The Men of Tin covered events from the 800m to the Half Marathon this weekend.
Read on below for a recap from the entire weekend, and watch Episode One of INSIDE TINMAN ELITE.
WEEKEND AT A GLANCE:
3x WORLD STANDARD
2x Top 8 US Finish
4x Personal Bests
3x Season Openers
REFLECTION FROM COACH SCHWARTZ:
“It was a big week for Tinman Elite. Of the eight TME athletes competing in various events at Payton Jordan, the 5,000m run results were the most notable. The field targeted a time of 13:22.5; the published performance standard to compete in the IAAF World Outdoor Championships held on September 27th through October 6th in Doha, Qatar. Drew Hunter, Jordan Gusman, and Sam Parsons ran 13:21.18, 13:21.35, and 13:22.32 respectively—all capturing the standard to be eligible upon selection from their respective countries.
They closed the last 800m in an impressive 2:01.”
“Having Sam and Goose with me every step of the race was the energy boost I needed to run 13:21 and get the World Championship Standard.”
“We didn’t get too caught up with moves being made and stuck to our plan, for that we were rewarded with qualifying marks.”
“It was a huge breakthrough for me—not just on the clock, but mentally to practice being ‘the witness, not the possessor of my doubts as they arouse within my mind & body.’”
“To execute the race plan and run a 4 second PR of 8:48…was very gratifying. I’m looking forward to getting back to Boulder to prepare for the bell lap of the next race.
“A year ago, 9:06 was a bad race and now I feel the same about this weekend’s 8:49. I exposed my weaknesses and have a great indicator of fitness...back to work!”
“I learned a lot about myself and what I need to do better going forward. This sport is all about progress.”
“I tried to make the most of the situation I was in, but… I’ll need to be better in two weeks at Oxy. I know I am ready and fit and my time is coming.”
“I got out there and competed, came home in 1:50, and had fun with my team. This was a major win for my professional career.”
The Tinmen will be taking on the USATF Distance Classic at Occidental College on May 16.
all photos courtesy of @noahoneone and @drifting_crackerjack