Camel City Elite
The Camel City Elite meet in North Carolina produced some admirable results, especially when you add in the flat-track conversions. Clayton Murphy was able to secure a flat-track world record of 1:45.92 and dragged a few collegiates to some fast times in the process.
Duke's Matt Wisner was the top collegiate and 3rd overall in a time of 1:49.22 while Virginia Tech's redshirt freshman Bashir Mosavel-Lo finished close behind in 1:49.46. After conversions, Wisner now owns the #8 time in the country with a 1:47.68 while Mosavel-Lo is #9 at 1:47.92. Those times should be enough to qualify for Nationals, but it will be close.
Regardless, these are strong results, especially for Wisner who has matured into a reliable ace for the Blue Devils.
Edward Cheeserek led the way, dominating the field with a 3:55. However, Virginia Tech's Diego Zarate was able to find some success of his own. He finished runner-up in a time of 4:03.37 which would eventually convert to a 4:00.31. Kentucky's sub-four miler Ben Young kept things interesting with a 4:04.11 while Iowa State's Festus Lagat was close behind in 4:04.99. Both of those times convert to 4:01.
The 3000 meters turned out to be one of the more exciting events of the evening as a slew of top-tier distance runners toed the line. The 2016 NCAA Cross Country champion (Patrick Tiernan) took home the win in 7:48 and led a number of collegiates to strong times.
The top collegiate was Eastern Kentucky's James Sugira who finished in a time of 7:58. He was closely followed by Edwin Kurgat (Iowa State) and Peter Seufer (Virginia Tech) who each ran 7:59. After conversions, Sugira now owns one of the fastest times in the country with a converted 7:52 (NCAA #9). Meanwhile, Kurgat and Seufer were able to secure times of 7:53 (NCAA #11) and 7:54 (NCAA #12), respectively.
Last year's top 16 cut-off for Nationals in the 3000 meters was 7:53.37. With the Husky Invite and Iowa State Classic still on deck, expect this year's qualifying mark to be lowered closer to 7:51 high / 7:52 low.
National qualifying aside, these are three exceptional performances from men who had breakout cross country seasons. There were questions as to whether or not they could translate their fitness from the grass to the track, but no one will be doubting them from here on out.
NC State's Ian Shanklin also had a nice race, finishing as the fourth-best collegiate in a time of 8:09 which converted to 8:03.
Power 5 Invite
Georgia Tech's mid-distance specialist Avery Bartlett took home the win in a time of 1:49.02 which was enough to hold off Pittsburgh's Drew Glick who ran 1:51.27 for 2nd.
Kansas' Dylan Hodgson edged out Georgia Tech's Nahom Solomon for the victory, 4:08.23 to 4:08.67. Indiana's Josephy Murphy closed out the top three in 4:08.88.
Indiana's Bryce Millar battled with Louisville youngster Emmanuel Cheboson. Millar crossed the line in 1st, holding off Cheboson 14:17.57 to 14:17.81.
Frank Sevigne Husker Invite
In one of the best matchups of the weekend, we got to see Nebraska phenom George Kusche go head-to-head with Missouri's Kieran Wood. Entering the race, there was plenty of hype in regards to the potential sub-four we could see from Kusche, a freshman from South Africa.
In a race that got the crowd to it's feet, Kusche and Wood charged down the final straightaway. The end result would Kusche in 1st and Wood in 2nd, both running under the legendary four minute mark. Kusche's time of 3:59.61 (NCAA #11) was enough to edge Wood who ran 3:59.64 (NCAA #12).
For Kusche, this time validates the impressive performances we saw from him during cross country. From an outsider's perspective, Kusche has given Nebraska a spark that they have desparetely needed for quite some time now.
As for Kieran Wood, this is a phenomenal performance which shows that beating Iowa State's Andrew Jordan earlier this season was no fluke. Much like Kusche, the sophomore is giving life to a Missouri team that has suddenly developed some depth. Freshman Martin Prodanov and sophomore Dustan Davidson also had big races, posting times of 4:03 and 4:07, respectively. Not bad for a pair of underclassmen. If you're looking for an underrated distance program with a bright future, keep your eye on the Missouri Tigers.
After Kusche and Wood, we saw Drake's Kevin Kelly and Illinois' Jesse Reiser cross the line, each running a time of 4:01. They contributed to what was (arguably) the deepest race of the weekend.
Bruce Lehane Scarlet & White Invitational
In a relatively deep field, Harvard's Myles Marshall made his season debut for 800 meters. Marshall ran a respectable 1:49.27 to secure the win over a handful of professionals. UMass Lowell's Sean Munnelly dipped under 1:50 for the fifth time in his career, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 1:49.73.
