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5th Nike Indoor Championships

March 15-16, 2003 at Prince George's Sportsplex, Landover MD


Boys 2-Mile- Chris Solinsky (WI) 8:56.26
Results

by John Dye

It was the first race of the year for Stevens Point WI sr Chris Solinsky, last year's fastest 2-miler and Foot Locker cross country champion, and he didn't know what to expect. "I had a time trial of 9:07, and I knew that wouldn't cut it down here, especially with the fast times these guys were running," Solinsky said. He especially noticed Galen Rupp's 8:12.30 for 3000 meters a week ago.

Solinsky broke on top and then settled in just behind Josh McDougal, whose 8:14.10 was the second fastest 3000 meter time of the season. Rupp was third, and several others lined up single file. It went that way for 10 laps before the racing began. On lap 11, Rupp surged, and Solinsky and Hassen went around McDougal with him. One lap later, Solinsky and Hassen moved together and it was down to these two. Hassen suddenly bid for the win on lap 15 with a quick move down the backstretch. The Florida runner opened up a solid lead as the bell rang for the last lap. But Solinsky countered on the backstretch and pulled away in the stretch. "I decided I just didn't want to lose," Solinsky said. "The time was a little slow, but it was my first race of the season, so I can't complain."

Solinsky and Hassen in the stretch

"Spash" stands for
Stevens Point Area Senior High

Solinsky got faster as the race went on, with negative splits of 4:31 and 4:25. Spurred by Hassen, Solinsky covered the last 400 meters in 60.8 and the last lap in 29.6.

McDougal, Solinsky, Rupp led the way through 10 laps
Rupp moved around McDougal on lap 11, and Solinsky and Hassen went with him.

Solinsky passed Rupp on lap 13 and Hassen went with him.
Hassen surged to the front on lap 15 and had a solid lead at the bell. Solinsky was surprised. "I thought it was Rupp."

notes by Scott Dance

Arguably the most anticipated race of the day, the boys' 2-mile was marked
by an eerie atmosphere -- everyone was waiting for the race to break
open. The first quarter of the race set the tone for the rest, with a pace
and order being established, Josh McDougal NY and Chris Solinsky WI leading
Oregon's Galen Rupp and Virginia's Kippy Keino through 800 meters in
2:16. The race remained very constant for the next four laps, as the mile
was met in 4:32 by McDougal followed by Solinsky, Rupp, Nef Araia IN, Steve
Hassen FL, Keino, and Brian Dalpiaz NY. Some shifting after about 6
minutes brought Rupp to the lead of the pack including Solinsky, Hassen,
and McDougal. The pace began to pick up as Foot Locker Cross Country champ
Solinsky took control and led Hassen, Rupp, McDougal, and Dalpiaz through
the third 800 in 2:14. The crowd as well as the runners were clearly
waiting for this race to break open, until on the backstretch of the 15th
lap Hassen made a gutsy move to surge to the lead over Solinsky. At the
bell, it was a two man race, with Hassen and Solinsky sprinting away from
chasers Rupp and Dalpiaz. Solinsky responded to Hassen's surge, passing
him on the backstretch of the last lap to keep a 3 meter cushion on him to
the finish.

by Pete Cava and Ricky Quintana

Like a vulture eyeing prey, Chris Solinsky (Stevens Point, WI) was
content to trail the leader through most of the NIC’s longest individual race. First it was
Joshua McDougal (Peru, NY), who stayed in front until six laps remained.

Solinsky, the University of Wisconsin’s prize recruit, stayed in his
comfortable niche when Galen Rupp (Portland, OR) took over the lead with about five laps
to go and Steve Hassen (Ocala, FL) moved into third place.

Solinsky finally took charge off the curve with about four laps left, and
with 600m remaining it was a three-man race between him, Hassen and Rupp. Hassen
briefly moved ahead of Solinsky with two laps to go. The pair distanced themselves from
the rest of the field, and on the final curve Solinsky made his move. He passed the
Floridian and rode home first in 8:56.26. Hassen took second in 8:57.40 with Rupp third in 9:00.89.

Sunday’s race was Solinsky’s first of the current indoor season. “I
kind of made all the other guys do the work,” he said. “I never really liked that
strategy, but I came in here for an indicator. This is a pretty good indication. It wasn’t my
racing style.”

Solinsky said he’ll pick up his speed later this year. “I still don’t
have the speed that I want,” he said. “My legs are tired, but my lungs are pretty good. I’ve still got my
fitness. I’ve just got to get the speed back in my legs.”

It bothered Solinsky when Hassen took over the lead. “It was like, ‘Oh
my God, who is this,’” he said. “I put my head down, and with 150m to go I decided
he wasn’t going to catch me.”

 

Results
names highlighted in blue qualify for DyeStat Elite 2003 indoor national rankings

 

 C.F.P.I. Timing & Data 
    Nike Indoor Championships 2003 - 3/15/2003 to 3/16/2003     
            Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex            
                       Landover, Maryland                       
 
