Former CU star and two-time Olympian Jenny Simpson took home the USA Track & Field 5,000-meter championship on Sunday afternoon, winning the race in 15:33.77 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The CU volunteer assistant already has a bye in the 1,500 to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow this August, but decided to run her first 5k in a couple years at the USA Championships.
"Molly [Huddle] and Amy [Van Alstine] did most of the hard work and led most of the race," Simpson said. "It was definitely a little windy out there. A lot of credit goes to them. My strategy was to sit around and wait to pounce. That's exactly what I did. It was a little hard for me to not take control of the race because that's what I've been trying to do this season."
In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Aric Van Halen placed ninth (8:38.85) and Billy Nelson took 12th (8:52.63). Jeremy Dodson also placed 13th in the semifinals of the 200 (20.93).
Tyson Gay completed the 100-200 sprint double, winning the 200 meters in 19.74 seconds Sunday and holding off Isiah Young.
It's the fastest time in the world this season. Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 on Friday in a season-leading time of 9.75.
Kimberlyn Duncan upset Olympic champion Allyson Felix in the women's 200. Duncan finished in 21.80, with Felix 0.05 seconds behind. Jeneba Tarmoh was third.
Drake Stadium (Des Moines, Iowa)
(Current and former CU Athletes)
Women's 5,000-Meter (Finals): 1. Jenny Simpson, New Balance, 15:33.77; 14. Laura Thweatt, 16:12.94
Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Finals): (1. Evan Jager, 8:20.67) 9. Aric Van Halen, 8:38.85; 12. Billy Nelson, 8:52.63