This week, Ryan Fennelly and Tom Haxton raced on the very track that the club does its workouts on. However, Franklin Field has thousands more spectators on hand in the last full weekend in April every year than are sitting watching our guys and girls run repeats.
In the men’s 5000m, a pack of approximately six runners broke away from the rest of the field early. Ryan was a part of that breakaway group. Ryan passed the mile around 4:29. He kept an even tempo, never falling off the pace, yet never looking to steer the pack. In the second mile, two Kenyans started to push the issue, looking to disintegrate what little comraderie existed amongst the group. With this, the four or so other runners all had open space to run in a line. Ryan passed 3200m in 9:00. He was definitely on his way to a fast time. Though his pace lagged slightly in the third mile, Ryan was able to use his speed over the last 300m to capture the 3rd best time ever by a member of the club! Ryan’s 14:16.57 garnered him 7th place in the Olympic Development field.
After Ryan’s race, it was Tom’s turn. Tom went out a bit aggressively with a good pack of runners. He covered the first 3rd of the race in 9:30 and hit 5000m in about 14:55. These splits were presenting Tom with the possibility of setting a PR. Unfortunately, Tom did have trouble in the second half of the race. “I ran okay when I could latch onto another runner, but several times during the second half, I fell off the back and then my pace lagged while I was running alone,” Tom explained. Despite this trouble, Tom was able to run his best race of the season thus far, stopping the clock at 30:21.12.
Both performances garnered spots on the men’s all-time 5000m and 10,000m lists.