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Blowing Rock's Crouch Sets Meet Record in 5,000 Meters at Raleigh Relays

By David Rogers. April 2, 2013. RALEIGH, NC -- Eight seconds doesn't  seem like a long time unless you are riding a bucking bronco in the rodeo -- or crossing the finish line eight seconds ahead of your nearest competition in a 5,000 meter run.  That was the margin of victory for Blowing Rock and ZAP Fitness' Sarah Crouch on Friday, in the elite division of the Adidas Raleigh Relays' 5K, at North Carolina State's Paul H. Derr Track.

Crouch finished in a time of 15:58.36, the only woman to break the 16 minute barrier among the 50 athletes participating from both elite club teams and NCAA Division I colleges and universities. Crouch

Top Women's 5,000 Meters Results:

  1. Sarah Crouch, ZAP Fitness, 15:58.36
  2. Nicole Bush, New Balance, 16:06.48
  3. Heidi Gregson, Furman Elite, 16:09.10
  4. Amanda Eccleston, Michigan, 16:13.07
  5. Kris Vegh, Unattached, 16:14.57
  6. Allison Lasnicki, Connecticut, 16:16.15
  7. Lauren D'Alessio, Samford, 16:27.94
  8. Hannah Davidson, Tennessee, 16:29.64
  9. Taylor Pogue, Michigan, 16:29.67
  10. Rachel MeterscFarlane, Michigan State, 16:29.74

Blowing Rock resident and fellow ZAP athlete Tyler Pennel finished just over four seconds behind the Men's 5,000 winner, posting a time of 13:45.63, vs. a 13:40.96 by Saucony elite club athlete Jeff See.

Men's 5,000 Meters Results:

  1. Jeff See, Saucony, 13:40.96
  2. Cory Leslie, Furman Elite, 13:43.73
  3. Jack Bolas, New Balance, 13:44.21
  4. Tyler Pennel, ZAP Fitness, 13:45.63
  5. Matthew Elliott, Brooks, 13:48.46
  6. Tonay Jordanek, Unattached, 13:48.94
  7. Stephen Furst, adidas Raleigh, 13:51.95
  8. Ty McCormack, Clemson, 13:52.59
  9. Luke Grau, Unattached, 13:53.99
  10. Caleb Rhynard, Michigan State, 13:57.99

In the Men's 1500 Meters elite section, Cameron Bean of ZAP Fitness finished 4th, in a time of 3:47.09, less than four seconds behind first place finisher Rich Peters of Boston University.

Top Men's 1500 Meters:

  1. Rich Peters, Boston University, 3:43.26
  2. Josh McAlary, Michigan State, 3:45.04
  3. Craig Engels, Unattached, 3:45.51
  4. Cameron Bean, ZAP Fitness, 3:47.09
  5. Chris Schulist, Campbell, 3:48.07
  6. Kyle Graves, Wake Forest, 3:48.41
  7. Ben Miller, Michigan State, 3:49.14
  8. Darren Barlow, Virginia Tech, 3:49.31
  9. Nick Stenuf, Stotan Racing, 3:49.67
  10. Robert Razick, South Carolina, 3:49.91

In the Women's 1500 Section II, ZAP's Mary Ballinger finished 8th, in a time of 4:29.84. 

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