Sun Angel Classic
It was easily the best event of the weekend as we got to see FIVE different men dip under the 1:48 mark. Of those five, Texas Tech's Vincent Crisp walked away as the winner with a 1:46.31 (a new personal best). He was able to edge out Robert Ford (USC) who had the best race of his life with a 1:46.64.
For Crisp, this is another strong performance. The junior is beginning to elevate his fitness to a new level with a win and sub-1:47 performance. Now, the Texas Tech Red Raider will need to improve upon his consistency and postseason results.
The result we got out of Robert Ford was huge as well. The USC veteran has had an up-and-down career with strong, but streaky performances. With a win earlier this season and a time now under 1:47, Ford looks like he's climbing back to the top of the NCAA rankings.
Crisp's teammate Charles Jones continues to be one of the more underrated half-milers in the nation. Jones finished the day in 3rd with a 1:47.25.
Iowa State was NOT playing around this weekend. They fielded three men in the top heat and they all gave us exciting finishes. Last year, we saw the Cyclone duo of Roshon Roomes and Jaymes Dennison have breakout performances at this meet. They were able to replicate their 2017 breakout runs as Roomes finished with a 1:47.60 while Dennison finished with a 1:47.97.
The last name to mention in that ISU trio was Festus Lagat who gave us a pleasantly surprising time of 1:48.45. After struggling with injuries, Lagat looks like he's back in top shape and capable of producing fast times this spring.
Air Force's Michael Rhoads finished as the 7th collegiate with a 1:49.92.
The Villanova mid-distance star and former high school national champion has made his return to the outdoor oval. After struggling to recover the appendix removal surgery, Ben Malone was able to start his spring season off with a win. His winning time of 3:45 was enough to hold off Mount Olive's Jonathan Dahlke who ran 3:46 for 2nd.
Williams & Mary's Dawson Connell finished 3rd in 3:47.
Bryce England (Saint Francis) was the winner in this one with a solid time of 14:20. Hampton freshman Wesley Kirui was 2nd in 14:25 while Duquesne's Rico Galassi was 3rd in 14:30.
Jeff Gibson (Mary Washington) emerged as the winner with a 29:58 while Tai Smith (Mount Olive) was close behind in 29:59.
Utah/Weber State Classic
The Utah State men went back to work this weekend. They were led by Clay Lambourne and Sam Coleman who each finished with times of 1:48.72 and 1:50.30, respectively. After applying altitude conversions, those times become 1:48.14 and 1:49.71.
2018 Big Meet (Cal vs Stanford)
We got to see a great battle between a pair of talented milers. Stanford's Grant Fisher walked away victorious with a solid time of 3:44 while California's Garrett Corcoran was just a second behind in 3:45. Stanford's Thomas Coyle rounded out the top three with a 3:49.
The Stanford Cardinal absolutely dominated this event by taking the top three spots. Sean McGorty led the way with an 8:06 while Keelan and Wharton rounded out the top three with times of 8:08 and 8:11, respectively.
Stanford's Steven Fahy defeated a field full of Cal runners with a 9:06 to take the win.
Spec Towns Invite
We got to see a great three-person battle this weekend as Ian Jones (Kentucky), Heinrich Herbst (Arkansas State), and Henry Dwyer (Georgia) all finished under 1:50 (in that order). Jones ran 1:49.37 while Herbst was 1:49.59 and Dwyer was 1:49.93.
Wisconsin's Carl Hirsch walked away victorious with a time of 3:53. Georgia's Austin Sprague and Michael Hans rounded out the top three with times of 3:55 and 3:56, respectively.
High Point VertKlasse
The Campbell men impressed with a strong display of pack running this past weekend. The top finisher was Amon Kemboi, the sophomore standout from Kenya. He ran away from the field to grab a winning time of 3:43. That is an excellent performance to boost his resume and show off his range.
Lawrence Kipkoech had a strong showing in 2nd with a 3:47. Ronald Cheserek was 3rd in 3:54.
One of the more pleasant surprises of this meet was seeing two High Point athletes dip under the 9 minute barrier. Freshman El Hocine Bouchrak ran an impressive time of 8:56 to take the win while senior Alejandro Juan Torres was close behind in 8:57.
Oregon Pepsi Relays
The Oregon duo of Sam Prakel and Mick Stanovsek dropped down in distance to attempt an 800. They battled BYU's half-mile specialist Abraham Alvarado in what was an exciting finish to the line. Alvarado walked away with the win (1:52.04) while Stanovsek (1:52.21) and Prakel (1:52.48) rounded out the top three.
I've always been suspect of Colby Gilbert's consistency, but he's impressed me as of late. He ran a 7:49 3k during indoors, finished the winter as an All-American, and now has a win over his PAC 12 rivals this season.
The Washington veteran secured the victory in a time of 3:48.64 which was enough to defeat Oregon's James West who finished 2nd in 3:48.92.
The next four finishers all had times of 3:50. Those finishers included Chandler Tiegen (Washington State), Patrick Parker (BYU), Nathaniel Beamer (Washington), and Cooper Teare (Oregon).
BYU's Connor McMillan and Rory Linkletter went 1-2, each running 8:30, to defeat Oregon's Tanner Anderson who finished 3rd in 8:31.
The BYU men didn't stop their winning ways in the steeplechase. Clayson Shumway secured his second steeplechase win of the season, this time with a personal best of 8:46.69. As impressive as the win was, Shumway was still challenged by Washington's Andrew Gardner who ran an impressive time of 8:48 for 2nd.
Jim Click Shootout
Arizona's star miler, Carlos Villareal, dropped down in distance and pursued a fast 800. He was able to take the win with a time of 1:49.22 and lead two others under the 1:50 barrier.
Runner-up was Ohio State's Alex Lomong who ran 1:49.72 to edge out Arizona mid-distance specialist Collins Kibet who ran 1:49.93 for 3rd.