Mammoth Track Club Updates: January 2020
This year, 2020, is an Olympic year. Mammoth Track Club elite athletes will be testing themselves against the best in the U.S., both on the marathon course and the track. The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials will be held in Atlanta, GA on February 29 and the U.S. Olympic Track Trials will be contested at the end of June in Eugene, OR.
Winter has been amazing for training in Mammoth Lakes and the rest of the Eastern Sierra. Conditions have been so great for running that I was able to coach my very first January track session at Whitmore Track & Field, which is usually under one to two inches of snow and ice. But the team has been taking full advantage of running lower in Bishop, where temperatures are warmer and the oxygen is abundant.
MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB ATHLETE RESULTS
The Mammoth Track Club men opened up 2020 with some crushing performances in January.
Tim Gorman raced at the University of Washington Indoor Preview in Seattle, Washington. Tim competed in the one-mile race and placed well, with a time of 4:00.1. Just three hours later, he came back to race the 3,000 m (almost two-miles) and ran a personal best time of 8:03 which is equivalent to an 8:40 two-mile performance.
In Houston, Texas, Reid Buchanan and Nico Montanez toed the line at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon. Conditions were cold and windy, but both men ran personal best times for the half marathon distance. Nico ran a three-minute personal best to finish the third American in a time of 1:01:34 (4:42 per mile pace). Reid was just a few seconds and a couple of places behind Nico in 1:01:43. Both of these performances are good indicators that training is going well heading into the most important year of their young careers.
UP NEXT FOR THE MAMMOTH TRACK CLUB
Nico Montanez is set to compete at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on February 29 in Atlanta, where the top three runners across the finish line will represent the U.S at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tim Gorman will travel east to Boston and New York, where he will race a couple of 1-mile and 3,000m races. His goal is to land a qualifying time that will secure him a spot a the U.S. Indoor Championships set for the Valentine’s Day weekend in Albuquerque, NM.
Reid Buchanan will turn his attention to the track and line up for the 10,000m at the end of June to contest for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
And let’s not forget Grace Barnett! Her training is in full swing as she prepares to run at her peak in May and June. Grace’s best event is the 1,500m (her personal best time is 4:11 or a 4:30 mile.) If her training continues to go well, she will likely move up and test the 5,000m (3.1 miles) later in the spring.