Men's track fries as RMAC championships
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's track team is going from the frying pan into the fire - almost literally.
Having finished the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships in the frying pan formerly known as Hays, Kan., the Mountain Lions now face the fire, with only the ESU Twilight Qualifier at Emporia, Kan. on May 15 left to improve their qualifying times for nationals. After that, those who've survived the heat will head to Walnut, Calif., for the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 27-29.
It's a good thing that CU-Colorado Springs will get a last-chance meet prior to nationals, since the temperatures at the RMAC championship made running qualifying times nearly impossible. The mercury reached over 100 degrees in the mid afternoon, and dipped only to the high 80s in the evenings.
Add a little butter and garlic and it would have been a sautÃ© rather than a track meet.
"There's no way to think about qualifying (times) in that kind of heat," said coach Graeme Badger. "We told all of the kids to concentrate on racing against the other runners, not the clock."
That strategy worked for Moses Tum, who took third in the 800 meters and fifth in the 1,500. It also worked for Levi Brathall, who finished fourth in to 5,000 meters and Brad Winn, who took third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Perhaps most notable was the performance turned in by freshman sprinter Kyle Reid, who set a new school record in the 200-meter dash despite the difficult conditions.
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