2000 notes

Some notes from 2000 that may not have made it into other posts…

  • John Blouin finished well under 9:00 in the 3000 meter race at the Boston University All-Comers Winter Series on December 16, and now holds the top two club performances at that distance. Jessica Lee Blake topped Maura McDonald’s performance from Harvard by a few seconds. Meg Moore and many others put themselves on the club performance list for the first time.
  • The GBTC Holiday Party was held at the Cafe on the Charles at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown on December 14. Nearly thirty people showed up. See the pictures of what you missed.
  • Jon Berit is compiling the Grand Prix standings for the 2000-2001 track season. Watch this list as the season progresses.
  • Joe Welch won the weight throw and Art Hensen won the high jump at the Harvard Invitational on December 9, both setting new GBTC records. The women’s 4×440 relay team of Melissa Sullian, Sakeena Baccas, Adria Ferguson, and Christine Kloiber also set a new club record, breaking the record set by the club’s team in this meet last year. See the results and the start of this year’s indoor track performance list.
  • GBTC teams got off to a great start on the indoor track season with 12 women’s performances and a torrent of 34 men’s, including wins by Johann Jack and Jeff Soderquest in the 55 meter and long jump events, at the Northeastern University Husky Track and Field Carnival on December 2. We also fielded shot putters, pole vaulters, and relay runners, and a whole lot of fans. (results)
  • Glen Mays, Jessica Blake, and Claire McManus led teams of 10 men, 6 women, and 3 masters women to 16th, 13th, and 3rd place finishes at the USA National Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on November 25. It was a great day, as no runner from the club had a bad race today. Claire herself finished this national contest in 10th place overall!
  • Glen Mays and Maura McDonald lead GBTC men’s and women’s teams to sixth and seventh place finishes at USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on November 12, and Cynthia Hastings and Mark Reeder led the masters teams. (results)
  • Glen Mays set a new course record at the Run Through the Grapevine 8k cross-country race at the Linganore Winery on Sunday, November 5, and made the front page of Cool Running.
  • On November 5, Shannon Bassett, Peter Diaferia, Patricio Meneses, Ken Ross, and Johanna Thornblad ran for the club at the New York City Marathon (results), and Brian Beaulieu, Michelle Lang, and Ben Nephew ran for the club at the Country Club Classic in Methuen, Massachusetts (results).
  • The club’s Noble & Greenough 5K cross-country race was held on Sunday, October 29, 2000 at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. The complete results are now available.
  • In Boston, Glen Mays led the men’s team to fourth place in the Mayor’s Cup cross-country race on October 22, and Jessicia Blake led the women to fifth place. (results) Glen Mays, Kyle Schneck, Rodney Hemingway, Peter Dougherty, Jim Pawlicki, and Dennis Floyd scored points for the men, and Jessica Blake, Maura McDonald, Michelle Lang, Katherine Carda, and Melanie Watkins scored points for the women. In Chicago, Mark Reeder finished fourteenth in the master’s division at the Chicago Marathon, and Claire McManus, one of our top masters runners, finished as the 111th woman overall. (results)
  • Bruce Bond, Jeff O’Neill, Scott Saleska, and Bob Ward ran in the Cape Cod Marathon on October 29. The club also had a relay team of Claire McManus (just one week after running Chicago in 3:16), Dino Kostantopoulos, Payal Parekh, Kirsten Engel, and Austin Platt. This team finished fourth in the mixed open division. (results)
  • The club’s annual meeting was held on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown. Sixty-five people attended the meeting, and almost half of the room was filled with sprinters and jumpers and throwers! (pictures)
  • The club took 8 of the top 20 places in the USATF New England developmental 5K cross-country race on October 15, with a total of 19 members racing that day, and then proceed on to a brisk and frisky practice over the cross-country course after the race. Everything is on track for the great Boston Mayor’s Cup coming up. (results)
  • Ben Nephew placed second in the second USATF New England developmental 5K cross-country race on October 8, with Matt Flinders, Noah Kraut, Brian Beaulieu, Garret Tingle, Katie Carda, and Stephanie Tenuto following up (results). Michelle Lang finished in 20th place at the Applefest half marathon in 1:36:47, and Kara Narath finished the St. George Marathon in 3:37:51. Nine members ran in the Hollis half-marathon on October 7.
