Indiana vs Tennessee Duals
800 / Mile
Jordan Huntoon went to work this past weekend and walked away with two golds. The Indiana senior recorded times of 1:52.07 and 4:22.63 to win both events. The times may not be incredibly fast, but securing wins is often an underrated stat in the early portion of the season. Watch for Huntoon to progress as we go throughout January and February.
We were treated to a nice matchup this past weekend as Tennessee's Zach Long battled with Indiana's Joseph Murphy. In the end, Long would barely sneak out the win in a time of 8:11.06 while Murphy was 8:11.13. After a breakout steeplechase performance last spring season, don't be surprised if you see Murphy dropping more and more time. With that in mind, we have to give Long some props for beating an 8:47 steeplechaser. There are lot of a positives to take away for both of these individuals.
Placing 3rd overall was Tennessee's Brad Swiney in a time of 8:16.
Dylan Capwell. For some, that name might sound familiar. For others, it probably doesn't. Throughout 2015 and 2016, we saw Capwell dominate the NCAA 800 scene with a personal best of 1:46.70 and two All-American finishes indoors (2nd in 2015 and 8th in 2016). Unfortunately, the spring track seasons of 2016 and 2017 were underwhelming for the Monmouth star. Capwell would compete in only a handful of races in those two seasons and essentially drop off the radar in an event that was already crowded with talent.
Now, Capwell is looking to make a return in 2018. After a 2:24 1k and 1:18 600 in early December, the Monmouth senior returned to the 800 this past weekend where he secured a win over two New Zealanders with a time of 1:52. It may not be that special of a time, but it does show that Capwell is setting up nicely for a comeback campaign.
Akron PV Convention
800 / Mile
We were treated to a strong double by Akron's Garrett Crichlow this past weekend. The senior placed 1st in the mile with a 4:10 and doubled back in the 800 with a time of 1:55.31 to place 2nd.
Dartmouth's Reed Horton and Northeastern's Marc Reinas went head-to-head in the mile this past weekend with Horton coming away with the win. When you factor in the flat-track conversion, Horton secured a time of 4:11.81 while Reinas settled for a time of 4:15.83.
In one of the deeper events of the weekend, we saw four men dip under the 8:30 mark. Dartmouth's Henry Raymond led the way with a time of 8:27.20 while Romano (Northeastern), Laverty (Dartmouth), and Shafer (Dartmouth) were all at 8:29.
Clemson Orange & Purple Invite
The 800 field was headlined by some of Atlanta Track Club's best. Edward Kemboi took the win in 1:49.15 while teammate Brandon Lasater was close behind in 1:49.18. Brandon Hazouri was 3rd in 1:50.34. The top collegiate, Humberto Freire, would finish in 4th with a time of 1:53.33.
It was the performance of the weekend! Clemson junior John Lewis delivered a huge time of 2:21.96. The time isn't as fast as Dumford's 2:21.45, but the way Lewis ran that time was incredibly impressive. With consistent splits of 28 mid, you would have thought that his race was a controlled effort. This guy is for real. Don't sleep on the damage he could do in late February and March.
We should also note that Georgia's Jeramey Hampton finished 2nd in this race with a time of 2:25.88, a personal best.
Georgia's Henry Dwyer took the win in a time of 4:13 while unattached Jacob Olson was runner-up in 4:15.
Florida State freshman Caleb Pottorff made a strong season debut with a convincing win in a time of 8:24. He may not have a huge impact this year, but he could be a potential sophomore star in the making.
Navy vs Princeton
Princeton frosh Sam Ellis took the win in a time of 1:52 while Navy's Justin Hyytinen was 2nd in 1:53.
Noah Kauppila, the veteran from Princeton, threw down a strong time of 2:25 to take the win. Over the past few track seasons, we have seen Kauppila act as a leader of this team in the mid-distances. In his final year of eligibility, don't be surprised to see Kauppila drop some strong times and end his collegiate career with a bang.
Navy's Gabriel Collison and Jacob Shewbert went 1-2 this past weekend with times of 4:11 and 4:12.
Sophomore Gannon Willcutts (Princeton) secured the win in a time of 8:22. Jake Brophy and Cory Donley (both of Navy) rounded out the top three with times of 8:25 and 8:27, respectively.