With the regular season Association meets in the books, both divisions are brought together to get those post-season qualifying marks. After running 3:36 a few weeks ago, and with soph Robert Wilson’s 53.71 putting himself on the squad, on paper we should be able to hit the 4×4 flat track cut-off of 3:33.23. We run a different order when going for the win vs. going for time. Racing the clock, Wilson’s 53.5 kept us close enough to the front, Wright’s 51.8 brought in a slight lead, Johnson’s 51.8 (only his 2nd 400 ever) blew it open and Brendan Cantos’ PR equaling 54.5 anchor. 3:32.24. That ranks 20th in the state and they take 24 teams. We’ll have to see if it holds up.
Nathan Leung dropped a full 9 sec off his mile PR (4:36.65) up at Ocean Breeze but to make the Meet of Champs, you have to do it in an Association meet! He’d have to do it again to get under the cut-off of 4:40.24. Working from the back and sticking to his splits, Nate did a great job watching the track-side digital clock and kicked it in with 4:37.05, well under the standard.
In the 3000, Sam Klugherz and Josh Chaiken worked together for 12 of the 15 laps, both hoping to PR here. Sam wasn’t able to match Josh’s surge over the last 2 laps but still managed to run close to his PR. Josh’s 9:38.74 knocked a full 13 sec from his previous best of 9:51.28 back in December.
Rasheed Wright came close to the State Standard of 51.78 with his 52.03 (another shot at MOC), and Ahmir needs to get his TJ back into the 48’s to win states, 46-9.5 here for 2nd place