Yale Season Opener
Ackeen Colley of American International came out swinging this past weekend with an outstanding win in a time of 1:52. Not bad a freshman who ran 1:52 last week at the BU Season Opener.
American International continued to make a statement by taking the top two spots in the race. After running an 8:09 3k last week, Leakey Kipkosgei would drop down in distance for a mile result of 4:12. American International freshman Cameron Correia was runner-up in 4:13. It seems like there is a lot of exciting young talent on this American International team that we could see develop over the years.
Manhattan's John Dove got the best of American International's Siem Mehretu and Kemani Hume with a time of 8:28 to take the win.
Husky Indoor Invite
Franklin Pierce freshman Hugo Arlabosse runs 1:53 to cross the line in 1st. This comes just 10 days after Arlabosse completed the 600, 800, 3000, and 4x4 quadruple. We're only two weeks into the season, but this kid is already showing that he can handle a heavy workload and still get solid results.
BYU December Invite
BYU's long distance stars may be taking a break, but we did get to see some of their other talented individuals step on the track this past weekend. David Graham was the victor in 1:51 while Talem Franco (Unattached-BYU) finished close behind with a 1:52.
Marcus Dickson has been known as one of BYU's more reliable mid-distance studs with an 800 PR of 1:48, but he was able to show some very impressive strength this past weekend with a 4:09 win (a personal best for him). What's even better is that he gets an altitude conversion of 4:04 to put him at 3rd overall in the NCAA for the mile. Could we see him make a move to the mile this winter rather than the 800? Utah Valley's Anthony Ocegueda finished the day with a 4:16 which received a conversion of 4:11. This is the second strong performance from him we've seen this season. Ocegueda earned a 3k conversion of 8:19 last week and now has a 4:11 to his name (all as a freshman)
Connor Mantz of BYU has returned! In case you forgot about some of his accomplishments while he was out on a mission trip, Mantz was one of the premier high schoolers in the country two years ago with personal best times of 4:07, 8:52, and 14:32. This past weekend, he threw down aa 8:19 (unattached) which would most likely earn an altitude conversion of 8:09 if the NCAA recognized him as an attached athlete (based on other athletes in the race).
Texas A&M loaded up the 1k with some of the top middle distance talents on their squad. Their star transfer from Arkansas, Carlton Orange, ran unattached but he still got the win in a time of 2:25. Teammate JaQwae Ellison was runner-up in 2:27. It's unclear as to why Orange ran unattached, but it could suggest that Texas A&M is thinking about redshirting him. If that's the case, then this would give Orange time to adjust to the program and keep his winter eligibility for another season.
In a field that was filled with top-level pro athletes, Alex Riba held his own. Brazier dipped under 4 minutes while Leo Manzano finished 2nd in 4:03. It wouldn't be until the clock read 4:04 that Texas A&M's Alex Riba crossed the line. After missing out on NCAA's in cross country, I'm sure Riba is hungry to prove himself against some of the best in the NCAA. Running 4:04 is a great way to gain momentum for the rest of the season.
For a school that is known for their mid-distances and sprints, the mile race was arguably the best race of the meet. The top collegiate in the race was Texas mile star Alex Rogers who threw down a strong 4:04 to finish 2nd overall. He was able to hold off Clemson's John Lewis who ran a HUGE personal best of 4:06 to place 3rd overall. For Rogers, this result isn't too surprising. But for Lewis? This a HUGE race. The Clemson junior now owns PR's of 47, 1:47, and 4:06. That is some seriously impressive range.
What we didn't mention above is that Clemson's James Quattlebaum ran 4:09. Later on? He threw down an 8:25 to take the 3k win. That is a strong double for this early in the season.
Statement. Race. 1:46 man Daniel Kuhn erupted in his season opener with an incredible time of 1:01 in the 500 to earn a new facility record. Do not sleep on what this guy can do come February and March.
The Indiana men have more than just Daniel Kuhn in the middle distance squad. Jordan Huntoon and freshman Teddy Browning finished 1-2 in this race with times of 2:25. Watch out for Jordan Huntoon to have a breakout season this winter.
Do not forget about Butler! This team has a lot of very underrated pieces and Daniel Garcia proved that this past weekend with a winning time of 4:09. He convincingly pulled away from Purdue's Bryan Hester who was 2nd in 4:16.
In his 2nd year of competition, Indiana sophomore Kyle Mau is looking to establish himself as one of the nation's best. His season opener, at the very least, was a great start to that as he soloed a winning time of 8:07.
In the eyes of many, this was the race of the weekend with Indiana freshman Ben Veatch pulling off a huge upset over an experienced field that included some of the nation top distance runners. Veatch was able to edge Jeff Thies of Portland 13:57 to 14:00. Multiple reports have indicated that Veatch's time of 13:57 is a US Junior record while others argue that Chris Derrick holds that title. Nonetheless, it's an impressive time for Veatch and it goes to show that he is the real deal.
Admittedly, I was looking for a bit more from the rest of the field. No one dipped into the 13:40's (which has been done in years past) and only Veatch broke the 14 minute barrier. Still, the times were solid across the board as MTSU's Chemadi and Choge finished with times of 14:01 and 14:05 while Portland's Logan Orndorf rounded out the top five in 14:07.