Men's track & field 2019 indoor season recap

Alberto Rodriguez
Alberto Rodriguez

DENVER – It's been an unusually cold winter, but that didn't stop the Johnson & Wales University men's track and field team from having a blazing-fast indoor season.

Three different Wildcats set individual program records while a number of others had top-five performances throughout the 2019 indoor campaign.

Senior Alberto Rodriguez (San Jacinto, CA) concluded his stellar JWU Denver career this winter, etching his name atop the record book for the sixth time when he ran an indoor program-best 4:19.08 in the mile on Feb 8 at the ASU Qualifier in Alamosa, Colo.

Rodriguez wrapped up his time as a Wildcat also holding indoor records in the 800 (1:54.48), 4x400 relay (3:30.60) and distance medley relay (10:35.73) to go with his outdoor marks in the 800 (1:54.21) and 1,500 (4:00.55). The distance medley relay mark was also set at the ASU Qualifier in conjunction with senior Alan Almeida (Aurora, CO), junior John Jacob (Aurora, OH) and junior Bryce Moore (Loma, CO).

Feb. 8 was a huge day for coach Chris Sandefur's program as Almeida clocked a 7.42 in the 60-meter dash to break William Barnes' school record in the event. Almeida now holds the team's best indoor times in the 60, 200 and 400.

JWU ended the indoor season with a bang on Feb. 15 when Moore set a new team record in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:00.94 at the Air Force Open. The three-fastest times in team history were clocked during that race as Rodriguez's 9:13.17 ranks second and Jacob's 9:13.87 third.

Jacob also notched the team's second-best indoor mile at the ASU Qualifier with a time of 4:31.41.

Program records set during 2019 indoor season:

  Event Time Meet  
Alan Almeida 60M  7.72 Feb. 8 at ASU NCAA Qualifier  
Alberto Rodriguez Mile 4:19.08 Feb. 8 at ASU NCAA Qualifier  
Bryce Moore 3000M 9:00.94 Feb. 15 at Air Force Open  
Rodrigez-Almeida-Jacob-Moore DMR 10:35.73 Feb. 8 at ASU NCAA Qualifier