College Track and Field Barefoot

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    Some news from Friday/Saturday:

    Friday at the Sun Belt Conference outdoor track championship meet, South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe competed in the women's 10,000 meter race. She finished 10th in a time of 40:31.91. Ran the race in shoes instead of her normal taped bare feet (long distance involved).
    Nicole and Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen are both competing in the women's 5000 meter race Sunday evening. Not sure if either or both of them will be allowed to run barefooted in the race. (Conference usually pretty strict in regard to requiring spikes to be worn at conference outdoor meet - they did allow Nicole to compete in bare feet at indoor conference meet,FYI.)

    Update on Hawkeye CC's Joanna Topham. School announced on their Twitter page this morning that she is competing next weekend at the NJCAA national outdoor track meet in the women's steeplechase event only.(She will run in spikes -also coming off ankle injury)
     
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    Sunday:

    At the Sun Belt Conference outdoor track and field championship meet in Texas:

    Women's 5000 meter race - Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen and South Alabama's Nicole van der Merwe ran in the race. Nicole finished 19th out of close to 40 competitors in the race, while Lisha dropped out of the race early due to the heat and humidity down in Texas.
    Lisha wore spikes in the race, but Nicole ran barefooted (taped feet). Don't think it was a coincidence.

    I took a couple of screenshots off of a story on Coastal Carolina's IG page and am posting these on the Facebook page showing that Nicole did indeed run barefoot.
     
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    From the NJCAA national outdoor meet this past weekend (May 17-19):

    Hawkeye CC freshman runner Joanna Topham finished 18th on Friday in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase event out of 23 competitors with a time of 12:48.03(in spikes- bad ankle).

    Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorekwe finished 6th in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase event on Friday with a time of 9:38.63 running barefoot. He finished 9th in his heat and 13th overall Saturday in the men's 5000 meter race(also in bare feet).

    Mesa CC freshman Quin Johnson had the busiest weekend.
    She ran the anchor leg of the 4x800 relay in 2:22.88 barefoot as the relay finished 7th in 9:48.06 on Thursday.
    Friday, she started by running the prelims in the women's 1500 meters. She finished 2nd in her heat and 3rd overall with a time of 4:50.83 running barefoot. She qualified for the finals. She then competed in the women's 800 prelims, but she struggled badly as the hot temps in the air and on the track in Kansas forced Quin to run the race in spikes instead of her usual bare feet. Quin finished last out of 9 in her heat and 25th overall out of 27 competitors with a time of 2:32.59(DNQ for finals).

    Saturday, she competed in her last race of the year in the women's 1500 meter final. She was back on the track in her bare feet in the race as she finished 10th with a time of 5:02.72.

    I have already posted two photos of Quin from Friday 1500 prelims w/her bare feet and will post a pic from the Saturday 1500 final of Quin with bare feet on the Facebook page.

    This ends the track season as neither Nicole van der Merwe(South Alabama) or Lisha van Onselen(Coastal Carolina) qualified for the NCAA regional prelims in their respective events, thus ending their seasons.
     
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    2019 season starts this weekend in full force:

    Barefoot sighting likely in Arizona as Mesa's Quin Johnson starts her track season at the Pima CC Invitational. She will compete in the women's 3000 and 5000 meter races, according to the heat sheets up online via Wingfoot Finish.
    Not many competitors with her in either race:

    3000 - Mesa's Maggie Orr is only other competitor in race.
    5000 - 4 other runners in race.

    Sounds like Quin should likely put up some qualifier times for indoor national meet in spring.

    Results to come later this weekend.
     
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    Good news, TJ!

    Mesa's Quin Johnson opened her track season at the Pima Invitational in Saturday(1/19) in a big way. She won the women's mile (5:07.72) with the fastest time in the nation, qualifying her for indoor nationals in March; she won the women's 3000 meter race in a time of 10:47.16,qualifying her for the indoor nationals,and she also ran the leadoff leg of the 4x4 relay(they were the only team in that race). She was scheduled to run with teammate Maggie Orr in the women's 5000 meter race, but no result is posted on the WingFoot Finish website as of yet.

    Oh yeah, she did all this running (yes) BAREFOOT!
    There is a 17 second clip of the finish to her mile race on her Instagram page(_quinie).(You can also log in to her page through the Bigsta website as well)
    You'll see her bare feet in the clip.

    On a side note: In the men's mile, Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorenkwe finished 5th with a time of 4:30.91. Not sure if he ran in bare feet, although he told me this off-season that he would run barefoot in track this spring.
    (Results and times courtesy of the WingFoot Finish website)

    Season is off and running!
     
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    TJ, I have posted the 17 second video clip of Quin's barefooted finish and win in the women's mile on my Facebook page as well.
     
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    Got a DM from Ikageng from Central Arizona telling me that he ran his race on Saturday barefoot. That makes 2 sightings from the Pima meet.
     
