GBTC women break from the line in the National Club Championship. Photo by GreaterSnap
12/13/14-Bethlehem, PA: GBTC teams traveled to the USATF Club Cross-Country championships on the USATF-NE subsidized bus with several other teams from the New England association. Record numbers of runners filled all four races. The women’s team placed 17th out of 36 full teams, men 28th out of 68. Masters men placed 35th out of 40 teams. Our top age graded athlete was masters runner Clare McManus placing 23rd. GBTC had an incomplete masters women’s team of two runners. full results: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2014/USATF-National-Club-Cross-Country-Championships/Final-Results.aspx
Scoring for the women in order of finish were: Kerri Leonhardt, Caroline Martin, Liz Ryan, Nellie Triedman, and Caitlin Kasala- Hallinan. Scoring for open men were Jonathan Charlesworth, Andrew Chalmers, Chris Kibler, Manuel Gonzales, and Caleb Evanter. The club also fielded a men’s “B” team.
masters: 35. 953 Greater Boston Track Club (A) ( 41:57 3:29:43 7:34)
1 123 John Blouin 40 37:44
2 181 Michael Urquiola 47 40:24
3 211 Harris Hardy 51 43:06
4 213 Bill Newsham 49 43:11
5 225 Tom Derderian 65 45:18
Next year the club will travel to San Francisco for the championships in Golden Gate Park.
Liz graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Architecture. She currently works as an Architecture Associate at ART Architects in Boston. She began running in middle school with her older sister at the USATF CT Junior Olympics races. At Farmington High School (CT), she left behind downhill skiing, soccer, and tennis in order to join Cross Country and Track under the unforgettable guidance of Chip Apfelbaum. She ran two years on Brown University’s Varsity XC and Track teams. During this time her mileage climbed steadily from 12 miles per week to 45 and her PRs dropped to 10:14 (3k) and 17:50 (5k XC).
While road and cross-country 5Ks are her favorite races, she enjoys the chance to mix it up on the track with the mile and 3k and relays. She ran her first marathon in September 2014 (3:02:33), and is looking forward to more seriously training for that distance in the future, starting with the Boston Marathon in Spring 2015. She attributes all her recent success to her amazingly supportive GBTC teammates and best friends, who cheer her on during Tuesday track workouts, drag her out of bed on the weekend for long runs along the Charles, and never fail to share a post-race beer. Coach Tom Derderian says, “Liz seems ubiquitous, road, track, or trail, and like Margaret is always there to help the club team score as high as possible.”
For more information on the Margaret Bradley award, check here
The men and women of GBTC have been rocking cross country this fall, recently the Women took 3rd and the Men 4th against the highly competitive field at Mayor’s Cup. See Video’s below by Mike Giberti for some of the weekend highlights.
The GBTC Men’s and Women’s teams at the WMDP XC festival
At the WMDP XC festival this weekend, the women’s team was led to a 1st place finish by Kerri Leonhardt. On the men’s side, rookie teammate Mike Reher battled at the front to help bring the men to a 2nd place finish overall against a strong WMDP team on their home course. A strong start to the XC season for GBTC as we work towards another co-ed sweep of the USATF XC Grand Prix!
This year’s Codfish Bowl at Franklin Park may have been more aptly named the Dust Bowl but the dry hot weather didn’t stop the Men and Women of GBTC from storming past the competition.
The men, led by one of our newest runners, Yuji Wakimoto, took 1st place by 6 points. Full results here. The women, led by Caroline Martin, showed no fear of the heat with a second place finish, missing the top spot by only 5 points, see the full women’s results here. Footage below from Mike Giberti.
Both GBTC open teams won on a perfect late summer day on a beautiful course along the Banks of the upper Charles River where it meanders around botanical gardens, woodlands, and playing fields on the Wellesley/South Natick border.
Check out a video of the women’s race by Mike Giberti here:
Laura Paulsen on the last turn for victory. Photo by Cynthia Hastings for GreaterSnap
Laura Paulsen just arrived in Boston from the Twin Cities, MN to go to grad school at MIT and immediately joined GBTC. In her initial race for the club she finished in the best place possible, first. She won the USATF-NE 15km Grand Prix in 55:48 by a mere 11 seconds. The race in South Burlington, VT on Labor Day weekend proved difficult for the rest of the GBTC women’s team with only three able to make the journey on the long road to the deep north. Meghan Sommerkamp and Kate Spielman (also on her debut for the club) composed our minimal scoring team. They placed 5th securing their overall position of 4th in the year’s Grand Prix standings.
The men had a much larger showing, but nearly a team disaster when Caleb Evanter’s car broke down on the way requiring a long wait for AAA then securing a rental car more all of which more than doubedg the time for the trek. They missed the fine team dinner settling to sleep at 1:30 am for the 9 am start. Good thing they are endurance athletes. Their racing on the next day showed no signs of transportation troubles. Jeff Raggazini, Dave Metzger, Eric Mendoza and Evanter followed each other in quick succession with Joe Lust securing the all-important 5th place for the team to take 5th over all. GBTC is now tied in 2nd and 3rd with the BAA in the Grand Prix season standings. In all 13 GBTC men finished the race. full results: http://802timing.com
The Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) is a friendly and competitive team with approximately 200 members.
We compete at the national, regional, and local levels in cross country, track and field, and trail running. GBTC provides a team-oriented, structured training environment for athletes of many abilities who train for everything from jumps and throws to sprints, road races, cross country, and marathons. Members train for several specific competitions throughout the year, and financial support is provided to compete at some major events. We sponsor athletes based on a tiered system of performance standards, and the club is a designated USATF Elite Development Club.
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