36th Sun Angel Classic and 2015 Colorado Invitational

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Photo by John M. Quick (www.johnmquick.com)

36th Sun Angel Classic:
Tempe, Arizona–Last weekend the DTC made it’s first trip to the Arizona desert for some elite competition. Alongside our DTC members were a few familiar Colorado athletes Joe Morris, Jeremy Dodson, Lacey Henderson, Anthony Mallory, as well as many other elite runners!

800m:
Shawn Lindbom and Carl Arnold took to the 800m. Lindbom scored a 6th place finish in the premiere 800m with a time of 1:50:86! Arnold finished 6th in section 2 with 2:00:36.
1500m:
Mesfin Ferede raced his favorite event at this meet and established a new PR of 3:55:20, which is 9 seconds faster than his previous season best! Carl Arnold ran a double at this meet clocking in at 4:04:15! Ferede and Arnold finished in 10th and 14th places respectively.

Outstanding work Men!

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2015 Colorado Invitational
Boulder Colo–The team raced two meets last weekend, while the AZ crew were clocking fast times in the desert, other members held things down at home CU Boulder.

High Jump:
Kyetiil Vicenti competed in her first HJ event of the year clearing 1.52m (4’11”) which was good for 10th overall!
1500m:
Kenny Rennick took five seconds off of his 1500m SB with a 4:11:12. Colorado Mines’  Harry Krantz was determined to take him out with a strong kick at the end of the race but Rennick was able to hold him off in a strong finish.
400m:
Ben Carlson ran an aggressive 400m attacking the first 300m at an all-out pace! Although the second place runner was closing on him, Carlson hung on for the heat win with a 51.73!
100m:
Badger ran 11.63 in the 100m with a 2.4 m/s headwind.
800m:
Ruth Waller is shaping up! She improved her SB clocking in at 2:20 in the 800!
200m:
Badger ran a 23.56 in the 200m.
4x400m:
With a change in Lacey Davis’ work schedule Chris Christoff randomly stepped in to lend our team some help despite running 25 miles over the previous two days. The DTC relay team finished in 7th place with a 3:33.

Why Do Runners Run?

We have all heard the, “Run Forest run” and the, “I don’t run unless I am being chased” jokes that poke fun at runners’ seemingly unexplainable need to run. Different people run for different reasons, so let’s break down a few of them.

I run to be the fastest:
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This is the type of person that was the fastest runner in your P.E. class. It didn’t matter if they were running the 100 yard dash or the mile, this person never lost a race. Chances are, that as an adult, this person is still searching for the ultimate challenge.

I run to go the furthest:
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This is the person at your office that goes out for “runch” during lunch breaks at work. There is no such thing as a bad time to squeeze in a few miles. Inclement weather and extreme temperatures both fear this runner.

I run for fun:
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This runner can often be found crushing races, as long as there is plenty of beer and a good social atmosphere. This person cannot be found if these elements aren’t present.

I run from addiction:
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Running literally saved this person’s life.

I run for the adventure:
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I run to fight depression:
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This is the type of person that will not go down without a fight.

No matter what situation motivates a person to run, it is a physical means of becoming a better version of yourself–one step at a time. When you focus on becoming the best version of yourself, nothing or no one can truly disappoint you because, at the end of the day, you are making progress! Always win, never take losses, keep going!

Badger

2015 CSM Kit Mayer Memorial Open

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Denver TC’s middle distance crew made a statement as 5 athletes swarmed the 1500m last weekend. Other good marks were placed in the 100m, 800m, and 4×400.