  • The men’s and women’s teams each finished in fifth place at the Ro-Jacks 8K New England Grand Prix Championship. Glen Mays led the men and Christina Manolatou the women. (results, photos)
  • The club sent four teams to the great Lake Winnipesaukee Relay in New Hampshire on Saturday, September 23. The teams ran well on a cool, overcast, but windless day, followed by the traditional post-race party. Some runners even went sailing on the lake the next morning. (results)
  • The GBTC men and women finished in fifth and seventh place at the Brewery Exchange Classic 5K (New England 5K Championship) on September 10. The men and women’s masters teams finished in eighth and fifth places. See pictures from the race. On the same day, Chris Simpson won the Falmouth Main Street Mile with winning time of 4:34.
  • The GBTC women’s swept the top for places at the Acushnet 4 Miler on September 4. Christina Manolatou (23:45, new course record), Jessica Blake (also broke old course record), Megan Day, and Marua McDonald won the top $300 team prize. The men’s team of John Blouin, Ben Nephew, Rod Hemingway, and Noah Kraut finished third behind two BAA teams. Go team.
  • The women’s open team of Claire McManus, Judy Romvos, Erin Cullinane, and Shannon Bassett took second place at the Cape Ann 25K on September 4.
  • The women’s GBTC “M” team of Megan Day, Michelle Lang, Meg Mitchell, and Mel Watkins won the Lynn Woods Cross-Country Relay on Wednesday, August 23. The men’s GBTC “Jumbo” team lost by just five seconds to a Greater Lowell team.
  • Greg MacGowan won his age group (eighth overall) in the New Brunswick “Marathon By the Sea” on August 20, the New Brunswick Marathon Championship.
  • A GBTC summer social and cookout being planned for Sunday, August 13, at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. If you are interested, contact Erin Cullinane by August 6.
  • GBTC men dominated the Bay State Games Finals in Worcester on July 22. Johann Jack won the 100 and 200, Jeff Soderquist won the long jump and placed second in the 100, Aaron Brinsko won the 800, Dave Cahill won the 400, Bill Newsham took second in the 5,000 and sixth in the mile, Christopher Simpson took second in the mile and third in the 800, and player-coach David Callum took third in the 200.
  • Stephanie Tenuto and Cynthia Hastings took the top two places in the women’s long cross-country race in the Lynn Woods Cross-Country Series on Wednesday, July 19.
  • At the Blue Hills trail race, Ben Nephew won in a course record time of about 63 minutes for about 7 miles, and Stephanie Tenuto was the second women to finish. At the Wakefield 5K on July 6, Meg Mitchell finished as the fourth woman in 18:47, a personal best. At the Marathon Sports Wellesley 5 Mile Road Race on July 13, Mark Reeder was first master, Andi Goodman and Dick Nickerson finished second in their respective age groups, and Cam Dauler fifth in his age group.
  • Ben Nephew and Jim Pawlicki won the 2.5 and 5.5 mile cross country races at the Lynn Woods Cross-Country Series on July 5, and Cynthia Hastings won the women’s 5.5 mile race. A number of club members ran in this wonderful staple of cross-country running in New England.
  • On a spectacular Tuesday evening, June 20, the club filled the men’s open field with several Bay State finalists. With only seven competitors, the club won six of the fourteen events, placed second in three, and third in one.
