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Track Dude
05-27-2013, 11:27 AM
Perhaps he and his coach are looking at a post-season strategy in regards to the Mile, but does anyone know why Mr. Hamilton opted not to even run the 800m at the North Coast Section "Meet of Champions" this past weekend?

He has a 1:50.19 to his credit.
The third and final qualifier at the NCS Meet was clocked in 1:56.85
Instead, Hamilton was entered in the 1600m and just barely edged Louis Rodriguez of St. Joseph's in 4:13.49 to 4:13.50
His time in the 1600m yesterday only puts him at 18th in the State.
Does anyone know why he dropped the 800?
Rich???

On another note, Monte Vista of Danville's Heidi Fuhriman ran an amazing 2:12.93 in yesterday's NCS 800m Girls Final for 2nd place.
She's only a Freshman.
Wow!

cajunkid44
05-27-2013, 12:22 PM
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East Bay high school notebook: Bishop O'Dowd senior Eugene Hamilton III focuses on 1,600
By Phil Jensen


pjensen@bayareanewsgroup.com
mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/22/2013 06:33:02 PM PDT
May 23, 2013 4:45 AM GMTUpdated: 05/22/2013 09:45:17 PM PDT


Bishop O'Dowd High's Eugene Hamilton III was seriously contemplating dropping one of his two events for the rest of the postseason after competing in the 800 meters last Saturday at the North Coast Section Bay Shore Area Track & Field Championships.

But the Arizona-bound senior wasn't totally sure which of his events he would drop. Hamilton had a state-leading time of 1 minute, 50.19 seconds, in the 800 at press time, according to PrepCalTrack.com, and he said at last Saturday's meet that it was likely that he would drop the 1,600 meters.

Hamilton had a change of heart.

"(Bishop O'Dowd distance coach Andrew Cheng) and I discussed it, and we sort of decided that it would be a nice change of pace to go after the 1,600," Hamilton said. "Ultimately, it was my decision.

"I felt like I wanted to give the 1,600 a try. I felt like it was a natural event for me. I felt like I wanted to pursue it. I felt more energized to pursue it."

The NCS Meet of Champions, at Cal's Edwards Stadium, starts Friday, with finals in certain field events and track trials.

Field events start at 9:30 a.m. and track events begin at 1 p.m. Saturday's field event finals start at 9 a.m. and track finals begin at 1:30 p.m.

Hamilton won the boys mile at this year's Stanford Invitational in 4:12.74, which converts to 4:11.27 for 1,600 meters. Only three athletes in the state had faster 1,600 times at press


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time, according to PrepCalTrack.com.

"It is sort of a fresh race for me," said Hamilton, who has raced the mile or 1,600 meters just four times in his life.

Hamilton said he thought about the trials-finals process of the next two meets

"I thought about what I've done in the 800 previously. I was thinking I would have to go trials, finals, trials, finals the next two weeks," he said. "I was really thinking about what race I would prefer to run like that. The 1,600 really came up."

Hamilton had the fastest time in the 1,600 (4:20.01) and 800 (1:54.40) at the NCS Bay Shore Area Championships

Track Dude
05-27-2013, 12:59 PM
Somehow I missed this article by Phil Jensen.
Thank you Cajunkid!
;)

cajunkid44
05-27-2013, 01:04 PM
My pleasure:cool:

Albert Caruana
05-27-2013, 02:55 PM
Instead, Hamilton was entered in the 1600m and just barely edged Louis Rodriguez of St. Joseph's in 4:13.49 to 4:13.50
His time in the 1600m yesterday only puts him at 18th in the State.
Wow!

Clayton Hutchins of Sir Francis Drake was actually the 2nd place finisher.
Hamilton's converted mile time at Stanford has him as the 4th fastest 1600m. runner in the state.

Mark Gardner
05-27-2013, 04:22 PM
First, Brett Moulton decides not to compete and now Hamilton.....that 800m is WIDE open!

Track Dude
05-27-2013, 04:34 PM
Clayton Hutchins of Sir Francis Drake was actually the 2nd place finisher.
Hamilton's converted mile time at Stanford has him as the 4th fastest 1600m. runner in the state.

You are correct.
I was looking at Friday's prelims in which Rodriguez was second and Hutchins was third. My bad.
And yes.... his converted mile time would be 4:11.27 for the 1600m. Looks like he's "bored" with the 800m.
Pretty gutsy move!