I concluded my track season at the Sunset Summer Classic in Marietta this past weekend. Although I intended to race both the 100 and 200, the meet was gargantuan and extremely late: I didn’t run the 100 until 8:45 PM (I’m usually in bed before 8:30)! Since the 200 wasn’t likely to go off before 11 PM or so, I skipped it.
I competed in the 100 and 200 at the 2022 Lee Invitational in Cleveland on May 14. This report, three weeks delayed, is necessarily quite short as I barely remember the races themselves.
I ran this past weekend in Knoxville at UT’s Tennessee Challenge. There were fewer competitors than I had expected, but I still had a good field with me in my events.
My pre-meet routine was disrupted this time around: first of all, I had a poor week of sleep leading up to the week. Second, Knoxville is a bit far from where I’m staying, so I slept in a hotel and wasn’t able to eat my normal raceday breakfast (4 scrambled eggs and a piece or two of toast). And I drove around campus for a half hour looking for visitor parking. I did end up at the meet in good spirits though.
I’m often asked by non-athletes what my mile time is when I tell them I’m a sprinter. Although there’s no true comparison, I’ve typically used World Athletic’s scoring tables to get a relatively close mark. For example, my 100m PR of 10.71 and a mile time of 4:08.41 are both worth 974 points. I’ve used this calculator based off of the 2017 tables for a long time, but the calculator hasn’t been updated with the 2022 data.
So, naturally, I built my own. Check it out if you haven’t already; the remainder of this post will dive into my methodology for parsing the World Athletics PDFs and fitting a curve to each category/gender/event tuple.
Since I’m in Tennessee for a couple of weeks with Emily’s parents, I competed this weekend in the 100m and 200m at Sewanee’s Mountain Laurel Invitational, a small D3 meet just a half hour drive away.
This meet came in the middle of a training cycle, so I came into it without strong expectations—I was focusing on getting my raceday tactics right and getting a really good start off the turn in the 200.
The weather was beautiful—my first warm meet of the year—but marred by a nasty headwind that approached -3m/s at times.