2012 Last Chance Qualifier Track Meet Results

University of Washington Dempsey Center, Seattle: March 3rd, 2012


Our runners had a great final showing at the Last Chance Qualifier meet. Ironically, it was a “First Chance” for a few of our runners as they were racing indoors for the first time this year. Or in Ryan Anderson’s case, 3 years.
Here are the hightlights:

--Ryan Anderson got a PR in the 800m, winning in 1:52.74 in his first time out. He not only won but he came from last to first. He also negative split his race for the 1st time.

--Mike Sayenko and John Ricardi had excellent races. Mike ran 8:04, less than 2 seconds off his PR only 5 weeks after his Olympic Trials marathon (and subsequent down time). John ran with Mike step for step but started slowing in the final kilometer (he may have been sick). His 8:19 was his best time this season.

--Bennett Grimes went for it as he led his 5k race for about 1 mile before gradually slowing and finishing 4th. It was a good race for him to gain experience, especially in not leading until you have to.

--Kyra Burke had a great race as she also went for it as the high school junior led until just a bit before the first mile against a collegiate field. She was on pace to run 9:42 for 800m, but naturally slowed after that to finish 5th, only a few seconds off her PR.

--Jane Larson ran her first race since last summer due to a protracted injury. And she found herself in the top heat of the mile, a usually welcome situation but not ideal now. Nonetheless she ran a terrific race, finishing unlast in 4:53! (at one point she trailed the entire field by 35 yards).

--Tyler Van Dooren had a fantastic mile race. Before the season began his PR was 4:36. 3 weeks ago he ran 4:29 and on Sunday he ran super, in the thick of the race the whole time to finish in 4:22!

Results

Name Event Time Place Comments
Ryan Anderson 800m 1:54.74 1st Place PR
Tyler Van Dooren Mile 4:22.56 8th Place PR
Jane Larsen Mile 4:53 11th Place Seasonal Best
Kyra Burke 3000m 10:15 5th Place Went for it
Mike Sayenko 3000m 8:04 3rd Place 2 Sec off PR
John Ricardi 3000m 8:19 8th Place Everything he had
Bennett Grimes 5000m 14:36 4th Place Went for it

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