It may have been -39C outside, but the track inside was smoking on Saturday morning at the Crosslink Sportsplex where the 2019 Lydia’s Day Off Invitational was taking place.
Brandon Tufford from the host GPRC Wolves club blasted the fastest 400m ever run in Clairmont, stopping the clock at 57.0. He was chased the whole way by teammate Joelmanz, who recorded at time of 58.0.
In the 1000m, Chris Nelissen unleashed a fierce kick over the last 200m and ran down Kobe Grocholski for the win. Nelissen’s time was 2:50.8, 1.5 seconds faster than Grocholski. Anna van der Geissen had the fastest women’s time in the 1000m (3:42.8).
The 2000m saw a fierce 3-way between Miguel Macedo, Brice Wilkes, and the ageless Fabio Minozzo. In the end, Macedo prevailed in a time 6:41.3.
The meet concluded with a controversial 4 x 200m relay. The top two teams, Wolves International and Wolves Sketchy were disqualified for a variety of questionable infractions. Wolves Classic, featuring the ultimate classic, Rick Scott, was declared the winner of the relay.
Taylor Hudak, in a decision that no one understood, was named the winner of all three LDO Invitational major awards. To everyone’s astonishment and disgust, the Wolves’ rookie was named Athlete of the Meet. In addition, Hudak was awarded both the Performance of the Meet and Least Inspirational Performance of the Meet. (Note: At press time, an appeal of these decisions was still pending.)
Full results of the LDO Invitational are posted here.