Curtis follows blazing 5K with strong mile

May 8, 2009

Former Villanova standout Bobby Curtis, who dominated Kentucky high school track during his days at St. Xavier, is keeping busy at a variety of distances this season.

Bobby Curtis

Bobby Curtis

Thursday, at Minneapolis, Curtis placed third in the inaugural USA 1-Mile Road Championships.

Curtis, now based out of Ardmore, Pa., and Darren Brown hung with Jon Rankin as they broke from the pack at 1,200 meters, according to reports from USA Track & Field.

Also lurking, though, was David Torrence, who overtook Rankin to run the first sub-four road mile ever in Minnesota and earn a bonus of $10,000. First-place prize money, before the bonus, was $4,000.

Torrence, from Oakland, Calif., was timed in 3:59.3. Rankin took second in 4:01.7, followed by Curtis in 4:02.0. Brown was fourth in 4:08.0. John Richardson, the former Southeastern Conference champion for Kentucky, placed seventh in 4:10.1. 

Shannon Rowbury, the Olympic Trials 1,500-meter champion, took the women’s mile in 4:33.4. Sara Hall was runner-up in 4:39.1, followed by Sara Vaughn in 4:41.3.

Just about two weeks before heading to Minnesota, on April 24, Curtis turned in a sensational 5,000-meter victory in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Berkeley, Calif.

Curtis, sponsored by Reebok, clocked 13:29.12. Ben St. Lawrence (New Balance) edged Jorge Torres (Reebok) for second, 13:30.18 to 13:30.65, followed closesly by Scott Baughs (adidas) in 13:30.85. Further back in the international field was former Lexington Catholic and University of Kentucky standout Thomas Morgan (ZAP Fitness), 18th in 14:31.16.

Morgan’s ZAP teammate, former UK runner Allison Grace, took seventh in the women’s 5K (16:12.50).

Spanning the globe

Reese Hoffa

Reese Hoffa

Danielle Carruthers

Danielle Carruthers

Louisville native Reese Hoffa was among several American winners Friday in the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix at Doha, Qatar.

Hoffa, the 2007 World Outdoor champion and a two-time Olympian, took the men’s shot put with the longest toss in the world this season, 71 feet. Poland’s Tomasz Majewski, gold-medalist at the Beijing Olympics, took second (69-7 1/2). Two-time Olympic silver-medalist Adam Nelson of the U.S. placed sixth (64-10).

Dannielle Carruthers, a former Indiana University standout and Kentucky high school champion out of Paducah Tilghman, placed third in the women’s 100-meter hurdles (12.73).

As for the other American winners:

* Brittney Reese, the NCAA and Olympic Trials champion out of Ole Miss, also won with a world-leading season-best — 22 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the women’s long jump. That also tops her all-time personal best of 22-9 3/4.

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

* Allyson Felix, a two-time World Outdoor champion and two-time Olympic silver-medal winner at 200 meters, doubled the distance to win the 400 at Qatar. Her time of 50.75 is fastest in the world this season.

* Travis Padgett, the NCAA 100-meter runner-up last year, took the Qatar century in 10-flat. That ties Olympic teammate Walter Dix for the fastest time in the world this season. Dix clocked 10.00 on April 11.

* Olympic bronze-medalist David Oliver repeated as the Doha champion in the 110-meter hurdles, although not as quick as last year (12.95). Still, his time of 13.09 is best in the world this year, topping his previous mark of 13.19.

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Brown, Willard win Boston’s Invitational Miles

April 19, 2009

How to improve on the Boston Marathon?

With a fast warmup act the day before the race.

The Boston Marathon, held each Patriots Day, will celebrate its 113th running Monday.

Sunday, though, the Boston Athletic Association pulled off the inaugural running of the B.A.A. Invitational Mile and the B.A.A. 5K.

Texas graduate Darren Brown won the men’s mile in 4 minutes, 11.6 seconds over a three-lap course, breaking the tape at the Marathon finish line. Next came 2008 Olympian Ian Dobson in 4:12.1.

Brown is half of the first American father-son combination to break the four-minute-mile barrier. His father, Providence all-American Barry Brown, committed suicide in 1992. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this blog referred to Barry Brown as a Florida all-American. Although he competed for the Florida Track Club and lived in Gainesville at the time of his death, his collegiate running came with Providence.)

Sunday, Darren Brown took the lead with about 250 meters left. After Brown and Dobson came Alistair Cragg, the former Arkansas all-American by way of Ireland, in 4:12.7.

John Richardson, a two-time Southeastern Conference champion out of Kentucky, placed ninth in 4:16.6.

Beijing Olympians Anna Willard and Shalane Flanagan finished 1-2 in the women’s mile.

Willard, a steeplechaser, overtook Flanagan with about 200 meters left and won in 4:38.6. Flanagan, the Olympic bronze-medalist at 10,000 meters, clocked 4:40.2.

Jarrod Shoemaker and Maria Varela prevailed in the 5K over nearly 4,000 runners from 36 countries.

Shoemaker, an Olympic triathlete, won the men’s portion in 14:29.

Varela took the women’s title in 17:37.

Boston Marathon past winners who took part included Amby Burfoot, Greg Meyer, Neil Cusack, Joan Samuelson, Ingrid Kristiansen and Lorraine Moller, along with women’s running pioneer Katherine Switzer.

Men’s Invitational Mile

1 Brown, Darren USA 4:11.6
2 Dobson, Ian USA 4:12.1
3 Cragg, Alistair IRE 4:12.7
4 Myers, Rob USA 4:13.1
5 Schoolmeester, Brett USA 4:13.5
6 Solares, Pablo MEX 4:15.2
7 Sherer, Steve USA 4:15.9
8 Blackledge, Jonathon GB 4:16.3
9 Richardson, John USA 4:16.6
10 Tarpy, Patrick USA 4:17.3




Women’s Invitational Mile

1 Willard, Anna USA 4:38.6
2 Flanagan, Shalane USA 4:40.2
3 Mortimer, Amy USA 4:42.0
4 Muncan, Marina SRB 4:44.7
5 Tollefson, Carrie USA 4:45.0
6 Legesse, Meskerem ETH 4:51.1
7 Sikes, Michelle USA 4:55.6


1 Jarrod Shoemaker Maynard MA 14:29
2 Matthew Ely Natick MA 14:59
3 Joey Wiegner Yardley PA 14:59
4 Michael Chettle Boston MA 15:11
5 Ben Schmeckpeper Charlestown MA 15:15
6 Antony G. Orth Cambridge MA 15:25
7 Brendan D. Prindiville, D.M.D. Boston MA 15:26
8 Evan E. Esselink Courtice ON 15:29
9 Nate Freese Brookline MA 15:36
10 Robert Wayner Eugene OR 15:54

Top B.A.A. 5K Finishers
1 Maria Varela Brighton MA 17:37
2 Kathy Fleming Natick MA 17:40
3 Emily Kroshus Boston MA 17:40
4 Joan Samuelson Freeport ME 17:42
5 Kristin Murphy Newton MA 18:10
6 Magaly Burciaga Phoenix AZ 18:19
7 Brett Ely Natick MA 18:33
8 Marlene Key Evanston IL 18:34
9 Tina Dowling Bolton MA 18:43
10 Kelly-Lynne Spettigue Richmond Hill ON 18:48