The returning champion Alex Fraser is back. He’s also seeded over a second faster than he was last year. Ian Stewart-Bates is back too. He finished at 4:25 last year, just a second off of Fraser. Like freshmen? How about 7 of them coming in at 4:33 or better? Yes, 7. The future of this event is bright, but let’s not be too forward thinking. Let’s talk about this year.
So let’s review what we have: Returning champion? Check. Kenyon distance guy who appears not to have tapered yet? Check. Freshman stud who hasn’t tapered yet? Check (Weik). A lot of excitement to look forward to? Check, check, check!
Sleeper: Whitaker Davis. Yeah yeah, I know he’s a 4:28 seed and will be checking in as the 2nd seed, making my “sleeper” pick a bit of a cop out. That being said, outside of the MIAC, he isn’t getting a lot of talk. He’s fully tapered already and did add time last year, but he’s a senior and I’ll take him as a top 8 finalist.
Winner: Alex Fraser. It won’t be an easy victory, to be sure, and the field is deep and talented, but Fraser’s steady rise and improvements will continue this season, his last. Some said it was all in the suit, but he proved that not to be the case last year and will write his names in the books this time around.