Brathal earns provisional time
Four runners from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs competed in the Iowa State University Classic last weekend. That's all it took to for the Mountain Lions to make their mark.
In the 5,000-meter run, three sophomores were in action for CU-Colorado Springs-Levi Brathall, Brad Winn, and Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez.
Brathall led the charge for the Mountain Lions, finishing 25th overall in a field of mainly Division I athletes. With a time of 14 minutes, 49 seconds, Brathall is provisionally qualified for indoor nationals, but will likely have to run 15 seconds faster to have a realistic chance of making the final list of competitors.
"It feels good to have run a qualifying time, but I would have liked to go a little faster," said Brathall who set a personal record in the race. "The plan is that I run the same time at conference, and get the adjustment. That would be a decent time."
Winn was 47th overall, and ran a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Winn is using the indoor season in order to improve his base for the outdoor season, where he hopes to qualify for nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event.
Finishing 63rd, Rubalcaba-Lopez clocked in at 15 minutes, 50 seconds for the Mountain Lions.
"Those guys ran really well," said coach Graeme Badger. "We have been training on sloppy trails, when other teams are inside on their tracks, but we still competed very well."
The Mountain Lions forth runner was senior Moses Tum, who went 4:10 in the mile while finishing 12th overall.
"They went out slower than Moses would have liked, and he had a hard time playing catch up," said Badger. "He still is getting some experience that he needs."
Tum has already run a qualifying time for indoor nationals in the mile.
Brian Zakavec (4:51) and Bryce Hartman (5:26) competed in the mile at the Colorado School of Mines meet.
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