(Walnut, Calf.) Louis Falland escaped the dreary conditions in West Michigan to get in a good steeplechase race at the Mt. Sac Relays in California. Instead of cold and rain, he was greeted with temperatures near 80 degrees.
"The heat was a factor, tonight," said CU men's distance coach, Nate Van Holten. "They delayed the start of some races and you could tell it was affecting others."
Nevertheless, Falland put himself on sub-nine minute pace through the opening mile in the Olympic Development Elite heat of the 3,000 meter event. Louis struggled, though in the last kilometer, partially from the conditions and partially from a minor ankle sprain he sustained on his run the previous day.
His parents and sister, visiting from Australia, were on hand to see Louis finish fourteenth. His time of 9:10.89 took seven seconds off his personal best and is the second fastest time in the NAIA this season.