Updated: Mar 19, 2018
UCF Black & Gold Invite
After finishing the indoor season with a personal best time of 1:49.46 (flat-track converted), Ohio State's Alex Lomong continued to thrive in the half-mile distance. The Buckeye sophomore took the win this past weekend with a new personal best of 1:49.19, defeating the next best finisher in his section by over six seconds.
However, it is important to note that in the prior section, Jonathan Moore (Bethune-Cookman) ran an excellent time of 1:50 to finish 1st in his section. Don't sleep on Moore this season. The senior has a personal best of 1:48 and is starting his season off with a strong time.
The Kentucky men went back to work this weekend by taking the top three spots in this event. Ben Young was the winner in this one with a solid time of 3:45. He was followed by teammates Kendall Muhammad and Matthew Thomas who each ran 3:48.
Young broke 4-minutes in the Mile this past indoor season and continues to appear at the top of the results. Watch out for him as the spring season progresses.
How about Alex Lomong? He pulled off an impressive double of 3:48 and 1:49. That's a good sign in terms of consistency and overall strength. This Ohio State frosh is a young star in the making.
David Too (Florida A&M) was the run-away winner in this one with a strong time of 9:09. He was 26 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
Luke Landis (Ohio State) ran 14:47 to defeat the Florida A&M duo of Onesmus Kemboi and Festus Kemboi.
Baldy Castillo Invite
The Texas A&M men wasted no time putting together performances on the outdoor oval. Junior JaQwae Ellison put together a winning time of 1:49.22. He was followed by teammate Efrain Hernandez who was runner-up in a time of 1:50.02.
However, one of the more interesting performances was Minnesota freshman Lucas Trapp putting up a time of 1:50.18. This is a collegiate best by over two seconds. Watch out for him to gain momentum throughout the rest of this season.
Alex Riba (Texas A&M) was the winner in this one as he was able to hold off Luis Grijalva (NAU), 3:45.29 to 3:45.75. We haven't seen Grijalva since the cross country season and although he is more of a longer distance guy, this performance is still pretty solid for his first collegiate 1500. Riba is a no-joke runner so to keep a race close like this is pretty impressive.
Riba's teammate, Ian Cazares, put together a solid performance of his own with a time of 3:48 (a personal best).
Willie Williams Classic
We saw a pair of solid results this past weekend from Arizona's Collins Kibet and Maksims Sincukovs as they went 1-2 in this event with a pair of 1:49's.
Kibet is a half-miler veteran who has a personal best of 1:46. We may not see him hit a time like that again, but at he's least running well early in the season. On the flip side, Sincukovs is a freshman who just ran 1:49. Is he the future of the Arizona Wildcats? It's certainly a good starting point...
Yellow Jacket Invite
The race of the weekend was at the Yellow Jacket Invite. Fresh off his All-American performance from indoors and expired eligibility, Neil Gourley ran unattached and took the win with a time of 3:40. Middle Tennessee State miler Sampson Laari was also running unattached and put up a time of 3:43.
The first attached runner to cross the line was Georgia's Bryan Kamau with a 3:43.96. He was able to beat out in-state rival Nahom Solomon (Georgia Tech) and teammate Henry Dwyer (Georgia) for the win. Solomon finished the day with a 3:44.28 and 3:44.62. Those finishes are now the top three times in the NCAA.
Florida State's Steven Cross was the winner in this one with an NCAA #3 time of 14:28. The redshirt freshman Seminole was able to fend off Georgia's Jon Moses who was 2nd in 14:29. Rounding out the top three was Georgia's Eric Westog with a 14:35.
We may not see him have a huge impact this season, but Steven Cross is a name to watch for the future. Give him enough time to develop and he could be an NCAA qualifier in the next two years.
New Balance sent one of their training groups to crowd this event, but Maryland's Patrick Hanley was able to break up the pack by finishing 2nd overall with a 14:35.
The top finisher in this one didn't even come from the NCAA. Wiley junior Marbeq Edgar of NAIA was the top attached finisher with an excellent time of 1:49.69. He was able to beat out Houston Baptist's Daniel Shelton who was the next finisher in a time of 1:50.
Sacramento State Invite
Brayden Leach (Humboldt State) took the win in a time of 1:15.13. Chico State's Derek Morton was runner-up in 1:51.68.
San Francisco's Jacob Allen was the winner in a time of 3:46.78 (NCAA #7). We may need to keep an eye on Allen throughout this season. He is pursuing his graduate degree at USF and is essentially an unknown right now. A solid win and decent time is a nice start to the season.
