Saturday, March 5, 2011

Richmond's Benford races to 13:59.99 for 5K at Notre Dame

Andrew Benford ran a personal best in the 5K tonight in South Bend, IN at the Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational.

Andrew Benford placed 3rd in the 5K tonight
taking the lead with 1000M to go.
Two weeks ago he won the 3K and 5K races
at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships,
setting a meet record in the 3K.

The field came together seeking the NCAA automatic qualifying time. When the race began the designated rabbit took the pace on target through 400m in 65 seconds. The following 400m was slow as the lead pack went through 800m in 2:15. The leaders passed 1600M in 4:27 and 3200M in 8:56. With roughly 1000M to go Benford took command of the lead and forced the pace throwing in a 64.8 second lap with only BYU's, Nathan Ogden and Auburn's, Ben Cheruiyot covering his move. Over the final 400M both pulled away as Benford covered the final 600M in 1:41.4 to finish the 5K race in 13:59.99.


Benford’s 5K splits: 65.5/2:15.7 (70.2) @800M/3:20.1 (64.4)/4:27.5 (67.5) at 1600M/5:35.2 (67.7)/6:42.7 (67.5)/7:47.5 (64.7)/8:56.1 (68.6) @3200M/10:03.7 (67.5)/11:13.5 (69.7)/12:18.3 (64.8)/13:24.1 (66.2)/13:59.99 (35.2) for 5K

Andrew Benford Quote: “I felt great. At 800M (2:15) I knew we were too slow and at the mile (4:27) we obviously had to pick up the pace. I was chopping my stride for the first 2 miles (8:56.1) and with about 1000m to go I decided it was time to go and took the lead. The next 800M was quick and that might have hurt my chances of running a little faster because I slowed over the final 200m. I obviously wanted to qualify for the NCAA Championships but I’m still happy to run under 14 minutes.”

Coach Taylor Quote: “Andrew ran a great race. I wish the rabbit had taken it out faster but in all it was an excellent race. I’m happy he ran under 14 minutes (13:59.99). It’s an impressive accomplishment, especially during the indoor season. Andrew races with heart. When he steps on the track it’s pure and he has no fear of anyone or anything. I hope everyone watched it on FloTrack… This was a fun race to watch. “

Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational
Men 5000 Meter Run Timed Final Results
March 4, 2011

Name Year School Finals
1 Ogden, Nathan ----------BYU---------13:51.99
2 Cheruiyot, Ben ----------Auburn------13:54.84
3 Benford, Andrew------Richmond-13:59.99
4 Mayhew, Zachary-------Indiana------14:00.26
5 Collins, Ryan------------Virginia------14:05.93
6 Lund, Josh--------------Duke---------14:09.49
7 Walmsley, Jim----------Air Force-----14:11.28
8 Houseworth, Sean-------Unattached--14:23.84
9 Jackson, Dan------------Notre Dame--14:28.69
10 Miller, Joe-------------Notre Dame--14:52.70
11 Schafer, Walter--------Notre Dame---15:09.48
-- Pesch, Thomas Notre Dame DNF

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