Event 11  Boys 2 Mile Run
================================================================
    National: N 8:40.00  2/15/1964   Gerry Lindgren, Rogers, Spo
        Meet: M 8:45.19  3/2001      Alan Webb, South Lakes, Res
    Freshman: F 9:29.10  2001        Ryan Deak, Maclay, Tallahas
   Sophomore: R 8:55.80  1974        Rudy Chapa, Hammond, IN    
      Junior: J 8:52.94  2000        Dathan Ritzenhein, Rockford
      Senior: S 8:40.00  2/15/1964   Gerry Lindgren, Rogers, Spo
    Name                    Year School                  Finals 
================================================================
Section  1                                                      
  1 Nicholas Hutchins         04 Raleigh, NC            9:25.74F
  2 Michael Foley             03 Ballston Spa, NY       9:33.14 
  3 Jeff Kent                 03 Valparaiso, IN         9:33.38 
  4 Trent Hoerr               03 Morton, IN             9:38.77 
  5 David Hryvniak            03 Rochester, NY          9:54.25 
  6 Michael Hensley           04 Port St. Lucie, FL     9:56.36 
  7 Gary Calabro              05 Plantation, FL         9:59.63 
  8 Brandon Calabro           05 Plantation, FL        10:07.70 
 -- Scott Wall                04 Portland, OR               DNS 
 -- Matt Forys                03 Howell, NJ                 DNS 
 -- Eddie Loniewski           03 Blauvelt, NY               DNS 
 -- Stephan Bakke             03 Tucson, AZ                 DNS 
 -- Sean Riley                04 Lorton, VA                 DNS 
Section  2                                                      
  1 Logan Sherman             04 Dallas, TX             9:16.86F
  2 Dustin Voss               04 Spirit of Pre Tc-Mi    9:31.00 
  3 Kevin Lyons               03 Palm Harbor, FL        9:42.17 
  4 Steven Walters            04 Green Run-VA           9:42.48 
  5 Mike Kenny                04 Hatboro-Horsham-PA     9:44.03 
  6 Jordan McDougal           05 Peru, NY               9:49.68 
  7 Michael Seeds             04 Indianapolis, IN       9:52.33 
  8 Joel Stanisloski          04 Wooster, OH           10:08.61 
Section  3                                                      
  1 Chris Solinsky            03 Stevens Point-WI       8:56.26F
  2 Steven Hassen             03 Ocala, FL              8:57.40F
  3 Galen Rupp                04 Portland, OR           9:00.89F
  4 Brian Dalpiaz             03 Sayville, NY           9:04.02F
  5 Joshua McDougal           04 Peru, NY               9:09.23F
  6 Neftalem Araia            03 Indianapolis, IN       9:15.26F
  7 Mohamed Trafeh            04 Duarte-CA              9:16.26F
  8 Andrew Keino              03 Fork Union, VA         9:20.05F
  9 Kyle Alcorn               03 Clovis, CA             9:28.62F
 10 Mark Alizzi               03 Syosset, NY            9:39.05 
 11 Ryan Blood                03 Summerdale, PA         9:59.77 
 12 Patrick Philbin           03 Cedar Cliff-PA        10:19.03 
 -- Ahmed Haji                04 West Hartford, CT          DNS 
 -- Bobby Mack                03 Winston-Salem, NC          DNS 
 -- Christopher Kollar        03 Strongsville, OH           DNS 
================================================================
    Name                    Year School                  Finals 
================================================================
Finals                                                          
  1 Chris Solinsky            03 Stevens Point-WI       8:56.26F
  2 Steven Hassen             03 Ocala, FL              8:57.40F
  3 Galen Rupp                04 Portland, OR           9:00.89F
  4 Brian Dalpiaz             03 Sayville, NY           9:04.02F
  5 Joshua McDougal           04 Peru, NY               9:09.23F
  6 Neftalem Araia            03 Indianapolis, IN       9:15.26F
  7 Mohamed Trafeh            04 Duarte-CA              9:16.26F
  8 Logan Sherman             04 Dallas, TX             9:16.86F
  9 Andrew Keino              03 Fork Union, VA         9:20.05F
 10 Nicholas Hutchins         04 Raleigh, NC            9:25.74F
 11 Kyle Alcorn               03 Clovis, CA             9:28.62F
 12 Dustin Voss               04 Spirit of Pre Tc-Mi    9:31.00 
 13 Michael Foley             03 Ballston Spa, NY       9:33.14 
 14 Jeff Kent                 03 Valparaiso, IN         9:33.38 
 15 Trent Hoerr               03 Morton, IN             9:38.77 
 16 Mark Alizzi               03 Syosset, NY            9:39.05 
 17 Kevin Lyons               03 Palm Harbor, FL        9:42.17 
 18 Steven Walters            04 Green Run-VA           9:42.48 
 19 Mike Kenny                04 Hatboro-Horsham-PA     9:44.03 
 20 Jordan McDougal           05 Peru, NY               9:49.68 
 21 Michael Seeds             04 Indianapolis, IN       9:52.33 
 22 David Hryvniak            03 Rochester, NY          9:54.25 
 23 Michael Hensley           04 Port St. Lucie, FL     9:56.36 
 24 Gary Calabro              05 Plantation, FL         9:59.63 
 25 Ryan Blood                03 Summerdale, PA         9:59.77 
 26 Brandon Calabro           05 Plantation, FL        10:07.70 
 27 Joel Stanisloski          04 Wooster, OH           10:08.61 
 28 Patrick Philbin           03 Cedar Cliff-PA        10:19.03 
 -- Christopher Kollar        03 Strongsville, OH           DNS 
 -- Matt Forys                03 Howell, NJ                 DNS 
 -- Eddie Loniewski           03 Blauvelt, NY               DNS 
 -- Scott Wall                04 Portland, OR               DNS 
 -- Stephan Bakke             03 Tucson, AZ                 DNS 
 -- Ahmed Haji                04 West Hartford, CT          DNS 
 -- Bobby Mack                03 Winston-Salem, NC          DNS 
 -- Sean Riley                04 Lorton, VA                 DNS 

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