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Subject: RE: Penn DMR
The people commenting on this race either a) clearly don't know running or b) weren't at Penn or c) both.
It was very windy. The way the legs played out there were 3-4 teams getting it together on the anchor. The fact of the matter is none of those guys are good enough to push the pace in 20-25mph winds and still win. So the last leg was bound to be a jog fest.
You want Bayer to push the pace and rabbit out Merber and Cabral for 1200 and then get blown away?
But the race also is the perfect example of why I often hate the DMR. A 4 x 800 is much more interesting to me. A DMR is often normally "Who has the best anchor?"
Because if more than a couple of teams get it together, the anchors often jog it.
That to me is the story of this race.
A 10k/Steeple guy outkicked some of the best collegiate milers in the land. Admittedly, the mile is a bit down this year as compared to recent years with Centro, Wheating, etc. but Cabral was sensational.
People are ripping Bayer for not pushing it? Well these are the same people that would be ripping Cabral for not pushing it as he's more of a 10k guy. "How can he let him come down to a kick?" Well he showed you how.
Last week, when Cabral killed a bunch of the top East coast guys in the 1,500 at Princeton, I told everyone I knew, "He looked incredible. I know he's not a 1,500 guy but Princeton should 100% anchor him. He looked like a kid playing a video game who hit turbo with 50 meters to go."
I think he has an excellent shot at the Olympics in the steeple. His close is incredible. All he needs is the A standard.
He's starting to remind me a bit of Andy Wheating two years ago. Trained through the early part of the season and took his lumps but was splendent when it mattered most.
I mean at indoor heps he was 3rd in the 3k.
Now that I've spent 10 minutes praising a rival teams runner, I guess i should issue a disclaimer. "Donn, no is a fine time to get sick and have a hiccup. We'll be happy to have you get third at Heps next week. 3rd is good - remember it makes the Olympics."
It also sort of reminds me of a slower version of Rupp a few years ago. All of the sudden it's like "Where did that kick come from?"
Endurance = speed when you get really fit.
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