<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2014 Tufts Last Chance

Tufts Last Chance

At Tufts, March 6th 2014

Full Results

DMR Sklar 3:06.5 10:01.04 3
Melton 48.7
Harrison 1:54.5
Turissini 4:11.1

 

Meet Recap:

On a Thursday night, when normally we would be wrapping up a workout, icing and getting ready to head to dinner, 4 guys instead, threw their hat in the ring for NCAA's as Romey, Matt, Brent and Greg headed to Tufts to look for a fast time in the DMR at the Tufts Last Chance meet. Lining up against 9 other teams - all looking to get across the line fast enough to earn a berth to the NCAA's in Nebraska next weekend - the guys knew that they not only had to run faster then they had earlier in the year, but just as importantly was to beat as many teams as possible in the very strong field. Romey got the race started as our 1200 leg, and the effects of the cold / illness that has been decimating the team these past 2 weeks may have also impacted his race a bit as he struggled off the line, and spent the entire race in 2nd lane and towards the back of the pack trying to fight for space and better positioning as he came through splits of 61.6, 2:04 before handing off in 8th with a 3:06.5 carry. Most will look at the 400 leg as the smallest part of a DMR as it is "only 2 laps" but Melton made his leg perhaps the most important, as he blasted through the opening 200 in 23 flat, and by the time he handed the baton off he had moved through the field all the way to 4th place hammering a 48.7 leg. Brent opened his 800 leg with a 55.6 400, and working up to the shoulder of the 3rd place runner, and then came through the 600 in 1:24.5 just off the pack, and finished strongly to run a 1:54.5 leg and giving Greg the stick in 4th place - with a bit of breathing room from the rest of the field. Greg opened the first lap in 27.5 which was a bit quick, but necessary to get into the front pack, and then the race was one as he went through the 400 in 58, and the 1/2 way mark in a 2:03.5 as he and runners from bates, Buffalo State and St. Lawrence would battle for top honors. The pace started to lag a little bit in the 3rd 400 and while everyone was antsy and starting to get a little slowed up with the 65 second 400, no one was wanting to be the one to try and break it open from that far out. The final 400, and especially the last lap, was where things separated, and with a closing 400 in 62 giving him a 4:11.1 anchor leg, we would finish in 3rd - running 10:01.04. With the conversion used for flat tracks, that time moves us up to 12th on the NCAA Rankings - 12 teams advance to NCAA's, so we will cross our fingers and hope that the time holds up over the weekend and earns the boys an opportunity to race one more time next Friday.