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SPR-SUM 2018

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SPRING / SUMMER 2018 PIERCE 21 ON TRACK Dage Minors '17 Competes at the World University Games DAN FORGET (TOP); DAGE MINORS (INSET) T he competition level was through the roof. " is was the highest level of competition I have faced. Many of the competitors had personal bests very close to the Olympic standard , " Dage Minors '17 said. e atmosphere was jubilant. " e University Games is a whole diff erent beast. [Taipei] was shut down and it revolved around the games," Minors said. " e locals were excited to host such a big event and loved taking pictures with athletes." Dage Minors was tired. " e fi rst few days, the time diff erence was rough. I found myself sleeping a lot during the day, because that was night time over here. A er about two full days there, my body was getting used to it, but I still struggled." Already the most-decorated athlete in the young history of the Franklin Pierce University track and fi eld pro gram, Minors took his talents to the international level this summer. He represented his native Bermuda in Taiwan, at the World University Games, which is the world's largest multisport event outside of the Olympic Games. Minors competed in his signature event, the 800-meters. Just getting to the event required a grueling travel schedule, which featured fl ights from Bermuda to New York, from New York to Hong Kong, and from Hong Kong to Taiwan. It also required serious training during what would usually be his down time between collegiate seasons, with Minors indicating he had to constantly push himself just to get ready to compete. Once he got to Taiwan though, he tried to keep things in perspective. "When I got there, I told myself that this is an opportunity you have wanted, to compete with some of the world's best," said Minors last week, a er returning to campus. "My approach to the meet was that I really had nothing to lose and wanted to gain experience, as I hope to compete in more international meets like these." Once he was out on the track, Minors felt things were business as usual, though he also looked at it as a learning experience. "Not much happened on the track that I hadn't experienced before, but every race you learn something diff erent, whether you win or lose, so I will defi nitely have some lessons from that," said Minors. "If I'm selected in the spring for the Commonwealth Games, having had a race with people I don't know anything about, and putting myself in a position to run well, is what I can take away from this trip." Minors' heat wound up being one of the faster Round 1 races, with three of the round's top-six times coming from the seven-runner heat. Minors turned in a 1:51.43, which placed him sixth in the heat, and was the 19th-fastest Round 1 time. He ran a faster time than seven runners w ho advanced to the semifi nals, but was rs w ho advanced to the semifi nals, but was rs w le on the outside looking in due to the structure of the event. Minors, along with the runner who fi nished just ahead of him in the fi rst heat, were the fastest two men le out of the semifi nals. All in all, Minors was happy with the outing. "I'm pleased with my performance. I think that I am good enough to have made the next round, but I just missed out," said Minors. "Considering that it was late in the track season, I was happy to put down a decent time." Minors was the fi rst athlete in program history to represent his country at the World University Games. A er his experience, what would he tell a potential future student-athlete selected to do the same? "If a future Raven were to compete, I would tell them to enjoy the experience, and to represent their country and themselves to the best of their ability." at, and get plenty of sleep. " When I got there, I told myself that this is an opportunity you have wanted, to compete with some of the world's best." — DAGE MINORS Top: Dage Minors competes in a meet at MIT during his sophomore season. Inset: Dage Minors at the World University Games.

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