Men: Elliott Portillo
Women: John Cusick
Dr. Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational
The big highlight of the meet, and arguably the entire weekend, came out of Albuquerque. Thomas Staines ran 1:16.38 to finish 2nd behind Isaiah Jewett of USC in the 600 meters. The time is only 1.37 seconds off the current world record for the event. The fact that he ran this at altitude only makes it more impressive. He also finished nearly three seconds in front of the next fastest finisher. The NCAA 800 meter champ looks to be in very good form at this point of the season and is ready to defend his title this March.
Staines was not the only Thunderwolf to run well this weekend, as his teammate Devundrick Walker finished 3rd in the 800 with a mark of 1:53.33. After adjusting for altitude, the mark converts to a 1:52.7, which currently ranks at #12 in the nation. Look for CSU-Pueblo to potentially bring multiple middle-distance contenders to the national meet in March.
The Power 5 Invite
The only new addition to the mile qualification board came out of Colorado Springs, where Colorado Western’s Woodrow Murray-Wood finished 2nd behind James Freeman of Adams State. The two ran 4:21.67 and 4:21.8, respectively (at altitude). Murray-Wood’s time converts to a 4:10.35 at sea level.
A slew of RMAC athletes ran provisional marks this weekend, making the 3k the highlight event of the meet. Two Colorado duos battled it out as Adams State’s Austin Anaya and Miguel Villar faced off against Western Colorado’s Taylor Stack and Charlie Sweeney.
Anaya came out on top, winning by 10 seconds over the rest of the pack with a time of 8:29.21, this converts to 8:05.2 after adjusting for altitude and a flat track. Stack and Sweeney ran close together to finish in 8:39.25 and 8:39.7 (8:14.76 and 8:15.2 conversions), respectively. Villar ran 8:44.59 to convert down to 8:19.85.
The RMAC indoor meet looks like it will be the most stacked conference meet in the nation, and this weekend’s 3k is only a small taste of what is to come.
This weekend also saw two teams finally run qualifying marks in the DMR. Adams State flexed their distance might with a 10:08.41 (9:47.11 conversion), which converts to a NCAA #1 and the first auto qualifier of the year. West Texas A&M also qualified provisionally, running 10:19.19 (9:57.51 conversion) to finish 2nd overall.
Jonah Theisen (Black Hills St.) and Jacob Link (MSU-Denver) were just a few more RMAC athletes who ran qualifying marks this weekend. Both ran 8:37.02 and 8:37.2, respectively, which convert down to 8:22.35 and 8:22.53. As I said earlier, the RMAC meet is looking absolutely STACKED as of right now.
Red Raider Invitational
The rarely run 600 yard distance gave viewers quite a spectacle in Lubbock, with Vincent Crisp of Texas Tech running 1:08.46 at his home meet. After Crisp, a load of Division II talent showcased their speed. Rashard Clark of TAMU-Commerce ran 1:11.47 to place 7th overall, while Demontravous Jones and Holden Stoute, both freshmen at Angelo State, ran 1:13.8 and 1:13.84 to finish 12th and 13th, respectively.
Ivar Moinet of Eastern New Mexico ran 1:51.51 (1:51.19 altitude conversion) to finish 4th behind some quality Division I talent. His converted time currently ranks #4 in all of Division II. Moinet is building off a quality spring season and could be a dark horse if his mark holds up.
GVSU Alumni Open
One of the few “true” marks from this weekend. Art U’s Rabah Houali ran 1:52.47 to beat Grand Valley’s Nick Salomon by over a second. The sophomore’s mark currently ranks #10 in the country.
The other meet to run the 600 yard event this weekend also featured solid times. Jake Mumby of Nebraska-Kearney ran 1:13.13 on the flat 300 meter track to take home the win. Abdelrahim Mahgoub and Seth Shurvington of NW Missouri ran 1:13.75 and 1:14.55 to finish 3rd and 4th, respectively. Although there is no 600 yard contested at Indoor Nationals, these marks could forecast promise over four laps on a 200 meter track.
Brett Meyer of Fort Hays State ran the only other mark this week that didn’t require a conversion to make it onto the qualifying list. His time of 1:52.17 at the Northwest Open was good enough to take the win by over two seconds. Meyer is a mid-distance stud with plenty of experience and talent, and it should be interesting to see if he tries his hand at the mile distance this indoor season or opts to focus his efforts on the uber-stacked four lap event.
