On this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, we interview Olympian Benard Keter about his mentality, “Be honest. Be patient.” Benard Keter’s inspiring journey in the sport will invigorate and may inform your own perspectives on the process of progress.
MAIN TOPIC: “BE HONEST. BE PATIENT.”
Main Topic: “Be honest. Be patient.”
It takes diligence and reflection to achieve what we are capable of. In order to find out, we need to do as our guest today, Benard Keter says, “ Be honest. Be patient.”
In this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast we hear the inside reflections of Benard’s progression that led to running the 3000m Steeplechase at the Tokyo Olympic Games representing Team USA.
Benard Keter is a Specialist in the United States Army while running professionally with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. Benard Keter was NJCAA 3000m steeplechase champion, an NAIA national champion in cross country, the 5,000m indoors and the steeplechase outdoors, and was a four-time Big 12 champion and a NCAA first-team all-American.
In 2019 Keter was 4th at the Pan Am Games in the 3000m Steeplechase and was the Army Ten Miler runner up.
In 2021, Keter claimed silver at the U.S. Olympic Team Track and Field Trials in Eugene. Just a month later Keter ran another personal best time in Monaco tuning up for the Olympic Games where he ran yet another best time to earn 11th in the 3000m Steeplechase.
- As of this episode in 2022, Benard was 5th at the US Cross Country Championships and ran an indoor 5000m personal best of 13:21.28.
- In this conversation with Benard we discuss how he implemented the phrase, “Be honest. Be patient,” to help him pursue greater and greater heights in his running career.
WORLD OF RUNNING
AtoZrunner Laura ran the heart mini-marathon this weekend in the cold with a solid performance!
#1. NCAA Indoor National Championships
- Abdihamid Nur wins double
- In 24 hours Nur earned both the 3000m and 5000m titles.
- Nur set a meet record in the 5000m in 13:19.01
- 3000m went out tactically and was much slower. In fact, there were a few who fell in the race.
- More on the play by plays here
- Katelyn Tuhoy double runner up
- In 24hrs Tuhoy was runner up in both the 3000m and the 5000m
- At 19, Katelyn Tuhoy flexes her strength and ability to race as a youngster.
- A battle for the women’s 3000m title
- Taylor Roe won the women’s 3000m in 8:58.95 ahead of Katelyn Tuhoy (8:59.20). She held out a major charge from Katelyn Tuhoy and said she could see it on the jumbotron and she was terrified.
- It could’ve been any of the top three’s victory around the final turn. 3rd was
- Rare news from sprints
- We don’t usually talk about sprint events, but this is a clarifying conversation.
- There is now a computerized system for false starts. There are mechanical blocks. The system is easily triggered. The system alerts with an auditory alarm.
- The men in the 60m were confused and some stopped when the alert blared, but no officials shot their starting guns which is the official way to identify a false start.
- Another note in the sprints, Randolph Ross won the men’s 400m final in 44.62 missing the world indoor record by just 0.05. He is now 3rd on the world all-time indoor list.
#2. Nagoya Women’s Marathon
- Ruth Chepngetich ran the second fastest women’s only marathon in history in 2:17:18
- 1. Ruth Chepngetich (Kenya) – 2:17:18 – CR
- 2. Lonah Chemtai Salpeter (Israel) – 2:18:45
- 3. Yuka Ando (Suzuki) – 2:22:22
- Ruth ran solo almost the whole time, but Lonah Chemtai Salpeter worked to close the gap and did so, only to have Ruth surge again, asserting her dominance and victory in the race.
- 2nd-fastest ever in Japan, and 2nd-fastest of her career.
- The Nagoya Women’s marathon has the biggest 1st-place prize money in the sport with a purse of $250,000
- Yuka Suzuki claimed the collegiate marathon record and a third place finish in the race with her 2:22:22 marathon debut time. Remember Suzuki was the World University half marathon games gold medalist in 2019.
- Mariko Yugeta ran the fastest-ever marathon by a 63-year-old.
- 2:58:40 to push the age range for a sub-3 even further.
- She is also the 60+ world record holder
#3. Fast High Schoolers (High School Nike Nationals 2022)
- HS Boys 4x1mile National Record by Newbury Park Boys
- Made up of two sets of brothers.
- 8th All-time US
- Aaron Sahlman 4:11
- Leo Young 4:06
- Lex Young 4:07
- Colin Sahlman 4:03
- Their first hand off to one another was in the race.
- HS Girls 4x1mile National Record by Saratoga
- School depth with two teams at Nike HS Nationals.
- The record time was by Ella Kurto, Alycia Hart, Mackenzie Hart , and Emily Bush in a time of 19:49.10
- They beat the record set by the 2005 Saratoga team by 10-seconds. And their team is so deep that their ‘B’ team ran the 15th fastest time in high school history.
- Saratoga aalso broke the outdoor 4x1mile National Record last year in 2021.
- Freshman Class Mile Record
- Keegan Smith
- Knoxville Catholic (TN) freshman set a new national class record in the mile with a time of 4:14.63.
- It was the eighth-best time in Tennessee indoor history
- A full six seconds faster than his previous best.
- Keegan won a Tennessee state cross country title in November, qualified for the Eastbay Cross Country Championships
- He also ran the nation’s fastest HS 5K on grass in the 2021 cross country season, all-time.