Runner-up was BYU's Franco Talem with a time of 3:49. Keep an eye on this sophomore. He has some pretty decent Mile/1500 performances under his belt and we could see him take his fitness to the next level this spring.
Elijah Changco (Sacramento State) was the winner on his home track with a time of 14:37.90. The UC Davis duo of Jordy Ceja and Jonathan Horvath rounded out the top three with times of 14:37.99 and 14:40.06.
Oxy Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic
Jack Polerecky (Loyola Marymount) not only secured the win, but he walked away with a personal best time of 14:15. That's a strong time for the senior and a good indicator of what he could do in the 10K later this season. With a PR of 29:43, don't sleep on the potential of Polerecky in April and May.
Freshman McMarshall Hartzenburg (Cal Baptist) was took silver with a time of 14:17. Despite being in D2, that time would currently rank as the 2nd best time in the entire NCAA.
Hartzenburg's teammate, Simon Bedard, was the next attached finisher to cross the line with a 14:19.
Robert Santoyo (Army West Point) may have been 8th overall with a time of 14:25, but his time now has him ranked 2nd in the NCAA for Division One.
Cade Perry, running unattached, was the winner in 9:08. However, Joey Berriatua (Santa Clara) was the first attached runner to cross the line with a time of 9:09. Noah McDermott (St. Mary's-Cal) secured bronze with a time of 9:12.
Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open
The Portland men are back and they put on a show this past weekend. However, none of the Pilots walked away with the win. Instead, it was Portland State standout Alejandro Cisneros walking away with gold in a great time of 14:28.96 (NCAA #4).
Once Cisneros crossed the line, we saw a slew of Portland runners take the next three spots. Portland junior Noah Schutte was the first Pilot to cross the line in 14:32 while Reuben Kiprono and Michael Teran-Solano took the next two places with times of 14:40 and 14:47.
Welcome to the NCAA Simon Grannetia! The Pilots were able to bring in Dutch steepler to their program and so far, the results have looked great. Grannetia was the first to cross the line in a fantastic time of 8:49.70 (NCAA #1), a huge improvement from his personal best. Coach Rob Conner has done a fantastic job of developing him into a true NCAA contender (at the moment).
Of course, Grannetia wasn't the only one to impress in this race. Only two seconds behind him was Noah Schutte who threw down a time of 8:51. Although the time is impressive (especially this early in the season), we shouldn't be too surprised with his time. Schutte has an 8:42 personal best and qualified for Nationals last spring in this event. He'll come back with an even stronger time later this season. Still, this a really solid double when you consider his time in the 5000 meters.
Campbell sophomore Ronald Cheserek (no relation to Edward Cheserek) walked away as the victor with a time 8:23.90. He was able to take down the Charlotte duo of Zach Marchinko and Tom Nobles who each ran times of 8:25 and 8:27.
Simeon Roberts (East Tennessee State) ran away from the rest of the field with a 9:05. Morehead State's Farah Abdulkarim was 2nd place in a time of 9:17.
Will Norris, running attached, won the event in a time of 14:25. Tom Bains (Queens N.C.) was the first attached runner to cross the line with a 14:27 while Duquesne veteran Rico Galassi rounded out the top three with times of 14:32.
UC Irvine Spring Break Classic
Kegan Smith (Army West Point) is a Patriot League stud on the rise right now. He has secured a number of solid wins and has been consistent with his performances. He was the winner in this meet with a 3:49, the 9th win of his young career. He has the wins and he has the consistency, now he just needs the times to be a true national contender.
Utah Valley freshman Anthony Ocegueda continues to be one of the more underrated athletes in the Mountain region. He was the top finisher in this event with a time of 14:37 to take the win. He edged out Pepperdine senior Kevin Maeda who finished 2nd with a 14:38.
USC Trojan Invite
In case you may have forgotten, BYU is really good...specifically in the distance events. Sophomore Clayson Shumway threw down a monster time of 8:50 to take the win at this event. He is currently ranked 2nd in the NCAA with that time. Behind Shumway was teammate Porter Reddish who matched his personal best time of 8:59 from the Stanford Invite last year.
BYU didn't stop producing strong numbers after those two. Jacob Heslington, one of BYU's three steeplechase national qualifiers from last year's spring season, rounded out the top three with a time of 9:01. Teammate Alex Hedquist rounded out the top four with a time of 9:03.
All four of those names that I just mentioned have sophomore eligibility.