January 30th – FINAL IR Distance Showcase Preview, Schedule, and Heat Sheets
This years’ IR Distance Showcase has the opportunity to be the best yet. Fans shouldn’t be surprised to see up to 7 meet records in just 10 events. Below you will find an event by event preview.
Also, by following the link below, you can view the 2013 IRDS Heat Sheets and make your own predictions. The final heat sheets will be released Thursday:
Final Meet Information:
It is HIGHLY encourage that you bring your own seating (fold up chairs). The UIndy facility is new and lacking in seating. This goes for fans, parents, and coaches as well.
The meet will be competed on a rolling schedule. Approximate schedules will be posted at the facility but they are only a guide. Events start time will likely be different than on the schedule. It is YOUR job to pay attention to the flow of the meet. A schedule can be found here: http://indianarunner.informe.com/forum/general-f4/distance-showcase-projected-approximate-schedule-t8400.html
Concessions will be available at the Northeast side of the track near the “garage door”.
Upon entering the facility but before entering the fieldhouse, athletes will need to pick up their bib number at the table just outside the track in the hallway. Your bib will be your ‘entry’ into the meet. Any time you leave the facility, take your bib with you as your athlete credentials. When retrieving your bib for the first time, you will also need to sign a copy of the USATF sanction and liability form. This required by our USATF sanctioning body and if you do not and are injured, you will not be covered.
Prospective competitors in the Community Mile will be allowed to sign up until the first heat of the Boys 800. You can sign up at the hip number pick up
Do NOT attempt to pick up your hip numbers earlier than one hour before you race. Pay attention to the schedule. You will need to be in the designated heat corralling area marked on the front stretch one race prior to yours for final instructions. If you are not present, you will be scratched. We will not wait for anyone.
A raffle for two USATF duffle bags will be awarded. Anyone purchasing Indiana Runner event t shirts or Run Your Region shirts will be entered into the raffle. It will be announced near the end of the meet
can find a parking map in the following link. The track is located at the top right of the map: http://www.uindy.edu/print/campus_map
Please only wear 1/4 inch pyramid spikes. Meet officials will be checking periodically spike length. Spikes will NOT be sold at the event.
Have fun and enjoy the atmosphere!
Below is a projected schedule for Saturday’s meet. It is to be taken tentatively.
We will run the meet on a ROLLING schedule. That means if we are ahead of schedule, we will keep moving. Same goes true obviously if we are behind. We will not wait for you to start your race.
The clerk and section organizers on the front stretch will give you very specific instructions when to line up in the designated boxes as you prepare to step onto the track.
It is up to you to pay attention to the schedule on Saturday to see if we are ahead or behind the schedule to plan your pre-race warmup and preparation.
9:00 Girls 1200 Heat 1
9:09 Girls 1200 Heat 2
9:18 Boys 1200 Heat 1
9:26 Boys 1200 Heat 2
9:34 Girls 3200
9:52 Boys 3200 Heat 1
10:06 Boys 3200 Heat 2
10:20 Boys 3200 Heat 3
10:36 Girls 800 Heat 1
10:42 Girls 800 Heat 2
10:48 Girls 800 Heat 3
10:54 Boys 800 Heat 1
10:59 Boys 800 Heat 2
11:04 Boys 800 Heat 3
11:09 Boys 800 Heat 4
11:14 Boys 800 Heat 5
11:19 Boys 800 Heat 6
11:24 Community Mile
11:33 Girls Mile Heat 1
11:42 Girls Mile Heat 2
11:51 Girls Mile Heat 3
12:00 Boys Mile Heat 1
12:08 Boys Mile Heat 2
12:16 Boys Mile Heat 3
12:24 Boys Mile Heat 4
12:31 Boys Mile Heat 5
12:39 Boys Mile Heat 6
12:47 Girls DMR
1:06 Boys DMR Heat 1
1:21 Boys DMR Heat 2
The obvious favorites in the girls 1200 are the Neeley sisters. Brittany enters the season with a personal best at 800 meters of 2:14.26. Bethany, meanwhile, was a State Champion in the 1600 in 2012 and holds a personal best of 4:54.62 in the full mile. If they work together with help from other competitors, it would be surprising if Emma Mirwaldt’s 2012 record of 3:48.69 didn’t go down. Another competitor to keep an eye on is Columbus North’s Mackenzie Caldwell. She has shown time again that she’s not afraid to race with anyone. Maddy Roach is a darkhorse who seems to be in excellent shape entering the 2013 season.
