Oregon's Rupp sets American, NCAA marks

Updated: February 14, 2009, 12:33 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- For a second straight week, Galen Rupp was a runner-up -- and still ran his way into the record book.

Rupp broke two 5,000-meter records Friday night that had stood since the early 1980s, setting American and collegiate marks at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 13 minutes, 18.12 seconds. That was only enough for a second-place finish, though. Bekana Daba of Ethiopia won in 13:17.89.

Last weekend at the Boston Indoor Games, Rupp set an American collegiate record in the 3,000 -- although he also finished second to Daba in that event.

"They're all fun to get," Rupp said of the records. "Any time you break one, they're all special."

Doug Padilla had the American record since 1982 after running the 5,000 in 13:20.55. Suleiman Nyambui of Texas-El Paso set the collegiate record of 13:20.40 in 1981.

Rupp, of Portland, Ore., said he'd been thinking about breaking a record before the meet but tried not to focus too much on a specific time. He'd been running at some shorter distances recently, such as a mile or 800 meters.

"I've been doing a lot of shorter runs, which is a lot of fun, to work on my speed," Rupp said.

Jenn Stuczynski, who broke a six-year-old American record in the pole vault last weekend, failed in her attempt to increase the mark. The Olympic silver medalist won the event with a height of 15 feet, 2 1/4 inches but missed three attempts at 15-10. She cleared 15-9 3/4 to set the American mark in Boston.

"We've been on the road. We haven't been home in three weeks," said Stuczynski, who also competed at the Millrose Games in New York at the end of January. "It takes its toll on you."

Terrence Trammell won the men's 60 in 6.56. He finished second in the 60 at the Millrose Games and won the 60 hurdles in both New York and Boston. There was no hurdles race at the Tyson Invitational.

"This is the first time in a while that I've had a chance to just focus on the sprint and not hurdles," Trammell said. "It's a blessing to be able to come out on top in a field like that. These are some prime-time athletes."

Michael Rodgers was second, followed by Ivory Williams, Travis Padgett and Trindon Holliday.

Carmelita Jeter won the women's 60 in 7.20, edging Bianca Knight, who finished in 7.26.

"I had a nice little charge the last 20 meters of the 60," Knight said.

That carried over to the 200, which Knight won easily in 22.88. Nickesha Anderson was second in 23.60.

Shalonda Solomon won at the peculiar distance of 300 meters in 36.45 -- a time that was declared an American record. Allyson Felix finished in 36.33 at this event two years ago, but that was never accepted as an official American mark.

Xavier Carter won the 400 in 46.98, and Reese Hoffa edged Adam Nelson in the shot put with a distance of 69 feet, 1 1/4 inches.

Chris Berrian won the men's 200 in 20.67 -- two of the four starters in that race were disqualified.

Nick Symmonds won the 800 in 1:47.72, barely edging out Khadevis Robinson, who finished in 1:47.76. Alex Becker won the women's 3,000 in 9:23.78.

Georgia took the men's 1,600 relay in 3:07.96, and Penn State won the women's race in 3:36.77.

Anna Willard won the women's mile in 4:30.69, and Nick Willis was the men's winner in 4:02.70. The men's mile at this event is now called the John McDonnell Mile, in honor of the former Arkansas coach who won 40 national championships before retiring last year.

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