  • Champions! The men’s and women’s teams finished first and second at the USATF New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Northeastern track in Dedham on June 17. With twelve women and thirty men running, it is impossible to list all of the gutsy plays and personal records from the meet, but here are a few: Julie Spolidoro, Christina Manolatou, and Jessica Blake finished first, second, and third in the 10,000m; Yawa Duse-Anthony won the shot put; Johann Jack won the 100 and 200, with a personal and possibly facility and club record of 10.40 in the 100, and scored 12 points in four events for the club; BJ Gary won the discus; Jeff Soderquist won the long jump and ran the second leg of the winning 4×100 relay team; Mark Reynolds won the high jump; and Terry O’Neill won the 400m IH hurdles. (results)
  • The men’s open team finished in fourth place at the Market Square Day 10K in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on June 10. The men finished in the order John Blouin, James Pawlicki, Bret Van Poppel, Ben Nephew, and Rod Hemingway, but the story is that this simple list doesn’t capture the excitement between clubs and among club members during the race. The women’s open team of Christina Manolatou, Meg Mitchell, Alda Cossi, Michelle Lang, and Melanie Watkins finished eighth; the women’s masters team of Alda Cossi, Judy Romvos, and Elizabeth Spelman finished sixth (Alda scored points for both the open and the master’s team!); and the men’s masters team of Bruce Bond, Michael Olivo, Richard Pierce, Richard Jones, and Bob Ward finished sixteenth. (results)
  • Johan Jack won the 100 and the 200 in terrific times at the fourth Twilight Track & Field Meet on June 10. The 4×100 team had the crowd standing on their feet. We had BJ Gary in the hammer throw, our first hammer thrower in years. We had debuts by Melissa Sullivan in the 800 and Kristin Pitocco in the 200. We had good performances by many athletes, including Aaron Brisko (800), Chris Coxen (800), Chris Simpson (800), Bill Newsham (mile), and Gregory Putnam (mile). (results)
  • The 2000 GBTC Relays were washed out due to four inches of rain and wind at the MIT track on June 6. There is no rain date. We will try again next year and hope for better weather.
  • The Greater Boston women swept the 10,000 meter championship race at the Twilight Track & Field Meet on May 27. Julie Spolidoro (35:29), Christina Manolatou (36:18), Jessica Blake (37:26), and Megan Day (38:52) finished first, second, third, and sixth among the New England runners. The points from this victory vault the women into first place in the USATF New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The remainder of the championship will be contested on June 17. (results)
  • The Greater Boston Track Club won several events at the USATF New England mini-meet at MIT on May 24. Julie Spolidoro won the women’s mile in a personal best of 4:58.1, and new member Jessica Blake (Middlebury College) placed second in 5:25.4. Spolidoro also won the 800 in 2:20.8, and new member Courtney O’Connor (Williams College) ran 2:37.2. New member Kristin Pitocco ran for the club for the first time in the 400. Eric Green won the mile in 4:47.1 (his father placed 3rd in the 1960 Boston Marathon). Dave Cahill (UMASS) ran the 400 in 50.0. The men’s 800 provided some drama when Arron Brinsko (Syracuse), Christopher Simpson (Brandeis), Rich Voliva (Harvard), and Casey Comisky (Leominster) finished in 2:00.5, 2:00.7, 2:03.9, and 2:07.2. (no results online)
  • The May issue of the Wingfoot Express is now on line.
  • Gregory Putnam earned the first points for the club in the USATF New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He ran 32:35 in the championship 10,000 meter race held at the Twilight Track & Field Meet on May 20, placing third among the New England runners in the race and putting the club in second place (the two guys finishing in front of him were from the same club, hence second place for our club). The rest of the men’s meet is contested on June 17. Maura McDonald, our only woman in the Twilight meet, won the women’s 3,000 meters by two seconds. Club members put in fifteen performances at the Twilight meet, including Johann Jack first in the 100 and Woodson Michel and Galen Maze first and second in their heat of the 100, Mark Reynolds and Bryant Mitchell second in their heats of the 400, and Aaron Brisko second in the 800. (full results)
  • The men’s and women’s teams placed fourth in the Bedford Rotary 12K on May 20, with the women’s team just eight seconds away from third place, and the women’s masters team placed fifth. Over thirty members ran in this USATF New England Grand Prix event, with notable performances by Rod Hemingway and Jim Pawlicki and by new members Michelle Lee, Michelle Lang, Lisa Boulay, and Mel Watkins. (full results)
  • The Greater Boston team put in some fine performances at the renowned Penn Relays, one of the greatest traditions in American track and field, over the April 28-30 weekend. Julie Spolidoro, running for Old Dominion, ran a personal best of 16:34 in the 5,000 meter race. The men’s 4×100 team of Antonio Arrendel, Jeff Soderquist, David Callum, and Johann Jack finished fourth in 42.13, a possible club record. The women’s 4×100 team of Lauren Putnam, Rhane Hobson, Sakeena Baccas, and Melissa Sullivan finished fifth with 51.19. The men’s 4×400 team of Sean Ballou, Mark Reynolds, Terry O’Neill, and David Cahill finished eighth in 3:23.92. The women’s 4×400 team of Melissa Sullivan, Katie Alexis, Sakeena Baccas, and Lauren Putnam finished sixth in 4:10.99.
