Zeinasellassie, Finn log fastest 5Ks

The highlights of a busy weekend emerged Friday and Saturday with some of the nation's top teams and individuals demonstrating their early-season might.

Futsum Zeinasellassie of Indiana cranked out a 14:36, Daniel Vertiz of Texas logged 14:48 and Anthony Armstrong of Washington dropped 15-flat for the three fastest 5K times in the country so far this year. Meanwhile, US#1 Edward Cheserek and US#3 Tony Smoragiewicz have yet to race yet.

In Michigan, Erin Finn proved she is a national contender with her 17:16 at the Spartan Invitational.

Fayetteville-Manlius revved is engines at the Vernon-Verona-Sherill Invitational and took a tour of the New York state meet course.

In Illinois, Tony Jones and Mike Newman broke down the highlights of the Richard Spring Invitational, chief among them Kaylee Flanagan's 16:44 three-mile. Mike also touched upon the untimely death of Lincoln-Way East freshman Patrick Mizwicki.

Have you noticed that every time Mary Cain runs, it's news? Check out how fast the Bronxville sophomore ran 2.5 miles at Van Cortlandt Park.

In Colorado, Cherry Creek freshman Jordyn Colter made some noise at the Liberty Bell Invitational, winning in 17:52.

At California's famed Woodbridge Invitational, Havard-Westlake's Cami Chapus picked up her first win of the season and Buchanan's CJ Albertson sped away from all challengers to post the meet's fastest time. Great Oak's girls and Arcadia's boys won team titles.

In Seattle, at the Sundodger Invitational, Shadle Park (Spokane) siblings Nathan and Kendra Weitz both had big days. Nathan won the 4,900-meter race in 14:33.68 and Kendra won the girls race in 17:21.98, beating Maddie Meyers.

At Louisville, Kent., at the Trinity-Valkyrie Invitational, junior Jacob Burcham of Cabell Midland WV, held off a strong challenge from Brock Baker of Oakland TN, 15:03 to 15:07.