The Weekend Review (4/15/18)

Updated: Apr 16, 2018

Rafer Johnson & Jackie Joyner-Kearse Invitational


One of the biggest performances of the weekend came from Texas A&M's Devin Dixon. The star sophomore threw down a huge time of 1:47 flat to earn the victory and a 3rd place ranking on the NCAA leaderboard.

Dixon was followed by teammate Efrain Hernandez who had a great race of his own, placing 2nd in a time of 1:48.32 (NCAA #14). UCLA's Riley Kelly finished the day in 3rd with a time of 1:49.41.


After a strong indoor track season, Alex Riba (Texas A&M) went back to work this past weekend by running 3:43 for the win. He was able to outlast a strong effort from San Francisco's Jack Rowe who finished 2nd overall with a 3:44.

Riba's teammate Cameron Villareal had a solid result with a 3rd place finish in a time of 3:45. He beat UCLA's George Gleason for the bronze. Gleason finished in 4th, also with a 3:45.

Texas Invite


2018 indoor national champion Michael Saruni ran his first 800 of the season this past weekend and the end result was no surprise. The UTEP sophomore ran a time of 1:48.39 to overtake Texas freshman Sam Worley in the final straightaway. Saruni would take the win while Worley would finish 2nd in a time of 1:48.63.

Stephen F. Austin's Drake Murphy had a solid race of his own, running 1:49.58 for 3rd. He was followed by Texas veteran Alex Rogers who was 4th in 1:49.59.


John Rice (Texas) took the win in a time of 3:48. Teammate Charles Mills was runner-up in 3:50.

Joe Walker Invite


One of the more pleasant surprises of the indoor, and now outdoor, track seasons has been the emergence of Ole Miss freshman Waleed Suliman. The kid has been killing it as of late and just walked away this past weekend with a 1:47.29 PR (NCAA #5) and a win. Suliman could be the next breakout freshman star like conference rival Devin Dixon was last year.


The Rebels absolutely dominated this event by taking the top five spots overall. Robert Domanic and Sean Tobin look like they're at the top of their game right now with a pair of 3:42's (with Domanic getting the edge for the win).

We talked about how great freshman Waleed Suliman has been, but Cade Bethmann has been equally as impressive, especially when you consider his consistency. The true frosh finished 3rd with a strong time of 3:44. In just his first year of collegiate competition, Bethmann's lack of poor performances has been impressive. The future looks bright for Mississippi.

Senior Trevor Gilley and sophomore Parker Scott (both of Ole Miss) rounded out the top five with times of 3:44 and 3:45, respectively.

Tennessee Relays


One of the deepest fields of the weekend was at the Tennessee Relays. Mississippi State freshman Marco Arop continues his breakout year with a fantastic win over a high-level field. Arop's performance of 1:47.89 is now NCAA #8. Not only that, he beat All-American Daniel Kuhn who finished 2nd in a time of 1:48.20.

Yet, maybe the best performance of the day was seeing Indiana's Cooper Williams have a breakout run with a 1:48.37 for 3rd. Not bad for a guy who had never broken 1:50 during the outdoor season and only one during indoors (1:49.78).

South Carolina's Otis Jones extended his streak of solid half-mile performances with a time of 1:48.38 for 4th overall. That's a personal best for the Gamecock junior.


Despite being one of the better distance runners in the SEC, Tennessee's Zach Long had a breakout performance at the Stanford Invite when he ran 13:39 to upset Tyler Day for the win. As if that wasn't impressive enough, Long dropped down in distance to take a very underrated win in the 1500.

Long's time of 3:45 was enough to edge out Indiana redshirt freshman Ben Veatch and Virginia Tech junior Diego Zarate. The entire top three finished the day with 3:45's.

We knew Long was good, but now he's showing off his range and his development of speed. He could very dangerous in the postseason if he continues this progression.


A total of 10 men went under the 15 minute barrier with Southern Illinois' Josh Maier dipping taking the win in 14:39. However, it appears that he'll be redshirting this season. The top collegiate spot went to Ohio State's Aaron Wood who finished with a time of 14:45.

3000 Steeple

Much like Josh Maier, Sampson Laari was the winner with a time of 9:02, but was running unattached. Eastern Michigan's Hlynur Andresson was the top collegiate in a time of 9:20.

Bison Outdoor Classic


Justyn Knight made his spring track debut this past weekend and, unsurprisingly walked away with the win. Despite unnecessary and confusing hype for a potential matchup between Knight and Penn State's Isaiah Harris, it actually turned out that Harris was the rabbit and ended the day with a DNF. Knight's time of 3:42 was just off of the facility record while teammate Aidan Tooker had a strong showing of his own and finished 2nd with a time of 3:44.

Syracuse veteran Philo Germano showed off some strong range and finished the day in 3rd with a 3:45 to complete the Syracuse sweep.

Isaac Garcia-Cassani (SUNY Genesco) finished 4th in a time of 3:45.


