Tristan Colaizzi '20 and Aidan Ryan '21 competed today on the first day of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Each athlete competed in the preliminary rounds of the 1500.
Both athletes were in the first heat of two in the 1500. Each heat features 10 athletes, with the top 4 in each heat and the next 4 fastest times qualifying for the 12-man final on Saturday. Ryan came in seeded 8thoverall, while Colaizzi was seeded 11th. Ryan and Colaizzi each got out to a quick start, with Ryan leading the first couple hundred meters and Colaizzi in 3rd. Ryan relinquished the lead but kept a close eye on the leader, maintaining the 2ndplace position on the shoulder of the leader almost the entire race. Colaizzi, meanwhile kept an inside line to minimize the distance needed to run, in about 3rdor 4th. With one lap to go, Ryan made a move to the front, stringing out the field. Colaizzi and two other athletes went with Ryan's move. By the top of the home straightaway, it was clear that all four of these athletes had safely qualified, so Ryan and Colaizzi wisely saved energy and crossed the line almost side-by-side in 3rdand 4th, in times of 3:53.61 and 3:53.97. Both athletes will compete in the final of the 1500, on 12:35 PM Saturday.
Head Coach Ethan Barron was pleased with how Colaizzi and Ryan ran, saying, "they both ran intelligent races. They settled in when needed and moved when needed. Now it's a competition of recovery and who can best prepare for Saturday."