UML’s Hogan Wins 5,000
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Graduate student Paul Hogan (Burlington) followed a familiar plan and earned what has become a familiar result as he ran to a victory in the 5,000 meters Saturday at the IC4A-ECAC Championships.
“Paul ran a great race,” UMass Lowell track and field head coach Gary Gardner said. “We treated as an exercise, a dress rehearsal for the NCAA East Regional. You have to be able to close.”
Hogan clocked in at 13 minutes, 59.89 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of the rest of the field in a race that included 35 runners. This was a race that was about strategy, not time, and that according to Gardner “mimics” the way that an NCAA Regional unfolds.
Hogan ran with the lead pack throughout the race and waited to make his move until only about 300 meters remained. A week ago at the America East Championships, Hogan jumped into the lead with twice that distance remaining. On Saturday, it made little difference to his rivals; they were unable to respond. Hogan ran his last lap in 57.83 seconds and put three seconds between he and the second-place finisher.
Sophomore Derek Holmes (Marshfield), also running in the 5,000, turned in a personal-best time of 14:29.43. It was good enough for ninth place.
Junior Christopher Alfond (Ashby) ran a terrific 10,000. He finished second, crossing the finish line in 30:07.73.
“That was probably the best championship race that he’s run,” Gardner said. “He’s still new to it, but he’s getting better every time out.”