Rogers Takes Top Five Finish in 5K at USA Track Champs

June 22, 2001

EUGENE - Former University of Oregon distance runner Nick Rogers paced second-day action at the USA Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

The Snoqualmie, Wash., native finished fifth in the 5,000 meters (13:35.68) in an all-star field bested by Nike's Bob Kennedy (13:28.72) who threw in back-to-back 61-second laps near the midway point to break the race open. Alan Culpepper of adidas made a late charge in the final 200 meters to take second (13:29.66), edging former collegiate teammate Adam Goucher of Fila (13:30.36). William and Mary's Matt Lane followed in fourth placed (13:32.91). Eugenean Nolan Swanson followed in 13th (13:53.34).

The top three finishers from each events, provided they've equaled or eclipsed the `A' qualifying standard of 13:25.00 since January 2000 will qualify for the 2001 World Championships, although Culpepper may defer to run only the 10,000 at the Edmonton-hosted meet (Aug. 3-12). That means Lane would be the next potential entrant, provided he meets the standard prior to the meet. If not, Rogers would then be eligible for the potential third slot since he clocked his personal best of 13:18.50 from a meet last August in Belgium.

Another former Duck distance runner, Rick Mestler, finished 10th in his semifinal of the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:45.47) and missed advancing to the final by less than four seconds. Adidas' Tim Broe won a fast first heat that also included strong efforts by Anthony Famiglietti of adidas (second, 8:25.52) and Eugenean and Nike runner Ray Hughes (third, 8:25.94). New York Athletic Club's Clint Wells won the other heat (8:32.83).

Among current Ducks, junior high-jumper Jason Boness no-heighted at the opening height of 7-1 3/4 (2.18 meters). The Casper, Wyo., native had qualified for the USA finale thanks to a personal best of 7-5 from the 2000 Pac-10 Championships in Eugene.

Nike's Nathan Leeper won the event (7-6 1/2) with fewer misses over Charles Austin (second, 7-6 1/2), while Henry Patterson followed in third place (7-5 1/4).

On the women's side, former Duck Christie Engesser-Cesar advanced to the final of Sunday's women's 800 meters with the last of three time-based qualifiers Friday. She finished fifth in her heat (2:06.53) which was won by Nike's Hazel Clark (2:03.16) - the fastest effort of the day. Nike's Regina Jacobs won the other heat in 2:05.75.

Full results can be found at the USA Track and Field web site at www.usatf.org.

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