Stumptown Twilight: TRE Recap
STUMPTOWN TWILIGHT @ Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR
We were on the track last night at the Stumptown Twilight for what was considered a “last chance” meet for those without an OT qualifier, and a final tune-up for those already qualified. Despite monsoon-like conditions, we came away with some great race efforts, including several season-bests. And—we added one more TRE athlete to the US Olympic Trials! Full recap below:
The 800 crew started off the night for us, and set the tone by running season-bests. In Section 2, where two guys fell at separate points in the race, Cory Primm and Hans Roelle were able to stay out of trouble and finish with a pair of season-best times. After running the first half of the race near the back, Cory and Hans both moved up well during the latter half of the race, with Hans finishing 4th in a lifetime-best of 1:49.41, and Cory right behind him in 1:49.68 for 5th place. In Section 3, Stephan Bullard ran a smart race in tough conditions as well, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 1:49.11. That time is a new outdoor best, and ties his lifetime best which he set this past indoor season.
In the men’s steeple, Tripp Hurt and Lucas Updike were back on the track working well together once again. Despite the challenging weather conditions, which left parts of the track flooded and made navigating the barriers very difficult, Tripp ran another season-best time of 8:41.67 and Lucas dropped another second off of his lifetime best to finish in 8:41.77 for 7th place.
It could be argued that the heaviest rain of the evening happened during this race. Bridget Franek and Megan Patrignelli toed the line together, with Bridget planning to run just part of the race as a tune-up for the Trials, and Megan looking to race for an auto-qualifying time. Bridget set the pace early on, which helped string out the race, and stepped off the track at about 2k. Megan then took over the lead, and fought through the rain to finish first in an 11-second PR of 9:43.37. That time is not only a US Trials qualifying time, but also under the Olympic Games standard of 9:45.00.
We had two strong races from Eric Avila and DJ Flores in separate heats of the 1500m. In Section 1, Eric had a great finish after running in the back of the pack until 600m to go. Once he started moving up, he didn’t stop, running hard all the way through the line to finish 5th in a time of 3:41.37. In Section 2, DJ had a similar strong finish. He crossed the line 9th in his section with a time of 3:47.47, just a second off of his PR.
The final race of the night was the men’s 5000m, which featured Eric Finan. The pace got out quick right from the gun, and strung out the field early on in the race. Eric hung on well to finish in 13:53.43 for 14th place in a loaded field.
It was definitely a challenging night on the track in terms of the weather, but TRE brought some strong efforts! Thank you all for your support (especially if you braved the elements to come watch last night). We will see you at Hayward for the Trials next week!
Full results of Stumptown Twilight: http://www.flotrack.org/result/8865-2016-stumptown-twilight