Cowart, Pecora hit trials marks while other RMR Harriers race on the roads

It was another busy race week for RMR, with athletes competing on the track in Indiana and others racing on the roads in Minnesota and back in Charlottesville.

Donnie Cowart and Kent Pecora competed in a highly competitive 3000m steeplechase at the American Milers Series Meet 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana this past Wednesday. For both guys, the goal was to improve upon their current bests to improve their standing for the Olympic Trials and beyond.

Cowart followed the rabbit from the gun as he chased the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 8:23. After the rabbit dropped out at 2k, Donnie was all alone out front. While his final time of 8:26.51 was just off the mark, it was a personal best on American soil and only 0.13 off of his all-time best set last year in Finland. In the interview below, Donnie talks about his race and sounds poised and confident going into the Olympic Trials.

Interview: Donnie Cowart 1st Mens 3000 Steeplechase A – American Milers Club June 13, 2012

Pecora’s goal going into the race was to improve upon his Olympic Trials ‘B’ standard of 8:40.39 in order to move up on the list to ensure himself a spot at the Olympic Trials. Pecora competed well but came up a bit short, running 8:41.79 for 11th place. Video and results of the race can be found below.

Video: AMC HP Series Meet 3 M3000S

Results: 2012 AMC HP Series Meet 3

Seth Hutchinson and Louise Knudson traveled to Duluth, Minnesota to compete in the US Half Marathon Championship. Hutchinson finished 45th in a time of 1:07:50 while Knudson ran 1:19:59 for 50th place. Seth and Louise were busy this spring with work/school commitments and did not get in the training they would like, but both are looking forward to chasing marathon personal bests this coming fall. Results can be found below.

Results: 2012 US Half Marathon Championship

Back in Charlottesville, Alec Lorenzoni, Lee Gabler, Chris Post, Charlie Hurt, and Joel Hess toed the line in the Men’s Four Miler. Despite a strong second half, Alec ran out of real estate and came up just short of the victory, finishing second one second behind first in a time of 20:30. The rest of the RMR harriers filled the 5th-8th places, with Lee running 20:52, Post running 21:08, Hurt running 21:15, and Joel running 22:02. Results can be found below.

Results: 2012 Men’s Four Miler

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