Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend Round-Up: Wagner wants NCAA's for DMR

While American records were being broken at Boston University's Terrier Invitational, Dartmouth sophomore Edward Wagner was looking to run fast at the Reggie Lewis Center. He finished in seventh place overall for the men's 200-meter dash with a time of 22.80.

Wagner was a victim of reckless racing by fellow competitors as he was tripped up twice and ran 50.8 yet still winning his heat of the men's 400-meter dash. He finished in 13th place overall. Afterwards, he told Running Sons that he believed he was capable of running 49.5 in that race.

An Ivy League title used to just be the goal for Wagner, but in 2014 he feels the Big Green have the legs for loftier goals.

"I want NCAA's for the DMR," Wagner said. "We have a national caliber squad. If I run a 47 split, then we have perfect legs for everything else."
Notre Dame junior Keith Mesidor returned to action after missing a week of competition due to a minor hamstring strain. He jumped 21'8" for 11th place at the Notre Dame Invitational. There were 17 people in one flight of the long jump. He finished third overall in the men's 60-meter dash by running 7.03. Football player josh Atkinson finished ahead of him by .07 seconds.

Mesidor remains ranked 13th in the ACC for the 60-meter dash, 10th for the 200-meter dash. Coming into the weekend, he was No. 1 in the long jump, but was pushed down to 3rd by Florida State's Paul Madziviere and Jalen Ramsey.

Mesidor looks to rebound with one more meet before aiming for the school record in the long jump at the 2014 Meyo Invitational, which will be broadcasted live on
He may be trying his hand at the shorter sprints, but Washington and Lee freshman Isidro Camacho returned to the 800-meter run at the Marietta College Open in Ohio. He ran 2:00.79 in the fastest heat of the distance and placed third overall. He is ranked No. 7 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Camacho and the Generals finished third overall in the men's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:33.85.
LeHigh sophomore Domenic Deniro returned from his own hamstring issues to compete in the 60-meter hurdles at the LeHigh vs. Lafayette 2014 Dual Meet. He ran 8.87 for fourth place overall.
NYU freshman Nick Karam ran 4:34.86 for the mile at the NYU Team Challenge.
DePaul freshman Scotty Midgett did not place at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational's high jump.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weekend Recap: Isidro Camacho debuts, Wagner Undefeated at Yale

Freshman Isidro Camacho '13 made his collegiate debut on Saturday for the Washington and Lee Generals. He won his heat and finished fourth overall in the men's 400-meter dash with a time of 52.24 seconds.

Camacho returned later on for the men's 200-meter dash. Formerly a middle distance runner on the track at Xavier, his focus will be on the sprints for the Generals.
Edward Wagner '12 returned to action after missing Dartmouth Relays due to illness last weekend. The sophomore won the men's 400-meter dash in 50.46. Saturday's race was just slightly slower than his season opener 50.42 ran at Harvard in December. Last month, Wagner ran 22.57 for the men's 200-meter dash at the 2013 Jay Carisella Track and Field Invitational. 

"I need to keep training," Wagner said. "It was a great race though. I just need to close harder."

Wagner helped Dartmouth win the men's 4x400-meter run by running the first leg and helping the Big Green to a time of 3:21.70. 
Freshman Scott Midgett '13 finished seventh in the high jump for the DePaul Blue Demons. He cleared 5'8" on his first jump and followed up with 5'11.5". He missed all three of his attempts at the 6'1" height.  He opened his season with a 6'.75" jump at Notre Dame's Blue and Gold Invitational. Next week DePaul will compete at the Wisconsin Badger Quad Meet. 
Notre Dame junior Keith Mesidor '11 did not compete at Michigan's Simmons-Harvey Invitational due to a minor hamstring injury. Domenic DeNiro also had a hamstring strain that sidelined him from competition at the Angry Birds Invitational.
Race Announcements
Chris Chavez '11, Matt Hayes '10 and Joe Klein '12 will run the 2014 Holy Half in South Bend, Indiana on March 29. Chris Kelly '12 will run the NYC Half on March 16. A half marathon in Rockaway is in the planning stages for the same weekend. Pete Cashin '11 plans to make his return to racing on that weekend.
Injury News: Dmitri Zuccarello '12 will be out for a while with a stress fracture in his foot.
"I'm gonna be coming back strong once it heals," Zuccarello told Running Sons.
Late results: 
- Nick Karam '13 ran 4:34.19 for the mile at the NYC Gotham Cup. He finished fourth in his race.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bound for Millrose for 3rd Straight Year

