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The TEN — Young CR As Fisher Leads 7 Under 27:00

The TEN — Young CR As Fisher Leads 7 Under 27:00

Grant Fisher called the mass sub-27 race “the perfect setup” for Paris 10,000 qualifying. (BILL LEUNG)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, March 16 — Coming into Sound Running’s The TEN, the site where he set his American Record 26:33.84 for 10,000m, Grant Fisher had indicated that this year would not be about chasing that record, but rather simply getting under the ultra-tough Olympic standard of 27:00. He checked that box, winning in a world-leading 26:52.04 and leading 7 others under the standard.

Nico Young, the Northern Arizona star who became the first collegian to break 13:00 at 5000 over the winter, debuted over 25 laps to become the first NCAA performer to go under 27:00, with a Collegiate Record 26:52.72 in 2nd. That took down the old mark of 27:08.49 that Liberty’s Sam Chelanga set in ’10, as well as the American CR of 27:31.08 that had been held by Stanford’s Chris Derrick since ’12. It also makes Young the No. 3 American ever.

The early pacing duties were handled by Ahmed Muhumed, hitting 1600 in 4:19.03 and 2K in 5:23.87. After 2400 Amon Kemboi took over; he passed 3200 in 8:38.17 and led for another lap before dropping. Back in front, Muhumed kept clicking off the sub-65-second laps through 4400. Once he dropped, Abdihamid Nur led, passing 5K in about 13:31, followed closely by Luis Grijalva, Moh Ahmed and Adriaan Wildschutt. Fisher sat in 5th, with Andreas Almgren just behind.

Nur passed 6K in 16:14.17, then Ahmed moved to the front with New Mexico frosh Habtom Samuel on his shoulder. It was Samuel who led the tight pack past the 8K post in 21:38.20 (27:03 pace), followed by Ahmed, Wildschutt and Fisher. Young ran 6th at that point.

Ahmed still led at the bell but 5 others ran within a second of him. It was Fisher who launched the most powerful kick, covering the final circuit in 56.78 to take the win in the fourth-fastest performance ever by an American. Young held off the fast close of Almgren, who broke the Swedish Record at 26:52.87. Ahmed ran 4th (26:53.01) while Samuel ended up No. 2 on the collegiate list with his 26:53.84. Wildschutt (26:55.54), Woody Kincaid (26:57.57 — now the No. 4 American ever) and Edwin Kurgat (26:57.66) rounded out the qualifiers.

“It was the perfect race, the perfect setup,” said Fisher. “A lot of guys did a lot of work, not including myself, so I really appreciate them… It’s all about Paris. This was a key step to get to Paris. I needed this in my pocket.”

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