In the boys 1200, Lawrence Central’s Matt Dorsey will look to defend his 2012 IRDS 1200 title. He is also the meet record holder. Dorsey is certainly the favorite and if he gets some help up front, the meet record is a possibility. Colin Rinne is another athlete though to keep an eye on. We would be surprised to see Dorsey get beat by his teammates, Adam Turner or Chandler Ball, but they will prove a force in the race and will try to pull an LC 1,2,3 sweep.
Emily Bean of Assumption (KY) is the favorite in the girls 3200. It will be exciting to see the pride of Indiana try to fend off the Kentucky girls 3200 attack. Sarah Billingsley is someone who has the ability to knock off Bean. She and Maylyka Abramson are the only two girls in the race who ran under 18:00 minutes for 5K this past fall. They seeded themselves conservatively though, so their fitness may still be building this winter.
The boys 3200 is probably the deepest of the field. Indiana XC State Champion Connor Sorrells leads the charge up front. Not to be forgotten about though will be Warsaw’s Jacob Poyner and Carroll’s Jon Harper, who have both run fast times in the 1600 already this season. Others in the field who have a shot at the win include Zack Snider, Matt Grider, Spencer Clapp, Charlie Watson, and the darkhorse, Joseph Suarez of Plainfield (East) in Illinois. Suarez ran 4:30 as a freshman last year, and has excellent endurance and fitness coming to Indy.
Another Assumption athlete heads the top of the heat sheet this time in the girls 800. Katherine Receveur was the 800 meter State Champ in Kentucky in 2012. She has a personal best of 2:15.50. Chasing her will be Carmel’s Cami Etgen, who has excellent legspeed along with Madison Stenger (Carroll) and Sydney Devine (Indian Creek). It’s tough to tell who has the early season speed and we wont know until Saturday for sure.
The boys 800 will be significantly stronger in 2013 than in 2012. Of note, fans should expect Kyle DuVall near the front as well as Riley Stohler of Terre Haute South. Stohler set a personal best at 1600 already this season and is in great shape. Matthew Lang, Jacob Cushing, and Eric Claxton should also be kept an eye on.
Girls ‘Indiana Runner’ Mile
It will be a great surprise to us if Bethany Neeley’s meet record of 5:18.45 is still standing after Saturday’s girls mile. Colleen Weatherford and Kendra Foley both enter Saturday in fantastic shape. Additionally, Allie Rollins of Evansville North and Samantha Roush of Columbia City will be threats for the win. With the rabbit, Sarah Bromagem, expected to take these girls through in 5:05-5:10 pace, this race is sure to be a fast one.
Boys ‘Indiana Runner’ Mile
It looked like Joey Zielinski might be safe to hold the meet record for the mile for at least one year until Patrick Gregory’s late entry came in. Gregory will
be traveling from Butler High School in Kentucky to race after scratching himself late from the USA XC Junior Championships in St. Louis this weekend. He holds a personal best of 4:14 in the mile. Battling with Gregory will be Carmel’s Danny Williams who always enters the season in great shape, along with Alex Hess (Carroll), Ellis Coon (Warsaw) and Alec Kostelnik (Morgan Township). The latter two are All-State competitors in Indiana. Hess has already run 4:22 in the 1600 this indoor season. De’Sean Turner will look to take these guys through the 1000 at approximately 4:15 pace.
Girls Distance Medley Relay
Eastern (Greentown) was apologetic in their inability to defend last years win and their meet record of 12:48.63. The race must go on, however, and it will be a great one! Bowling Green (KY), Assumption (KY), Carroll, and Noblesville all bring excellent squads to the DMR. It is a toss up as to who wins it as all four could run in the 12:40’s.
Boys Distance Medley Relay
Brebeuf has had an excellent winter of training and enter the weekend as the favorite in the DMR. The event is extremely deep though as six teams total have seed times within 6 seconds of the current meet record. Included up front are two teams from Kentucky. If they have good anchors in the 1600, they will have a great shot at the win. The change from evening to morning has surely helped the entries for the Distance Medley Relay.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday for an unforgettable Indiana Runner Distance Showcase. Keep checking the message boards for information at to talk about this weekend’s upcoming races!