Yale Collegiate Invite
Sacred Heart’s Trevor Guerra continues to impress us after dropping a very strong 1k time of 2:24 this past weekend. We’re only a few weeks into the winter season, but Guerra is quietly putting together some very solid performances. Don’t be surprised if he continues to drop even more time later this winter.
Wow. What an opener from Michael Saruni.
It’s no secret that Michael Saruni is one of the best half-milers in the nation. Entering this winter, everyone suspected that he would be in the running to be a national champion despite his struggles on the big stage in previous seasons. But to come out and run a 1:45.92 in his first first race of the season? That is a level of fitness that is just unheard of, especially for January 13th.
There are only two other individuals since 2010 who have hit under 1:46 during indoors: Edward Kemboi and Donavan Brazier. The catch? In the year that they ran under 1:46, neither Kemboi nor Brazier won the national title. Could Michael Saruni be the one to break that trend?
Finishing the day as the 2nd collegiate was another UTEP Miner, Jonah Koech, who crossed the line with a time of 1:50.31. He was closely followed by Lipscomb junior Ryan Speer (1:50.34) and two Florida athletes, Justin Pacifico and Jack Guyton (1:50.37 and 1:50.84 respectively).
Lipscomb not only had a pleasant surprise in the 800, but they also a very strong performance from their freshman Jonathan Schwind who ended the day with a win and a time of 4:11.01. Schwind was able to beat out Georgia Tech’s Alex Grady who ran 4:12.77.
Don’t underestimate this win from the Lipscomb frosh. Grady is a very solid name to beat and there are few things as dangerous as a talented freshman with a lot of confidence. To open up with a win and gain momentum early in the season could result in some serious progress from Schwind as we enter the later portion of January and go into February.
We have our first sub 8 minute time of the season! After opening up with a strong mile in December, the Middle Tennessee duo went back to work this past weekend and attacked this 3k field. Kigen Chemadi eventually broke away from the field and comfortably secured a winning time of 7:58. Teammate Jacob Choge fell back to 2nd and ended the day with a time of 8:16.
It seems that Chemadi is definitely at another level right now. That time won’t be enough to get him into NCAA’s, but it’s definitely a positive sign as move forward. If he gets into a fast race, low 7:50’s is not out of reach for the MTSU junior.
Ted Nelson Invite
John Lewis continues to make statement races and secure big-time wins. The Clemson junior has gone from another decent 800 runner to a potential breakout star. Lewis secured the win this past weekend with a time of 1:49.22 to defeat 2nd place by nearly three seconds. The time may not be out of this world, but when you add in his 2:21 1k and 4:06 mile, it’s clear that Lewis has the range, speed, and strength to fight for an All-American spot this winter.
Keagan Smith (Army West Point) was able to lock down a win this past weekend with a time of 4:09.61. The time isn’t necessarily amazing, but it’s another nice mark for Smith who already recorded a solid result earlier this season.
Ian Cazares (Texas A&M) was 2nd on his home track with a time of 4:13.71.
James Quattlebaum (Clemson) went back to work this season and was able to narrowly get the win over Jacob Perry (Texas A&M), 8:18.76 to 8:18.81.
Welcome back, Daniel Kuhn. The Indiana mid-distance star took the win by two seconds with a solid time of 1:49.05. Teammate Jordan Huntoon was runner-up in a time of 1:51.10.
The Kentucky Invite treated us to one of the deeper mile fields of the weekend as we saw Indiana pack into the top four spots with Kyle Mau leading the way. Mau secured a time of 4:02.77 while teammates Joseph Murphy, Teddy Browning, and Ben Veatch all finished with times of 4:07. With a convincing win like that, it seems clear that Mau is in a position to go under the legendary four minute barrier later this winter.
Rounding out the top five was Ohio State’s Luke Landis who ran a time of 4:08.57. He was able to edge Akron’s Garrett Crichlow who finished in a time of 4:08.61.
Kansas vs Kansas State vs Wichita State Triangular
800 / Mile
There weren’t a lot of flashy times, but Kansas sophomore Bryce Hoppel put together a nice pair of wins this past weekend. In the mile, Hoppel earned a winning time of 4:10.67 which later got converted to 4:07.52 due to the flat-track. He later doubled back and took the win in the 800 with a time of 1:52.99. His flat-track conversion knocked that time down to 1:51.40.
Lukas Koch (Kansas) walked away with the win after running a time of 2:29.81. Unfortunately, TFRRS doesn’t have 1000 times listed for altitude or flat-track conversions. If we were to give an estimate of the conversion, the time would be around 2:27 low.
Minnesota vs Wisconsin Dual
We got to see one of the BIG 10’s top middle distance runners step onto the track this weekend. Eric Brown (Wisconsin) held off freshman Dawson LaRance (Minnesota) for the win, 1:51.55 to 1:51.69. With flat-track conversions, those times are actually 1:49.98 and 1:50.12.
Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare grabbed the win in his indoor debut with a time of 4:13. Converted, that time is 4:10.74.
Joe Hardy (Wisconsin) finished the day in first with a time of 8:26 which was eventually converted to 8:21.
BYU Cougar Indoor Invite
It’s tough not to get excited about the BYU men every time they race. The Cougars hosted Utah Valley at their indoor invite, but they would essentially run the table by taking the top three spots in the mile.
Abraham Alvarado took the win in a time of 4:09.60 while Marcus Dickson was 4:12.65 and David Graham was 4:14.41. Because they are at altitude, these times get a HUGE conversion. Alvarado’s time gets converted to 4:04.70 while Graham’s time gets converted to 4:09.42. Since Dickson already has a converted time faster than this one, his converted time is not listed on TFRRS.
