Fast Weekend in Portland
We had a big weekend at the Portland Track Festival, held at Lewis & Clark College on Saturday and Sunday. There was a lot of great racing, including several season-bests and personal-bests! If you missed any of the action, check out our main highlights below:
Sunday evening was a busy night for TRE, with athletes racing the High Performance sections of the 800m, 1500m, Steeplechase, and 5000m. Over the course of the night, we had 10 season-best performances, including 2 lifetime-bests. However, the action started the night before with the HP 10,000m and the open 5000m. Dan Kremske kicked off a big weekend for TRE with a great race in the 10k on Saturday evening. He finished in 29:18.72, which was good for 17th place in a large field of men. Rob McLauchlan finished 14th in the open 5000m on Saturday, then doubled back the next day as part of the Portland vs. Seattle 3000m. He ran a great race to finish 4th in 8:25.64.
To start off the night, Hans Roelle ran a great race in Section 6 of the HP 800m. He spent the first 350m of the race comfortably in the back of the pack, and then started to pick people off one by one, eventually passing the entire field of 10 men and winning by nearly 2 seconds. It was a strong and dominating finish by Hans, who finished just off of his PR in 1:49.85.
In the later section of the 800m (Section 4), Stephan Bullard ran a new outdoor PR of 1:49.51. He showed great racing tactics, settling just off of the leader for the first 600m of the race. With 200m to go, he kicked hard, taking the lead and looking strong down the homestretch. In a close race to the line, Stephan ended up finishing in 2nd place. Cory Primm also made his return to the track, running tough in the middle of the pack for most of the race, finishing in 1:52.06.
Another season-best in the 800m came from Geena Gall, who raced in the fastest section of the 800m. In a close and crowded race (places 3rd to 8th were all within a half-second of each other at the finish), Geena ran a new season-best 2:03.34.
DJ Flores had a great run in Section 4 of the 1500m, running a new personal-best in the event. In a fast and crowded race (the leaders went through 400m and 800m in 58s and 1:56 respectively), DJ ran comfortably between 5th-8th place for most of the race. With about 150m to go, he made a strong move to pass a few runners in the final meters of the race, finishing in 6th place with a new PR of 3:46.21.
Later that evening, in Section 2 of the HP 1500m, Eric Avila also ran a season-best time. Right from the gun, Eric got out to the front and ran just off the shoulder of the pace-setter, settling between 2nd-4th position for the first half of the race. With 300m to go, he moved to the front and took the lead. In a close race to the finish, Eric just missed the victory, crossing the line in 2nd place with a time of 3:40.21.
Another strong race came from Bridget Franek in Section 3 of the 1500m. In her debut race of the season, Bridget showed her strength and speed, finishing in 4:18.50. She ran the first half of the race comfortably in the back of the field, and worked her way up one runner at a time throughout the course of the race. With a strong final lap, she crossed the line in 6th place–a great opener for her!
We had three season-bests in the steeplechase, with Lucas Updike running a new lifetime-best in the process. Lucas and Tripp Hurt ran in Section 1 of the men’s steeple, which got off to a slow and crowded start. About halfway through the race, the pace started to pick up, making for a strong and quick finish for both of them. Lucas finished in 12th place with a new PR time of 8:47.66, his second PR in the event this season. Tripp was right behind him (literally), finishing in 13th place with a season-best time of 8:47.68. In the women’s steeplechase, Mel Newbery ran a nice season-best time of 10:20.48 to finish 10th place in Section 2. It was a great step forward for her, heading into the British Olympic Trials in a few weeks.
Full results of PTF: http://www.portlandtrack.com/ptf-2016
As if all of that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got another exciting weekend of racing planned, beginning in just a few days. Don’t forget to check out our social media accounts for previews of when and where we will be racing!