The Outdoor Track season is officially underway after this weekend, where we hosted the Battleground relays. The meet wasn’t too big this year, with about 7-10 teams in attendance. Overall it was a pretty positive meet for the team, with everyone running pretty well. The weather was pretty contrasting during the two days, with Friday being a very sunny afternoon and Saturday being overcast and rainy all day. I’d say the two performances that stood out Friday were Stephen Harrison running a solo (no one around to help push the pace or take over the lead occasionally) 8:54 in the 3000m and the plethora of solid 800 runs by the members of the two 4x800m relays, that went 7:59 and 8:12. Saturday’s best race was probably the 1500, where Stephen Harrison and freshman Will Green battled in the 1500 down to the wire, with Will coming from behind to win in the last 50 meters (both ran 4:06, which is equivalent to about a 4:24 full mile). I ran the 1600m leg of the distance medley relay (a relay that consists of 4 people, running 1200-400-800-1600m legs), and was able to get the win with a team time of 10:35 and split of 4:25. Another promising race to watch was the 4x400m relay, where our sprinter team took home first place out of the collegiate entries with a time of 3:32.
After browsing some of the time’s of other schools in our conference (Capital Athletic Conference – http://www.cacsports.com/sports/mtrack/index) it looks like this is probably the most competitive the conference has ever been in the middle distance and distance events. Our meet mainly consisted of relays, so it’s hard to judge exactly where we’re at, but I’m looking forward to see what kind of times we can run at next week’s “Commonwealth Duals” at Christopher Newport University.