ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of Colorado senior Shalaya Kipp earned her first NCAA Indoor Track and Field All-America honor after she placed seventh in the women’s 5,000-meter run on Friday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Kipp finished the 5k in 16 minutes, 32.03 seconds. She ran the majority of the race around ninth (out of 16 runners) and seemed to be running pretty comfortably throughout the race. With just a couple laps left, Kipp started to turn things up and picked off a couple of racers in front of her. She finished just in front of Providence’s Emily Sisson (16:34.18), who took eighth, but was unable to catch William & Mary’s Emily Stites (16:27.99) who finished sixth overall. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won it all in 16:20.39.
“Shalaya gunned down a lot of people in the last 300 meters,” coach Mark Wetmore said. “She closed well and ran a decent race.”
This All-America honor is the eighth for Kipp as she is a three-time All-American on the outdoor track (all in the 3,000-meter steeplechase) and is a four-time All-American in cross country.
Junior Morgan Pearson also competed on Friday in the men’s 5k and ran a very consistent race, crossing the finish 10th overall in 14:15.78. He moved to the top five at the start of the race, but fell back to the middle of the pack by 800 meters. Pearson worked his way into sixth place with a mile remaining, but despite his best effort, he was unable to hang on.
“Morgan ran a good race,” Wetmore said. “He just needs to get a little stronger.”
Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek won the meet in 13:46.67, defeating Arizona’s Lawi Lalang, the overwhelming favorite, who came across the finish in 13:52.83.
Pearson’s finish did earn All-America Second Team honors, the first track and field All-America honor of his career. This is the second All-America honor for Pearson this academic year as he earned All-America status at the cross country national championship last November.
“We are happy with both races tonight,” Wetmore said. “Both Shalaya and Morgan outran their placing on the form chart entering the meet. This is the same elevation as Boulder and everyone was trying to figure out how to use it. We rarely race hard at our elevation, but it might have given us a slight advantage knowing how to use it.”
Another pair of Buffs will be in action tomorrow at the second day of the championship as Jake Hurysz and Ben Saarel will both be racing the men’s 3,000-meter run at 7:40 p.m. ESPN3 will be streaming the meet and live results can be accessed at flashresults.com.
“We are excited about tomorrow with Ben and Jake racing. It should be another good day,” Wetmore said.
NCAA INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Albuquerque Convention Center (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Men’s 5,000-Meters: (1. Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 13:46.67) 10. Morgan Pearson, 14:15.78
Women’s 5,000-Meters: (1. Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth, 16:20.39) 7. Shalaya Kipp, 16:32.03