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!!!!
This week the DTC took a short trip over to Golden, Colorado for some intense racing.
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!
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!
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
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!
Good times were posted all around as Denver Track Club shut down the Balch Fieldhouse during it’s final NCAA meet.
The meet was opened up with Badger 60m who placed 12th overall.
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!
Rennick, Testing his fitness for the 800m, Rennick ran a strong 400m placing in 9th overall!
Also testing his fitness was Sanders who placed 7th overall!
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…
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!
Great job DTC!!!!!!!
The DTC started day two in sixth place in the championship standings and our mission was to take fifth. This was a tall order for our two points runners Ruth Waller and Olivia Long, but they were up to the challenge.
3k Steeple: Waller started the race a bit fatigued day one’s SB effort in the 800 but she became stronger as each lap passed. Partway through the race Waller overtook the first place runner who was not willing to give her position away so easily. Ruth’s opponent fought hard but a mishap in the steeple pit placed Waller command of the race. Another race, another Runnerspace interview, and a gold medal for Ruth!
5000m: Olivia was in terrible shape after getting injured during the 10,000m the previous night but she decided to carry on and try to score points for the team. Although she was down on power and turnover, Long walked off of the track with a new PR of 19:08!
400mh: Prior to the race Waller joked that she was going to get a silver to match her gold and bronze medals and that’s what happened! Starting out the race, Ashley Karnick of M.M.T.C. seemed as if she were too fast for Waller to beat but as the race progressed Karnick began to tire. Down the back stretch Waller began to reel Karnick in like a rubber band that just lost it’s tension. By the end of the race Waller closed a 15m gap and fought hard for another goal but unfortunately she was edged out by .10 seconds. had there been another 3 to 5 meters it would’ve been another gold for Waller. Another race, another Runnerspace interview, and a silver medal for Ruth!
Coed 4×400: Badger hadn’t trained for the 400m but was able to run a good first leg, setting a new PR of 52.4. Mesfin ran an aggressive second leg, improving the pace that Badger had already set. Next up was Anthony Robertson of Zenith Track Club that ran fast, even splits to help us out. Ramos ran a hard anchor leg, which more than made up for time lost during a scary exchange. The co-ed 4×400 clocked in at 3:53, which is a great time considering DTC had a men’s team run 3:47 before!