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Cam Levins Kicks to win in the 10k at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelim
Mileage monster Cam Levins talks about the fairly conservative and tactical 10,000 meter run at the NCAA West Preliminaries. Levins ran towards the middle of the pack for much of the race until kicking past the leaders in the last 250 meters securing himself a spot in the NCAA Championships. The 150 mile a week man is also entered in the 5000 meter scheduled for this upcoming Saturday. Watch as he talks about tactics and tapering, and be sure to tune in this weekend.
Steeplechase swimmers - yes, these are bloopers
Over the weekend at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary meet a few people took a dive during the steeplechase. And everyone loves a good steeplechase fall. As the empathetic Floskis that you all are, rememeber, "share"ing is caring. So show all these unfortunate souls that you care by sharing with all of your friends.
Galen looks back on NCAA experience
Galen Rupp had one of the most succesful collegiate distance careers of all time. A XC champ, and multiple time track champ, Galen talks about the NCAA system and how he had to balance the long collegiate season with trying to run on the international stage in the summer. Could have Galen gone Pro early? Probably, but Galen dosent regret any of his time at UO and so far his decision seems to be working out pretty well.
Cam Levins finally gives a shout out after 5k at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
Cam Levins has had a stellar 2012 season so far, making every one of his races look easy and in Des Moines he'll be putting on a show in the 10,000m and 5000m. Levins has made a huge transformation over the past two years and he's looking to cap off his collegiate career with a handful of national championships. The Canadian native already has the Olympic 'A' standard in both events and seems to be a lock for London 2012. It's looking like the sun never sets on Southern Utah's Cam Levins. At the end of this interview Cam redeems himself with a sincere shout out after having a slip up in Thursday's Interview.
Alex Kosinski moving past injury to get to Des Moines at NCAA DI West Preliminary
Alex Kosinski will have one last opportunity to add to her already galactic collegiate career at Oregon. A six-time All-American, Kosinski will be competing in the 5000 meters at NCAAs, holding on to the 4th fastest time in the west. Her road to nationals has been a bit bumpy, battling with injury, but in the end she punched her ticket to Des Moines.
Jordan Hasay high spirits with pop after qualifying in 1500 at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
Jordan Hasay is feeling good. Coming off of a Pac-12 1500 meter title, she'll head in to Des Moines with the fastest qualifying time out of the west. Last year at NCAAs Hasay ran the 1500/5000 meter double, finishing a bit off the leader in each of them. This year, however, she feels like she's got the spring back in her step, which--like always--should make her dangerous at Nationals.
Chris Derrick qualifies with jokes and Levins analysis after 10k at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelims
Chris Derrick, the man looking to win his first NCAA title, has chosen to only run one event at the NCAA Championships. Chris talks about the injury that led him to narrow his focus down with hopes of more to come in the summer months. Derrick also interjects some fun with his competitor and friend, Cam Levins. Who is really the stinky kid??
German Fernandez Back on track after first round at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelim
After a difficult 2011 outdoor season German Fernandez looks to be moving in the right direction. German finished second in the 1500 at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships and looks to have started regaining form and confidence of the past. Fernandez finished first in a very close preliminary round that saw six guys within .25 seconds of each other. Is this the dramatic return of the German Fernandez of 2009 that saw so much success? Catch him in action again on Saturday night to see if he punches his ticket to Des Moines.
Riley Masters after falling and not qualifying in 1500 at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
If "The Real Maine" didn't put Riley Masters in the spotlight, then his Big 12 1500m title and 3:37.19 performance at Oxy most certainly did. Going into the final Masters seemed like a lock for Des Moines, but a bit of jostling and jockeying moving into the bell lap left Masters and Wisconsin's Reed Connor tangled up and hitting the track hard. Though this weekend didn't go as planned, Masters will try to shake it off and look ahead to the Olympic Trials.
Ricky West runs 800 PR and fastest time of the day at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
Coming into 2012 Ricky West had never broken 1:50.00. This year, however, the Canadian/Jamaican hybrid is on a roll, finishing runner-up at Big 12s to Edward Kemboi in a then personal best of 1:47.33. West's time on Friday, along with being a personal best, is the fastest 800 meter time coming out of the West region. West's immediate goals are for NCAAs but looking forward he is hoping to make a trip to London representing Jamaica in the 800m.
