Ole Miss star Waleed Suliman was back in action this past weekend for his season debut. The sophomore took home the win in a strong time of 1:49.19 to hold off in-state rival Daniel Nixon of Mississippi State who ran 1:49.92 for 2nd. Fellow Ole Miss sophomores John Rivera and Griffin Riley finished 3rd and 4th with a pair of 1:50's.
The top three men in this race were with the pro group Furman Elite. The top collegiate finisher was Derek Gutierrez (Ole Miss) who finished 4th overall with a time of 4:03.23. He was closely followed by Georgia Tech's Avery Bartlett who ran 4:03.61 to finish as the next best collegiate. Both of these men have been posting impressive results in their first few weeks of competition this season. They will certainly be names to watch later in the season.
Kigen Chemadi (MTSU), Nahom Solomon (Georgia Tech), and Jacob Choge (MTSU) took the next three spots with times of 4:04.06, 4:06.40, and 4:07.54, respectively.
Michael Coccia (Ole Miss) held off Andrew Kent (Georgia Tech) for the win, 8:11 to 8:12.
The Belmont brother duo of Jacob and Kaleb McLeod were the top two finishers with times of 14:32 and 14:41, respectively. They led five others under the 15 minute barrier.
It finally happened! After coming so painstakingly close in 2018, Alex Rogers (Texas) has finally dipped under the 4 minute mile barrier. The Longhorn veteran was victorious in a time of 3:59.01. Teammate Sam Worley ran 4:02.22 for 2nd. Right now, Texas is looking very dangerous when it comes to a potential DMR.
The top two collegiate finishers were Kentucky's Ben Young and Brennan Fields. Young was 2nd overall with an 8:17 while Fields ran 8:21 for 2nd.
Larry Wieczorek Invite
Illinois' Konrad Eiring was able to hold off Iowa's Tysen VanDraska for the win, 2:26.10 to 2:26.17. Baylor freshman Jake Merrell was 3rd in 2:27.83 while Iowa State redshirt freshman Milo Greder was 4th in 2:28.08.
It was a star-studded mile field in Iowa as we got to see Jonathan Davis (Illinois) and Carlos Villarreal (Arizona) go at it in a head-to-head matchup. Davis would walk away as the event winner with an NCAA leading time of 3:58.06. Villarreal was close behind in 2nd with a time of 4:00.36.
Festus Lagat (Iowa State) was 3rd in 4:01.36 while Olin Hacker (Wisconsin) earned a big personal best of 4:01.82 for 4th. Veterans Dan Curts (Iowa State) and Nathan Mylenek (Iowa) rounded out the top finishers with times of 4:04.70 and 4:04.97, respectively.
Many of our writers have suspected Davis to pursue the 3000 meters this season at Nationals. However, it's very possible that he may attempt to qualify in the mile instead. Maybe both? We will have to wait and see...
In one of the biggest upsets of the weekend, Missouri's Kieran Wood edged out Iowa State's Andrew Jordan for the win, 8:04.03 to 8:04.25. Recent Florida A&M transfer David Too (Iowa State) was 3rd in 8:09.
Lumberjack Team Challenge
At nearly 6800 feet of altitude, Southern Utah's Kasey Knevelbaard crossed the line in 1st with a time of 4:10. Teammate George Espino was runner-up in 4:13. After altitude conversions, Knevelbaard's time becomes 4:00.95 while Espino earns a time of 4:04.08.
SDSU Jim Emmerich / Alumni Invite
After a strong mile performance last weekend, South Dakota State's Kyle Burdick was able to secure yet another win with a time of 8:08 this past weekend (NCAA #6). So far, Burdick is showing off some respectable range.
Notre Dame Invite
Jack Anstey (Illinois State) continues his strong start to the 2019 indoor season with yet another win. This past weekend, Antsey ran 2:23.58 to hold off Notre Dame freshman Dylan Jacobs who ran 2:24.22 for 2nd. Samuel Voelz was 3rd in 2:25.92.
Duke's Matt Wisner returned to the half-mile distance with a winning time of 1:50.50.
Matthew Harding, the transfer from UNC-Asheville, made his indoor track debut with Virginia Tech and was able to walk away with the win. His time of 2:25.41 was enough to hold off Duke's Matt Wisner (2:26.23) and teammate Diego Zarate (2:26.48).
It was a very deep race as a total of 10 men dipped under the 4:10 mark. NC State's Joe Bistritz was the top collegiate in a time of 4:04.39. Tennessee's Zach Long dropped down in distance to work on his speed and produced a time of 4:05.98 for 4th overall (he was the 2nd best collegiate). Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Bashir Mosavel-Lo was the last man to run under 4:06 with a time of 4:05.99.
Simmon-Harvey BIG 10 Invite
One of the most impressive performances of the weekend was Cole Johnson's win in the 800 meters. Not because of the time, but because of the execution. On national television, in his collegiate debut, true freshman Cole Johnson showed exceptional poise. He was able to take home the win in a time of 1:52.33, out-leaning Penn State's Gary Ross at the line. It may be just one race, but it was extremely well done.
Justine Kiprotich hasn't always been known for having success during the indoor season, but the Michigan State senior was able to place 1st overall this past weekend. With a time of 4:04.51, Kiprotich was able to hold off Michigan's Ben Hill (4:05.64) and John Aho (4:06.64). Penn State's Tim McGowan and Owen Wing rounded out the top five with times of 4:08.20 and 4:09.95, respectively.
Michigan State's Morgan Beadlescomb and Nebraska's George Kusche toed the line for a superb matchup this past weekend. In the end, Beadlescomb would take home the win in a time of 8:08.49 while Kusche (a freshman) was runner-up in 8:08.89.
The Bradley men went back to work this past weekend as Haran Dunderdale (4:05) and Michael Ward (4:06) took the top two spots in the mile. Keep an eye on the Braves as a potential threat in the DMR. They have a number of talented individuals who could make some noise this season.
One of the most pleasant surprises of the 2019 indoor season so far has been Indiana's Daniel Michalski. After running personal bests of 1:54, 4:04, and 14:08 earlier this season, Michalski was able to add an 8:06 PR to that list (as well as a win).
Indiana freshman Dustin Horter (running unattached) was runner-up in a time of 8:14.04. That was enough to hold off Cincinnati's Aaron Bienenfeld who ran 8:14.21.
Air Force Team Indoor Challenge
Half-mile specialist Michael Rhoads returned to the track with a win in a time of 1:51.47 to hold off BYU's Patrick Parker (1:51.71) and Marcus Dickson (1:51.94). After altitude conversions, Rhoads now has a time of 1:50.17. The BYU duo also had their times convert to sub-1:51 efforts.