Personal Bests in Portland and Jesse Bent!

The mustang endurance athletes had a successful weekend of competition. Highlights included personal best performances at the Portland Track Festival and Jesse Bent in Coquitlam.

On June 9th at Lewis and Clark College track, mustang endurance athletes continued their track season form at the Portland Track Festival. In the women’s 1500m section three, Mikaela Smart jostled for position in a very choppy race. The early slow pace caused athletes to bunch up and a final lap sprint separated the field. Smart finished in 4:44.82. Mustang Alycia Butterworth opened up her 3km steeplechase season with 10:03.36 in a very competitive section 1 placing 9th overall. Lindsay Carson produced a 3rd place 5000m of 16:13.94 in section 2. Carson had an early lead and followed the pacer for the first half of the race. After being caught by eventual winner Natalie Rodriguez (16:07.09) Carson battled hard and closed her final 400m in 74 seconds her fastest of the race. Christina and Julie Sevsek were also competing as part of the 3000m team challenge race which included teams from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Portland took a comfortable team win, with the Sevsek sister’s posting good races individually for Vancouver.

Julie and Christina Sevsek (3rd and 4th on left) as part of the Vancouver 3000m challenge team. Photo: Nic Browne

In the men’s 1500m Adam Marshall led the mustangs posting a personal best of 3:49.97 for a fine 4th place. He was followed by James Lam (3:51.61). Nick Coyln in his second 3km steeplechase this season clocked 9:15.79.

Adam Marshall. Photo Credit: Jan Hueninck

A number of mustang endurance athletes competed closer to home in the Jesse Bent meet in Coquitlam. On Saturday June 8th, Jouen Chang opened her season with a 1500m taking 2nd place in 4:52.39. On the men’s side Aidan Kits raced a competitive 400m placing 6th in 50.51. On Sunday June 9th, the men’s 800m proved to be the race of the day. After a 57 second first lap led by mustang Ron Loewen, the final 100m was a battle between mustangs Dean Ellenwood, Aidan Kits and Tyler Dejong. Ellenwood got the win in 1:55.24, Kits 1:55.50 and DeJong 1:55.63 making a podium clean sweep for mustang endurance athletes. Ron Loewen set a personal best of 1:58.51 in 7th position. Jen Shannon produced another personal best performance in the women’s 800m clocking 2.14.77 for the win almost 100m ahead of second place.

Jen Shannon. Photo Credit: Jan Heuninck

Next up for the mustang endurance athletes will be the Pacific Distance Carnival on June 13th at Swangard Stadium. Preview to follow this week.