Men’s track has three runners qualify for nationals at Mt. Sac Relays

By Lewis Hoffman published April 16, 2004

Four distance runners from the men's track team at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs competed at the Mt. Sac Relays last Friday in Walnut, CA. They all had a common goal-to run fast enough to get back to Mt. Sac for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, which are just over a month away.

Even though three of the runners qualified for nationals provisionally, only sophomore Levi Brathall's time is sure to hold up. The others will have to wait and see, or improve on their times.

Finishing tenth in the university/open 10-kilometer race, Brathall set a personal record with his time of 29 minutes, 50 seconds.

"I had set my goal a little higher than what I ran, but I am not disappointed at all," said Brathall, who was an All American in the 10K last year. "Now, I just have to stay focused and healthy until nationals."

Sophomore Brad Winn broke the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on his way to earning a provisional qualifying time.

"It was bittersweet," said Winn. "It feels good to have provisionally qualified, but I don't think it will be fast enough to get me to nationals. I have to do better at conference, and that adds a little more pressure."

Winn's time of 9:21 earned him eighth place in the university/open race. Senior Paul Mann also ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the Mountain Lions, but missed a provisional qualifying time.

Mann (9:34) did manage to set a personal best time with his performance.

Competing in the 5-kilometer run was senior Moses Tum. Having already running a strong provisional time in the 1,500-meter run, Tum and his coach decided to try a longer event at Mt. Sac.

Although Tum ran a provisional qualifying time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds in the 5K, he will likely run the 1,500-meter run at nationals.

"We had some really strong, solid performances," said coach Graeme Badger. "And we're not done yet."

Last Thursday four members of the men's track team ran the 10K at the Kansas Relays. Sophomore Kyle Reno (33:22) led the way for the Mountain Lions.

"None of us ran the way we wanted to," said sophomore Brian Zakavec. "It was just so hot and humid."

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