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    Wow - a 5:07.72 mile - Quin Johnson looks like the real deal! I look forward to hearing more about her barefoot running career!
     
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    She ran cross country this past fall barefoot too, except for a pair of meets involving road courses. She competed barefoot at the national meet in 30-degree temps and finished 27th out of nearly 300 competitors. She runs all track races barefoot. This is her second and final season for Mesa; she has not made a decision on where to continue her career. She has a Instagram account (@_quinie) if you want to see a little more about her.
     
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    More good news this weekend:
    Another barefoot sighting; yes it is Mesa's Quin Johnson again.
    She won the women's 5000 meter race today (1/26) at the Paradise Valley(AZ) Invitational meet with a national qualifying time of 17:53.71. Her time is also the fastest in the nation to date in the JUCO ranks. She was also scheduled to run in the women's 1000 meters, but she withdrew & DNS the race.

    Also, Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorenkwe qualified for indoor nationals in the men's 3000 meters with a 3rd place finish & a time of 8:38.39. Also ran barefoot in the race.

    To summarize:
    Quin Johnson is now qualified for indoor nationals in the women's mile,3000,& 5000 meter races & is #1 in the nation timewise in the mile and 5000.
    Will guarantee this: Come nationals, her bare feet are going to be sore with all the laps to be run at those distances.

    She posted a action still pic on her IG page. Will get it posted on Facebook page and Messenger & on my Facebook page.
     
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    Will put this out there:

    If any other members happen to come across any other runners competing barefoot in track meets during the college season that have not already been mentioned, post them here and bring it to attention. Pictures, stories, etc are OK.
     
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    Weekend action (Feb.2) -

    Lisha van Onselen of Coastal Carolina sat out the team's meet at South Carolina(rest)

    Quin Johnson of Mesa pulled out of her team's invite at Pima CC in Arizona for load management reasons(rest). She was originally scheduled to run the women's 800 and 1000.

    Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorenkwe finished 3rd in the Pima meet in the men's 1000 in a time of 2:40.74 running barefoot.

    Light week of meets. Heavier load hopefully next weekend.
     
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    Already have a barefoot report today (2/8):

    At the Washington Husky Classic indoor meet in Seattle, Texas Tech's Nokuthula Dlamini ran barefoot in the women's 3000 meters race in a time of 9:38.62.

    There is a video clip from the race on the UW Track & Field Twitter page. (@UWTrack)

    A pic of her standing barefoot next to her friend from Oregon is on Messenger & will be on the Facebook page.
     
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    A follow up on the last post, TJ:

    A full race video of the women's 3000 meters race 1st heat with the aforementioned barefooted Thuli Dlamini of Texas Tech is also on FloTrack, which was streaming the event. Have to sign up and subscribe to get access( will cost about $12.50); once on the site, look for Women's 3K, Heat 1 & click on to see the race.
     
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    $12.50? Yikes. No thanks.
     
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    Have a early heads up: I have posted on my Facebook page and Messenger a link to a picture of Texas Tech's Nokuthula Dlamini running barefooted yesterday(2/15) in the women's 1000 meter race at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier track meet. She won the race in a time of 2:54.56.

    Will post more later. Spoiler alert: More good stuff coming.
     
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    Weekend report( past 2 weekends):

    Lisha van Onselen(Coastal Carolina) - competed in the women's seeded 3000 meter race at the VMI Relays meet. She finished 8th in a time of 10:26.89.
    Not certain if she ran barefoot or not (can't find any info to tell me)

    Central Arizona's Ikageng Gaorenkwe competed in the men's 5000 meter race at the Mesa Invite and won in a time of 15:04.82. He also competed in the men's 3000 meter race at the Northern Arizona tuneup meet and finished 3rd in a time of 8:48.52. He ran both races barefoot.

    Mesa's Quin Johnson competed in the women's 1000 meter race & the women's mile race at the Mesa Invite. She won both events with national qualifying times (3:03.47 in the 1000 & 5:05.59 in the mile). She then competed in the women's 800 meter race & the women's 3000 meter race at the Northern Arizona tuneup meet, winning the 800 in a time of 2:22.53 (qualifying her for indoor nationals) & finishing 6th in the 3000 with a time of 11:24.84.
    Yes, Quin ran barefoot as usual in all the races.

    Lots of good stuff, TJ!
     
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    Serious news today (2/18):

    At the Sun Belt Conference indoor track meet Monday night (2/17), Coastal Carolina's Lisha van Onselen collapsed while running in the women's 3000 meter race and did not finish the race. She was in the lead pack on the second to last lap when, according to a coach from one of the other schools, she suddenly passed out. No other information provided, but I would think that she was taken to a local hospital for precautionary measures. The meet is taking place in Birmingham, AL. Hoping that she is OK!
     
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