Cragg Captures 5,000 meters with Top NCAA Time
BY ANDRES FOCIL
WALNUT, Calif. – Late Thursday night at the Mt. SAC Relays junior and UA record holder Alistair Cragg won the 5,000-meter invitational race with an NCAA-leading time of 13:25.59. His time also surpassed the regional qualifying standard by almost a full minute and gave him an automatic qualification for the NCAA regional championships.
Cragg and Eastern Michigan’s Boaz Cheboiywo battled back and forth for the lead position during the first half of the race, but Cragg eventually pulled away for a clear victory. Cragg also became the first Hog since Ryan Wilson in 1996 to win the event at Mt. SAC.
Junior Westley Alkin also competed very late Thursday night. In the 10,000-meter run Alkin turned in a time of 30:31.40.
At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont, Calif., on Friday the Hogs had four athletes in the 400-meter dash. In his first 400-meter race of the season junior Robbie Stevens finished first in his heat with a regional qualifying time of 47.10. Junior transfer Maurice Bridges ran a time of 48.15, senior Josh Landreth registered a 48.60 and Dittoe came in with 49.55.
Seniors Eddie Jackson and Richard Smith, junior Michael Thomas and sophomore Ahmad Carroll came in second place in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 40.61.
Junior Tom Crowder and freshman Brad Dittoe both finished fifth in their respective heats in the 110-meter hurdles. Crowder ran a season-best 15.64 and and Dittoe posted a 15.64.
The 800 and 1,500-meter runs will wrap up the events at Hilmer Lodge Stadium at the Mt. SAC Relays late Friday night. Sophomore Said Ahmed and Michael Taylor will take to the track in the 800 meters, and senior Chad Grundy, juniors Silverus Kimeli and Chris Mulvaney will have their try in the 1,500.
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