Friday, April 09, 2010

Chico Twilight Invitational Preview by Chico St. coach Gary Towne

Dear Wildcat Fans,

This weekend the Chico State track teams will host a two day multi team invitational that includes a two day format with Friday evening distance events and a Saturday full meet schedule.  The following is a quick preview of the action that will take place on the Wildcat Track in University Stadium this weekend.  (Distance Running Highlighted of Course)

Friday Distance Carnival: 7pm-9:30pm

7:00pm: 800’s (Women-1 heat, Men-3 heats)
7:30pm: Steeplechases (Women-1 heat, Men-2 heats)
8:30pm: 5,000m (Women-1 heat, Men-2 heats)

4:00pm: Running Starts at University Stadium with 100m hurdles
4:40pm: Non Seeded heats of 1500’s
6:00pm: Non Seeded heats of 800’s
7:30pm: Seeded Women’s 1500m (1 heat)
7:40pm: Seeded Heats of Men’s 1500m (2 heats)
8:10pm: 10,000m’s (men/women)
9:30pm: Meet concludes
***All times are subject to change but should be close to actual schedule***

Competing teams: Athletes from the following schools will be participating at this year’s Chico Twilight Invit: Sacramento State, University of Sacramento, St Mary’s College, Humboldt State, University of Santa Clara, San Jose State, William Jessup, Butte College, Shasta College, College of the Redwoods, Oregon Tech and numerous post collegiate club runners.

The skinny on the distance races starting with Friday evening’s distance carnival:

Women’s 800m: Chico runners take the top seeded spots in a modest women’s 800m field this year. NCAA heptathlon qualifier Kelly Clancy comes into the race with the quickest PR of the field (2:16.1) Teammate Anna Eicholtz has twice run 2:16 this season After 1500m races earlier in the day, so the junior from Red Bluff is hoping for a 2:14-2:15 on fresh legs.

NCAA Provisional Standard: 2:14.50

Men’s 800m: 3 heats in the Invite Sections!

Heat 1 will be rabbited by former Wildcat and current SOKA coach Pat Boivin.  Pat plans to bring the field through 400m in 54 seconds.
Top entrants: Chico’s Michael Wickman has the fastest PR among all entrants with his 1:49.38, which was run  several hours after a 3:44 1500m last season.  After an early season injury that hindered his Stanford weekend of racing, Michael appears to be back on track and has 1:49-something on his mind looking at Friday evening’s race. Teammates Clinton Hayes-1:50.7 PR, Kyle Robinson-1:52.6 PR,  and Manny Mejia 1:53.06 PR, also look to run in the low 1:50’s range on Friday.

The NCAA provisional Mark is 1:53.00

Women’s Steeplechase: Sac State alum Jody Leal (10:40’s PR) stands as the pre-race favorite, but Wildcat NCAA provisional qualifiers Amy Schnittger (11:08) and Jessica Brieno (11:12) stand as descent threats for the title as well.  Katie Spencer (11:17 PR) should also be in the mix at the front.

NCAA provisional Standard: 11:20.00

Men’s Steeplechase: Santa Clara’s Stephen Koch (9:30pr) stands as the fastest of the entrants in this year’s field.  Wildcats Thomas Whitcomb (9:33 PR), and Miles Dunbar (9:55 debut) should also be in the hunt.

5,000m: Women’s Race (1 heat) the women’s 5,000 is headed by Humboldt’s Megan Rolland who has run 4:34 and 10:35 Pr’s this season in the 1500 and steeple events. Rolland appears capable and ready to run in the 17:15 range on Friday night.
the ‘Cats will have a pack of women following 16:45 rabbit Kara Lubieniecki who hopes to lead 5-6 Chico women at an even 17:35 pace for the early laps.  This group will include Paige Henker (17:41 PR) Julie Shaw (17:23 PR) Shannon Rich (17:38 PR), Shannon McVannel (17:59 PR) Jonah Weeks (17:53 PR) and Stephanie Consiglio (18:02 PR).  Hopefully all or a good portion of this group  will be able to hold the pace and close well to give the ‘Cats a nice group in the 17:25-:40 range by the finish.

NCAA Provisional Standard: 17:33.00

Men’s 5,000m: (2 heats) Whew, 65 entrants between two men’s races will create a fun conclusion to the Friday evening.
The fastest entrant is River City Rebels’ Kevin Pool who clocked 14:20 at the recent SF State Invitational.  After Pool, a slew of ‘Cats will be paced by 14:17/14:26 guys Jimmy Elam and Brent Handa. In this group for the ‘Cats will be: Joey Kochlacs (14:43 Pr), Josh Linen (14:45 Pr),  Brendan Scanlon (14:46 PR), Adrian Sherrod (14:53 PR), Alex Sharp (14:53 PR).
This race is very deep with 31 guys having seed times between 14:20 and 15:15!

NCAA Provisional Standard: 14:45.00

Heat II will follow with a solid group of entrants seeded between 15:16 and 17:00

Saturday: Invitational 1500’s

Women’s 1500m: Three weeks ago, Chico’s Tori Tyler recorded a 4:42 PR for the 1500 distance, while sliding into the #10 spot on the CSUC All Time list for the event.  A week later teammate Anna Eicholtz nailed a 4:41 PR at the SF State Invitational, making Tori’s stay on the Top 10 list a short lived one. On Saturday both will take aim at running in the 4:30’s, and they’ll have 4:34 performer and teammate Kara Lubieniecki to follow through at least 1,000m of the race (Kara will rabbit this event as well!) Stephanie Consiglio and Paige Henker (4:46 and 4:47 PR’s will double back from a Friday 5k in hopes of recording PR’s as well.

NCAA provisional standard: 4:38.00

Men’s Invitational 1500’s:

Heat I: With 3:43 guy Michael Wickman as a planned rabbit through 1200m the top seeds in this race will have a very qualified pacer.  Sub 9 min steepler Beau Rogers (Chico State) owns the fastest PR of the group who will vie to become the first person not named Scott Bauhs to win this race since it’s origin 2 years ago (of course the ‘08 version was a mile).  Beau ran 3:50 in the ’09 Chico Twilight, and recent workouts indicate sub 3:50 potential.  Southern Oregon’s Levi Roudebush (3:51 PR) should be in the mix, as will Wildcats Manny Mejia (3:52.1 PR) and Chico red shirt Anthony Solis (USA Junior 10k runner up ’09).  Humboldt’s Eric Malain has a 3:53 PR to his credit and isn’t afraid to mix it up with a fast early pace.  Another solid competitor who has shown the ability to run in the low 3:50 range is Santa Clara’s Robbie Reid (3:54 pr).  This appears to be the premier field of the meet and should not disappoint those present to witness it.

Heat II: Will be paced by Wildcat alum David Wellman and Pat Boivin will take 1k of work at 3:58-3:59 pace. This race will be fun to watch as well, given the 18 runners in the field all have seed marks between 3:58-4:03!

NCAA Provisional Standard: 3:53.00

Thanks for your support and check out the links below for a few great write-ups by our local sports folks: Rory Miller (CSUC Sports Info) and Travis Souders (Chico ER)

Chico State Athletics Article:
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Chico ER Article
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