Amy Begley Runs World Leading Time in 5000 at Brutus Hamilton Invitational
April 23, 2010
BERKELEY - Amy Begley ran the fastest time in the world in the 5000 meters this year during the New York Road Runners Distance Carnival Friday, finishing in 8:53.73, to highlight the first day of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Edwards Stadium.
Begley, a 2008 Olympian in the 10,000 meters who also set a meet record in the event, led two others across the line ahead of the previous world-leading time. Malindi Elmore was second in 8:57.97 and Japan's Yuriko Kobayashi, an '08 Olympian in the 5000 meters, placed third in 9:01.39. Renee Metivier Baillie, who won the 2010 USA title in the indoor 3000, came in fourth with a mark of 9:03.73, while three-time Olympian Jen Rhines was fifth in 9:09.46.
Galen Rupp, a 2008 Olympian in the 10K, won the Distance Carnival's men's 5K in 13:32.53, which ranks eighth in the United States for an outdoor 5000 this year. Rupp plans to run his first 10,000 of the year next week, either at Stanford or Oregon. Juan Carlos Romero took second in 13:34.27, as he and Rupp finished well ahead of the pack.
The men's 10,000 meters wrapped up the Distance Carnival and was won by Japan's Yuki Sato in 28:27.93.
'I think the last couple of years that the Brutus Hamilton Invitationl has been pretty special, and I think today was a spectacular day,' director of track & field Tony Sandoval said. 'Tonight was another home run for us - anytime you get the quality of athletes that are here. Edwards Stadium under the lights is pretty magical.'
Earlier in the day, a pair of Cal women won their respective events. Freshman Alima Kamara edged out teammate Cherrelle Garrett to prevail in the 200 meters, 24.29 to 24.36. Freshman JAsmine Joseph also took sixth in a PR 24.71. Nick Porter was fifth in the men's 200, but had a season-best time of 21.86 seconds.
Freshman Angelica Weaver captured the 400-meter hurdles with a collegiate PR of 1:00.10, beating Arizona's Georganne Moline to the tape by 0.43 seconds. Cal's Natalya Beneby was fifth overall in a season-best 1:01.00.
In the women's hammer, Linda Oseso was third with a throw of 176-9, while Kiely Smith took fourth with an eight-foot PR of 171-9. The mark, which came on her fifth attempt, moved Smith into 10th on Cal's all-time performers list.
Washington's Kyle Nielsen set a meet record with a throw of 247-1 (75.32m) in the javelin, breaking the old mark of 243-2 by Keron Francis of Boise State in 2006. Nielson's toss was also just shy of the Edwards Stadium record of 248-6.
The women's 3000-meter steeplechase, which opened the night session, saw two runners finish under the meet record. Winrose Karunde of Texas Tech won with a time of 10:23.62, with Utah State's Erin Stratton next across the line in 10:24.08.
Utah State and Texas Tech runners also battled in the men's 3000 steeple, and this time Utah State's Steve Strickland came from behind with a lean at the finish to win in a meet-record 8:42.97. Tech's Gilbert Lino, who set the pace almost from the start, was second in 8:42.99.
'I think the afternoon has always been an added bonus for us,' Sandoval said. 'The invitational events are going to be very competitive and obviously, the mile is always a featured event for us. Hopefully, we can break four again this year.'
The Brutus Hamilton Invitational will feature a full day of events Saturday. Field events begin with the Upshaw Family Invitational Long Jump at 10 a.m., and running events start at 1 p.m. with the women's 100-meter hurdle prelims. The men's and women's 4x400-meter relays conclude the afternoon at 5:30.
Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Saturday, April 23, 2010 - Edwards Stadium - Berkeley, Calif.
Long Jump - 5. Kevin Kuechler 21-10.75 (6.67m)
Hammer - 5. Miles Palacios 187-6 (57.16m)
Javelin - 12. Kevin Kuechler 143-11 (43.88m)
New York Road Runners Distance Carnival 5000m - 12. Kari Karlsson 14:19.21.