The Power 5 Invite
Jessica Cusick of Western Colorado posted the fastest time from this meet over the weekend. She ran 2:14.54 for a two-second victory over the rest of the field. Her converted time of 2:11.80 places her at #5 on the performance list. Roisin Flanagan of Adams State ran 2:16.59 and now sits at #7 with a converted time of 2:13.81.
Tiffany Christensen of Adams State ran 2:17.47 while Nele Henrich of West Texas A&M ran 2:17.54. Both of their times convert to 2:14 giving them the #12 and #13 spots on the NCAA provisional list. Another Western Colorado athlete (Bailey Sharon) ran 2:18.09 and currently sits at #15 with a converted time of 2:15.37.
Haleigh Hunter-Galvan of Adams State just missed a provisional mark after the conversion. She ran 5:11.89 to win the meet and now sits at #8 with a time of 4:59.09.
We had two provisional marks reached in the 3k with Sophie Seward of Western Colorado seemingly getting back on track (no pun intended) running 10:11.34 with her time converting to 9:44.28. Adams State’s Kaylee Bogina ran 10:13.96 and saw her time move to 9:46.78. They sit at #4 and #5 in the nation, respectively.
Adams State added one more provisional mark with Kianna Darioosh-Bonnet running 18:11.35 and winning the meet. Her time converts to 17:21.16.
The Adams State Grizzlies put together a strong relay team in Roisin Flanagan, Tiffany Christensen, Stephanie Cotter, and Eilish Flanagan to capture the only provisional mark in the women’s DMR this year. They ran 12:05.88 at altitude, giving them a conversion of 11:42.45.
Dave Lehman Invitational
Carsyn Koch-Johnson of Cedarville ran 2:15.39 over the weekend. She was a winner by three seconds and she now sits at #8 after a conversion brings that time to 2:13.85.
Conference Crossover (G-MAC vs. GLIAC vs. GLVC)
The lone performance from this meet in the 800 comes from Findlay’s Hayley Robinett. She is just inside the NCAA DII Top 20 at #19 with her converted time of 2:16.40. It converts from 2:17.97.
Hillsdale teammates Maryssa Depies and Allysen Eads sit at #20 and #21 after the weekend with converted times of 5:03.58 and 5:03.72. The teammates ran 5:06.58 and 5:06.72 to finish 1-2 and six seconds ahead of their teammates.
SDSU DII Invitational
Winona State’s Allison Johnson ran away from the field running a true time of 2:16.63. She was five seconds better than anyone else. Her time places her at the #20 in Division II currently.
GVSU Mike Lints Alumni Open
We had four Top 20 performances this weekend in the mile at the Mike Lints meet. Led by Rachael Walters and Abby Crouch of Grand Valley State. Walters ran 4:55.10 while Crouch finished a second and a half behind her in 4:56.54. Their times place them at #2 and #3 on the performance list.
Hasna Kaarour of the Academy of Art ran 5:0015 for 4th place and another Laker in Rachel Webb ran 5:01.06 for 5th place. Kaarour is #11 and Webb is #11 on the list.
Malea Teerman was the first overall D2 athlete in the 3000 over the weekend. The sophomore ran 9:54.83 which was good enough for 5th place on the day. Her time puts her at #9 on the NCAA provisional list.
Youngstown State Invite
Andra Lehotay dipped underneath the provisional mark with her win over the weekend. She ran 4:58.58 to better her competition by two seconds. She now sits at an NCAA #17 mark.
Hannah Thompson of Malone ran a real time of 5:02.26 to take 3rd place overall and #16 spot in the NCAA.
Embry-Riddle Indoor-Outdoor Challenge
Embry-Riddle saw their own Kristen Metcalfe take home the victory by more than 36 seconds. She ran 5:03.04 to take home the win and she now sits at #18 on the provisional list.
Emory Indoor Invitational
Charlee Boxall of Lee (Tenn.) ran 5:03.07 en route to a victory. She is just inside the top 20 at #19 on the provisional list.
Indianapolis Collegiate Challenge
Lauren Bailey of Indianapolis ran a provisional mark of 10:01.37 to finish runner-up at her home meet. Due to the track size, her time converts down to 9:56.26 placing her at #12 on the provisional list.
Karly Gawarecki of Bellarmine was the 3rd place finisher behind Bailey in 10:07.26. Her time converted to 10:02.10 and she is now NCAA #16.
Nicole McMillen of Tusculum ran 10:03.99 to finish 3rd overall at the meet. She sits at #20 in the NCAA after the weekend.
Shorter’s Makayla Howell ran 17:32.50 on her way to a meet win. Her time is good enough for a top 20 spot (#18) on the provisional list.