Two BYU stars in the making toed the line to give us an exciting result. Clayson Shumway and Connor Mantz finished 1-2 with times of 8:15.93 and 8:18.70. With the altitude conversions, Shumway’s time is actually 8:05 flat while Mantz’s time becomes 8:07.71.
What’s even crazier is that these two men have eligibility as freshmen due to taking time off for their mission trips. It looks like they will be the future of BYU for quite some time…
Nittany Lion Challenge
The focus of this event was initially on sophomore Domenic Perretta. However, it appears that he was simply the rabbit for this race and took them through 800. Instead of Perretta, Penn State’s Jordan Makins battled with Roshon Roomes and edged the Iowa State sophomore for the win, 2:24.71 to 2:24.75. Those are great times for both athletes and it may give Makins a confidence boost knowing that he can beat a 1:47 guy.
The main story of this race was that Penn State’s Isaiah Harris would be making his season debut in the mile. However, it would be his teammate Colin Abert securing the glory (and win) by crossing the line in first with a time of 4:02.50. After an athlete from Latvia finished in 2nd with a 4:04, we then saw Harris cross the line in 4:07. He was followed closely by Georgetown’s Jonathan Green (4:08) and Villanova’s Logan Wetzel (4:09).
This is a huge win for Colin Abert who had so many strong performances in the 1500 and mile during his freshman year. However, he didn’t seem 100% during the 2017 seasons and lacked the edge that we were all looking for. A race like this is super encouraging for the future.
Jonathan Green (Georgetown) would later double back in the 3000 and go 1-2 with teammate Spencer Brown in what appeared to be a very comfortable performance. The Hoya duo would finish the day with times of 8:11 while Ben Malone would round out the top three with a time of 8:15.
In what had to be the event of the weekend, fans around the country were treated to some fast times and strong debuts in the 1000 meters.
In the fastest race of the day, Brooks Beast pro Drew Windle (and former D2 runner) led the field with a time of 2:20.95, but was challenged by Western Oregon’s David Ribich who finished close behind in 2:21.38. In a field full of top-tier D1 talent, it was the D2 guys who made the biggest statements…
One of the bigger surprises of the day was Oregon’s superstar frosh, Reed Brown, making his season debut. The freshman blew expectations out of the water with a 3rd place finish and a monster time of 2:21.49. Teammate Mick Stanovsek (a sophomore) was .04 behind in a time of 2:21.53. Oregon’s future looks very, very bright…
Rounding out the top five was another freshman star, Brandon McGorty. The Stanford frosh ran 2:23.56 to finish 5th on the day.
It’s also worth noting that Colby Gilbert (Washington) ran 2:25.29, Austin Tamagno (Oregon) ran 2:26.99, and Penn State transfer Jaxson Hoey (Oregon) won his heat with a solid time of 2:27.59.
Speaking of transfers and new recruits, we finally got to see Oregon’s newest weapon in action. James West, the distance star from England, toed the line next to a field full of professional athletes. He hung tough and finished 6th on the day (the top collegiate) with a very strong time of 4:04.49.
It’s also worth noting that collegiates Brandon Pollard (Gonzaga), Noah Schutte (Portland), and Jack Yearian (Oregon) would end the day with times of 4:08.00, 4:09.25, and 4:09.67 respectively.
The headlines were focused on top-level pros like Craig Engels, Sam (George) Parsons, and Michael Jordan, but we still saw some nice results from Dustin Nading (Western Oregon) and Tom Coyle (Stanford). Nading ended the day with a time of 8:11 while Coyle ended his off-distance attempt with a time of 8:12.
While the top pros caught the attention of most around the nation, we still got to see some strong marks from the collegiates in the state of Michigan.
Freshman Owen Day (Eastern Michigan) secured the win in a time of 4:08.79 while Chase Barnett (Michigan) was a close second in 4:08.88. Hlynur Andresson (Eastern Michigan), Anthony Berry (Michigan), and Wuoi Mach (Grand Valley State) rounded out the top five with 4:09’s.
Ed Jacoby Invite
Utah State’s Dillon Maggard attempted some off-distance work this past weekend and was able to deliver a win in a time of 1:52.33.
Jordan Butler (Utah State) secured the win in a time of 2:27.80.
Boise State alum David Elliot returned to his alma mater to take a win in a time of 4:06. However, it would be current Bronco Addison DeHaven securing the top collegiate spot in a time of 4:08. Utah State’s Clay Lambourne was 3rd in a 4:09.
Dick Taylor Carolina Cup
800 / Mile
Stefano Migliorati (Eastern Carolina) took double gold this past weekend after running 1:54.62 and 4:13.63. However, with flat-track conversions, those times become 1:53.01 and 4:10.44.
Snake River Open
One of the more pleasant surprises of this past weekend was Weber State’s Joe Maloney grabbing a win in a time of 4:09.58 at altitude. With a conversion, that time is actually 4:04.82. Could Maloney be a name to watch in February?
Curts (Iowa State) earned the victory in a time of 2:27.38 which was enough to edge out Kevin Dougherty (Iowa) who ran 2:27.90. Zach Black (Iowa State) finished 3rd in 2:28.22.
The Iowa duo of Nathan Mylenek and Michael Melchert went 1-2 this past weekend with times of 4:10.08 and 4:11.54.
One of the more under-appreciated performances of the weekend was seeing Arkansas’ Cameron Griffith run a big time of 2:23.21 while teammates Jack Bruce and Ethan Moehn each finished with times of 2:25. For guys who are distance-oriented, these are some incredibly impressive times. Hopefully, this means a fast mile for them in the future…
Tulsa’s Robert Tully was 4th in 2:26 while Kyle Hosting (Arkansas) rounded out the top five with a time of 2:29. In total, eight individuals dipped under the 2:30 mark.