Eye of the Hurricane

February 17, 2008

Tyson Invitational – Day Two

Filed under: Uncategorized — hcumphrey @ 11:28 am

Nothing that happened yesterday in the second and final day of the Tyson Invitational was as exciting as Tim Harris’s blazing 800 time on the first day, but some young Hurricanes–particularly DeMarcus Van Dyke and Patrick O’Donnell–performed credibly. DeMarcus Van Dyke was again in the middle of the pack Saturday, finishing 33rd out of 74 in the 200-meter dash. His time was 21.82. This is only Van Dyke’s first year, and his average finishes indicate that he can develop into a competitive sprinter with experience. Khalil Jones finished 64th (22.45). Van Dyke has been consistently faster than the other football players moonlighting on the track for Miami this year. Patrick O’Donnell finished 10th in Saturday’s 800-meter race. The field lacked big names like Tim Harris and Texas’s Jacob Hernandez, who raced Friday, but junior runner O’Donnell performed well (1:53.68). Seven men competed in the 800-meter championship on Saturday, and Miami’s Richard Bernard only beat one of them (1:53.84). Bernard’s time would have looked much better against the 800 competition O’Donnell faced in the earlier race. Miami was one of two teams disqualified in the 4×400-meter relay. Overall, the weekend’s results indicate both that Tim Harris is still phenomenal and that Van Dyke and O’Donnell are two young athletes who could help stabilize the program after Harris’s imminent graduation.

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