Brathall, Tum earn provisional qualifying times
Sophomore Levi Brathall and senior Moses Tum both qualified provisionally for the Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships last weekend at the Tom Benich Classic. Brathall is now provisionally qualified in the 5,000-meter run, and Tum in the 1,500-meter run.
The University of Northern Colorado hosted the meet, and watched Brathall break the stadium record for Nottingham Field in Greeley, CO. Winning the race easily, Brathall set a personal best in the race with his raw time of 14 minutes, 59 seconds.
"That time (after conversion) probably won't be fast enough to get him in to nationals, but it is a big step forward for Levi," said coach Graeme Badger. "He is looking real good for the 10K, and we'll just see about the 5K."
Brathall believes that he can run both the 10K and 5K at nationals.
"It is a tough double, not doubt about it," said Brathall. "But, I think the 10K is first at nationals, and then the 5K. That means I could give it everything in the 10K, and use whatever is left for the 5K. I feel good about trying that."
Tum had an equally impressive performance in the 1,500-meter run. Taking second to a Division I athlete from the University of Wyoming, Tum broke CU-Colorado Springs' school record in the event with his time of 3 minutes, 55 seconds.
"That (time) could hold up, but we are looking at the 5K for Moses," said Badger. "Moses ran a tough race."
Tum was pleased with the outcome, but felt like he could have gone faster.
"The race felt good, but I should have been able to do more," said Tum. "Next time."
Sophomore Brad Winn picked up a victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but missed a provisionally qualifying time. Senior Paul Mann took second in the event for the Mountain Lions.
"I watched Paul (Mann) the whole race, but he fell back the last lap and I had to go," said Winn. "When we can push each other is when we can both run a good time."
Running well this outdoor track season, sophomore Kyle Reno once again smashed his personal best in the 5K and now holds one of the school's best times in the event.
Kyle Reid had two strong performances for the Mountain Lions in the 100 and 200-meter sprints.
"People ran great today for us," said Badger. "This is the stuff we like to see."
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