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!