Tum earns nationals double
Senior Moses Tum ran the 800 and 1,500-meter run last Saturday at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins. Having already qualified for nationals in the 1,500 and the 5K, there was not much more Tum could have done.
But he did anyway.
Tum ran the 1,500 first, and clocked 3 minutes, 48 seconds, bettering his previous national qualifying time in that event by three seconds. Then, less than three hours later, Tum qualified for nationals in the 800-meter run with a blistering time of 1:51.
At nationals, Tum will double in the 800 and 1,500.
"It's tricky, because you want (Tum) to have the chance at being All-American in at least one of the events," said CU-Colorado Springs track and field coach Graeme Badger. "If he makes the finals in the 800, he's an All-American automatically. But, he is probably a stronger 1,500 runner. We'll go for it and see what happens."
Freshman John Tucker competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and made a huge improvement from his last outing.
"This guy comes to practice every day and works hard," said Badger. "It's funny-when you work hard and come to practice and don't get hurt, you will get faster."
Also competing for the Mountain Lions was senior Paul Mann, who went 4:01 in the 1,500.
Sophomore Brad Winn, who has a provisional qualifying time for nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, ran the 5K at the Colorado State University-hosted meet.
Winn will have to run faster than his current steeplechase time at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on May 7-8 in order to have a realistic shot at going to nationals.
After the RMAC Championships, the team will have about two weeks to rest for nationals. If Winn gets in, the men's team will have three athletes at Mt. Sac for the NCAA Division II Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
If Brathall doubles in the 5K and 10K, and Tum in the 800 and 1,500, and Winn makes it in the steeplechase, then the Mountain Lions could score some recognizable points at the meet for the first time.
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