Schweizer AR Tops Incredible Distance Times

Kate Grace did the early pacework, with Karissa Schweizer (1147) coming on strong late to beat Shelby Houlihan (1143) to an AR win, with Colleen Quigley (1146) 3rd. (BU ATHLETICS)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, February 27-28—Nike’s Bowerman TC went after fast times in a big way at the BU Last Chance meet, with three of its women obliterating the American 3000 record on the always-fast BU oval. And there was a Collegiate Record in the men’s 1500 to boot as one was once again led to wonder how much of a role new shoe technology is playing this winter.

Following the rabbiting of Kate Grace (2:48.90 at 1K, 4:31.71 at 1600) in the 3000, Shelby Houlihan moved to the front just as Grace bowed out at 2K. Karissa Schweizer took over at the front of what was now a 3-woman race, followed by teammates Houlihan and Quigley. At the bell Houlihan kicked into the lead, but Schweizer flew past her off the final turn to claim the record at 8:25.70, breaking Shalane Flanagan’s 8:33.25 from ’07. The mark is also faster than Mary Slaney’s outdoor 8:25.83 from ’85.

Houlihan (8:26.66) and Quigley (8:28.71) also recorded jaw-dropping times. The trio now occupy three of the top four spots on the all-time U.S. absolute list. On the world indoor ATL, only four Ethiopians are ahead of Schweizer’s mark.

Schweizer Instagrammed, “Couldn’t have done it without my speedy teammates… Leaving Boston inspired and ready to go back to work.”

That wasn’t the only women’s barnburner. The first evening started out with the 5000, where Konstanze Klosterhalfen blistered a German Record 14:30.79 from the front to become No. 4 in world history. She led four of the Bowerman women to big times: Vanessa Fraser became the No. 2 American ever with her 14:48.51, Emily Infeld moved to No. 3 at 14:51.91, Courtney Frerichs No. 7 at 15:02.91 and Gwen Jorgensen No. 12 at 15:10.98. Jessica Tonn (15:12.33) and Erika Kemp (15:14.76) also came in hailing distance of the Olympic standard of 15:10.00.

Lopez Lomong moved to No. 6 all-time among Americans in winning the men’s 3000 in 7:37.74 over Ryan Hill (7:38.03), Evan Jager (7:38.25) and Grant Fisher (7:39.99). Matthew Centrowitz did the rabbiting, hitting 1600 in 4:05.97.

The final Day 1 event for the Bowerman crowd was the men’s 1500, where Lomong and Harun Abda rabbited and helped deliver a world leader (and Olympic Q mark) to Josh Thompson with his 3:34.77. Brannon Kidder (3:36.51) and Abraham Alvarado (3:36.82) crossed next. In 4th, Oregon’s James West nipped Edward Cheserek’s ’17 Collegiate Record of 3:37.01 with his 3:36.93.

On the second day, a solid mile saw the Oregon pair of Charlie Hunter (3:55.41 CL) and Cooper Teare (3:55.50) top Centrowitz’s 3:57.93, PRs for both collegians. The second section went to Washington’s Mick Stanovsek in 3:57.88.Kate Grace led the 1000 from start to finish, winning in 2:35.49 to become No. 5 among U.S. women.

Shadrack Kipchichir followed the pacers for 2K before lighting out on his own to win the men’s 5000 in 13:08.25 and become he No. 7 American ever. Behind him, Britain’s Marc Scott broke the European Record at 13:08.87, Edward Cheserek ran 13:09.05, with Eric Jenkins (13:10.07), Emmanuel Bor (13:12.53) and Canada’s Matt Hughes (13:13.38) also making the Olympic Q.


BU LAST CHANCE MEN’S RESULTS

Boston, Massachusetts, February 27-28 (200 banked)—

1500: I–1. Josh Thompson (NikBowTC) 3:34.77 PR (WL, AL) (2, 2 A);

2. Brannon Kidder (BrkB) 3:36.51 PR (11, x A); 3. Abraham Alvarado (AtlTC) 3:36.82 PR;

4. James West’ (Or) 3:36.93 CR (old CR 3:37.01 Edward Cheserek’ [Or] ’17);

5. Sam Prakel (adi) 3:39.02; 6. Sam Tanner’ (Wa) 3:39.49 PR (9, 10 C); 7. Nanami Arai’ (Jpn) 3:39.51; 8. David Ribich (BrkB) 3:43.73.

II–1. Justyn Knight’ (Can) 3:36.13; 2. Chris O’Hare’ (GB) 3:36.40; 3. Isaic Yorks (BB) 3:37.81; 4. Rob Napolitano (HokaNJNY) 3:38.03; 5. Eric Avila (adi) 3:38.30; 6. Colby Alexander (HokaNJNY) 3:38.71.

Mile: I–1. Charlie Hunter’ (Or) 3:55.41 PR (WL, CL) (27.71, 56.45, 1:55.57); 2. *Cooper Teare (Or) 3:55.50 PR (AL, AmCL) (5, x AmC) (28.07, 56.82, 1:56.40);

3. Matthew Centrowitz (NikBowTC) 3:57.93; 4. Kenneth Hagen (unat) 3:58.07; 5. Cole Hocker (Or) 3:58.20; 6. Woody Kincaid (NikBowTC) 3:59.23; 7. Dan Schaffer (Bing) 4:00.38; 8. Sam Ritz (Wa) 4:01.44.