Hofstra sophomore Alex Masai, in his first recorded collegiate 5k, threw down an excellent time of 14:06 to win it all this past weekend. Ben Kendall (Detroit Mercy) was the 2nd collegiate to cross the line with a 14:15 while Rico Galassi (Duquesne) rounded out the top three collegiates with a time of 14:17.


In what may have been the performance of the weekend, RPI's Grant O'Connor had the race of his life by throwing down a 5k personal best in the 2nd half of the race. O'Connor finished the day with a win and time of 29:19.

Fresh off of a 5k win last weekend, Saint Francis' Bryce England finished as the collegiate runner-up this weekend with a strong time of 29:42.

Alex Norstrom (Central Connecticut) and Tom Goforth (Saginaw Valley) were the last men to go under the 30 minute barrier with times of 29:57 and 29:58, respectively.'

3000 Steeple

Syracuse freshman Noah Affolder looked like Aidan Tooker 2.0 this past weekend with a strong performance in the steeplechase. Affolder took the win in a convincing 8:51. Gene Baritot (Edinboro) had a solid result of his own with an 8:57.

The Daly twins from Penn had a pair of great marks as well. Colin Daly was 3rd overall in 8:57 while Will Daly was the last man under the 9 minute barrier with an 8:58.

UF Tom Jones Memorial


We got to see a slew of underrated talent battle it out in Gainesville, Florida. Former Gator Andres Arroyo returned to the track and led the field to some fast times. Arroyo would take the win, but it was Jonathan Moore (Bethune-Cookman) finishing as the top collegiate with a time of 1:48.89. Nick Morken (North Florida) continued to impress me after finishing 3rd overall in a time of 1:48.90.

Florida's Jack Guyton was the last man under 1:50 with a time of 1:49.36.


Arroyo doubled back in the 1500 and helped lead three Florida Gators to some very solid times. Arroyo would take the win with a 3:43, but the Gator trio of Sam Ahrenholz (3:45), Jack Beitter (3:47), and Magnus Pettersen (3:47) would take the next three spots.

George Mason Spring Invite


The Hoyas fielded veteran Amos Bartelsmeyer with freshman Rey Rivera and the results turned out to be positive. Bartelsmeyer took the win with a 1:49.18 while Rivera was close behind in 1:49.28.


In one of the closest matchups of the weekend, we got to see a vast array of underrated collegiate talent finish all within a second of each other. The top time went to pro runner David Timlin who ran a time of 3:43. However, after Timlin is where things became interesting.

Georgetown's Spencer Brown was the top collegiate finisher while Ryan McGorty was close behind. The Hoyas then proceeded to take the next three spots with sophomore Nicholas Wareham, freshman Jack Salisbury, and sophomore Josh Bell.

The top four collegiates all ran times of 3:44 while Josh Bell ended the day with a 3:45. It was a very strong showing from the Hoyas who were able to show off their depth.

3000 Steeple

Hampton freshman Wesley Kirui quietly put together another strong performance. Kirui took the win in a time of 8:57 while Carter Day (George Washington) was runner-up in a time of 9:01.

Ocean State Invite


After an indoor track season where he failed to qualify for Indoor Nationals, Northeastern's Marc Reinas will be on a mission this spring to go out on top. The Husky senior was the winner this past weekend with a time of 1:49.29. He was able to fend off Brown mid-distance stud Zach Emrich who finished runner-up in a time of 1:49.78.


Columbia's Sam Ritz was able to walk away with a new mile personal best of 4:03. He was able to secure a victory over Nick Carleo (Providence) who finished 2nd with a 4:04.


Michael Watts and Danny Connolly took the top two spots in this meet, but were running unattached. The top collegiate was Providence's Marcus Karamanolis who ran a strong time of 14:16. Cameron Avery was the 2nd collegiate to cross the line with a 14:25.

Tiger Track Classic


Clemson's John Lewis returns to the 800 after an All-American indoor track season. He took the win in a time of 1:49.65 to defeat Georgia Tech's Andres Littig who was runner-up with a time of 1:50.24.

1500 (Invite)

Tennessee's Zach Long may be getting all of the attention, but Avery Bartlett (Georgia Tech) continues to have his breakout season. After upsetting Isaiah Harris, the GT senior took the win with a 3:43 to defeat Florida State's Michael Hall who was runner-up in a time of 3:45.

Auburn's Wesley Curles and Samford's Arsene Guillorel took the next two spots with times of 3:45.

Triton Invite


Diego Leon (Montana State) continues to be one of the most underrated milers in the NCAA. He was the top collegiate in this one with a time of 3:44. Former Oklahoma Sooner Dylan Blankenbaker was the winner in a time of 3:43.


We got to see more of the same thing in the 5000 as Leon was 2nd overall, but the top collegiate. He finished with a time of 14:22 while Daniel Martinez secured the top spot with a 14:13.