The NE Distance was out in Oregon over the weekend for the Portland Track Festival. Steeplechasers David Goodman and Henry Sterling were taking one last shot at hitting the standard for the upcoming national championship meet. Unfortunately, it wasn’t without incident:
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Goodman got spiked 50 meters into the race and it tore through the back of his shoe. With about 98% of the race to go, he had to gut it out on a shredded shoe with a bleeding foot. So unfortunately for David, the deck was stacked against him there.
Both runners were in the faster Section 1, which had the horses up front to get them to that standard. Andy Bayer (Bowerman TC) won the race in 8:26.75, followed by Chris Winter (Speed River) in 8:40.34, who apparently just missed the standard of 8:40.
Sterling came through in 8:46.74, good for 5th but not quite fast enough to get him to nationals. Goodman finished in 9:21.19, last in the heat. Very tough break for a guy willing to travel across the country to try to hit the standard.
New Balance Boston also had a couple of runners competing in the steeplechase there. For the men, Paul Rupprecht came in 9th in the Section 2 with a 9:29.
For the ladies, Joanna Murphy represented with a 10:14.59 seventh place finish. The national qualifier for women is 9:53. Not bad considering Joanna is only just recently returning to the event after missing a long stretch due to injury.