By Jason Wesseldyk
NEW YORK—It’s been said that records are made to be broken.
Apparently Saugatuck senior Cory Gorgas buys into that notion.
Competing at the New Balance Indoors Nationals at the Armory in New York on Friday, March 8, Gorgas ran a time of 14 minutes, 40.75 seconds in the second heat of the 5,000-meter run. That shattered the previous Michigan state record of 15:01.81 set by Ithaca’s Ransom Allen just hours earlier in the event’s first heat.
That time was also good enough to secure the runner-up slot behind Carter Cheeseman from Texas, who finished 74-hundredths of a second in front of Gorgas. The finish also earned All-American honors for Gorgas.
With about 400 meters to go, Gorgas overtook Cheeseman for lead and appeared poised to pull off the victory. But Gorgas stumbled after stepping on a rail with about 150 meters remaining, opening the door for Cheeseman.
“I felt Cory ran an amazing race and executed his plan well,” Saugatuck cross country and track coach Rick Bauer. “He had that little run in with the rail and that may have been the difference maker. But he has nothing to hang his head about. The Armory was going crazy during that last 400 meters.
“Plus he has the state record for the indoor 5,000. That is pretty special.”
Gorgas also competed in the 2-mile race on Sunday, March 10. He finished 27th at 9:28.24.
A trio of other Saugatuck athletes joined Gorgas to the meet.
Max Sharnas placed 26th in the freshman 1,600 at 4:42.98; Benny Diaz placed 20th in the freshman 400 at 52.67 and ran a 7.47 in the preliminary round of the freshman 60; and Luke Gorgas ran a 5:14.32 in the middle school mile.