Dennis Manyeah and Casey Comber Advance to National Championships In Eugene, Oregon
May 28, 2021 –
The Day Two competition is in the books. La Salle High Jumper Dennis Manyeah and Villanova 1500 meter runner Casey Comber punched their ticket for Eugene and have a chance for a national title. Other athletes competing today conclude their season. Manyeah set a personal best leap of 2.16 meters and did not miss until his progression until the 2.19 meters height. Comber advanced via a top five finish in the first heat of the event.
Let’s take a look at the recap.
Manyeah finished 9th overall in the event and goes to Oregon. Jacob Kelly of Villanova placed 26th, and he, too, set a personal best height of 2.11 meters at the prelims. The top finisher was Allen Gordon of Ole Miss who set a personal best leap of 2.19 meters.
1500 Meter Run
Comber was in Heat 1 and got the automatic qualifier 5th spot in the race by just .3 seconds over Tom Dodd of Michigan. Comber hit the tape in 3:39.57. There were two heat with the top five finishers in each race plus the next two best times advanced. Also in the heat was Wildcat Sean Dolan. He placed 8th with a time of 3:40.43, and was 13th overall, just one spot away from going west. Charlie O’Donovan of Villanova placed 16th overall crossing the line in 3:42.28. Eliud Kipsang of Alabama finished in the top spot overall running a 3:35.49. Todd did advance on time.
Villanova triple jumper Malik Cunningham jumped 15.14 meters and finished 33rd in the event. R’Lazon Brumfield of Tennessee State set his collegiate-best hopping, stepping, and jumping a distance of 16.44 meters.
3000 Meter Steeple Chase
The top dozen would advance. Penn runner Michael Keehan was the best of the Philly runners placing 36th covering the distance in 9:15.47. Nick Steele of Villanova was nine spots back running a 9:47.58. Penn’s William Hare started but did not finish. Fitsum Seyoum of Virginia Tech ran the nest overall time of 8:41.73.
5000 Meter Run
The longest distance run of the day had a Big Five feel to it as five runners representing Villanova, Penn, and Saint Joseph’s were at the starting line in two heats. The top five finishers in each heat plus the two next best times move on. Of the five runners, none would qualify to compete two weeks hence for this event. Josh Phillips of Villanova had the best time of 13:57.75 to place 21st overall. Noah Carey of Penn was 23rd running a 13:58.71. Saint Joseph’s Zach Michon ranked 28th crossing the line in 14:04.80. Haftu Strintzos, who qualified for the nationals in the 10000 meters, finished 30th with a time of 14:05.66. Ryan Renken of Penn was 33rd running a time of 14:12.15. Morgan Beadlescomb of Michigan State was the top qualifier posting a time of 13:40.43 in the event.
The Eastern Prelims conclude tomorrow with women’s events taking the stage.
Written By: Glenn Papazian