Friday, May 4, 2012

Terps Highlight Terps Twilight

With many teams heading to conference meets this weekend, the Jim Kehoe Twilight Meet was basically Terps vs Unattached. Now in its 4th year, it was another great evening of racing around the oval, with calm, slightly humid conditions leading to some great performances.

In the Jim Kehoe Men's 800m, Greg Jubb absolutely lit up the track, winning in 1:50.60 on even splits of 55. Incredible race for Greg, who now may extend his season to the Swarthmore Tuppeny Twilight in two Mondays. Louis Foudos was disappointed to not crack 2, instead finishing at 2:01.74. GRC's Chuck Kascur ran a terrific 1:54.08, and Ryan Witters was right behind in 1:54.37.

Next up was the 1500m, where Chris Snyder had his best race of the season, breaking 4 (3:59.74). Tristram Thomas ran another consistent race, crossing in 4:00.47. In heat 2, Tim Burns and Arjun Majumdar both looked a little tired, running 4:14.03 and 4:22.77, respectively. In GRC action, Jason Myers (4:01.52), Sam Boimov (4:05.04) and Dave Wertz, the ageless one, came across in 4:08.62.

Of course the evening's marquee event was the Charles Torpey Maryland Alumni Mile, and this year's race featured an awesome field. There were a few late scratches, but a couple of last minute entries buoyed the field. The pace was slow to start, with the leaders passing 809m in just about 2:30. Then Conrad Laskowski went into OD and became the first two-time champ, defending his 2011 title in about the same time as last year (4:46.46). Dougie, who is even more jacked than usual, ran 4:54. After being sick for the past week and change, Tom Stott just didn't have it in him, and finished at 5:09.63. I got passed by Danielle Siebert in the last 150m, finishing in my 3rd slowest time in my 4 attempts at this race. Greg Jubb, dressed incognito, crossed in 5:42.75. Denise Knickman was the 3rd woman, breaking 6 (5:59.01).

We'd like to thank the University of Maryland Track and Field team for once again hosting an awesome event, particularly Danielle Siebert for her efforts in organizing the Alumni Mile. Don't forget, while the team's future looks not as bleak as it did a few months ago, there is still a lot of work to accomplish in order to #saveumdXCandTrack - so keep pledging your support!

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