By Kyle Merber
March 8, 2023
If you paid your $5.99 to Sound Running to watch The TEN on pay-per-view, then you should feel good knowing that four of those dollars go toward the prize money. But if you stayed up until 1:30 AM on the east coast and had to wake up for an 18-mile long run the next day, then your body might have been feeling slightly less thrilled with that decision.
The action on the track was certainly worth the price of admission as world-class pacer Ollie Hoare dragged the field through the first half in 13:37. When he stepped off, it was OAC teammate Joe Klecker who started trading punches with the clock as Woody Kincaid was the only other soul that mustered the fight to stay with him.
After politely declining the invitation to help with the pacing, Kincaid tripped up Klecker a bit with 900m to go, which was the subject of some frustration afterward. But in Minnesota they don’t make runners, they make athletes and Klecker stayed on his feet. They would both end up running under the World Championship qualifying standard of 27:10.Woody closed in 55 seconds to win in 27:06, with Joe hot on his heels in 27:07.
If you were looking around wondering, “Grant Fisher — where is he? I don’t know. I don’t know.” Then know that his American Record of 26:33 from last spring still counts — to make three American men with the standard, plus Sean McGorty, who’s eligible via ranking.
The women’s race was billed as an American Record attempt for Alicia Monson, whose incredible indoor season left no questions as to whether or not she was ready to tackle it. The time to beat was Molly Huddle’s 30:13.17 from the 2016 Olympics, a mark just narrowly missed by Elise Cranny last year when she ran 30:14.66.
Never afraid to be the one pushing the pace, Monson did what she does best, and after the first 5000m split of 15:08 thanks to the help of Josette Norris, she continued to wind it up. But the one unflappable silhouette behind her was Scotland’s Eilish McColgan, who would kick by with a final lap of 64.87 seconds to break Paula Radcliffe’s British Record of 30:01.09. Monson followed closely behind, running 30:03.82 to take down her second record in the past month.
Now with that out of the way, there are five months to forget how much that probably hurt before it’s time to do it again in Budapest.
Recommended Read: Interview: Eilish McColgan After Breaking The British 10,000m Record, Shattering Paula Radcliffe’s 2002 Mark
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