Lauck Takes 10,000 Meters at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Olympic marathon qualifier Anne Marie Lauck continued her strong running by taking the 10,000-meter run Thursday night at the Penn Relays.
Lauck, who made the U.S. Olympic team by finishing third at the U.S. marathon trials in February, won with a meet-record time of 32 minutes, 5.64 seconds, well under the 33:24 time needed to qualify for the 10,000 at June’s Olympic trials.
If she does qualify for the Olympic 10,000 at the trials, Lauck said she will likely choose to run the marathon.
``I want to keep that open,″ she said. ``I still enjoy the 10,000 more, but I’m leaning toward the marathon.″
Lauck, who won the race here last year, easily beat Joan Nesbit, who finished at 32:13.78. Lauck said Nesbit asked her to pass her midway through the race because she was following too closely.
Lauck of North Hunterdon, N.J., finally passed Nesbit with about six laps to go.
`I think I’ve earned the right to hang back until I’m ready,″ she said. ``I’ve been in Joan’s position quite a few times.″
In the men’s version of the race, Joe LeMay, formerly of Princeton, and Mark Coogan, who has qualified for the Olympics in the marathon, ran with each other until LeMay broke away with seven laps to go.
His winning time of 28:23.31 was well below the qualifying time for the Olympic trials, 28:33.
``I’m really surprised, with the wind the way it was tonight, that I did that well,″ he said. ``I felt like I was getting blown backwards a little while.″
Jim Svenoy, formerly of UTEP, and former Navy runner Ron Harris dueled in the men’s Olympic Development 5,000-meter race, with Svenoy winning in 13:39.19. Harris ran the race in 13:41.29. Scott Dvorak was third.
Hobbled by a leg injury from October to January, Svenoy was running his first race of the season.
``I wasn’t sure what to expect of myself,″ he said. ``I promised myself to give it an honest shot and that’s what I did.″
Providence finished 1-3 in the women’s college 3,000-meter race. Maria McCambridge led most of the way and won in 9:24.49. Moira Harrington finished third, while Karen Godlock of North Carolina was second in 9:29.27.
It was only the second time McCambridge has run the race in college.
``I like this better than 1,500 because I can run by myself,″ said the Irishwoman. ``I just wanted to run an intelligent race and I think I did that.″
Former Providence runner Amy Rudolph won the women’s Olympic Development 5,000-meter race, taking over from former Villanova’s Cheri Goddard at the start of the bell lap and winning in 15:28.08. Laurie Henes was third.
It was Rudolph’s first stab at the distance, and the time was good enough to earn her a trip to the Olympic trials June 14-23 in Atlanta.
Not even a dropped baton could stop Georgetown’s distance medley team from winning earlier in the day.
Miesha Marzell, Amy Ross, Julian Reynolds and Joline Staehli took the race in 11:07.69, more than five seconds ahead of second-place Auburn.
The win was the first for Georgetown’s women in the Penn Relays. Coach Ron Helmer had watched Villanova win the race the last three years.
``I’ve been coming to the Penn Relays forever,″ he said. ``I couldn’t take any more second places.″
Earlier, in the college women’s 400-meter hurdles, Catherine Polames of Central State squandered a 10-meter lead halfway through. Ryan Tolbert of Vanderbilt won in 57.63, edging Eusheka Bartley of Auburn by .01 seconds.
Canada’s Joel Bourgeois won the men’s Olympic Development 3,000-meter steeplechase on his 25th birthday with a personal best of 8:26.00.