II–1. Mick Stanovsek’ (Wa) 3:57.88; 2. Paul Ryan (unat) 3:59.70; 3. Isaiah Harris (Nik) 4:00.10; 4. Abda Harun (NikOTC) 4:00.81; 5. Jack Yearian (Or) 4:00.85.

3000: 1. Lopez Lomong (NikBowTC) 7:37.74 PR (AL) (6, x A);

2. Ryan Hill (NikBowTC) 7:38.03;

3. Evan Jager (NikBowTC) 7:38.25 (7, x A);

4. Grant Fisher (NikBowTC) 7:39.99; 5. Travis Mahoney (HokaNJNY) 7:41.94; 6. Hyuga Endo’ (Jpn) 7:49.66; 7. Sean McGorty (NikBowTC) 7:51.16; 8. Jackson Mestler (Or) 7:59.46.

5000: I–1. Shadrack Kipchirchir (Nik) 13:08.25 PR (WL, AL) (7, 7 A) (26.84, 55.69, 1:59.13, 2:32.19, 4:06.83);

2. Marc Scott’ (GB) 13:08.87 NR (27.28, 56.20, 1:59.98, 4:06.26); 3. Edward Cheserek’ (Ken) 13:09.05 (27.09, 56.19, 1:59.64, 4:06.79);

4. Eric Jenkins (Nik) 13:10.07 (x, 8 A) (27.85, 57.01, 2:00.80, 4:08.34);

5. Emmual Bor (Nik) 13:12.53; 6. Matt Hughes’ (Can) 13:13.38; 7. Willy Fink (UA/DistTC) 13:17.15; 8. Hilary Bor (USAr) 13:21.17; 9. Andy Bayer (Nik) 13:24.67; 10. Paul Tanui (Nik) 13:25.41.

II–1. Jordan Mann (OcSt) 13:27.68; 2. Jacob Thomson (BAA) 13:28.35; 3. Alex Masai (Hof) 13:28.55; 4. Ryohei Sakaguchi’ (Jpn) 13:29.61; 5. Ben Flanagan (ReebB) 13:31.07; 6. Brian Barraza (adi) 13:31.25; 7. Mason Ferlic (unat) 13:31.44.

BU WOMEN’S RESULTS

1500: I–1. Heather McClain (NBal) 4:05.29 PR (8, x A);

2. Emily Lipari (adi) 4:06.49; 3. Marta Freitas’ (Por) 4:06.94; 4. Meagan Mansy (HokaNJNY) 4:09.99.

II–1. Hanna Green (NikOTC) 4:08.36; 2. Katie Mackey (BB) 4:08.69; 3. Jessica Harris (Nik) 4:08.81; 4. Amanda Eccleston (BB) 4:09.98; 5. Dana Giordano (BAA) 4:10.31.

3000: I–1. Karissa Schweizer (NikBowTC) 8:25.70 AR (old AR 8:33.25 Shalane Flanagan [Nik] ’07) (in/out: 1, 1 A; superior to AR 8:25.83) (WL) (5, 8 W) (31.59, 64.80, 2:11.10, 3:19.38, 4:27.98);

2. Shelby Houlihan (NikBowTC) 8:26.66 PR (7, 10 W; 2, 2 A) (in/out: 2, 2 A) (32.54, 65.54, 2:12.05, 3:20.55, 4:29.17);

3. Colleen Quigley (NikBowTC) 8:28.71 PR (9, x W; 3, 3 A) (in/out: 4, 4 A) (32.86, 66.74, 2:13.72, 3:22.11, 4:30.73)

…rabbit—Kate Grace (NikBowTC) (5:41.87—7, 7 A).

II–1. Jessica Hull’ (Aus) 8:56.61; 2. Grace Forbes (Rice) 8:56.82; 3. Amy Cashin (unat) 8:57.63; 4. Allie Schadler (Wa) 9:00.89.

5000: I–1. Konstanze Klosterhalfen’ (Ger) 14:30.79 NR (WL) (4, 5 W) (31.58, 64.96, 2:13.28, 3:21.43, 4:31.26); 2. Vanessa Fraser (NikBowTC) 14:48.51 (AL) (10, x W; 2, 2 A) (in/out: 7, x A) (34.30, 68.82, 2:18.14, 4:36.13, 5:46.21);

3. Emily Infeld (NikBowTC) 14:51.91 PR (3, 3 A) (in/out: 9, x A); 4. Courtney Frerichs (NikBowTC) 15:02.91 PR (7, 9 A);

5. Gwen Jorgensen (NikBowTC) 15:10.98 PR (12, x A); 6. Jessica Tonn (unat) 15:12.33; 7. Erika Kemp (BAA) 15:14.76; 8. Allie Ostrander (BrkB) 15:19.71; 9. Marielle Hall (NikBowTC) 15:20.73; 10. Heidi See’ (Aus) 15:25.59;

11. Amy-Eloise Neale’ (GB) 15:32.72; 12. Paige Stoner (ReebB) 15:43.05; 13. Katrina Coogan (NBal) 15:49.40; 14. Nicole Hutchinson’ (Aus) 15:52.63.

II–1. Elly Henes (unat) 15:40.45; 2. Tori Gerlach (ReebB) 15:44.13; 3. Aisling Cuffe (unat) 15:47.48; 4. Abbie McNulty (ReebB) 15:58.20; 5. Josette Norris (ReebB) 16:01.26; 6. Alia Gray (RRP) 16:07.65. ◻︎

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