We couldn’t wait until the end of the month for our race recap, because too many exciting things happened this past weekend and earlier this month! Most of the team debuted at either Oregon Relays or Mt. SAC Relays, and there were a lot of great performances around the board. Earlier this month, we also had Dan Kremske compete on the roads at the Carlsbad 5k. With the group that was training in Flagstaff finally back in Eugene, we had a large team presence this weekend at Hayward Field. It’s safe to say: spring has arrived, and we are ready. Recaps below!
Oregon Relays- April 15-16, 2016:
This was a big weekend of racing for TRE. We had women compete in the 3000m steeplechase, 1500m, and 5000m, and men compete in the 1500m, 5000m, and 800m. Not only did we just have a lot of people competing, but as a team we had a lot of exciting performances- including victories and personal bests! If you missed the meet- don’t worry. We’ve got the whole recap below 🙂 :
To start the day off, Michaela Freeby and Mel Newbery raced the 3000m steeplechase for the first time this season. They finished in 5th and 8th place, respectively, and both women set themselves up nicely for their next steeple race. Michaela’s hurdling looked especially strong, which is an encouraging start to her steeplechase this season!
Later that evening, we had several men in the 1500m invite sections. In the first section, DJ Flores took control of the race from the start, and won his heat convincingly in a time of 3:50.75. Right behind him in 4th place was Stephan Bullard, stepping up in distance and finishing with a 14-second PR (yes, you read that correctly)! Stephan’s previous best in the 1500m was 4:04, and he finished this race in a time of 3:51.58. Rob McLaughlin finished close behind, in a new season-best time of 3:53.82.
In the second and final section of the 1500m, Eric Avila took home the victory in convincing fashion, crossing the line nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field with a time of 3:43.86. For the first 1200m of the race, Eric ran comfortably in third place, going through 800m in about 2:01. As soon as the race hit 150m to go, he unleashed a monster kick that no one else was able to respond to. Eric ended up winning by a large margin- a fantastic opening race for him after a few weeks of solid training in Flagstaff.
In the women’s 1500m, Geena Gall kicked off her outdoor season with confidence. She got into great position right from the gun, tucking in behind the rabbit and looking comfortable as she led the rest of the field through 800m in 2:19. With a lap to go and no more rabbit, Geena took control of the race and started to press the pace, showing her strength at the longer distance. With 200m to go, she was caught by one runner but held on strong to finish in 2nd place, with a time of 4:18.04.
The last events of Friday night were the men’s and women’s 5000m races. The women were up first, featuring Kimber Mattox, Megan Patrignelli, and Charlotte Browning within a large field of 22 runners. The race went out quickly right from the start, with fellow Eugene runner Alexi Pappas taking the victory in a fast 15:33. Megan, Kimber, and Charlotte finished 4th, 8th, and 9th, respectively, in their first races of the outdoor season. Megan also set a new personal best of 15:56.02 (a PR of almost 43 seconds!)
In the men’s 5000m, Isaac Updike and Dan Kremske represented TRE well, with a pair of solid performances highlighted by Isaac’s massive 18-second PR. He finished in 4th place, breaking the 14-minute barrier with a time of 13:59.35. Dan finished 7th in 14:02.92, another strong performance for him following his race at Carlsbad just 2 weeks ago (more on that below).
The lone event for TRE on Day 2 was the men’s 800m, which featured Ryan Booth, Hans Roelle, and Beau Armstrong. In section one, Beau got out well from the gun, running near the front of the large field of 16 men. He held on to finish 4th in his heat, with a time of 1:54.00, less than a second off of his PR. In section two, Hans and Ryan finished 3rd and 7th, respectively. Hans had a very strong kick the final 200m of the race, passing almost the entire field and finishing just half a second from the win. Ryan had a strong opening race as well, getting into great position early on, and finishing with a time of 1:52.05.
What a way to kick off the outdoor season! Thank you to everyone who supported us this weekend- we sincerely appreciate it.
Full results of Oregon Relays: http://oregonrelays.runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=26&do=news&news_id=409941
More April racing highlights…
Mt. SAC Relays- April 15, 2016
On the same weekend as the Oregon Relays, TRE also competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in the invite section of the men’s 1500m. After training in Flagstaff the past month, Eric Finan and Dan Quigley had strong outdoor debuts in a fast race, highlighted by Eric’s 3:44.97 for a close 9th place finish.
Full results of the 1500m: http://www.mtsacrelays.com/results16.html
Rock ‘n’ Roll Carlsbad 5000- April 3, 2016
Earlier this month, we also saw some racing on the roads from Dan Kremske at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Carlsbad 5k. In his first race back since the Olympic Trials Marathon, he had a great 16th place finish in a talented field.
We’ll be back in action very soon, with Payton Jordan and the OSU High Performance meet on schedule (among other races!) so keep checking back for results. And as always, thank you for all of your support 🙂