Sunday, June 12, 2005


…School – State Track and Field meet. In the first race of the meet, Elizabeth Yetzer (who’s a junior) set a state record in the 3200 with a 10:16.59 (2nd in the nation to 10:16.03). She beat Shannon Bergstedt’s (now at Stanford) state record by just over 10 seconds. On Saturday, Yetzer doubled up in the 1600 with a 4:47.12 victory, less than 1 second off her state record from last year.

On the boy’s side, Rob Finnerty established a record for a Minnesota freshman with his winning time of 9:06.80, which is 17 seconds faster than the old Minnesota record for a freshman, a 9:23.75 by Nick Schneider (Duke alumni). Actually he beat Schneider's time last year, when he ran a 9:23.65 — as an eighth-grader.

Last year was his first track season, and Finnerty remembers running the 3200 for the first time and finishing in 9:58.

"My coaches seemed pretty excited," he said of their reaction. Hmm, I wonder why.

Finnerty also came back to double in the 1600. His 4:16.95 winning time was also a record for Minnesota freshmen. He bettered the mark of 4:17.5 (converted from a 4:19.2 mile) set back in 1965 by “some guy” named Garry Bjorklund.

On a slower note, I ran 6 miles this evening. Decide to hit the local track for a mile at marathon pace, since I have not done any quality for nearly 2 weeks. It felt too fast. That’s alright. I’ll be ready to go on Saturday.

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