Big Steps Forward: OT Qualifiers, PRs, and Season Bests

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We are getting closer to the Trials, and a lot of racing happened these past two weeks for TRE! In case you missed some of the action, we’ve recapped the highlights of our most recent meets below: the West Coast Invitational last Thursday, the Cayman Invitational last Saturday, the Portland Twilight last Sunday, and last night’s HOKA One One Middle Distance Classic. Links to full results of each meet are posted below.


West Coast Invitational: May 12, 2016


TRE may have had a small presence in terms of the number of athletes competing at this meet, but Lucas Updike more than made up for that with a huge win in the steeplechase. Less than a week after his previous steeplechase at the Oregon Twilight, Lucas finished in first, more than 7 seconds ahead of second place, and destroying his PR in the process. He dropped his time from 9:00.25 to 8:50.17!


Full results of West Coast Invite:


Cayman Islands Invitational: May 14, 2016


Representing TRE and Bermuda, Aaron Evans competed in the 800m at the Cayman Invite, finishing in a strong 5th place. His time of 1:50.11 is nearly the same time he ran in his previous race in Jamaica! After a successful string of international races, Aaron will be back racing at the Hoka One One MDC to take on the 800m again.


Full results of Cayman Invite:


Portland Twilight: May 15, 2016


We had several athletes make the trip up to Portland for the competitive Portland Twilight meet. On what turned out to be a cool and rainy night, we had a few great performances!


In the 800m, Beau Armstrong finished 4th in Section 4 with a time of 1:55.23. This was not too far off of his season-best time, and he had a very strong final lap. His last 400m was the second-fastest in his heat, closing in 58.67. Stephan Bullard also ran the 800m, finishing in 1:52.93 after running a strong first 600m in a fast race.


Michaela Freeby ran a great race in Section 2 of the 1500m. She got in good position early on, and looked very strong running in the middle-front of the large field. With less than 400m to go, she started moving up towards the front, finishing in season-best time of 4:37.95.


In the men’s 1500m, DJ Flores and Doug Benson both raced well. Doug continued his comeback from injury, running a 3:52.59 in just his second race back. DJ also ran a great race, finishing in 7th place with a new PR of 3:46.73 in what was a very close finish (there was only one second between 3rd and 7th place).


Dan Kremske brought home a victory in the 5000m, nearly 7 seconds ahead of 2nd place. He finished in a time of 14:08.74, not too far off of his PR.


Full results of Portland Twilight:


Also, if you happen to have a Flotrack subscription, you can watch all of the race videos here:


HOKA One One Middle Distance Classic: May 20,2016


Most recently, TRE was at the Hoka One One Middle Distance Classic (previously known as the Oxy High Performance meet) held at Occidental College. The biggest highlight of the night belongs to Isaac Updike, who ran a huge PR (by nearly 12 seconds) to win Section 1 of the steeplechase in a time of 8:31.42, which also qualifies him for the Olympic Trials in July! Isaac started his race near the back of the pack, and with 800m to go, unleashed a strong kick that nobody else could follow. He crossed the line more than a full second ahead of the runner-up. Tripp Hurt also ran a solid race in Section 2 of the steeplechase, running a season-best time of 8:50.45, which was a great step in the right direction.


In the women’s steeplechase, Megan Patrignelli ran a 7-second PR of 9:56.56, a nice improvement from her first race at Payton Jordan. She ran comfortably behind the pacesetter for the first 1600m, and then took the lead for the next two laps before ultimately finishing 4th in Section 2. Her time is only 3 seconds off of the Trials standard.


Geena Gall had a busy night, racing the 800m followed by pacing duties in the 1500m. In the 800m, she finished 4th in Section 2, with a time of 2:03.91. She had a strong finish despite getting tripped up and stumbling a bit with 150m to go. Geena came back (not long after her race) to pace a section of the 1500m, coming through 800m in 2:10 looking smooth- a solid day of work for her!


In the men’s 800m, Aaron Evans ran aggressively to gain a new season-best time of 1:49.80 to finish 7th in Section 2. It was a close finish, with 4th-7th place all in 1:49.


The last event of the night for TRE was the men’s 5000m, which had both Eric Finan and Eric Avila in Section 1. Both men got into good position early, with Finan up in the top 6 and Avila running smoothly in the middle of the pack. The race strung out to single-file pretty quickly, and broke into a few packs towards the final third of the race. Finan hung on to stay close to the front pack, crossing the line in 4th place with a time of 13:39.89 (only 2 seconds off of his lifetime-best!) and Avila finished in 15th place.


Full results (and race videos!) of Hoka MDC:


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