A.J. Acosta CA 8:46.32 led 9 runners under 9:00, with Matt Tebo NM 8:47.29 duplicating his runner-up position behind Acosta at Arcadia.
AJ Rules Fast, Deep Field
By John Sullivan
El Camino CA sr A.J. Acosta took the early lead and began to bang out 65-66 splits. Eldorado NM jr Matt Tebo briefly moved to the front on lap 3, but Acosta then regained the pacesetting duties. A 4:24.4 mile split with nearly everyone in contention was a great indicator that this race was special. Behind Acosta, Jacobs IL jr Evan Jager, Tebo, and Lourdes MN sr Mike Torchia were among the leaders. Acosta began to pull away on the 7th lap and no one could match his 2:07.5 last 880 yards.
Acosta finished in 8:46.32 – moving to #14 all-time just behind Chris Solinsky. Tebo ran a strong final 200 to nab silver in 8:47.29 - #17 all-time and #5 all-time Junior class. Jager hung on for the bronze in 8:50.42 - #30 all-time and #8 all-time Junior class.
Five more quickly followed under 9:00, making this one of the deepest prep races ever.
Acosta expressed his satisfaction after the race. “Mentally and physically, I felt great. The weather was perfect.” He added, “It’s cool to be here with Foot Locker friends, having a good time. And it’s a great way to end my high school running career.”
by Pete Cava
Nine contestants ran under nine minutes and A.J. Acosta and Matt Tebo duplicated their one-two finish at the Arcadia Invitational in a tight race. Acosta (Oceanside, CA), the favorite, took an early lead and set a slow pace, passing through the first 400 in about 1:06.9. After a 2:10.5 half-mile, Tebo (Albuquerque, NM) took the lead and quickened the pace a bit, with Acosta right on his shoulder and junior Mike Cybulski (Simi Valley, CA) in third place.Acosta retook the lead with less than five laps remaining. Cybulski was second with Matt Centrowitz (Arnold, MD) moving into third. With four laps left it was Acosta, Cybulski, Centrowitz, Evan Jager (Algonquin, IL), Tebo and Mark Mirault (Westwood, MA) at the front of a lead pack of 12.Cybulski was back in third with three laps to go. With two laps left, Acosta and Cybulski began to put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the field. Acosta began to pull away on the bell lap and kicked on the backstretch. By the final turn there was no doubt about the outcome. Acosta finished in 8:46.32, followed by Tebo in 8:47.29 with Jager third in 8:50.42. First through sixth place in Friday's race take over the top six spots on the current prep 2-mile list.
“I talked to a couple of guys before the race about sharing the lead,” Acosta explained. “But what ended up happening is, I felt good and no one wanted to take charge. So I just took over. I just ran even splits all the way through and was able to pretty much run the way I wanted to. Acosta said he's not done yet. “I still have a couple of more races, so I’m looking forward to running some fast times, hanging out with my friends and getting better before I go to college.”\
Acosta, who heads to Indianapolis next week for the U.S. Junior Championships, will enter the University of Oregon this fall..
Licensed to C.F.P.I. Timing & Data Hy-Tek's Meet Manager Nike Outdoor Nationals - 6/15/2006 to 6/17/2006 North Carolina A+T University, Greensboro, NC Results Boys 2 Mile Run ================================================================ Section 1 at 7:55pm Section 2 at 9:45pm National: $ 8:36.3h 5/6/1979 Jeff Nelson, Burbank, CA Freshman: 9:01.68 2005 Sintayehu Taye (m), Portland, ME Meet: # 8:44.43 6/15/2001 Dathan Ritzenhein, Rockford, MI Freshman: 9:04.4h 1973 Eric Hulst, Laguna Beach, CA Sophomore: 8:50.6h 1974 Eric Hulst, Laguna Beach, CA Junior: 8:41.10 2000 Dathan Ritzenhein (m), Rockford, MI Senior: 8:36.3h 5/6/1979 Jeff Nelson, Burbank, CA Name Year School Finals ================================================================ Section 1 1 Robert Finnerty 08 Burnsville HS,Barba 9:07.99 2 Dan Jackson 07 Dexter HS,Ann Arbor 9:10.72 3 David Pede 06 Wisco TC,Greenfield 9:13.08 4 Bobby Moldovan 07 Northrop HS,Fort Wa 9:21.74 5 Patterson Wilhelm 06 EC Glass HS,Lynchbu 9:23.93 6 Caleb Vogt 06 Winter Park HS,Wint 9:28.89 7 Iain Turnbull 06 Marist,Peachtree Ci 9:38.31 8 Dwight Parker 07 World Express -,Bal 9:46.96 9 Simon Gordonov 06 Hightstown Hs-Bo,Ea 9:52.25 10 Brandon Burns 07 North Kingstown,Nor 10:22.44 Section 2 1 AJ Acosta 06 El Camino,Oceanside 8:46.32 2 Matthew Tebo 07 Eldorado HS,Albuque 8:47.29 3 Evan Jager 07 Jacobs HS,Algonquin 8:50.42 4 Mike Torchia 06 Lourdes HS,Rocheste 8:50.80 5 Chad Balyo 06 Springboro,Springbo 8:52.76 6 Michael Cybulski 07 Royal HS,Simi Valle 8:53.85 7 Daniel Roberts 06 Crested Butte Ac,Cr 8:58.10 8 Sandy Roberts 06 Broughton HS,Raleig 8:58.77 9 Mark Amirault 07 Xaverian Brother,Wa 8:59.82 10 Noah Shannon 06 Ft. Collins HS,Ft. 9:05.04 11 Jeremy Stevens 06 Winnebago TC,Winneb 9:06.32 12 Jeffrey Perrella 06 Westfield Hs-Nj,Wes 9:09.98 13 Matthew Centrowitz 07 Broadneck HS,Arnold 9:16.18 14 Jacob Boone 06 Lee's Summit Nor,Le 9:16.49 15 Thomas Webb 06 Bishop Hendricke,Ba 9:43.39