STANFORD, Calif. – Sam Chelanga punctuated Liberty’s extremely successful showing at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in a major way, Saturday evening at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The redshirt junior shaved 20 seconds off of his own collegiate 10K record with a blazing 27:08.39 effort, marking the most impressive of the Flames’ three school-record performances at the meet.
Flotrack Video of the Race
Leading the way was Chelanga’s improbable performance in his outdoor season debut, after having missed a couple weeks of training recently with a slight foot injury. The seven-time All-American, who had not raced since the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 12, showed no signs of rust. He improved upon his previous NCAA 10K record of 27:28.48, set on April 24, 2009 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, Calif.
The Kim McDonald Memorial section of the men’s 10K was set up as an American record attempt for former Oregon standout Galen Rupp, who waged several memorable track and cross country battles with Chelanga on the collegiate scene a year ago. Chelanga tucked in right behind Rupp and his pacemakers for much of the race and was pulled through the 5K mark in approximately 13:36.
Rupp ended up bettering the previous American record at 27:10.74, but Chris Solinsky amazingly beat him to it in his debut at the 10K distance. Solinsky, a five-time NCAA national champion while at Wisconsin, unleashed a searing finishing kick, winning the race in a new American record time of 26:59.60. Chelanga closed in 60 seconds for the final lap, passing Rupp for a third-place finish and a record-breaking performance of his own. It was the first time Chelanga had ever defeated Rupp in a head-to-head race.
Rupp was one of four past Olympians Chelanga defeated Saturday evening. Only one of two collegiate runners in his heat, Chelanga clocked the No. 3 time in the world for 2010. He also took over the lead on the 2010 NCAA national performance list by one minute and 24 seconds, over Tulsa’s John Beattie. At the pace Chelanga maintained throughout his record-setting race, averaging approximately 65 seconds per lap, he would have lapped Beattie had they been in the same competition.
Finally, Chelanga’s 27:08.39 performance eliminated all debate about the owner of the collegiate record. The NCAA does not maintain official “collegiate records,” and some track historians had labeled Henry Rono as the collegiate 10K record holder before Saturday evening. The Washington State athlete ran a 27:22.5 10K in 1978, but did so outside of the collegiate season.
— Paul Carmany, Liberty SID
Nebraska Sweeps Texas Tech in Dual
LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 14 women’s and No. 20 men’s Nebraska track and field team swept the No. 12 women’s and No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders at the Texas Tech/Nebraska Dual on Saturday night at the Terry and Linda Fuller Track and Field Complex. Epley Bullock’s school-record jump of 6-2 3/4 in the high jump highlighted the Husker women’s narrow 99-98 win, while the NU men’s squad escaped Texas by a score of 104-98.
After opening the 2010 outdoor season with a school-record tying jump of 6-2 1/4 at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., Bullock took over the record on Saturday night. Bullock started by passing at the first two heights and then posted three straight first-attempt clearances at 5-7, 5-8 3/4 and 5-10. She was then the only jumper left competing, which made her feat that much more impressive, as she had no competition left to push her. After clearing 6-0 on her second attempt, the Allen, Texas, native took the school record one-half inch higher with her third-attempt make at 6-2 3/4. Bullock ended the meet with three attempts at 6-3 1/4, but was unable to clear.
— Jeremy Foote, Nebraska SID
USC Posts First-Ever Dual Meet Sweep at UCLA
WESTWOOD, Calif. – It was a historic day on the track for the USC track and field team as both the men’s and women’s teams defeated crosstown rival UCLA for the second straight season, the first time ever at UCLA and clinched the season-long Crosstown Gauntlet competition in a resounding sweep of the annual USC-UCLA Dual Meet held today (May 1) at Drake Stadium in Westwood, Calif.
The men’s team won 96-67, its most points in the meet since scoring 108 points in 1968 and USC’s first win at Westwood since the 1977 season (20 losses in a row at UCLA). The men have won back-to-back Dual Meets vs. UCLA for the first time since 1976-77 and now lead the all-time series, 42-35. The women’s team made it look even easier, winning 106-57 for its most points ever scored against UCLA and the second-highest point total by either school since the women began competing in 1984. The USC women have won two consecutive meets at UCLA and for the first time ever have posted three consecutive wins, but still trail in the all-time series, 21-6.
“It is a special day,” said USC’s Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. “The bottom line is it is all about the kids. The memories of this meet they will always have with them. They can brag about this one for awhile.”
— David Tuttle, USC SID
Cougars Handily Defeat Huskies in Dual Track & Field Meet
PULLMAN, Wash. — Torrential rains, hail and lightening delayed but did not deter the Washington State track and field teams as they swept the dual meet with Washington Saturday at Mooberry Track in Pullman. The Cougar men reached 18 lifetime-best marks and defeated the Huskies 108 to 55 in the 99th meeting of the two teams, while the WSU women, with eight lifetime-best marks, won 114 to 49 in the 35th meeting with the UW.
“We really had some outstanding performances, especially under the conditions today,” WSU Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “They would have been outstanding performances under any conditions, let alone a blustery day. We talk about the championship season starting with this meet and we’re off to a good start. People have upped their game. That is why I like the dual meet, because there is accountability and an outcome, a winner and a loser. People perform differently when they are performing for their team rather than just for themselves and I think that showed today. I’m really happy with where we are and what we accomplished today. Hopefully we can build on this and keep moving forward at the conference meet and then the regionals and the national meets.”
WSU’s Jeshua Anderson (junior, Woodland Hills, Calif.) won the 110m hurdles in a personal-record time of 14.04 seconds and then came back won the 400m hurdles in a meet record and Mooberry Track record time of 49.63. Anderson, the two-time defending Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles champion, bettered the previous meet record time of 50.18 run by Washington’s Shane Charles in 2006. Anderson also erased the 27-year old Mooberry Track record 49.69, run by Rob Cassleman for the Pacific Coast Club in 1983. Cassleman is a former WSU women’s coach, father of former Cougar All-American 400m hurdler John Cassleman, and currently the official starter for the Cougar home track meets.
— Linda Chalich, Washington State SID