PR "Thursday" 2014Sunday, March 9 2014
This year's edition of PR Thursday was certainly an interesting one, starting with the realization on Thursday around 1:30 that we didn't have a meet that night... and that the meet was actually on Friday... and that we weren't even sure we were in the meet. Overcoming some logistical difficulties, and thanks to the welcoming nature of Proviso West Head Coach Johnny Jenkins, we ultimately headed to PW on Friday night for some fast times and fun.
Before acknowledging the individual success that characterize "PR Thursday/Friday?", I need to first recognize the hard work that the team has been putting in. Over the last two meet-less weeks, we've had some really tough workouts, including an 800 repeat session that we destroyed and a mile repeat session that we finished with the temp hovering around zero. This work is clearly paying dividends as we had one of the most successful meets I've been a part of in 7 years. Every distance athlete had at least a season best, while over 90% actually had their all-time PR as well.
Some of the best performances were turned in by a few of our seniors.
Jacob Amiri won the 600 easily and tied Chris Madison's school record with 1:25.0. Jason Shaughnessy ran the 1600 fresh and won his heat with an 8 second PR of 4:51. David Fish doubled in the 4x8, 1600 and ran lifetime bests in both with 2:07, 4:35.
Doing the same double was Ethan Kirk who split a PR 2:08 and ran 4:41. Jon Osei joined them on the 4x8 with a 2:13 PR. In the 3200 we had a number of PRs: Zach Scheffel was 11:03, Jake Bullard was 11:13, Trevor Smith 11:34... also with a season best was Jack LaLonde with a 10:09, just missing the Sophomore record in the event.
In the open 800, Brandon Hutton led the way with an impressive 4 sec. PR of 2:17. He also PRd in the 1600. Zack Wascher ran PRs in both 800/1600. Sayuj Shah PRd in both his events doing the same double, as did Will Beine.
Joining Amiri in the 600 were a number of others running their lifetime bests (although some were making their debut): Drew Heneghan 1:32, Adam Gray 1:33, Taylor Enke 1:36, Zach Scheffel 1:42, Trevor Smith 1:43, and Jacob Bullard 1:49.
The 1600 may have been our best event of the night. PRs were turned in by Fish, Kirk, Shaughnessy, Danny Annese, Steven Rotunno, and Kyle Hall who ran a new PR in two events... he had his fastest ever time through 1600, but miscounted laps so continued on to run an even more impressive 6:41 in the seldom ran 1800 meter run!
Also in the 1600 was Joey Eterno who ran an outstanding PR of 4:45.4... only 4 tenths off the school sophomore 1600 record.
Overall it was a great day to be a Mustang!