Jake raced the USATF 1 Mile Road Championship hosted by the Grand Blue Mile and placed 4th amongst a competitive field. Just 4 days later he came back strong and WON the mile at Drake Relays, one of the most renowned track meets in America. Here’s what Jake has to say about his recent races in Des Moines, IA.
Training leading into the USA Road Mile Champs and Drake Relays was going well, but it was still the first race of the season and I wasn’t sure exactly where my fitness was. Heading into this year, my coach and I decided to start racing against national class fields earlier in the season to get more quality racing experience and have more opportunities to get the USA standard.
In the road mile (USATF 1 Mile Road Championship), I closed hard, but didn’t kick until ~100m out and afterward felt that had I started my kick earlier I would have been in contention for the win.
Men's Results 1. Tripp Hurt 4:03.9 2. Brandon Lasater 4:04.0 3. Nick Harris 4:04.0 4. Jake Edwards 4:04.5 5. Daniel Herrera 4:04.9 6. David Elliot 4:05.2 7. Mike Marsella 4:05.3 8. Joe Coffey 4:05.7 9. Kyle Medina 4:06.8 10. Julius Bor 4:07.1
(WATCH Men’s Competitive Division – USATF 1 Mile Road Championships 2019)
All week going into Drake we knew the weather was going to be bad. It ended up being 38° with 20+ mph winds and rain. I told myself all week the I regularly train in similar conditions and I would be at an advantage. Walking to the line I could tell most of the field was apprehensive about the weather.
Gun went off and I tucked into 6th place, including two rabbits. First lap was right around 60 seconds, but then we slowed to two 63s for the middle two laps. I had gone around a few guys and on the homestretch heading into the bell I was right on the rabbit. I ran up on him and said “Go!” He didn’t accelerate, so I went around him. At first my intention was to simply hold off any challengers, but I gapped the field into the wind and continued running strong.
By the homestretch I knew I had it and pumped my fist and yelled at the crowd. I was pretty excited to get the win that way after a career of mainly sitting and kicking. Hope this serves as a springboard to the 2019 season.
WATCH MEN’S MILE INVITATIONAL –> DRAKE RELAYS 2019