Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jun 16, 2019 7:14:48 GMT
For those of you who haven’t seen it, Annina Brandenburg won the German national championship (under 23) in the discus. She threw 55.96 meters (183’ 7”). She also competes in the Shot but I’ve not seen results.
I was looking at some results for the USATF National Junior Championships and Harrison Manuel just missed making the finals and ran a PR of 14.17 -- a time that would have gotten him 2nd at the SLC meet. Harrison ran a 14.79 in the prelims of the SLC meet and barely missed the finals this year.
This is particularly noteworthy because it shows that Harrison is turning the corner as a collegiate hurdler. In the 110H, the college hurdle is 3 inches higher than in HS and often takes high schoolers a year (or 2) to acclimate to the higher hurdle. Harrison was an excellent HS hurdler (4th in the 6A 110H as a HS senior), but he is not a tall hurdler and the move to the higher hurdle might have taken a little longer. Harrison was able to squeeze into the US Jr meet when he ran a then-PR 14.43 in the ACU Last Chance meet (the standard to run in the meet was a 14.44). Now, if he can carry over that late-season progress to next year, ACU will have a strong hurdle corps, with fellow returnee Jamal January (6th in the SLC this past season), plus Ethan Christian (8th in the 6A 300H last year).
Bogey, I finally have a few minutes to sit down and address your questions -- there is definitely some upgrading for this next year in XC. I will post a full preview (and start a new thread for T&F/XC for 2019-2020) on CatChat once the XC roster is on-line -- that will probably happen after school starts in late August. The ACU XC will host a low-key XC meet again this year, on Aug 31 and I hope the roster is up before that meet.
WOMEN -- they have added 2 freshmen that could have immediate impact -- Irene Rono (freshman from Kenya) and Grace White (freshman who was homeschooled and competes for the most prominent home-school team in Texas, San Antonio FEAST). It is always a "roll of the dice" when you bring in an international, particularly one from Africa, but Irene Rono appears to be the real deal and could help this team immediately. White was a real steal when she signed last fall, then she sustained an training injury that scuttled her senior year of HS competition and has only been able to return to distance training in the last few weeks, but she could also be a huge help to this team. There are also 2 walkon freshmen who also appear to be the real deal.
The ACU women also have a solid nucleus of returnees in Briahna Gerlach, Carnley Graham and Hannah Marut and particularly Sarah Wagler, who was injured during XC season last year but apparently is training well. The potential is there to see dramatic improvement from a team that really struggled last year.
MEN - the only scholarship newcomer for the men is one I will call a "quasi-newcomer", Dennis Lagat. Lagat got to ACU last spring and was able to compete for ACU indoors and outdoors. He scored at the SLC indoor track meet in the mile (5th place), but he struggled with little nagging injuries all of the outdoor season and did not score at outdoor conference. This will be his freshman year in XC.
The most important piece of the puzzle for the Wildcats will be Kevin Kipkosgei. Early in the 2018 XC season he looked fantastic. At the TAMU XC meet, running in wet conditions, he was running right with Jamie Crowe with a mile to go and Crowe ended up the SLC and South Central Region champ and an All-American at nationals. With a mile to go, Kevin slipped and injured his Achilles and was never the same. He ran the SLC meet in horrendous mud and was not a factor. He tried to run 1 indoor meet (the SLC meet) and was not over his Achilles problem. He ended up redshirting outdoors completely (I sure wish he had redshirted indoors as well). From all I hear, Kevin is running 100% healthy now -- he has gradually rehabbed the Achilles injury. If Kevin is totally healthy, he can contend for the conference championship.
The Wildcat men also have at least 4 walkon freshmen who might be able to help the team this year. Also, I have heard great things about how sophomores Levi Chambers (redshirted indoors and outdoors after his appendix burst on the first day of last year's spring semester) and particularly Colton Gates is looking this summer.
Again, I plan on posting a more complete preview in the next month -- once the roster is posted on-line.