Mark Your Calendar: 2017 Indoor Invite

2017 GBTC Invitational Indoor Track Meet
Tentative Meet Schedule (updated 01-02-17)
Meet Information – Entry Procedures, Deadlines, Fees

USATF National Qualifying Events include ChafeX Elite 2-Mile,
as well as the 300m, 600m, 1000m, and the Invitational Mile and 800m.
$250 prize money for the winners of the men’s and women’s Elite ChafeX 2-Mile.
Discounted rates at the Hyatt House meet hotel in Waltham, MA.

GBTC Indoor
Gordon Indoor Track
Harvard University
Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Red Fireworks at New Years Eve Meet

Mike U. at BU Mini-Meet #2 Photo: Scott Mason (scottmasonphoto.com)

The Red Team showed up in full force at the second Boston University Mini-Meet of the ’16-’17 Indoor Track season. Many solid performances were celebrated just hours before we rang in 2017.

Coach Rod has provided his weekly “shout outs,” which recaps some excellent performances in both the mini-meet and Sweet Lou’s 4×1600 relay!  Continue reading

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Indoor Track Underway for GBTC

The 2016-2017 Indoor Track & Field season is underway for Greater Boston Track Club. At the first Boston University Mini-Meet of the season, mile trio Victoria Barnaby, Aly Ursiny and Jess Teal each broke the 5:00 barrier in their first races of the season.

For race results, updates and training tips, check out GBTC on the following social media pages: Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

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2016 Coaches Awards: Weber & Gonzalez

GBTC Coaches (L to R) Zizza, Hemingway & Derderian with 2016 Coaches Award Winners Madeline Weber and Manny Gonzalez

GBTC Coaches (L to R): Elaina Zizza, Rod Hemingway & Tom Derderian with 2016 Coaches Award Winners Madeline Weber and Manny Gonzalez

GBTC would like to congratulate Madeline Weber and Manuel Gonzalez, 2016 recipients of the Greater Boston Track Club Coaches Awards. At GBTC’s annual open meeting, held on Tuesday November 15th, Madeline and Manny were recognized by Distance Coaches Tom Derderian and Rod Hemingway for both their passion for the sport of running and their dedication to the club. Madeline and Manny each received a “GBTC Red” hoodie. Additionally, new Sprints & Field Coach Elaina Zizza was welcomed during the ceremony.

Madeline Weber has excelled on the roads and the trails since she joined GBTC. Recognized by Coach Tom for her stylish spectacles on the streets and fierce eyewear during competition, Madeline is a multi-year board member and has raced in just about any event you can imagine. She is frequently a scoring member at Grand Prix and Cross-Country races, and has found success on the roads from 5k to the marathon. A native of Massachusetts, Madeline can’t help but join her teammates on the starting line for “Boston” each year, even when she knows that the months of winter training won’t be easy.

Since joining GBTC in 2012, Manny Gonzalez has represented the club in distances from the mile to the marathon. He has excelled at the half marathon, running a club leading 1:08:39 at the 2016 New England Half Marathon Championships in New Bedford. Manny’s best performances at the full 26.2 have come right in Boston, which Manny has run consecutively since moving to Boston for Graduate School at Boston University. Manny has dedicated himself to being an active member of the club, and he has planned numerous team socials and race trips. He has recruited scoring teams at both the Chicago Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.

When asking Manny about being a member of GBTC, he shared his fondness for a 20 mile run and breakfast with the team (more the breakfast than the miles).

“…Our conversations lead to talking about our goals for a race and what we need to do to get there. As a team we always encourage each other and find ways to keep each other motivated.”

Congratulations, Madeline and Manny!

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GBTC Defends XC Grand Prix Title

Carlone For The Win!

The men of Greater Boston Track Club are repeat champions in both Open and Team divisions of the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix. With a total of 43 points through all five events, Mike Carlone (pictured right) tops the Men’s Open field. Mike took top honors at both the GBTC XC Festival and WMDP XC Race, as well as a third place finish at the Wayland XC Festival. Right on the heels of Carlone was Brady Becker (pictured left), who placed second overall in Men’s Open Grand Prix scoring with 40 points. When asked about his goals for Cross Country, Carlone expressed his desire for a team championship over an individual title.

