US 10K Championships
Team USA Monterey Bay's Carney Places Fourth at U.S. 10K Championships; Nagelkerke Joins Team
Carney, 26, of Marina, Calif. earned his highest placing to date in a U.S. championship race. Last July, he placed sixth in the 10,000-meter event at the USA Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento. Carney was ranked 17th in the U.S. at 10,000m during the 2004 outdoor track season during which he ran a 28:31.16 personal best.
Carney and Bak competed in a strong field in Mobile that included nine men who have run under 28:30 for 10K. Chad Pearson of Raleigh, NC was crowned the men's U.S. 10K Champion, finishing first overall in 28:33. Recent Stanford University standout Adam Tenforde of Palo Alto, Calif. was second in 28:50.
A recent graduate of North Carolina State, Pearson entered the race with a plan to make his move at 4 miles, and he did just that. He pulled away from a lead pack that included Carney. Running at just over 4:30 per mile pace, the group passed 4 miles in 18:32. Pearson then put in a strong surge that quickly separated him from his competitors. A purse of $25,000 was up for grabs among Americans in the men's championship race, with $7,500 going to first, $5,000 for second and $3,500 for third. Prize money was distributed through the top 15 places. For more, see the USA Track & Field web site, www.usatf.org.
Nagelkerke Joins Team Also, Team USA Monterey Bay announced today that Scott Nagelkerke has been selected by Head Coach Bob Sevene as an addition for its men's team. Nagelkerke, 23, joins Carney, Bak, and Fasil Bizuneh as a full-time resident at the team's training headquarters at California State University, Monterey Bay.
At Colorado's Western State College, Nagelkerke won two NCAA Division II indoor 5,000-meter titles (2003, 2004) and was a two-time (2003, 2004) NCAA II indoor mile runner-up. Outdoors, he was the NCAA II 5,000-meter champion in 2003. This year, Nagelkerke set a personal best of 13:48.91 for 5,000 meters at the Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University on April 30. His additional personal records include 3:48.30 for 1500-meters (outdoors) and 4:04.23 for one mile (indoors). For Team USA Monterey Bay, Nagelkerke will compete for the first time as a post collegian this winter in cross country and on the indoor track.