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!

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DTC Scores 12 medals at USATF Regionals!

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800m: Lindbom and Mesfin dominated the open class of the 800m earning Gold and Silver medals respectively! Great 1-2 finish men! #GoRuth Ran a great 800m race scoring gold as well!!!

60m: Although a pushy race official knocked Hubert off of his game, he still won gold, and established a new team record of 6.70 seconds! Badger ran a season best time of 7.33. Stevens clocked an 8.60 for her first go at the 60m–stay tuned for her progress this season!

Mile: Undertaking a tough double, Ruth fought her way to a difficult win in the mile. Lindbom dominated the mile clocking in at an impressive 4:13 at 7,000ft elevation!

200m: Stevens’ superior endurance allowed her to win an intense battle between herself and a Colorado College sprinter! Stevens warned bronze in this event! Great Job!!!
Badger got out with a great start but became distracted with the tracks layout and ran at 80% for 1/3 of the race. After regaining his sense of distance he was able to salvage the race and earn a bronze medal!

400m: Lindbom was at it again! This time he decided to use the sit and kick strategy which helped him come away with another gold medal race!

4x250m: Our coed team had no room for error during this relay because we had to face Colorado College men’s team. Leg 1 was Hubert who ran our fastest leg opening a 20m gap between us and CC’s men. Leg 2 was handled by Thal Woods who ran another fast leg and widened the gap even further! Leg 3 was Badger who attacked the final 100m aggressively and almost overshot leg 4 in the exchange zone. Leg 4 After a shaky exchange Stevens ran strong even splits, but the CC men’s anchor was closing in fast. With 50m to go the CC anchor, with fiery determination, got within a meter of Stevens but his legs locked up with acid, which allowed Stevens to slip away with a narrow victory.

Great job DTC!!!!

2015 Joe Davies Open

IMG_7611This week the DTC took a short trip over to Golden, Colorado for some intense racing.

5000m:
Following a workout the day prior, Coach Simmons was off to a great start in the 5000m, but soon disaster struck. Partway through the race he nearly lost his shoe and was forced to tie them in the middle of his race. Although his race was met with a few difficulties, Simmons managed to clock in a 16 minute race!

60m:
Davis made an impressive debut in the 60m taking an early lead in his heat of the 60, but got edged out by two other runners during the last few meters of the race…
Learning from his previous races, Jones had a great race bettering his PR by .05 seconds! Now under Coach Rogers’ direction, we believe that Jones will be the athlete to watch for this season!

800m:
The 800 is where Majority of DTC’s racing took place. First up was Willett and LePage who ran against each other in an intense battle. Early in the race Willett took the lead but was passed by LePage at the 300m mark. In the closing moments of the race Willet was able to regain the lead, edging out LePage by a hair.
Next up was Christoff who ran a great race and placed 4th in his heat! Christ also managed to drop a full second off of the time he posted last week for an altitude converted time of 1:58!
Inappropriately seeded by CSM staff, Mesfin ran an uncontested race. Great focus man!
After training for the 100m last year, Badger decided to try and get his lungs back with an 800m race. With a rocket sprint start off of the gun, Badger quickly gained command of the race but was quickly overtaken because of his lack of endurance–nice try. lol

4×400:
DTC’s 4×400 squad was facing two sub 3:20 teams at this meet so our guys definitely had their work cut out for them. On leg 1, Mesfin came out of the blocks with a great start as he faced off against the other team’s fastest runners. Getting the stick in a very close 3rd place Sanders maintained our team’s position as he handed off to LePage. LePage ran a strong 3rd leg, closing the gap, and even attempted to pass at one point, but was unsuccessful–we remained in third. Lastly, Willett got the baton with a clean exchange and was off to a great start. At that point that we thought that were doomed to third place, BUT Willett was able to close the gap and make a pass during the last 50m of the race!!!!!!! Great Job men!!!!

Rock-N-Roll New Orleans 10k:
Huge congratulations to Ruth who won 1st place overall in the RnR 10K!!! Way to go Ruth!

2015 Potts Indoor Invite

Good times were posted all around as Denver Track Club shut down the Balch Fieldhouse during it’s final NCAA meet.
60m:
The meet was opened up with Badger 60m who placed 12th overall.
Mile:
Next up was Willett and LePage in the mile. Going out conservatively our guys ran intelligently and executed their races as planned. Most notable is Willett who overtook CSM’s Patrick Weaver in a sprint for the win! Willett clocked an impressive early-season 4:22 in the mile at Balch Fieldhouse!
400m:
Rennick, Testing his fitness for the 800m, Rennick ran a strong 400m placing in 9th overall!
600yd:
Also testing his fitness was Sanders who placed 7th overall!
800m:
Not to be outdone by Willet’s 4:22, LePage exploded from the start line and opened up a gap so big that there was no hope of anyone catching him in the race. DTC also took second place with Christoff holding his position against an aggressive Boulder Track Club runner. Tired from his hard effort in the mile, Willett placed 5th overall…
200m:
The plan was for Willett and LePage to run this race at 80% while focusing on form, but was turned into a tie breaker–thanks to Sanders’ trash talk. lol Coming off of turn one, and going faster than hell, we knew that these guys weren’t going to take this one easy. They both finished their 200m in 24 seconds, which was on par with the fastest sprinters at the meet–Incredible!!!

Quicker Quaker 5k:
Congrats to coach Simmons who placed 5th overall with a time of 14:44 as well as Dan Spale who placed 15th with a 15:40! Now that is smoking fast!

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