“Given that we lost a lot of our top guys from last year, I knew that we had to have people step up. I definitely didn’t go into the season thinking about the Grand Prix Individual Title, but I did want the team title. I skipped a lot of the road races to focus more on XC and to make sure we had a competitive team week in and week out.” 

Led by Carlone and Becker, the Men’s team finished the Grand Prix season with 22 points, 7 points ahead of second place HFC Striders. Full squad efforts at GBTC XC Fest (1st), the WMDP Race (1st), and Wayland (1st) put the Red Team out front from the start. Leading a series from gun to tape is no easy task, but the team’s early season efforts carried through to Mayor’s Cup (4th, USATF-NE 3rd) and the New England Championships (4th). For complete results, visit: usatf.org/cross

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GBTC Pack Running at its finest!

ma-lonegullgbtcpackattackGBTC Pack Running at the Lone Gull 10 km USATF-NE Grand Prix in Gloucester, MA in Sept. Photo thanks to New England Runner Magazine

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Red Team Sweeps Baystate Half

Baystate Half 2016

Baystate Half Men: (L-R) Woolley, Sheehan, Neill, Mendoza Photo: M. Gonzalez

With just weeks to go in the fall marathon training cycle, a group of GBTC marathoners took to the streets of Lowell for their final tune-up. Ryan Woolley, Eric Mendoza, and Ian Neill led the charge at Ashworth Awards Baystate Half Marathon by placing a dominating one-two-three. Kevin Sheehan was 15th overall.

1st – Ryan Woolley (1:10:15)
2nd – Eric Mendoza (1:10:37) PR
3rd – Ian Neill (1:11:34) PR
15th – Kevin Sheehan (1:21:11) PR

For complete results, visit: CoolRunning.com

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McNamara Cruises to 2:26 at Mohawk Hudson

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At this weekend’s Mohawk Hudson Marathon (Schenectady-Albany, NY), club member Brian McNamara placed an impressive sixth overall in 2:26:51. According to our extensive database of race results, this is GBTC’s fastest marathon since 2004. Brian’s even split effort was awarded with a shiny new personal best of over five minutes. Not to be outdone, Robert Norcross placed 11th in 2:41:57. Another big show from the boys in red.

For complete results, click here.

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Liz Ryan: 2016 Hartford Marathon Champ

Liz Ryan - 2016 Hartford Marathon Champion - Courtesy Photo

Liz Ryan – 2016 Hartford Marathon Champion – Courtesy Photo

Fall marathon season is upon us, and GBTC is already finding their way to the podium. At this past weekend’s Eversource Hartford Marathon, club member Elizabeth Ryan took the win (Women’s Open) in an impressive 2:45:59. She was joined by fellow GBTC teammate Lauren Opachinski, who took home a big PR and an eighth place finish in 2:54:40.

For race recaps, visit: Hartford Courant, Level Renner

For complete results, visit: ChronoTrack

 

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Greater Boston Kicks Off XC Grand Prix

Host Team Dominates 2016 GBTC XC

The 2016 GBTC XC Festival was the first stop in this year’s USATF-New England Cross Country Grand Prix. Club members were out in full force on Sunday, arriving at DCR Elm Bank ready to race, work, or somehow find the time to do both. Led by GBTC Vice-President Matt Haringa, club members welcomed over 100 youth athletes, as well as competitors vying for top spots in the start of the Grand Prix. The skies were clear for both youth and women’s races, but a warm fall day turned dark and stormy just in time for the most contested races of the day. Torrential downpours arrived midway through the Men’s Masters race, leaving both competitors and the course a bit soggier than expected.

Greater Boston was victorious in both the Men’s and Women’s Open Races, securing top honors in both individuals and team competitions. On the women’s side, Victoria Barnaby led the GBTC women to a dominating victory, outscoring second place HFC 19-88. For the men, Mike Carlone took the overall win, with GBTC (30 pts) winning the Men’s title over SISU Project (58 pts). Both team and individual champions went home with freshly baked pies and custom-engraved forks or pie servers!

Many stuck around after the race to enjoy burgers, dogs and Table Talk pies! This would not have been possible without the support of our event sponsors: Table Talk Pies, Spoiled Sports, MFoxDesign and Tracksmith.

For complete results, visit: CoolRunning.com

 

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