CMU's Adams Breaks 2nd School Record in Past Week at Notre Dame

CMU's Adams Breaks 2nd School Record in Past Week at Notre Dame

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Tecumseh Adams continued to rewrite the CMU indoor track and field record book with his second school record in seven days at Saturday's day two action at the Meyo Invitational.

The sophomore anthropology major from Harbor Springs finished fifth in the invitational-only Ryan Shay Memorial 3,000m run with a time of 8:02.38 against a field of 22 other nationally prominent runners.

"I'm excited that the records have come this early in my career," Adams said. "It's really exciting for the team because we're all so young. Within the next few years we'll all get faster as a team and I hope we all go on to break these records again in the future."

Adams' mark replaces Jeff Powers' time of 8:11.4, which was set in 2007. This was his first career appearance in the 3,000m run.

After a group of about four runners separated from the pack at the beginning of the race, Adams ran with the second pack before sprinting his way up to the lead pack by the mile mark. He stayed with that pack until the final three or four laps, when the lead pack again pulled away.

The record is Adams' second in the span of seven days, after setting the 5,000m run indoor school record of 13:53.08 at the Indiana Relays last Saturday. He becomes the third CMU indoor track and field student-athlete to lay claim to a pair of current school records, alongside Soji Jibowu (200m dash and 4x400m relay) and Steve Wezner (400m dash and 600m dash).

"Tecumseh has always been the type of athlete from whom we expected something special," Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Willie Randolph said. "It's just great that his work ethic and the coaching are both coming together to create the reality of breaking these records. We're excited for what it means for the team. It means a great deal of confidence knowing that if everybody does their job in every event, that we're going in a very positive direction."

Paul Chelimo of UNC-Greensboro won the race in a time of 7:49.87.

The invitational section of the 3,000m run at the Meyo Invitational is named in honor of the late Ryan Shay, a former Notre Dame distance running great born in Michigan who passed away in 2007 at the age of 28 from a heart attack during the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

Competing in a race in honor of Shay was very meaningful for Adams, who knows the Shay family and went to high school just over an hour away from Ryan's high school alma mater, Central Lake High School, where Shay's father coached track and field. Shay's brother, who Adams described as a "spitting image" of Ryan, was in attendance to fire the starting gun for the race

"We're both from the northern Michigan area, and there's a connection between all nothern Michigan runners," Adams said. "I feel like all northern Michigan runners hope the best for one another and want runners from their region to get out in the world and do great things."

Day two of the Meyo Invitational also saw strong performances from a host of CMU student-athletes in addition to Adams who had season- and career-best performances.

"We're encouraged and excited about the reality of a balanced team coming together at the right time at the end of the year for the conference meet and nationals," Randolph said.

Junior Andrew Kruskamp finished fifth in the high jump with a career-best mark of 6-09.75, which is the highest jump by any CMU jumper this season.

Sophomore Ross Parsons finished 11th in the finals of the 60m dash with a time of 6.93, following up Friday's personal and CMU season-best time of 6.91.

Senior Christopher Thomas and sophomore Clay Holman had impressive showings in the 400m dash, registering the first sub-50 second times for the Chippewas this season. Thomas finished 24th in 49.67, while Holman was just fractions of a second behind at 49.71.

Freshman Lucas Bade recorded a collegiate-best and CMU season-best time of 1:55.43 in the 800m run. He finished 42nd overall.

The Chippewas will look to keep their momentum rolling as they travel to the Akron Invitational beginning Saturday, Feb. 11.