Given the lack of real activity on the open circuit to this point (although Snow Joke is next weekend), the hottest action has been undercover on the indoor track. This past weekend was no exception.
Lyle Weese continues his hot running with a win at the Bobcat Open (at MSU) on Friday night. He ran a 4:12.11 for the win. That gives him 3 indoor miles this year under 4:15.
Equally impressive may have been Cesar Mireles of Rocky Mountain College. Taking his racing to the next level, Cesar was just behind Lyle - his 2nd place finish time was 4:14.31. Pretty solid time for an NAIA athlete at altitude.
While I don't spend a lot of time on the prep scene, it's hard to overlook a few performances from MT kids this weekend at the Simplot Games in Pocatello.
In the boys 3200 meters, Zach Perrin (a junior at Kalispell Flathead) finished 3rd in the race with a 9:24.22. Right behind Zach in 4th place was Troy Fraley (a junior at Kalispell Glacier) in 9:25.56. Early February and two kids already in the 9:20's for 3200 meters could bode well for some super fast outdoor racing.
Not to be outdone, Paige Gilchrist (junior at Missoula Hellgate) had a 4th place finish of her own in a stellar 11:05.36. Oh so close to that sub-11:00 barrier.
As I mentioned, next week is the Snow Joke - probably the first of the big, improrant races of the year. Then, just a couple of weeks until the wild St. Patricks Day weekend - the true (albeit unofficial) start of the racing season. Ahhh, I can smell the spring in the air.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard