Curtis will now have to wonder if his pre-Trials strategy of avoiding races on the track throughout much of the spring and early summer was a wise one. Despite what seemed to be an excellent level of fitness coming out of training, Curtis was seemingly unable to insinuate himself into the mix at the front of the pack, despite a race pace that was fully within his own comfort zone (Curtis' PR is 27:24). Unfortunately, when it all comes down to getting it right on a single night, lots of things hinge on the stars aligning -- tonight they failed to do so for Bobby Curtis. One assumes that he'll be off to Europe for the pre-Olympic circuit to collect his wits. Don't be surprised if he reels off another impressive performance or two over there -- which will be little consolation for a man who seemed poised to make a statement at the Trials.
1. Galen Rupp Nike 27:25.33 M 2. Matt Tegenkamp Nike / OTC 27:33.94 3. Dathan Ritzenhein Nike 27:36.09 4. Chris Derrick Stanford 27:40.23 5. Aaron Braun adidas/McMillan 27:41.54 6. Ryan Vail Brooks 27:52.53 7. Brent Vaughn Nike 27:55.44 8. Luke Puskedra Oregon 27:56.62 9. Bobby Mack III Unattached 27:58.07 10. Robert Curtis Reebok 27:58.48 11. Hassan Mead Minnesota 27:59.04 12. Benjamin True Saucony 28:08.17 13. Jacob Riley Hansons-Brooks 28:08.32 14. Tim Nelson Nike / OTC 28:15.11 15. Joseph Chirlee U.S. Army 28:17.84 16. Jeff Schirmer ASTF 28:35.18 17. Chris Landry Unattached 28:35.46 18. Girma Mecheso Oklahoma State 28:38.73 19. Josh Simpson AST 28:48.32 20. David Jankowski ZAP/Reebok 29:00.67 21. James Strang Unattached 29:09.77 22. Mikhail Sayenko Brooks 29:18.57 23. JC Trujillo adidas 29:36.50 DNF Scott Bauhs Unattached