Lawi Lalang after 1500 and 5000 meter double at NCAA DI West Preliminary
Arizona's Lawi Lalang has had one hell of a 2011-2012 season. It began in the fall with an NCAA Cross Country title. The indoor season yielded a title in the 3000m and 5000m and a 13:08.28 5k effort at the Millrose Games. Moving into the outdoor season Lalang is looking a little more human as he has suffered a few losses, not showing the dominance he did throughout indoors. After qualifying to Des Moines in both the 5k and 1500, Lalang talks about how he's feeling and goes for the Championships.
Rebeka Stowe learning about new confidence in running after steeple at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
2012 Big 12 Steeplechase champion, Rebeka Stowe, has had a great outdoor season so far. At the Payton Jordan Invitational she ran a personal best of 9:52.82 in the steeple and last night took 2nd in her heat to qualify for her second NCAA Championships. At last year's NCAAs Stowe ran to a 7th place finish in a time of 10:07.73. Hoping to improve on that this year, Stowe talks about her ups and downs this past season, but ultimately she's all geared up and ready to go.
Luke Puskedra 10k runner up at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelim
Oregon standout Luke Puskedra breaks down last nights 10,000 meter, and leads us through his past year of training. It's been a long road, marred by illness and injury, but highlighted by a 6th place finish at NCAA Cross COuntry and a 1:01:36 half marathon debut in January. Puskedra is looking to do big things in Des Moines come June 8th.
Riley Masters gets live critique from German Fernandez about Real Maine at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelims
You probably saw Riley Masters recently starring in the documentary, "The Real Maine" which brought insight to the beginning of his training for his current year that started at University of Maine and has continue at the University of Oklahoma. Masters has transitioned to the new environment and is coming off of a Big 12 title in the 1500. We talk to Riley about the differences since switching programs and his thoughts on "The Real Maine". Even German Fernandez critiques the project...and yes even German watched the whole thing! If you haven't seen it, check out "The Real Maine" by Erik Van Ingen.
Ryan Martin can't get away from Jock at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
Ryan Martin, a true Gaucho, is a two-time All-American and has found himself consistently battling with UC-Irvine phenom Charles Jock. Martin edged out Jock at the 2011 Big West Conference 800m and narrowly lost to him at this years conference championships. This weekend, however, was different. Martin will go into Des Moines with the second fastest time from the West, and the confidence that he can run with 2011 World Championship team member/rival(?), Charles Jock.
Ameer Webb feeling dangerous in 200 at 2012 NCAA West Prelim
After a disappointing finish in this weekend's 100m final, the Big 12 runner up at 200m like he had something to prove. And that's just what Ameer Webb did, posting the fastest time in the West region and winning his heat by .64 seconds. Going in to Des Moines he's feeling dangerous, and after his performance this weekend, he has every right to be. Look out for him, and what looks like the entire A&M sprint team, come June 6th.
Charles Jock talks 800 meter doubts and planning after round one at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelims
Charles Jock saw plenty of success last year, finishing runner-up in the 800 at NCAAs and qualifying for the World Championships team. Jock won his heat and will be running again in the semi-finals Friday night. Coming off of such a successful 2011 season, Jock talks about regaining his confidence, becoming familiar with his event, and extending his strength to fit in to this Olympic year.
Ashley Spencer 400 frosh phenom one to look for at 2012 NCAA D1 West Prelims
Illinois true freshman Ashley Spencer ran the third fastest time of the day, advancing to the semi-finals of the 400 meter dash. Spencer is coming off of a monster Big 10 Championship meet where she set the meet record running 51.02 for 400 meters, took home the 200 meter title, and anchored the Illini 4x400 meter. Never focusing on the event in high school, the former high school hurdler talks about transitioning to college and switching events. Currently she has the 4th fastest time in the US (#1 in NCAA) for 400 meters. Still new to the event, she is a fun one to watch race and one you (and the US elites) should be looking out for. Note: In high school she ran 42.11 for the 300 hurdles and was ranked #17 in the US. Many may not have seen the success in the open 400, but if you watch this 4x4 anchor at the Indiana State Championships where she splits around 52.6, you'd have an idea that there was some potential.
Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson Oregon duo going to Des Moines in 5k after 2012 NCAA West Prelim
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