Strong Performances in Vancouver, Seattle, & Victoria

It was another great weekend of racing for TRE! We had a group travel up to Vancouver BC for the Harry Jerome Track Classic, followed by the Victoria Track Classic, and a smaller group head to Seattle for the Brooks PR Invite. There were 8 season-best performances, including 3 lifetime bests, highlighted by Hans Roelle running back-to-back-to-back strong 800m races. More on that below, in addition to a full recap of all races!


Harry Jerome Track Classic & Pre-Jerome Meet:

There was some great steeple action at the Harry Jerome Classic on Friday, but before that, our 800m duo brought intensity to the Pre-Jerome meet held on Thursday evening. Since the Harry Jerome Classic is so popular, overflow races are held the night before, with extra incentive to win: the fastest 800m runner would earn a spot in Friday’s race. Hans Roelle and Cory Primm both ran in the 800m on Thursday, navigating through a field of 14 men to finish 1-2. After a slow and crowded start off the line, Cory moved decisively to the front with 500m to go, and led the entire field for majority of the race. Hans remained comfortably in the middle-back of the pack until about 300m to go, when he made his move. In a similar fashion as last week, Hans closed hard and crossed the line first in a time of 1:51.36. Cory finished just a step behind, in 1:51.46, which was another season-best performance for him!


Full results of Pre-Jerome meet:


After winning the Pre-Jerome 800m, Hans was offered a spot in Friday’s National 800m race, and he made the most of that opportunity. With a strong finish and smart race tactics, Hans just barely missed another victory, finishing 2nd with a time of 1:49.71. That is a new season-best for him, and a fantastic effort coming off of a race the night before.


In the women’s steeplechase, we saw a trio of strong performances with Bridget Franek, Megan Patrignelli, and Mel Newbery racing together. In her debut steeplechase of 2016, Bridget looked strong and controlled throughout the race, finishing first in a time of 9:49.37—a Swangard Stadium record and a great opening race for her. Megan and Mel both earned new lifetime bests in the process of finishing 5th and 11th, respectively. With a strong final lap, Megan ran a new PR of 9:54.1—just one second off of the Trials standard. Coming off of a great race last weekend, Mel ran an impressive nearly 5-second PR of 10:13.44, which is a nice confidence-booster heading into the British Championships this upcoming weekend.


We had another trio in the men’s steeplechase, with Tripp Hurt and Lucas Updike running well, and Isaac Updike doing a fantastic job pacing. Coming off of last week with great momentum, Tripp and Lucas both ran season-bests again, with Lucas running yet another new lifetime best of 8:42.87 in the process to finish 6th. Just ahead of him was Tripp, who finished in 5th place with a season-best performance of 8:41.84, nearly matching his lifetime best of 8:41.63.



Full results of Harry Jerome Classic:


Brooks PR Invite

Though much of this week’s racing happened in Canada, we also had a pair of strong performances in Seattle at the Brooks PR Invite on Saturday. Stephan Bullard ran a quick 600m in a race that ended up being a one-on-one match with Cas Loxsom of Brooks Beasts.  It was a great practice effort at a the shorter distance, and prepared Stephan well for his next 800m.

The women’s 800m was the opposite situation, with a full field of 9 women racing. Geena Gall continued her strong and consistent season, finishing in 5th place. It was a quick race, with the top 5 women all finishing between 2:02.35 and 2:03.64.


Full results of Brooks PR Invite:


Victoria Track Classic:

To close out this weekend’s racing, both Cory Primm and Hans Roelle traveled to Victoria BC from Vancouver to race another 800m on Sunday afternoon.  Hans continued his strong weekend with another victory in Section 2 of the men’s 800m, with a similar strategy of hanging back in the pack and closing hard.  He crossed the line for the third time this weekend in 1:49.90, very close to what he ran just two days prior.  Cory ran in Section 3 of the men’s 800m, also securing a victory with yet another season-best time of 1:50.78.  That time placed him 10th overall out of all 5 heats.


Full results of Victoria Track Classic:


We will be back on track this Thursday at the Stumptown Twilight meet held at Mt. Hood Community College near Portland. If you are close by, come on out and support us! Info for the meet can be found here:



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