The Old Zealand Prius Tour continued with the Kiwis competing at two more cross country meets and several longer road races.
Following last month's finish at Colorado College, OZAC took 4th out of non-DI teams and 8th overall at CU-Boulder's Rocky Mountain Shootout. The Kiwis pushed through a tough course, and Mike's 27:47 narrowly missed Jorge Torres' course record of 24:07. He was trailed by Chris who kicked in a hard 28:36 to achieve the coveted 69th spot. Henry and David followed in 29:00 and 29:11, respectively. The surprise performance of the day was Brian's 29:56, who came to the meet to spectate and found himself on the start line one coincidental run-in with Henry later. Ross made his OZAC, post-collegiate, and altitude debut and ran a tough 31:29.
Never one to rest on their laurels, the Kiwis came back hungry the following week at the Metro State University Roadrunner Invite. Seth and Kailas kicked off their OZAC careers with a bang, finishing 5th and 6th overall in 26:16 and 26:27, respectively - good for the top two spot OZAC spots. Mike ran a strong 27:17 to finish 12th and Chris followed close behind in 27:35 to grab 15th. David rounded out the lean team with a 28:29, taking the 30th spot. In an exciting turn of events, OZAC was included in the team scoring and finished a surprise second overall, only 7 points behind host Metro State. This marks our highest team finish yet and in the wise words of Toby Keith, "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was."
Elsewhere in the continental U.S., Sam ran a 3:28:36 at the Chicago Marathon after missing a large block of training due to injury. Ross turned in his first half marathon performance at the Sea to City Half, running a cool 1:18:20.
Across the pond, Brandon "Gittleselassie" fell just short of his previous 2:03:59 performance in the Berlin Marathon, finishing in in 2:48:55.
Many of the Kiwis are preparing for the Indy Monumental Half in November and California International Marathon in December, so stay tuned for more updates soon!