Back row: Noga, Kaufmann, Berka, Dormer Front: Rice & Ronan
Xavier will be competing at the 2014 Millrose Games on February 14, which marks the third straight year in which the Knights will be running at the historic New York City meet. The relay team composed of Jordan Berka, Eliot Kaufmann, JC Rice and Dominick Ronan ran 7:57.89, for the fourth fastest time in the nation and the second fastest in school history.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Karam and NYU win MET Championship, Chavez runs Chicago

The New York University men's cross-country team won the 2013 Metropolitan Championship on Friday as freshman Nick Karam (Xavier '13) returned to his former stomping grounds at Van Cortlandt Park. Karam did not score for the team, but still managed to run 28:21.13 for 58th place.

Karam managed to pace himself throughout the race by running with Devin Rocks of Fordham, who ran for Bishop Ford in high school. NYU was the only non-Division I school in the field, so Karam also managed to stick with a Alec Brown of Columbia for most of the race.

After a rough start to his season, Karam sat down with Dr. Joel Fish of the Center for Sports Psychology. Fish has worked with the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers. Karam talked with Fish and set goals for his season, which allowed him to focus better.

"The goal was to make the top 15," Karam said. "We focused on anchoring my thoughts to one point and focusing on one race at a time rather than projecting too far ahead, just dealing with the race you're in at the moment."

Karam may have one of two more races left on the year. NYU's top 15 men get to travel to Ohio for the Oberlin Regional Rumble. Karam managed to place 15th for his squad at Friday's meet. A decision on whether or not he will travel will be made later on in the week.
In Chicago, Chris Chavez (Xavier '11) ran the Chicago Marathon in four hours 17 minutes and 30 seconds. The original goal set by Chavez and coach Patrick Dormer was to run under four hours. After coming through the half-marathon mark at two hours and four minutes, Chavez was doing everything according to plan. After the 22nd mile, Chavez experienced tightness in his left quad and the pace slowed down. Coming down Michigan Avenue, the pace picked up and Chavez ran two minutes faster than his pace for mile 24. The plan is to run New York in 2014.

Here is Chavez's interview with Flotrack after the race:

Jimmy Buckley and the Scranton Royals return to action next weekend at the Princeton Invitational.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mr. Dormer Accomplishes His Longest Run in 20 Years

Over the years, Mr. Dormer has motivated hundreds of Xavier students to lace up their shoes and get out for a run. On Sunday morning, he accomplished a 10-mile run in an hour and 46 minutes. It was his longest run in 20 years. 

When asked if he has any plans to run a spring half-marathon, Dormer didn't rule out the possibility. 

Last year, Dormer coached his wife to a Boston Marathon qualifying time at the Philadelphia Marathon. In addition to coaching the Xavier cross-country and track team this fall, Dormer has been coaching Chris Chavez (Marquette '15) in preparation for his own marathon debut in Chicago on October 13. 

Regis coach John Donodeo still runs marathons. Will we see a Xavier vs. Regis coaches matchup over 26.2 miles in the future? Only time will tell.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Karam and Buckley Make Collegiate Debuts

A few weeks into the collegiate cross-country season, two Xavier graduates from the class of 2013 are already making an impact on their respective teams. Nick Karam (NYU '17) and Jimmy Buckley (University of Scranton '17) are the latest NCAA athletes.

Buckley opened his season at the LeHigh Cross-Country Invitational and placed 102nd in his debut, where he finished the six-kilometer race in 21:34.36. Using the first race as a rust buster, Buckley rebounded in his second meet of the year as he placed 34th overall running 21:13.96 for six-kilometers at the Vassar Ron Stonitsch Invitational on Sept. 7. He was second for the Royals and seventh among all freshmen. Scranton finished fifth behind New Paltz St., Vassar, Stevens Institute of Technology and Marywood.

Karam battled through sickness in the week leading up to his debut at the Second Annual Roadrunner Invitational hosted by Ramapo College. He ran the six-kilometer race in 29:34.7 to place 69th overall. He was the 14th place finisher among his NYU teammates.

Karam will run at the Monmouth University Invitational this weekend and aims to bring down his time in the 28-minute range, due to the toughness of Holmdel Park.

Note: Dmitri Zuccarello did not appear in the results for Richmond's Spider Alumni Open. If he is healthy, he could make his debut for William and Mary at their home invitational this weekend. Zuccarello redshirted the 2012 cross-country season.