Canadian Sebastian Saville (University of Ottawa) and George Mason's Blaine Lacy also ran a pair of 1:49's to round out the top five.
Stephen Evans (University of Ottawa) was the top finisher thanks to a blistering kick. His time of 2:25.78 was enough to hold off Lehigh's Kyle Berman and Sean Brown who rounded out the top three with times of 2:25.96 and 2:26.81, respectively (in a separate heat).
The field produced two sub-four minute performances from a pair of professionals, but the top collegiate was unable to break the barrier. Iowa State's Dan Curts ran a respectable race, but was unable to hang with the leaders, finishing 3rd in 4:00.56. While it must be frustrating to not break the four minute barrier, Curts can find comfort in the fact that he still has a few more big-race opportunities left in the season.
Finishing 7th overall out of the non-invite heat was Penn's Colin Daly who ran a big personal best. His time of 4:03.65 bettered his previous PR of 4:05.19 which was also run at Boston in 2018. It looks like Daly might be able to contend with Columbia's Sam Ritz for the Ivy League mile title later this month.
Georgetown's Jack Salisbury and Lehigh's Matt Kravitz rounded out the top 10 with times of 4:04.39 and 4:05.69, respectively. Salisbury was likely aiming for a mark closer to four minutes, but you have to appreciate how he has matured as a competitor who can consistently run top times. A sub-four mile may not be in the cards for 2019, but he's certainly moving in the right direction.
As for Matt Kravitz, he'll shake things up in the Patriot League later this month. His new personal best will make him a legitimate title contender against guys like Keegan Smith (Army), Jake Brophy (Navy), Jacob Stupak (Bucknell), and a number of men from Boston University.
Mountain T's Invite
The NAU men showed off their ability to drop down in distance with a handful of strong mile performances. Geordie Beamish was the top finisher in a time of 4:06. He was followed by teammates Luis Grijalva and (4:07 high) and Tyler Day (4:09). Southern Utah's George Espino was 4th in a time of 4:09.92.
Keep in mind that these times were run at nearly 7000 feet of altitude. Therefore, the conversions give these men times of 3:57.99 (Beamish), 3:58.92 (Grijalva), 4:00.18 (Day), and 4:00.36 (Espino). Beamish's time is now the new NCAA leader while Grijalva is now sits at #5.
Unlike the 800 or 3000 meters, it feels like the this year's mile field doesn't have the same amount of depth like we've seen in years past. Obviously, the qualifying marks for Nationals will continue to get faster, but it feels like 3:58 high could make it into the national meet this year. 3:57.64 is what it took to guarantee a spot to Nationals last year.
The Adams State men went to work this past weekend, taking the top two collegiate spots in this race. Elias Gedyon and Austin Anaya each ran a pair of 4:06's which converts to just over 4:00. As expected, the Grizzly duo have entered the DII national title conversation.
How about Colorado State freshman Michael Mooney? After an impressive season opener where he ran unattached, the CSU coaching staff must have decided that he was fit enough to run in a Ram's singlet. Mooney was the top finisher in his heat with a time of 4:11 which converts to 4:05.20.
Colorado's Joe Klecker gave us the race of the weekend. The Buffalo ace threw down a winning time of 8:01 (at 5300 feet of altitude). After conversions, Klecker has now secured the time top time in the NCAA with a jaw-dropping 7:48.32, besting Oliver Hoare's time of 7:48.81.
Regardless of whether or not you believe in the conversions, Klecker's performance shows us that he has taken his fitness to another level. It's time to put him in the title conversation for March.
After Klecker, we saw former Buffalo Morgan Pearson (now of Tinman Elite) and teammates Ethan Gonzales and John Dressel take the next three spots. Gonzales and Dressel each ran times of 8:16 and 8:19 which convert to 8:03 and 8:05, respectively.
Wyoming's Christopher Henry rounded out the top five with a converted time of 8:05.
It was a battle between Adams State and Northern Colorado in this one. The ASU duo of Kale Adams Danny Dominguez went 1-2, each running a pair of 14:56's. They were able to hold off Northern Colorado's Josh Campbell (14:56) and Stephen Haas (14:59).
After conversions, Adams and Dominguez were gives times of 14:29 and 14:30, respectively. Campbell and Haas earned conversions of 14:30 and 14:33.
Notre Dame Meyo Invite
In one of the tightest races of the weekend, we got to see four men finish within one second of each other. Notre Dame's Yared Nuguse was the winner on his home track in a time of 4:01.10. Eastern Michigan's Owen Day and Miami (Ohio)'s Sean Torpy rounded out the top three with times of 4:01.25 and 4:01.81.
In total, 20 men ran under 4:10 in this race.
Indiana State's Akis Medrano took the win over Notre Dame's Kevin Salvano, 14:19 to 14:21.