Posted by: Joe English | March 27, 2008

Racing: Webb to run Carlsbad 5000 in pre-Olympic tune-up

CARLSBAD, Calif., (March 27, 2008) — After breaking Steve Scott’s quarter-century old American mile record last summer in Brasschaat, Belgium, 25-year-old Alan Webb will have an opportunity to take down San Diego native Marc Davis’ 1996 American road 5k record of 13:24, also set at the Carlsbad 5000. Webb has chosen to open his 2008 Spring campaign in Carlsbad as he prepares for an Olympic bid. The Southern California race, set for Sunday, April 6, 2008, was made famous by Scott 23 years ago as both the course designer and champion of the first three events.

“I’m really looking forward to my first trip out to Carlsbad,” said Webb, a Reston, Virginia native. “I’ve always heard about what a great course and event it is, and how fast people have run there. Plus, Steve Scott has been something of a mentor to me over the years, and to run on a course he designed and won on three times just makes it that much more special.”

In this Olympic year Webb is gearing toward the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field set for Eugene, Oregon in June, and the early season road 5k will plays well into his Olympic timing.

“I’m in good form,” Webb confirmed. “Carlsbad fits my schedule perfectly this year.”

Webb first gained national acclaim when he smashed Jim Ryun’s legendary 36-year-old American high school mile record in 2001 (3:53.43). Since then he has steadily moved up the ranks of the world’s top middle distance runners. In 2006, Webb ran the fastest-ever debut by an American at 10,000 meters (27:34.72), winning at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford University. For calendar year 2007, Webb ran the fastest mile (3:46.91), fastest 1500 meters (3:30:54), and second best 800 meters (1:43.84) in the world.

“This is the greatest thing to ever happen to the Carlsbad 5000,” said Scott, who broadcasts the Carlsbad 5000 for FSN. “More than any world record, to have a top American competing here in peak physical shape, prepping for the Olympics is a testament to the quality of this race and the outstanding performances that have been staged here in the past. Regardless of the time, it will be world news how he does here.”

On race day in Carlsbad, Webb will have plenty of world-class company.

Returning to the Carlsbad 5000 is 2006 champion Abreham Cherkos Feleke, 19, from Ethiopia, who recently finished third in the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championship 3000 meters in Valencia, Spain. Also on hand will be Bonface Songok, 27, Kenya, the 2004 Carlsbad runner up, and countryman, Shadrack Kosgei, 24, who finished third in 2005.

2008 Carlsbad 5000 Elite Athlete List as of March 27, 2008
(t) = Time on track

Name, Age, Country, Best, Fact/Comment
1. Alan Webb, 24, USA (VA), 13:46.31(t), American Record in the mile, 2004, ‘05, ‘07 USA Outdoor 1,500m Champion, 2007 USA Indoor Mile Champion
2. Abreham Cherkos Feleke, 19, ETH, 12:54.19(t), 1st 2006 Carlsbad 5000, 2nd 2006 World Jr. Championships 5,000m
3. Michael Aish, 30, NZL, 13:22.64(t), 1st 2008 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona, 7th 2006 & 8th ‘02 Commonwealth Games 10,000m
4. Shadrack Kosgei, 24, KEN, 13:01.06(t), 3rd 2005 Carlsbad 5000, 2nd 2008 IAAF Grand Prix Melbourne 5,000m
5. Boniface Songok, 27, KEN, 12:55, 2nd 2004 Carlsbad 5000, 2nd IAAF Grand Prix Melbourne 5,000m
6. Mo Farah, 25, GBR, 13:07.00(t), 1st 2006 European Cross Country Championships, 2nd 2006 European Championships in Athletics 5,000m
7. Collis Birmingham, 22, AUS, 13:27.31(t), 3rd 2006 5,000m National Championships, 2nd 2006 1,500m National Championships
8. Terefe Maregu Zewdie, 24, ETH, 13:06.39(t), 1st 2004 African Championships, 3rd 2004 IAAF World XC Championships
9. Ibrahim Jeilan Gashu, 19, ETH, 13:09.38(t), 4th 2006 Carlsbad 5000, 1st 2006 Track & Field World Jr. Championships 10,000m
10. Ian Dobson, 25, USA (CA), 13:15.33(t), 2nd 2005 USA Outdoor Championships 5,000m, 2nd 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships 5,000m
11. Steve Slattery, 27, USA (CO), 13:36.03(t), 1st 2008 Seattle Indoor Meeting 3,000m, 2nd 2006 USATF Championships 3,000m
12. Nick Bromley, 25, AUS, N/A, 1st 2006 National Championships 800m, 6th 2006 Commonwealth Games 800m

Name, Age, Country, Best, Fact/Comment
1. Everlyne Lagat, 27, KEN, 16:17, 3rd 2007 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Jose, 2nd 2007 St. John’s Santa Monica 5k
2. Sara Slattery, 26, USA (CO) , 15:08.32(t), 1st 2008 Seattle Indoor Meeting 5,000m, 1st 2007 Pan-Am Games 10,000m, 1st 2006 Bolder Boulder 10k
3. Kathy Butler, 33, GBR, 15:05.51(t), 1st 2005 British Championships 10,000m, 3rd 2006 Philadelphia Distance Run, 1st 2007 West End 3k
4. Kassi Andersen, 25, USA (UT), 15:57.60(t), 3-time XC All American at BYU, 4-time All American Track 5,000m & 3k Steeplechase at BYU
5. Jane Kibii, 22, KEN, N/A, 10th 2007 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Jose
6. Rose Kosgei, 26, KEN, 15:54, 4th 2006 Kenya Championships 5,000m, 1st 2007 Seagate Elite 5k San Jose
7. Vivian Cheruiyot, 25, KEN, 14:22.59(t), 1st 2007 Glasgow Grand Prix 5,000m, 2007 Kenyan 5,000m Champion, 1st 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final 5,000m
8. Mardrea Hyman, 34, JAM, 16:02.00(t), 2005 & ‘08 Jamaican World Championship Team, Jamaican & Central America/Caribbean 3,000m Steeplechase Record Holder
9. Korene Hinds, 31, JAM, N/A, Specialty 3000m Steeplechase
10. Mandi Zemba, USA (MI), 15:38, 8th 2007 Crim 10 Miler, 2006 DII National 3k & 5k Champion
11. Genovava Kigen, KEN, N/A, 1st 2008 Crescent City Classic, 1st 2006 Medio Maraton Int’l Ciudad De Medellin Columbia, 1st 2005 Gran Half Maraton Pacifico Mexico (CR)

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