2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals—Day One

Solomon Haile wins the boy's 5000m at Nike Outdoor Nationals. Photo: Victah Sailer

Solomon Haile won the boy's 5000m at Nike Outdoor Nationals. Photo: Victah Sailer

It was all about the distance runners on opening night.

by Victah Sailer

Emily Sisson of Missouri rolled to victory at the girls 5000m at the Nike Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T, in Greensboro, North Carolina Thursday night, clocking 16:34.36. It was the second fastest performance in the history of this meet. Only Ashley Brasovan’s 16:18.91, run last year, is quicker. Sisson led early, held off a challenge from Shelby Greany midway, and then pulled away. Lindsay Flanagan finished strong to take second, in 17:01, with Chelsea Ley third in 17:07.

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In the boys 5000m, in moderately temperate conditions of about 25C/77F, Solomon Haile took the lead midway and finished strong, crossing the line well clear of second place Zachary Ornelas. Haile’s 14:32 broke the meet record that he had set at this same venue last year. Ornelas finished well in 14:50 and Matt Mizerack, who moved up well from the 2 mile mark on, closed strong for third in 14:53. Ornelas won the steeple last year and will contest the steeple on Saturday afternoon.

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For more from Victah Sailer visit his webstite: www.photorun.net.

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