Men's track faces stacked field at Davies meet
"It was stacked," said sophomore Levi Brathall, an All-American for the Mountain Lions last year in the 10,000-meter run.
That, in three words, summed up the field competing in the men's 3,000-meter run at the Joe Davies Invitational Saturday at Golden, CO. The race included the defending cross country national champion from Adams State, his All-American teammates, a few post-collegiate runners and some not-to-shabby athletes from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Moses Tum, senior, was fourth in the race, clocking a time of eight minutes, 43 seconds. Brathall (8:57) finished eighth, and sophomore Brad Winn had one of the best races of his career with a time of 9:15.
"I ran my race and felt great when I was leading," said Winn. "I didn't get flustered when some guys from Western (State College) challenged me-I just sat on them and had a strong kick to finish."
A season ago, Winn's best time in the 3,000-meter run was nine minutes, 46 seconds, which was run at the Air Force Academy (a typically fast indoor track) nearing the end of the season.
"We are real happy with where Brad is at right now," said Coach Graeme Badger. "His leg speed has improved significantly and his times are right with the best our school has seen."
Kyle Reno finished the 3,000-meter run in 9:29.
"That is a good time for Kyle at this point in the season," said Badger. "He's running well for us."
In the mile, freshman Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez (4:41) got the opportunity to work on some leg speed, with the longer distances being his strength.
The Mountain Lions, never a team of many sprinters, saw freshman Kyle Reid go 7.56 in the 60-meters. This puts him third on the school's performance list.
"He hadn't raced in two years, so it was pretty good for him," said Badger. "He has time to get faster."
The Mountain Lions' indoor team travels to Iowa for its next meet, where qualifying more athletes for the national meet is the goal.
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