  • Several dozen members of the club ran in the Boston Marathon on April 17, and all have good stories to tell, but perhaps the most impressive performance was by Mark Reeder who finished as tenth master and fourth American master. Awesome job, Mark.
  • New members Malanie Watkins and Michelle Lang placed second and fifth in their age groups at the BC 5K on April 9.
  • In a Boston Globe article on club rivalry at the Boston Marathon, Coach Tom Derderian was quoted extensively. The article appears on page D11 of the April 10 issue.
  • The Greater Boston Track Club turned the Tufts University track red at the Snowflake Classic invitational track meet on April 1. New member Sharon Benedict won the women’s 10,000 meters, lapping the entire field! Christina Manolatou won the women’s 5,000 meters with a personal best, Maura McDonald and Megan Day took second and third. Mark Reeder and John Blouin took second and third in the men’s 10,000 meters, and Glen Mays was forced to give up an enormous lead and drop out with leg cramps. The men won the 4×100 relay with the team of Antonio Arrendel, Jeff Soderquist, David Callum, and Johann Jack. Jeff Soderquist won the long jump. Marc Lefebrve won the high jump.
  • Judy Gutry finished second in her age group in the Cohasset By The Sea Road Race on April 2, a 10K race with difficult hills in which only two-thirds of the starters actually finished. (results)
  • Ben Nephew won the Merrimack River Trail Race on March 25 in Andover, beating course record holder Dave Dunham. Stephanie Tenuto and Claire McManus also ran (results). Meg Mitchell finished second at the Fresh Pond 2.5 mile race in 15:06. Glen Mays and Bret van Poppel finished second and sixth at the Eastern States 20 Miler on March 26. Ken Ross, Sharon Benedict, Scott Saleska, Carmen Danforth, and Robert Ward also ran (results). Arnold Seto finished sixth in the 20 Miler Overall Powerbar race in New York.
  • Ben Nephew won the 19-24 age division and Mark Reeder placed second in the 40-44 age division at the New Bedford Half Marathon (results). Megan Day won the South Boston Saint Patricks Day 5K (results), and Maura McDonald took fourth in the Holyoke Saint Patricks Day 10K (results). The Mayor of Boston had the privilege of having his photo taken with Megan.
  • Christina Manolatou won the Melrose Half Marathon on March 12, winning the women’s USATF New England Grand Prix Championship, and leading the women’s team to second place. This is the best GBTC team finish, men or women, in the modern era. New member Sharon Benedict and Megan Day completed the team. The men’s team finished sixth, in spite of the fact that a couple of our best runners were hampered by injury or pain during the race. Nonetheless, our second through sixth men ran personal records, or close to them, on a tough course in the rain. (full results, pictures)
  • Meg Mitchell won the Honeyfitz Saint Patrick’s Day 5K in Malden on March 5 with a personal best of 19:13 (and finished fifteenth overall). Congratulations, Meg! (full results)
  • The lean, mean, seniors machine is looking for a few good women to race with them on the seniors women’s team in the USATF New England Grand Prix events, beginning with the Melrose Half Marathon on March 12. If you are interested, feel free to contact Dotty Fine at dfine@partners.org.