1500:
Lindbom, Ferede, and Arnold took to heat 1 of the 1500m. Arnold got out well and took an early lead in the race but decided to rejoin the hesitant field… Ferede became frustrated with the race’s slow pace and lead the race through the second and third laps of the race. After buffering a strong head wind in 80F weather, Ferede was unable to fight off the lead pack and finished 6th overall. Lindbom adopted a risky sit-and-kick strategy that served him well during the race. With a 3 m/s tailwind, Lindbom was able to overtake 4 runners in the final 100m of the race scoring a second place finish! Rennick scored a strong midpack finish in his first 1500m of the season! Christoff  decided to have a bit of fun with heat 3 of the 1500… After staying in last place for the first 3 laps, he somehow succeeded at overtaking every runner in the field for a dramatic victory! Whew…

800:
Waller gave us a scare as she went into the second lap because she looked very fatigued. Despite the pain she dug deep and found a way to increase her pace and overtake the first place runner and leave her in the dust by 4 seconds–classic Ruth :)

100: Badger arrived at the meet after working night shift and mentioned that he was feeling “profoundly tired” but went on to race his 100m anyway. After downing a can of Red Bull he was able to match his 100m PR of 11.2 despite his legs locking up with acid in the final meters.

4×400: The DTC placed 4th overall in the 4×400 with a time of 3:26!

Great job team! We will return to competition on April 11th at the Potts Invitational. See you there!

2015 Jerry Quiller Classic

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Last weekend the NCAA outdoor track season began and the DTC showed up in force! During this meet we recorded many top finishes and season’s best marks.

Javelin:
Kenneth Reichelt was our first athlete to compete in the 2015 outdoor season. Kenny advanced to the final round and placed 8th overall!
Kyetiil Vicenti had a score of successful throws topping out at 31m which was good for 5th overall!

100m:
Dominique Hubert blasted out of the blocks with absolute fury, then cut power at 80m as planned. Despite decelerating for 20m, Hubert took first place overall with a 10.55–INSANE!

800m:
Mesfin Ferede, Shawn Lindbom, and Carl Arnold all raced in the same heat of the 800m! Trouble  made it’s way into the race as Arnold was force to retire because of muscle tightness :( Although Arnold was unable to complete the second lap of his race, automatic timing has him clocking in at 1:59.00– o.O In the face of a few difficulties, Ferede managed to record a season best of 1:57! Shawn Lindbom ran a fast 1:51 taking a heat win and 3rd overall!

Great job team!

Next weekend the DTC will head over to the Colorado School of Mines for some tough middle distance competition. See you there! #GoDenver

More Than Just Athletics

While quietly enjoying lunch, I could not help but overhear a conversation downplaying the importance of athletics in society. Neither of the people in the conversation looked very athletic, so I found their words to be as thought provoking as they were annoying.. As an athlete, it was a challenge to overcome the urge to educate them, but I was able to hang in there and gain some insight.

“Arrogant, entitled, and undereducated” were a few words that were used to describe athletes during this conversation. With viral media shining bad light on athletes: Floyd Mayweather’s literacy, Ray Rice’s domestic violence, and Marshawn Lynch’s interviewing skills, it is understandable why these stereotypes exist. As with any form of prejudice, one simply cannot understand what they don’t know. What is known is the fact that athletes are handsomely paid; many would argue that they are overpaid, but lets examine this closely. Imagine having a job where your mind literally thinks that it will die, then finding the courage to carry on anyway—this is what it feels like to push the limits of the human body. The reality of this is that not many people are willing to do these things and athletes are aware of that. Does this make them arrogant or feel entitled? For some of them, yes. As with society, athletes come from differing walks of life, we are your: policemen, firemen, businessmen, doctors, educators, soldiers, and lawyers—you cannot judge an athlete by their title alone.

“I pulled my kids out of sports because I didn’t want them to become assholes.” We all have a friend that dreams big but never follows through; chances are that this person is not an athlete. Athletes are instilled with the discipline and strong work ethic that it takes to become successful in life, no matter how lofty their lives’ goals might be. Athletes also learn the value of teamwork, self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and how to cope with success and failure. Prior to becoming an athlete, I was the type of person that would tell myself that I was not good enough to achieve anything significant in life. Through my journey into athletics I learned how to have the courage and discipline to achieve great things. If it were not for athletics I would not think that I would be good enough to write this article. I wish I had learned these things at an earlier age, but it is not too late for me to reach my true potential in life.

Athletics is essential for American society because it teaches us the hard work, discomfort, and discipline that are required to be called the very best. Let’s claim victory over obesity, entitlement, stagnation, and the lack of innovation today. Grab your running shoes, dream big, and help reignite the American spirit through hard work and sheer dominance!

Badger
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