Damian showing great form stateside.

Damian showing great form stateside.

Its been some time since we waved Damian off to the states, did we think that was it out of sight out of mind? Well not quite. It is actually up to me to keep you all informed of his exploits {athletic related that is} and I have been very poor in my role up to this point, but will try to make a better effort in future.

Damian remains a member of Craughwell A.C so can still set a few club records and based on his recent results that is exactly what he is planning on doing.

One week after Christmas break McNeese hosted its first of two home indoor meets.

Damian competed in the mile {1609m} on Friday 13th Jan where he ran a time of 4.17.01 which was officially converted to 4.13.78 as McNeese like many facilities in the U.S. hosts a flat indoor track without any banking on the turns. (Due to flat track NCAA gives a conversion to banked track) This result is not only the fastest recorded time by any member of the club (hoping Mr Tobin doesn’t dispute this but I did check records and couldn’t find any results for mile) but also stood as the leading Conference mark for 2 full weeks until the McNeese Indoor #II on Friday 27th January where his own older team mates surpassed this mark. This was a huge achievement especially considering Damian is just a Freshman and one of the youngest athletes in the university and the conference.  

At the McNeese Indoor #II Damian competed in the 800m where he romped home in a time of 1.57.51 converted to 1.55.86 to finish in second place in a race where his teammate Olandis Johnson broke both the school and complex records which had stood for over 30 years, Fabulous results for all.

Next week Damian will travel to Notre Dame as part of a select squad from McNeese to compete at the Meyo Invitational which will be held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Good Luck to Damian and all his team mates.

What fabulous results for our first scholarship athlete. Watch this space.

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