David Adams joined the most exclusive of clubs Saturday afternoon by running 3:58.44 at the Glenn Cunningham Mile at the KU Relays. This was a five second pr and positions him as a favorite to make the USA Olympic Steeplechase squad. David, you continue to amaze your mates, Nebraska, and the Real Fans of T&F across the country. Please do go to our Videos tab on the front page where you can see his historic race (thanks Jordo for updating, also included is David’s win at the Stanford Invite Steeple).
Minus 4 times two. David becomes the second Good Mate to run sub 4 while wearing the Red & White. Peter van der Westhuizen was the first and that is no coincidence. Peter won Saturday’s Mile in 3:56.90. Both Peter and David are under the tutelage of Killer Coach Glen van der Westhuizen. Not many clubs around the US can boast of having two members in that rare company, but everyone knows I’m one to boast!
David called me right after the race. Told me that he had dined with Jim Ryun at supper the night before and discussed race strategy, the plan was to go to the front at 600 meters. If you watch the video you see it was executed perfectly and David deserves a lot of credit for making sure the race did produce 3 sub 4s (A.J. Acosta finished 2nd in 3:57.08).
Elsewhere on the roads: Matt & Meghan Schneider made it a 1-2 at the Arbor Day 10K in Matt’s hometown of Nebraska City. Matt was first across the line in 32:38 and Meghan was next in 42:45. An extremely hilly, difficult course, this is where Matt started running some 20 years ago.
Meghan’s brother Andrew Jacob was first across the line at the Novartis 2 mile in Lincoln Saturday morning running 10:49.
Luka Thor (1:12:22), Tim Langdon (1:17:02), and David Bohlken (1:17:50) led the parade of Good Mates to the top 3 spots at Sunday morning’s Gambler Half Marathon in Council Bluffs. Some very blusterous conditions might have slowed the overall times but the effort was good by all. Happy to report that my training partner Linda Barnhart took the Overall Female title in 1:35:00. She battled Marcy Rice of Bellevue for the first 12 miles before pulling away to a :19 win, Giddyup Linda! Kelly Crawford was 3rd o/a Master in 1:30:59. I won the 50-54 age group (20th overall too!) in 1:34:12, and Tony Sorentino made his Team Nebraska debut a good one by taking third in the 55-59 in 1:39:43. In the accompanying 5K Emily Langdon was 5th overall and 1st 25-29 age group.
David leading this weekend’s Glenn Cunningham Mile. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Matt & Meghan Schneider returned to his roots in Nebraska City this weekend. Pictured with them is Matt’s dad Roy.