Monday, September 21, 2009

Tegenkamp Wins Title and Donaghue Rolls at 5k Road Champs

Teg at Stanford 2009The newest member of the American sub-13:00 club took home the 2009 Men’s US 5k Road Championship, held as part of the CVS Downtown 5k this weekend, in Providenc, RI. Using his patented kick, Matt Tegenkamp won in 13:57, defeating two of America’s fastest in Bolota Asmeron and Anthony Famiglietti.  After trying to blister the field last year — only to lose a homestretch battle with Famiglietti –this time around, Tegenkamp sat on the controlled early pace that kept much of the field in contention through the initial miles.  On the course’s most significant hill in the final-third of the race, Tegenkamp positioned himself to kick, then blasted home to claim a 5k road title to pair with his 5000m national title from the track, won back in June in Eugene, OR.

As good as the competition in the men’s race was, the women’s field was smaller but much deeper, with several sub-15:20 women, and four former National Champions. Rebecca Donaghue showed no hesitation, though, in dispatching top American talents such Jen Rhines, Molly Huddle, Amy Mortimer, Sara Hall and Renee Metivier-Baillie, placing second overall, just three seconds behind Olympian Amy Yoder-Begley.  On the heels of a PB-laden summer on the tracks of Europe, and a runner-up finish in the Falmouth Road Race over Kenyan and American foes, alike, Donaghue continues to assert herself as one of America’s best female distance runners.  That her 15:30 in Providence is almost 5 seconds faster than her personal best on the flat, fast track, suggests Donaghue is one of the hottest US competitors around.  Full results can be found here.

Check back later this week for reactions from Tegenkamp and Donaghue, and don’t forget to send in your track-related questions by Tuesday, September 22nd!

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