:19.32
   12 Gamera-Shmyrko , Tetyana         UKR   32:50.13
   13 Raut , Kavita                    IND   33:03.54
   14 Sreedharan , Preeja              IND   33:09.24
      Abdullayeva , Layes              AZE        DNF                   
      Fleshman , Lauren                USA        DNF                   
      Kiros , Tigist                   ETH        DNF                   
      Shurhno , Olena                  UKR        DNF                   
      Kabuu , Lucy Wangui              KEN        DNF                   
      Williams , Alisha                USA        DNF                   

Discus Throw - Women                                          
                                                            Pts
    1 Perkovic , Sandra                CRO      66.92          4        
    2 Pishchalnikova , Darya           RUS      63.76          2        
    3 Glanc , Zaneta                   POL      62.84          1        
    4 Poonia , Krishna                 IND      62.11                   
    5 Lewis-Smallwood , Gia            USA      61.77                   
    6 Thurmond , Aretha                USA      56.50                   
      Brown Trafton , Stephanie        USA         NM                   
      Karsak , Kateryna                UKR        DNS                   

Hammer Throw - Women                                          

    1 Heidler , Betty                  GER      75.93
    2 Wlodarczyk , Anita               POL      75.60
    3 Lysenko , Tatyana                RUS      74.95
    4 Cosby , Jessica                  USA      74.19
    5 Frizell , Sultana                CAN      70.20
    6 Campbell , Amber                 USA      70.04
    7 Henry , Britney                  USA      66.42
      Klaas , Kathrin                  GER         NM                   

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