Mens 10K

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.

Finish Him

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.

i NEED that singlet

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.

Don’t listen to the haters, do you Boo Boo, do you

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.

Goldie Effin’ Locks

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

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Lawi Lalang vs. Chris Derrick

Lawi Vs. Chris

Last Spring when Lawi Lalang placed 2nd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for 5000m, he was not really on anyone’s radar. The freshman was an All-American during the indoor season in the DMR and 3000m. He initiated the beef the day he hoped on his plane and flew to America. He knew exactly what he was doing.

let you win, because you are African.

And then, XC happened. Lawi Lalang went undefeated and broke numerous course records on his way to the NCAA Championship.

his stride is excellence.

the last time Lawi lost to a non African. Centro went on to win Bronze in Daegu.

Chris Derrick has been a great loser very consistent runner these past 4 years. He has multiple All-American awards for TAF and XC. He has raced against the likes of Sam Chelanga, Galen Rupp and Lawi Lalang. Unfortunately for him, he does not win when it counts. But he has and that what counts; because at the end of the day, the hardware does not matter. At least according to the person who started this thread… http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=4486836&page=0 .

Thumbs Up if you like losing. Quotes don't lie.

"Looks enough like Lalang to me!" - Chris Derrick

At the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, Lalang and Derrick faced off again! First in the 5000m, Lalang and Derrick battled throughout the race and in the end, Lalang was just too strong for Derrick, winning with a Meet Record of 13:25.11 to Derrick’s 13:26.88.

All I do is win, WIN, wIn

The two competitors had a day to rest up and prepare for their battle over 3000m the next day, it would be an epic battle. Lalang and teammate Stephen Sambu controlled the majority of the race, but Derrick was not very far behind. At around 800m, Derrick made his first move to pass by Sambu and make his way around Lalang. He and Lalang traded the lead until the last 200m when Lalang summoned a kick that would give Bernard Lagat (circa 2006) a run for his money. But Derrick stayed on him and forced Lalang to run all the way through the line. Lalang ran a 7:46.64 and Derrick ran a 7:46.81. Valiant effort by both competitors, but Lalang again came out victorious.

should've gone to Oregon

Got'cho AZZ

And so that means ____________ is going to happen outdoor?

Well there are a couple of things that can happen:

  • Lalang will go pro, Derrick wins.
  • Lalang does not go pro, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang gets injured, Lalang wins.
  • Derrick can’t deal with constant failure, drops out, Lalang wins.
  • Lalang wins, but Derrick has so much , it explodes.

Upside down Swoosh, SWAGGGG

What the future holds?
  • Derrick signs with the OTC Eugene, because Schumacher and Salazar do not deal with scrubs, because he is on the west coast and his talents will be a better fit being able to train with Mcnamara and Chelanga
  • Maybe the US will buy another Kenyan convince Lalang to gain US Citizenship.
  • Derrick should make some World Championship teams, might even medal, never Gold.

get'cho game face on

Their heads are shaped the same...

Derrick < Lalang

Definitions (courtesy of UrbanDictionary.com)

  • Got’cho- Another way of saying I’ve got your.
  • Swag- Appearance, style or the way one presents themselves.