Miami University Student-Athletes Battle in NCAA Outdoor Championships
The dynamic junior tandem of twins Christopher Torpy and Sean Torpy battled in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The Torpy brothers were part of the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Chris, running in the 1500m at the meet for the second-straight year, clocked a time of 3:45.77. His time was the ninth fastest on the day, but his heat posted the top seven times to keep him from advancing to Friday's final. Still, the ninth-place finish represents a 14-spot improvement from his finish at this meet a year ago.
Later in the evening, Sean ran a spirited second heat of the 800m in his nationals debut. He made a big push early on the second and final lap, momentarily moving into second place at the final turn, but a collision on that turn caused some chaos and he eventually fifth in the heat (17th overall) with a time of 1:50.48. The Mid-American Conference's Most Valuable Performer sees his junior campaign come to a close.
"Both Chris and Sean put themselves in positions they needed to be to advance," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Tom Chornysaid. "Chris got boxed into a spot that was tough to get out of and he was a little behind when it freed up. It takes experience to get out of that to make a spot open up. It played out well and if he had been able to make a move a little sooner, he would've moved on. For Sean, he needed the race of his life. They made it far and did really well.
"We've taken three years to get to know them as runners and the next step is getting more intentional with how we train and specialize a little more so when we hit the big stage, we know they are not only ready to get to the NCAA Championship, but also grab some points for the team as well."