The end of the season is finally here, so I thought I’d do a mock meet based on everyone’s fastest times this season. The website http://www.tfrrs.org/ acts as a database that collects all results from NCAA track meets. The Capital Athletic Conference uses this website to enter out times every week which gives everyone in the conference a good resource to check out the competition for the meet. Below I’ve compiled every event and put green marks next to a UMW athlete (or relay) that is expected to score at the conference champtionship this weekend and a red mark next to everyone who is expected to miss the scoring positions (top 6). Obviously the rankings are not exact, and anything can happen on raceday, but I always find it fun to predict how we will do.
event – expected points – explanation
4×100 – 1 -The 4x100m relay team posted a best time of 44.21 at the Johns Hopkins meet on April 14th. The team did not get a chance to run the event often, so we’re hoping they can grab a few more points.
4×400 – 3 -The 4x400m relay team has had a bunch of different sprinters and middle distance runners on it throughout the season, and ran it’s best time of 3:32.53 on March 23rd. With individual 400 times showing that they can go faster, this is another event where we’re hoping to score some more points.
400 – 2 -Allan Meyer had a great race at Johns Hopkins Three weeks ago and currently sits in 5th on the rankings with a 50.97 for the 400m. He could also potentially join the exclusive group of only 2 UMW runners ever under the 50 second barrier in the event.
800 – 3 -The 800m is an event where literally anything could happen. Right now we’re only supposed to score 3 points, with a 5th and 6th place finish, but we have 4 guys in the top 8 and any of them could finish in the top 3. This event will definitely determine how we fair as a team, because we could score a lot of points and take a lot away from our closest competitors.
1500- 8 -Stephen Harrison is currently placed 3rd in the event and I’m ranked 5th, but due to my hamstring injury I’ll only be running the 5000. It’s very possible that one of our other guys moves up and scores points in this event though, so we should still score well here.
3000Steeple – 12 -Right now we’re seeded 2nd and 4th in this, and should get at least 12 points. Chris Marino is one of only two in the conference that have broken 10 minutes, with a time of 9:51 at the Commonwealth Duals 5 weeks back.
10000 – 1 -Right now Quincy Schmidt is our only runner with a 10k seed, but we’re expecting to have some other runners in the scoring positions as well. (and yes some people actually race 25 laps…even I think it’s boring to watch for the first half, and I’m a distance runner)
Based off of this, we’re expected to score only 68 points (which much lower than our last year total of 130.33). Although that may look dismal, it’s largely due to the fact that the level of competition in the Capital Athletic Conference has risen GREATLY. In many events the winning times/distances from a few years ago wouldn’t even score points in this meet. It’s a bit demoralizing to finish lower than previous UMW teams, but at the same time exciting to be a part of the rise of the conference. Personally, I would be very happy if we could finish in the top 3, which we just missed out on indoor to Frostburg State (who will be hosting the Outdoor Championships).
As I noted above and in a previous post, I’ve been dealing with a lingering hamstring injury that doesn’t seem to completely go away. It’s not too bad right now, as I’m still able to run a bit, but not being able to be my best or train as hard as I can always gets me feeling a bit down. I came across this picture from Seinfeld and though it accurately portrayed my feeling of “worthlessness” haha-
Stay tuned for the post-meet wrap up.