Azcue hits another NCAA provisional mark, this time in mile run
Clemson, SC – Senior Ayrton Azcue hit his second NCAA Division II provisional time for the indoor national championships in the Tiger Paw Invitational held Friday and Saturday at Clemson University.
Azcue, who already has an automatic qualifying time in the 800m, won his heat in the mile run and finished seventh overall with a time of 4:14.91. His time narrowly missed breaking former Laker Walid Berkhedle's school record by .05 seconds.
"Ayrton had another productive day, though he would have been fitted racing in the fast heat, but his seed time wasn't fast enough to get him in," said Laker head coach Mike Mead. Another challenge at the Laker record book came from freshman Job Kemboi in the 3,000m run. In a competitive field, he won his heat and finished 20th overall while missing Azcue's team record by less than 1.5 seconds. Both Azcue and Kemboi will get another chance at the mile and 3K team records at the next meet in Winston‐Salem.
Junior Charles Anderson had the highest individual finish placing fifth overall in the 800m. He recorded his second‐fastest time of the indoor season at 1:57.84. Sophomore Tanner Thomason ran a personal‐best in the 3K, while sophomore Dinero Nicholas, despite an ankle injury, was only .01 second off his best in the 400m.
"We'll be scaling back on who races the rest of the indoor season while the rest will get ready for the outdoor season in March."
The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, February 16th, running in the JDL Fast Track Championship Tune-up in Winston-Salem, NC.