By Jeremiah Vaille
Running at nearly 13.5 miles per hour for 5 kilometers may sound like it requires superpowers, but for Dillon Powell of the Colorado School of Mines track and field team, it is just one of his several lofty goals for the indoor track season. After a disappointing result at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, where Powell and teammate Duncan Fuehne experienced heat stroke on the course, Powell is “excited to start racing again, soon.”
Indoor track, which is a winter sport, is one of the three sports that Powell, and other cross country athletes, compete in for Mines. This indoor season, Powell will attempt to make school history. One of his goals is to break the school record for the indoor 5k, which will require running at or over 13.49 miles per hour to run under 13 minutes and 49 seconds. When Powell attempts this, he will have to run faster than the time of fellow Mines junior, Loic Scomparin, who set the record last winter.
Powell also will be attempting to reach NCAA DII All-American status in both the indoor 3k and 5k this season. Additionally, he says, “winning the 5k is going to be very hard, but it’s not out of the realm [of possibilities].” You can watch Powell and the Orediggers at their next home meet on February 4th and 5th and check the indoor track and field schedule on the Mines Athletics website to see when they will compete. Students get free admittance to home meets, so go cheer on your fellow Orediggers.