Seventeen members of the Bradley track team traveled to Azusa, California, late last week to run in the two-day Bryan Clay Invitational. Every runner came away with season bests.
Thursday was highlighted by redshirt junior Haran Dunderdale, who finished first out of 99 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 8:50:90 set a new meet record. Dunderdale improved his personal best by nearly five seconds and now leads the Missouri Valley Conference by almost 18 seconds. His time ranks 13th in the nation.
“I have been steeplechasing for the last seven years and feel comfortable going over the barriers,” Dunderdale said. “I know it is unlikely that each hurdle I approach will have ideal clearance so I remain calm and work with what I have that day.”
Coming off a strong team performance with 10 season bests, Bradley was back to run again Friday, this time to set seven season bests.
Redshirt freshman Alec Hartman broke the Bradley record in the 800- meter race by finishing in 1:50:00 to place 13th out of 148. Hartman’s time was a career best. Sophomore teammate Scott Seymour finished 61 hundredths of a second later to land himself in second place in the Braves’ record book, a personal best.
Senior Taylor Floyd Mews bested his personal record by more than three seconds in the 1,500-meter run. His time of 3:43:77 is the second sub 3:44 in school history. Floyd Mews finished 33rd for the Braves.
Gauson said that as the regular season comes to a close the team is ready to compete hard in each meet going forward.
“It’s at the point of the season where training is at a good point and we are getting really good times,” Gauson said. “We are rolling right now.”
Gauson said the team must be locked in to end the season strong and have multiple team members qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in Eugene, Oregon,
“We are coming off a historic year,” Gauson said. “It’s just about competing well and throwing up as many points possible.”
The Braves will run this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa at the Drake Relays, the final regular season meet before the MVC Championship hosted by Indiana State from May 11-13.