  • John Blouin finished third in the Fort Worth Marathon in 2:40:12 on February 26, finishing just behind Olympian Keith Brantly. Glen Mays won the Cape Cod Times Marathon in 2:30:43 the next day, and Bret Von Popple finished fifth in 2:50; and Mark Reeder finished third in the concurrent half marathon in 1:15:20. At the Amherst 10 Miler, Cam Dauler finished seventh in 57:15 and Cynthia Hastings finished as the seventh masters woman in 77:08. All of these runners will be racing for the club in the Boston Marathon.
  • For the third year in a row, the men’s team won USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championship on February 18. The women’s team finished fourth. Jeff Soderquist led the team point tally with 11 points gathered from long jump, triple jump, and 55 meters. Johann Jack won the 55 meters outright and finished as the top New Englander in the 200. But it was the Distance Medley Relay team’s victory that put away the championship. Christopher Simpson, Aaron Brinsko, Mark Reynolds, and Mark Tompkins showed terrific team work to secure the victory. Christina Manolatou gathered the greatest number of points for the women’s team. She ran her personal best by a huge 11 seconds in the 3,000. Megan Day ran her personal best winning the unseeded mile. The Distance Medley Relay team won their race over all-comers. (full results).
  • The next morning, February 19, after running the New England championship 3,000 the night before, Glen Mays drove through the snow to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard to win the Martha’s Vineyard 20 Miler by seven whole minutes. (full results)
  • Julie Spolidoro, who runs for GBTC when she is not at college, placed fifth in the US trials for world cross country. See details and muddy photos. Shalane Flanagan, who has attended GBTC workouts with Julie, won the race.
  • The Greater Boston men’s 4×800 team of Aaron Brinsko, Andie Colon, Dave Cahill, and Chris Simpson ran 8:00.06 to place fourth in the club relay at the New Balance Invitational elite meet held on the Reggie Lewis track on February 6. Joahnn Jack ran 6.86 in the 60 meter. Coach Tom Derderian ran in the masters mile. (results)
  • Glen Mays, Deon Barrett, and Bret Vanpoppel placed first, fourth, and ninth in the Stew Chase 15K on February 5. In addition, five GBTC runners won clocks for placing in the top six in their age groups. Conditions, for midwinter, were good, but a stiff headwind on the last half of the course slowed all runners. (results, partial team picture, all pictures)
  • Several members of the club ran well at the Terrier Classic held at the Boston University indoor track the weekend of January 29-30. Both the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams ran the best they’ve ever run at the Terrier Classic. The women’s team of Maura McDonald (1200 meters, 3:56), Katie Alexis (400, 63), Marcia Thomas (800, 2:30), and Christina Manolatou (1600, 5:07) ran a total time of 12:37.92, beating the 1998 Terrier time by 11 seconds. The men’s team of Mark Tompkins (1200, 3:05), Bryant Mitchell (400, 51), Christopher Simpson (800, 1:59), and Glenn Mays (1600, 4:17) ran 10:12. Both teams, perhaps of different composition, will try to break these times at the New England Championship on February 18 (photos).
  • See the final results and pictures from the GBTC Invitational indoor track meet held at the Harvard indoor track on January 23, 2000. There is a nice article by USATF New England’s Steve Vaitones about high school athletes competing at the meet. You can also read about other talented athletes and teams who ran in the meet, and see a list of recent meet records. Contact meet director Jim O’Brien at jobrien@cambridgetrust.com or (617) 441-1548 for more information.
  • Times are changing, and the club is changing, too. The board of directors has decided that it is time to re-write the club’s mission statement, a document intended to give guidance to the board when making decisions in the future. If you would like to participate in this process, please contact Greg MacGowan at gsmac@hotmail.com.
  • Ben Nephew was named Trail Runner of the Year in the January issue of New England Runner, commenting that “this one was a no-brainer.” Deon Barrett and Jesse Darley were chosen as two of the top 25 open male runners in New England. The magazine contains a good picture of Glen Mays and Mark Tompkins running the Boston Mayor’s Cup, and picture of Frank Monkiewicz buried near the front of a huge pack of runners on the last page. Finally, the GBTC Invitational is mentioned in several places, including comments about the meet records set last year and about Reebok Boston’s Darin Shearer’s 3:59.94 mile last year.
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