The Mens 10k should includes at least 1 medal contender for London: Galen Rupp (12:58.90/26:48.00). Without Chris Solinsky in the mix, the next two spots are up for grabs. Injuries in an Olympic year are a bee-yach, so hopefully Chris will be ok, mentally of course.
Dathan Ritzenhein (27:22.28/12:56.27): Recently blogged about training with Galen and Mo and he seems to believe he is close to 12:56 shape. He has the A standard in the 5K, but is a few seconds off of it in the 10K. Has the sixth fastest American 10K time this year. He is undecided about if he will double or just chose one, but if the race is paced correctly, he could easily get the 10K A standard. Oh yeah, he just barely missed being on the Olympic Marathon Squad with a 4th Place finish 😦
Matt Tegenkamp (27:28.22/12:58.56): Track and Field’s “Token Ginger“, Tegenkamp is a hoss. He was 2nd at US Championships last year, although he has been quoted saying’ ‘I will never run a 10K”. He was the first American to break 13 minutes for 5K, and now he has decided to move his talents to
South Beach the 10K, a la LeBron James (see what I did?). He has the A standard in both the 5K and the 10K, may go for double.
Chris Derrick (27:31.38/13:19.58): Did not show up for the NCAA Championships. Ran a 27:31 late-April and then ran a 28:17 in June. Chris, if your goal was to get on the medal stand, CONGRATULATIONS! Clearly a talented athlete but his inexperience may not play in his favor.
Scott Bauhs (27:48.06/13:28.92): Truthfully never heard of the guy until today. But, he was 3rd at US Championships last year, and for that you get a picture. Young guy with a lot of good experience, check his Wikipedia for more info. He is one to be reckoned with.
Tim Nelson (27:31.56): see Scott Bauhs,
because they look alike, because they are white, because he is another relatively young guy with a lot of good experience. He gets to train with Tegenkamp and Solinsky and Lomong and so unless he is injured, you can’t count him out.
Brent Vaughn (27:40.21/13:18.46): has the 3rd fastest time this year for 10K, that’a about it. But he clearly has talent.
Bobby Curtis (27:24.67/13:18.97): sub 4 miler, so he’s got the speed, maybe? He was 4th at last years US Championships, so expect him to be in the mix this year.
My Predictions: Kinda difficult
Rupp, Tegenkamp and Ritz (based solely on what he said about training with Rupp/Farah. If you lied Dathan I will be upset) will be reppin’ good ole ‘merica in London