Hanley indoor All-American again (Track)

March 16, 2011

Ryan Hanley

For the third time in two seasons, Colorado School of Mines sophomore stud Ryan Hanley is an All-American in indoor track.

The Anchorage runner turned the trick twice last weekend at the NCAA D2 Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, finishing second in the distance medley relay and seventh in the 800 meters.

Hanley, of Dimond High fame, ran the third leg in the relay and had his team in the lead when he handed the baton to the anchor, putting himself and his teammates in position to win a national championship.

“They gave it to me in front and I just made the lead bigger,” Hanley told me. “When you’re running by yourself you’re almost running scared. The whole time you’re thinking, ‘You can’t let anyone catch you.’ ”

Unfortunately, though, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania caught and passed the Colorado School of Mines team to win by just over a second.

Despite the disappointment Hanley wasn’t pointing fingers.

“He ran as fast as he has, so you can’t complain about that,” he said.

For Hanley, his performance was even more impressive if you consider that he ran the 800 twice within an hour of each other – the first in individual 800 qualifying and the second in the relay.

“I never doubled before,” he said. “Both were good times for me, 1:54 and 1:53.”

In the 800 finals, Hanley ran a 1:53.91. It was his third race at that distance in two days.

“It was an OK time,” he said. “Everyone in the 800 is also in the DMR, so everybody is feeling it. It was a little bit slower.”

Today, Hanley is chilling during Spring Break on the beaches of South Padre Island in Texas near the Mexican border with his college roommates.

It’s a nice reward for his track success as well as a nice break from his rigors as a mechanical engineer student.

“We’re having a good time,” Hanley said. “We’re kind of tied down during the regular season, so it’s nice to be on the beach. There are girls everywhere.”