D2 Outdoor Top 20: Update #1 (Men)


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(Unranked)

Was not ranked the week before


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First number indicates the change in a runner's ranking from week prior

Second number indicates where the runner was ranked last week

20. Jack Johnson, Chico State (-1 / 19)

Johnson raced twice this weekend. Once was at the Mike Fanelli Classic where he helped the Chico State DMR team to a title. The second race was at the Stanford Invitational where he ran 9:12 for the steeplechase and placed 11th. I'm not really concerned with Johnson after the weekend given he has already run 9:02 this season in the steeple.

19. Edwin Kangogo, Alaska Anchorage (Unranked)

Kangogo ran a personal best of 8:56.08 at the Mike Fanelli Classic, losing to Jake Mitchem (see below) in a tight battle to the line. Kangogo was 6th at the 2017 NCAA outdoor meet in this event and then we didn’t see him in a Seawolf uniform again until this fall. It’s good to see him back in top form and his progression should be fun to watch.


18. Jake Mitchem, Colorado Mines (Unranked)

Mitchem was unranked coming into the season partly because he hadn't run anything faster than 9:13. He enters our Top 20 thanks to his 8:56 this past weekend where he outlasted Kangogo to finish 7th at the Mike Fanelli Classic. A huge PR from Mitchem throws him into the mix of athletes we need to watch.


17. Pierre-Louis Detourbe, Simon Fraser (0 / 17)

Detourbe was the 10th finisher at the Mike Fanelli meet and he likely enjoyed how he opened up in the steeplechase. He ran 9:02.73 which is just two seconds off of his personal best that he ran at the NCAA meet last year. Detourbe doubled back to run the mile and clocked a time of 4:13. That’s an impressive double and being so close to his PR in his opener suggests good things for him this season.


16. Benoit Campion, American International (-4 / 12)

Campion opened up last week with a 1500. He ran 3:51.33 which is now #11 in the NCAA, although it's not a provisional qualifying mark. He’s just a freshman and could be experiencing a learning curve, but it's a shaky start to the season. Another sub-par race and I’ll be more concerned.


15. Ayman Zahafi, TAMU-Kingsville (0 / 15)

Zahafi ran his second 800 of the season and improved upon his one a week ago by three-tenths of a second by running 1:51.21. He was 2nd in the event behind his teammate Robert Downs who was running unattached. He’ll likely need to run a bit faster in order to secure his bid to the national meet.


14. Devundrick Walker, CSU-Pueblo (0 / 14)

Walker debuted at the Stanford Invitational running 1:50.75. He was 9th overall and was the winner of his heat as he led basically wire-to-wire. Walker seems to be in a good spot coming out of the indoor season and I think he can challenge his PR in a couple of weeks.


13. Victor Moreau, Academy of Art (0 / 13)

Moreau had one of the best races of last weekend which would usually move him up the board this week...but hold on there. He ran 3:46.65 which is a four second PR. He then ran 1:53.38 to lower that PR by two seconds. While he looks very good right now, I'm cautious when remembering that he didn’t qualify for the mile final this past indoor season. Another couple of strong races and I’ll have to move him up.


12. Brett Meyer, Fort Hays State (-1 / 11)

Meyer opted for the 800 last weekend, running a time of 1:54.24. He also has a DNF in the 5000 which likely points to some kind of pacing duty. The 1500 should still be what Meyer focuses on as the outdoor season progresses.


11. Rowan Doherty, Simon Fraser (-1 / 10)

Doherty had a very fine weekend, running 3:50.90 in the 1500 last Friday, then coming back the next day for the mile and posting a time of 4:08.31 (yes, they were two separate races). After the math, his two times are essentially the exact same result and a very good showing of some strength for Doherty. The 3:50 was a personal best, but he’ll need another best in the discipline if he wants to get to NCAA's.


10. Marcelo Laguera, CSU-Pueblo (+6 / 16)

I’m not sure it’s any shock to readers that Laguera finds himself moving up the rankings quickly. He ran 14:31.85 at altitude two weeks ago, then came to the Mike Fanelli Track Classic where he ran 29:25.15. Both marks are NCAA #2 and the cross country champion is out to prove to the world that he’s for real.


9. Josh Hoskinson, Colorado Mines (0 / 9)

No times yet for Hoskinson this outdoor season.


