2016 CSM Twilight Classic
Our 2016 season had a small start, but it appears that we have hit our stride at this year’s CSM Twilight Classic. With 12 athletes scheduled, this was certainly our largest meet to date!
Our meet began with the 5000m. On the women’s side Danielle Magargee led our group early on by pushing the pace through the first mile. During the second mile, Magargee relinquished the lead to her teammate Sophia Galleher who was later overtaken by Yianna Antonopoulos. Shortly after taking the lead, she was challenged by Samantha Barela (Johnson & Wales), her rival from the cross country season. Yianna had close races in the past, but never lost to Samantha. Unfortunately, she could not hold on for the win this time… Our women’s finishing order: Yianna 2nd, Sophie Galleher 3rd, Magargee 5th, and Derschang 6th. Great teamwork ladies!
On the men’s side Jeo Mendez traded positions with Chris Davis (Metro State) and eventually bested him for a 4th overall finish. The results are incorrect because a mistake with the lap counter…
The next event was the men’s and women’s mile. First up was Ruth Waller who was unsure about her fitness for the race. In a typical “Ruth” fashion, her start was a cause for concern, but later came back to punish the field with her speed! Ruth went on to place 2nd overall. Micah Dettmer held things down on the men’s side. Early on, he sensed that the pace was too fast so he conserved and made his moves as the others began to tire. Dettmer finished in 9th overall!
Our final event of the day was the 800 meters! Leading #Team800 was Ruth Waller again! Still fatigued from the mile, Ruth set out for an easy race in section 4 where she took command and won by more than 8 seconds! Mesfin Ferede was the first of our men to see action in the 800m. Mesfin did not fear a fast pace so he and the others covered the first 400m in 56 seconds! After a blazing fast 400m split, all of the runners had gotten themselves tied up, but Ferede stayed strong for a 3rd place finish in heat 2! Next up was Ryan Parker and Sanders. Parker went for a spectacular heat win with a fast kick, and Sanders placed 5th!
Great job DTC! Our next meet will be on February 20th, and also held at the Colorado School of Mines. We will see you there!
2016 Potts Indoor Invitational
There was much excitement about the opportunity to race at Colorado’s new state-of-the-art facility. Unfortunately this excitement turned to disappointment when the University of Colorado was forced to hold the 2016 Potts Indoor Invitational at their outdated, 78 year old Balch Fieldhouse. Many teams decided to cancel their plans to attend the meet, but our DTC members stayed committed to supporting the University of Colorado.
The 60 meters was our first event contested at this meet. Returning from a hamstring injury that ended his 2015 season prematurely, Badger’s only goal for the meet was to stay injury free. He went on to finish 11th overall and remained injury free!
Our second event of the day was the 400 meters, which was raced by Sanders. Also returning from injury (plantar fasciitis) he lost a little bit of explosiveness from his start and he was the slowest out of the blocks. As the race progressed he made his way around his competitors and was closing quickly on the first place runner, but was unable to reel him in.
The DTC concluded the meet with two strong performances in the 800 meters. In heat 1 Chris Christoff decided to use wait until the last lap to outkick two of his competitors which allowed him to finish in 3rd overall! In heat 2 Ryan Parker got his first taste of 800m action in two years! Moving back down from long road races, Ryan was fit for the race aerobically but struggled to get more work out of his anaerobic system. We are proud of Ryan for maintaining his position against an aggressive runner that was determined to take him down.
Way to “Team 800”! We were able to score 3rd overall in the points! Next week 12 athletes will travel to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado to compete in our first Division 2 meet of the season. #GoDenver
2016 Air Force Open
Snowy conditions dominated the Colorado evening, but that did not deter DTC athletes from competing at the 2016 Air Force Open. Our 800m/1500m runners all ran the 3000m as a tune up to gauge their fitness…
Our meet was opened by Ruth Waller-Liddle and Megan Derschang who took their 2nd and 4th place finishing positions early in the race.
The men’s race was a bit more dramatic. Micah Dettmer surged hard and held on, while Mesfin Ferede ran a controlled race and closed hard. Our men finished side-by-side with Ferede taking 3rd and Dettmer taking 4th.
Our athletes did an excellent job at Air force last weekend. On January 16th we will travel to Boulder, Colorado for the Potts Indoor Invitational hosted by the University of Colorado.
December has begun and the DTC’s distance team continued to produce strong performances across the Colorado Front Range, and Tucson.
-Yianna Antonopoulos brought us another victory at the Fa La La Half-Marathon.
-Siouxsie Owen placed 5th overall at the Tucson Half-Marathon.
Air Force Holiday:
Micah Dettmer took on a squad of ASU runners in the 3000m and finished 5th overall. Carl Arnold placed 5th overall in the 1000m. Michael Lewis is our masters 800m runner, he raced his first collegiate meet since 90’s!
On Saturday Brandon Birdsong ran a total of 28 miles and still managed to win both events at the Santa Stampede, the 5k and 10k. Birdsong was already 16 miles into his training day at the beginning of the 10k, but he still managed to take down Kenny Foster!
Great job team!
Late Fall Race Recap
Overall, the fall season of 2015 had been great for us. From late October to November 30th, We participated in numerous events on the world’s roads, tracks, and golf courses:
-November 21st: The 21st was a busy day for the DTC, we raced at the Colorado Club XC Championships and the Pumpkin Pie 5k. At the XC Champs Yianna ran a strong race and placed 4th overall! Continuing the success, Dettmer led the charge with a third place finish as Christoff and Bedure kept close, which allowed for us to secure enough points win the Club XC Championships!
Danielle Magargee and Jenny Burke both ran well at the Pumpkin Pie 5k. Magargee placed 4th overall and won her age group, and Burke had a tough race while trying to fully recover from the flu, but she gave it everything that she had. Great work Team Denver!
-November 26th: Thanksgiving is normally a day where people take time to reflect on what they are thankful for, but for Lavietes, Birdsong, and Magargee, they were busy creating more reasons to be thankful; #Winnen Rebecca Lavietes finished 1st overall at the Pequot Turkey Trot in Connecticut, Birdsong came in 3rd overall at the RBC Turkey Trot in Fort Collins, and Magargee got another 4th place finish at a Turkey Trot in Michigan. Nicely done pals! #GoDenver
As we look forward to the 2016 road and track seasons, we have a lot to look forward to! Our distance team continues to grow, and our middle distance program is stronger than ever. We are thankful for the opportunity to share our story with everyone. 2015 was good, but 2016 looks to be even better!