M55 400m National Champion - 55.93
Due to some bogus seed times, I ended up in lane 6 with all my competition to my inside. So, I was running blind. I felt really ready, actually better than yesterday. The conditions were better today, only mid 70ºs, but a headwind down the back stretch. Even with good execution it would have been hard to run a fast time today in the wind. But, I did not execute real well. Went out a tad fast and rigged in the end, but was able to pull out a win. Didn't really know what shape Corey would be in, he seeded himself at 54.5... which was quite 'optimistic'. I was essentially alone the whole race. After I made up the stagger on the outside lanes, I never saw anyone.
I walked to the start with my training shoes on and didn't have much time to get my spikes on. Was a bit late in getting out there. At the start, I flinched and got out OK despite my blocks slipping about 2". To my surprise, I was called for a false start because of my flinch, and they never even saw my blocks slip. I thought they called the false start for my blocks slipping, but no. The second time, I had an official stand on my blocks and I got out safely, not a super quick start but I took it out pretty hard.
|400m Championship final - down the back stretch ~ 170m mark|
|The home stretch, here's where the party starts...|
Then, I powered ahead... at one point I think by about 7m. Coming down the stretch, I looked to my left a few times expecting to see Corey or Tyrone... but no.
With several meters to go, Pete announced, "Bill Yelverton will win it!" It was a relief since I was rigging up, and wasn't sure where Corey and Jim were. But despite falling apart, I still won by about 5 meters.
I felt lucky to have pulled it off since I didn't feel real good about the way I ran it. If I had not took it out so hard, I should have run a half second faster ... at least. But, a win is a win.
|The last 20m|
It was a great field. In our full heat of 9, we had 2 former world champions - Jim and Corey, and Tyrone who won Nationals in '12 (all to my left above).
Looks like '16 is turning out pretty well. 2 more National Championships.
200m semis tomorrow.
|Jim, Corey and I - the M55 National Medalists in the 400m|