Grand Rapids, MI; Swarthmore, PA
Once again, the range of the club is shown on this weekend, as one athlete races a quarter of a mile, while the other raced over 15 miles! Matt Collins kept up his usual blitz of races, running the Swarthmore Last Chance meet which replaced the Tuppeny Twilight meet for this Spring. Unfortunately, Matt did not improve upon his time from his previous effort at the Broadmead Invitational, but it was Matt’s second fastest 400m hurdles of the Spring! Matt placed second overall in a time of 54:33.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Michelle tested her fitness at the 25k national championships. Michelle is definitely short on races, but her only other serious effort since her late Winter/early Spring foot injury proved very promising (Michelle ran the Adrenaline 5k on the roads within seconds of her lifetime PR). And it seems clear by now that when Michelle runs in a national championship, she comes up big. This day would be no different.
Michelle finished fourth overall and third in the U.S. championships! As usual, this was quite an impressive effort, as the only people to beat Michelle to the line were Russian Titiana Chulakh, two-time U.S. 10k champion Katie McGregor, and former NCAA 10,000m champion on the track Alicia Cragg. While earning a nice payday, Michelle also posted a new 25k club record of 1:29.53!