8. Taylor Stack, Western Colorado (0 / 8)

Stack ran 14:49 at the Fum McGraw meet where he and his teammate finished 1-2. After the altitude conversion, he now has a seed time of 14:24.83. There is still a ton of room for improvement for Stack throughout the rest of the season. He’s an athlete that I’ll be focused on for the remainder of the year.


7. Daniel Wallis, Queens (N.C.) (0 / 7)

Wallis is fresh off an All-American double during the indoor season, but after this weekend could he be in the realm of doing it again during the outdoor season? His 14:12 debut (outdoor) at the Raleigh Relays in the 5000 tells us that Wallis might make the effort to try and do so this late May. While it was just his first time running this event outdoors, he dropped 13 seconds off of his PR that he set in December.


6. Felix Wammetsberger, Queens (N.C.) (-1 / 5)

Wammetsberger was also apart of the strong 5000 meter weekend. He was able to cut five seconds off of his PR and run 14:17. It’s safe to say that the mile strength that benefitted him during the indoor season is still there. I wonder if attempting a double is something that Wammetsberger would like to do as well...


5. Dennis Mbuta, Grand Valley State (+1 / 6)

Mbuta arguably had the best weekend of everyone. He raced at the Raleigh Relays where he finished 12th in the 1500 with a new personal best of 3:46.98. He then came back and won the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.89. That’s just seven-tenths of a second off of his PR in that event. He has quickly become one of the fastest risers within the middle distance disciplines and could be looking for a national title very soon.


4. Zach Panning, Grand Valley State (0 / 4)

If he wasn’t already the favorite, dropping his 10k PR by 35 seconds to 28:30 only cements him being the guy to watch in May. Panning took 3rd at the Raleigh Relays and took down some big names in the process. He was three seconds back of Aaron Templeton (Furman), and ahead of Lawerence Kipkoech (Campbell), Frank Lara (Furman), Danny Kilrea (Notre Dame), and Jacob Choge (Middle Tennessee State). We’ve wondered about others, but would Panning have a chance to compete at the D1 level, nationally?


3. Elias Gedyon, Adams State (0 / 3)

Another season, another #1 on the NCAA board for Gedyon. He ran 3:49.88 at CSU-Pueblo’s Spank Blasing Invite which converts down to 3:45.04. It's a strong opener for Gedyon without a doubt. It’ll be interesting to see where Gedyon runs next and what he runs. My guess is some sea-level 1500s and a possible 5000. I believe in the altitude conversions and Gedyon has proven them right, making him look like a contender once again.


2. Sydney Gidabuday, Adams State (0 / 2)

A DNF at the Spank Blasing Invite two weeks ago in the 10,000...looks a lot like pacing duties. Gidabuday should debut soon.


1. Thomas Staines, CSU-Pueblo (0 / 1)

Staines ran the #1 time in the NCAA at the Stanford Invitational. He went out hard and tried to lead wire-to-wire and it caught him in the end. A tough last 100 meters had him fade to 3rd, but he still ran 1:48.96. It definitely looked like it was a meet that they were training through as Staines has bigger things in mind for the summer.

800

1. Thomas Staines (CSU-Pueblo)

2. Dennis Mbuta (Grand Valley State)

3. Devundrick Walker (CSU-Pueblo)

4. Ayman Zahafi (TAMU-Kingsville)

5. Joshua Ajero (Albany State)


1500

1. Felix Wammetsberger (Queens (N.C.))

2. Elias Gedyon (Adams State)

3. Daniel Wallis (Queens N.C.))

4. Brett Meyer (Fort Hays State)

5. Victor Moreau (Academy of Art)


3000 Steeplechase

1. Pierre-Louis Detourbe (Simon Fraser)

2. Jake Mitchem (Colorado Mines)

3. Edwin Kangogo (Alaska Anchorage)

4. Jack Johnson (Chico State)

5. Christian Noble (Lee (Tenn.))


5000

1. Sydney Gidabuday (Adams State)

2. Zach Panning (Grand Valley State)

3. Josh Hoskinson (Colorado Mines)

4. Gidieon Kimutai (Missouri Southern)

5. Ruben Dominguez (Cal Poly Pomona)


10,000

1. Zach Panning (Grand Valley State)

2. Marcelo Laguera (CSU-Pueblo)

3. Sydney Gidabuday (Adams State)

4. Jacob Klemz (Washburn)

5. Karim Achengli (NW Missouri)