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Men finish 2nd and women 3rd at the MAC championships

DICKDICK Wealthy Alum
Eastern Michigan won both races Friday at Dekalb.  Our men were only 5 points behind and were going for our second straight MAC championship.

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  • The top 2 finishers from Miami's 2018 MAC championship team - Chris and Sean Torpy - have not run all year despite having a year of eligibility left and being listed on the roster. Had they run Miami would have easily won their 2nd consecutive MAC title.

    Just a guess, but with one freshman, three sophomores, and one junior running in the top 9 for Miami at this year's MAC championship (and finishing 9, 15, 21, 30, and 47 overall) is Miami redshirting the Torpy brothers to make a run for a top 10 finish at next year's NCAA championships?
    dave67QuinoaburgerMowchDICK
  • Spanks004Spanks004 Wealthy Alum
    That seems very odd they didn’t run...
  • Spanks004Spanks004 Wealthy Alum
    DevilGrad said:

    I think it may be more common for college distance runners to miss at least one season due to injury than it is to finish four consecutive without one.  The sport takes a toll.  

    Yea, but still odd for both to be out if that’s the case.
  • Spanks004 said:

    DevilGrad said:

    I think it may be more common for college distance runners to miss at least one season due to injury than it is to finish four consecutive without one.  The sport takes a toll.  

    Yea, but still odd for both to be out if that’s the case.
    It's not weird if they're targeting a specific season to try to compete at the national level. Northern Arizona was able to win a cross country national championship a couple years ago by redshirting a couple seniors in order to line up eligibility in a way that would give them the best shot at competing for it. I have no idea if that's what is going on, but there is precedent for it being done and working.
    AORedHawk33
  • Bash_RiprockBash_Riprock Wealthy Alum
    edited November 2019
    The top 3 returning runners will be sophomores - Obsaa Feda, Charlie Harders, and Alex Tam. They have posted top times of 25:03.3, 25:09.6, and 25:50.5 for 8K as freshmen, respectively. The Torpy brothers have posted top times of 24:29.8 (Chris) and 24:39.8 (Sean) for 8K. You have to figure that the freshmen will improve and will all run under 25:00 next year.

    The NCAA Championship meet is 10K and over the last 3 years the 10th place team has averaged 30:26 (2018), 30:27 (2017), and 30:45 (2016) per person in their top 5. Converting Chris and Sean Torpy's top 8K times to 10K you get 30:38 and 30:49, respectively. If one conservatively estimates 8K times of 25:00 for the three freshmen and converts them to 10K times, you get 31:15. In total you have a team average of 31:02, about 17 to 36 seconds off the NCAA championship meet 10th place team average over the last three years. That's a big gap, but I'm betting that two of three freshmen run well below 25:00 (8K) or 31:15 (10K) and that the Torpy brothers improve to bring that team average time down to the 30:45 to 30:30 range.
    Mowch
  • Spanks004Spanks004 Wealthy Alum
    Confirmed they’re redshirting to try and make NCAAs as a team next year
    Bash_RiprockRedseaQuinoaburgerskin66MowchDICKMHT_Meme_Team
  • Bash_RiprockBash_Riprock Wealthy Alum
    edited November 2019
    Just to note - Charlie Harders and Alex Tam posted 5 mile times of 24:31.68 and 24:53.96 at the Joe Piane Invitational (Notre Dame) this year. Five miles is approximately 153 feet shorter than 8K. So more or less these guys have already run under 25 minutes for 8K. They should run with or slightly behind the Torpy brothers next year. Obsaa Feda, having run a 25:03.3 for 8K as a freshman this year should be right behind and easily under 25 minutes. A top 10 team finish at the NCAA championship meet is a very strong possibility next year. A top 5 finish is not out of the question either.
  • coffeyd3coffeyd3 Summer Orientee
    Ryan Sharkey might also be returning for a sixth year, pending on whether he can get approval for a medical redshirt from earlier in his career.
    Bash_Riprock
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