The Whippets came out last night in big numbers to compete in the Indoor 5K Exhibition most everyone looks forward to during the indoor season. It was the biggest Whippet crowd this season with 15+ runners and even more who came out to support! Our section of the track was loud and proud!
The night started off with a slim field of 800m women in which we didn’t have any entries. Followed up by the men’s 800 in which Olivier Wijtenburg dropped the hammer, nailing down a new men’s indoor record with an amazing time of 1:59.07 . With this being Olivers first season, posting times under 2 minutes we can expect amazing numbers in years to come! Behind Oliver, Bobby Blackk (Judge) finished middle of the pack with a time of 2:30.53.
Second event of the night proved to be the reason everyone came tonight! First on the track were the women to compete in the 5000m. This field exhibited the most excitement on the night with a tough bunch of women. Leading the pack was Jessy Scarpone taking #1 overall with an amazing time of 17:41.24. Jessy ran a truly smart race, containing herself amidst the noise and excitement to edge out a commanding performance by Mary-an Brumelot of QDR. Jessy sat firmly at 2 for 24 laps, eating at the lead in the final half of the races. What stood as a 100m lead for most the race turned to a foot race and Jessy rocketed past her in the final 50m for a dominating win. Following Jessy, Carolina Pena pushed out an outstanding run with a time of 18:04.79. Lap after lap, Carolina passed the cheer section all smiles and speed, picking off runners to grab the #5 spot. Close behind with phenomenal runs by Brigette Kolson (18:30.44), Emmi Aguillard (18:32.64) & Tessa Benau (19:39.41) and Barbara Mann (20:11.84). All girls showed true talent and smarts running a collected race and finished with progression.
The final show of the night was split between 4 Heats of men all fighting for for track space. The Whippets showed off their track speed amongst a strong field of local and collegiate runners. Princeton was in town to compete, but the Whippets were in attendance to run stride for stride. Top Whippet Matt Maline put down an outstanding run with a time of 16:20.41, just missing out on the Top 20. Matt ran a solid run in very quick heat. Close behind Oliver showed amazing endurance with a 16:38.73, fighting in the middle with Evan Cooper of NBR most the race before pulling away in the final 8 laps. In tow, Cory Helder commanded the term of progression, picking up runner…after runner…after runner in the last 6 laps with an strong 800m kick to finish the night with a time of 16:45.38. Heat 3 was setup to be a popular Whippet heat with strong performances by Chris Forti (17:25.19), pushing to the front of the heat in the final half of the race with Alex Noble (17:38.86). Making his indoor debut, Ryan Hepworth (17:39.03) put up a solid performance pushing past the adversities you face indoors with dehydration and air quality; compiling himself at the end of the race and focused on the finish. Other notables on the night: Stephen Wo (18:07.86), Terrence McGovern (18:30.71), Daniil Blinov (19:36.16) & Bobby Judge (20:09.28)
Special thanks to all the supporters who came out to cheer on the team, including Matthew Wong out to cheer on coach along his team!
Next Indoor Race @ Ocean Breeze In Staten Island, 2/3/2017
Final NYRR Indoor Meet @ The Armory, 3/2/2017
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Photos by Photography Team at the Armory