Schoolmeester Takes Sixth At Nationals
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Bret Schoolmeester earned his third All-American honor by finishing sixth in the 5k. He clocked a time of 14:00.30. Schoolmeester was the only Buff to place at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.
"Our three guys (in the 5k) went into the race looking fresh and feeling good, feeling energetic and didn't seem to have it tonight," head coach Mark Wetmore said. "Bret obviously had the best race of the group and objectively speaking ran pretty well. It was a strange race and went out very slowly and accelerated as the race went on. He got gapped a little bit, but still he closed strong. He moved up from eighth to sixth in the final lap. I think he ran pretty well."
Brent Vaughn and Billy Nelson finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 5k. Vaughn came in at 14:12.60 and Nelson finished with a time of 14:13.84.
"Brent looked kind of tired as the race went on, so did Billy," Wetmore said. "Billy was pretty far back with a few laps to go. Both of them closed a little but not enough to get on the podium. They generally looked tired so we have to figure out what went wrong."
Bolf took 12th in the 5k race. She finished with a mark of 16:36.13. Last year Bolf took 10th in the event.
"Christine's race went out very fast," Wetmore explained. "She went out faster than is practical for her, but so did everyone else. I'm not sure why she looked so tired. She ran quite a bit off what we hoped. Maybe we made some mistakes in our last three weeks of preparation. But we will rest up a little bit, go back to work and try to do it better in June."
Pifer ran the preliminaries of the mile with a mark of 4:02.68 and won the second heat to automatically qualify for the finals. His time was the third best for the afternoon. Pifer will race for his first All-American track and field honor at 5:15 p.m. (MST) tomorrow.
"Stephen did a very good job in the mile trial rounds," Wetmore said. "He knew he couldn't let it be slow. He took the lead after maybe two or three laps and led the rest of the way. Usually people kind of tuck in off the leader and look to have a big kick, but he managed to respond as well. He looked pretty controlled but the entire field that made tomorrow is within about six or seven tenths of a second, so it's definitely going to be a very competitive race."
Liza Pasciuto will also take to the track tomorrow at 7:50 p.m. to compete in the 3k in the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
NCAA INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
RUNNING EVENTS (CU ATHLETES ONLY)
Women ?s 5k: 12. Christine Bolf, 16:36.13
Men's Mile (prelims): 2. Stephen Pifer, 4:02.68
Men's 5K: 6. Bret Schoolmeester, 14:00.30; 9. Brent Vaughn, 14:12.60; 10. Billy Nelson, 14:13.84