Juan Luis Nieves of Mexico found an extra gear on the homestretch of the elite men's 5,000-meter run at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays on Thursday night in Walnut, emerging from the pack in the last 50 meters and outkicking the field to win in 13 minutes 27.89 seconds.
Josphat Boit of Arkansas, the reigning NCAA 5,000-meter indoor champion, led most of the last lap before Nieves took over. Boit still finished second in 13:28.26, the fastest time by a collegian this year.
Yuan Jin of China overtook Dulce Rodriguez of Mexico down the stretch of the women's elite 5,000 and finished in 15:38.62. Rodriguez was second in 15:39.92 and Molly Huddle of Notre Dame was third in 15:40.41, an NCAA leading time for this year.
Solomon Kandie of Kenya became the first runner to win three consecutive titles in the elite division of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 8:39.94 edged that of David Cheromei, a senior at Virginia Intermont College who finished in 8:40.70. Linzhong Shi of China was third in 8:41.69.