The Denver Track Club had an exceptionally strong return to the USATF Club Nationals this year as we fought and won the hearts of athletes alike.
-Hutton opened up the meet for us with a well-raced 5k. Initially she started with a conservative pace while waiting for her competitors to make a move but she soon found out that she would be doing this race alone. During the last mile she unloaded an incredible amount of fury as she closed the race with a 5:01 mile! Brittni clocked in with a 17:09!!! Great job Brittni!
-Birdsong had a clean start to his 5000m. He maintained his position in the front of the lead pack until his foot began to bother him. Brandon retired from the race in P4 with 3 laps to go in the race–so close… Great effort out there man!
-Amy had an excellent start to her 1500m but was overcome by the New York humidity and heat. Although she was in incredible pain, she gave the race everything she had, and pushed through the finish like a champ. Great job Amy 😀
-Ferede started his record breaking race in second-to-last. Each lap he passed a handful of runners as they began to tire during the event. With 375m to go during the race, he overtook the top Central Park runner and that guy wasn’t happy about it. The CPTC runner began to give chase in a brutal fight to the finish. Ferede’s superior speed and strength served him will in the final stretch as he was able to open up a sizable gap prior to crossing the line. At the conclusion of the race, Ferede had knocked a full second off of the meet record! Excellent work Mesfin!!!
Ruth, the defending steeple champion was up against some serious competition this year. A quarter in to the race it had looked like it was certain that she was going to go home with a bronze until the lead runner became a heat casualty. From that point on, Ruth maintained P2 into the finish. We know you were hurting out there, but thanks for staying strong and earning points for the team. You rock Ruth!!!
-After coaching for hours in the heat and humidity, Ramos took to the 400m. Although she was exhausted and had very little power, she finished her race with absolute courage and determination. Thanks for being a great role model for us Coach Ramos!
-In his signature style, Carlson exploded out of the blocks and roasted the first 300m like it was nobody’s business. Although he had overcooked the first half of the race, he held on for a strong push through the finish line.
-Ruth toed to the line for the 800m but ended up standing idle on a hot track while the officials looked for the break-line cones. Although she was exhausted from the silver medal effort in the 3000s, she fought hard for her fourth place finish in her heat.
-Ferede went unchallenged during his 800m race and was not able to run his absolute fastest as a result. Although it was a fairly uncontested race, Ferede walked off of the track with a new PR of 1:54! Awesomeness X2!!!!
Huge thanks to everyone that has ever contributed to the DTC’s incredible story. It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that we are now closed for business. Goodnight and have a great summer tracksters. DTC signing off 🙂
Be back in August.