2001 notes

Some notes from 2001 that may not have made it into other posts…

  • Coach Tom Derderian is compiling the club track performance list for the 2001-2002 indoor season. In the future, watch this list grow by following the Results link on the left of this page.
  • GBTC members Tom and Lisa Hines won the couples division in the Somerville 5K, running with a half dozen club members, on New Year’s Eve (results). The next morning, Greg MacGowan and Ken Agabian ran in the Hangover Classic 5K and 10K, respectively, in Salisbury with Greg coming in sixth (results).
  • Helena Kimball ran a 5:03 mile at the Millennium Mile in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on December 30 for second place in her division (results)
  • Jerad Crave ran 2:38:32 for 27th place in the California International Marathon on December 8, making him the fastest marathon man in the club this year (results). On the same day, Marc Lefebvre won the high jump at the Harvard Invitational track meet.
  • Jennifer Marshal broke Melissa Sullivan’s club records for the 200 and 400 at the Husky Indoor Carnival at the Reggie Lewis Track on December 1. This was just one of many great team performances (results). That same day a team of six men finished thirteenth at the USATF Fall National Cross-Country Championships in Mobile, Alabama, the second highest placing in the history of Greater Boston’s racing a club nationals. Read a race report by Ben Nephew (results).
  • There were many Thanksgiving Day victories on November 22. Jim Pawlicki finished third at the Winner’s Circle 5K in Newburyport. Greg Putnam and Stephen Putnam finished second and fourth at the Dreamcatcher Classic 5 Miler in Weymouth. Lisa Hines and Tom Wolkow finished fifth and fifteenth in their divisions at the Feaster Five in Andover. Dick Nickerson, Garrett Tingle, Dara Zall, and Kara Narath, finished second, third, fifteenth, and sixteenth in their divisions in Somerville; Jessica Blake finished fifth in hers in Barrington with Lynn Johnson; Matt Nolan finished fifth in his in Newport; and Emily Hill finished twenty-eighth in hers in Manchester. Whew.
  • Bryan Doldt and Lee Cox qualified for Boston with 40th and 45th place finishes at the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18, and Mylene Cox finished 17th among the women in the accompanying 8K.
  • As of November 13, athletes training with Coaches Tom Derderian and Ron Glennon will move indoors. Practice will start at 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening at the MIT indoor track on Vassar Street in Cambridge, with warm up starting at 7:00 pm. As of December 4, athletes training with Coach Dave Callum will also move indoors. Practice will be 8:00-9:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Boston University Armory just off Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
  • Our men’s team placed fourth at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships in Franklin Park on November 11, our women’s team placed seventh, our women’s masters team placed third, and our men’s masters team placed eighth (results).
  • Congratulations to Ken Agabian, our 2001 USATF New England Ironrunner, who finished in all of the Grand Prix road races this year.
  • Jessica Kinney took second at the Falmouth in the Fall road race on November 4 (results). That same day, Chris Simpson and Brian Moore finished 2nd and 17th out of 733 at the Boston Freedom Run 5K (results), and Greg MacGowan and Debra Volk both placed 7th in their divisions at the Country Club Classic cross country race (results).
  • In a great New England cross-country race at Franklin Park on October 28, our men’s finished 11th out of 19 teams in the most competitive Mayor’s Cup ever, and our women’s finished 9th out of 12 teams. This was no fitness run: some 250 of the 318 men ran faster than 6 minutes a mile, only only 4 of the 146 women ran slower than 8 minutes a mile! There were many excellent performances by club members (results, photos).
  • Congratulations to Nasser Sharara, Ken Agabian, Jeff O’Neill for finishing the Cape Cod Marathon on October 28. These men were the only club runners in the marathon, so they all had to finish or the team would not score, and they all ran according to their fitness and predictions (results). Amazingly, just days before, Nasser Sharara finished fourth in his age group at the BayState Marathon on October 21 (results).
  • See final results and photos from the Noble & Greenough Cross-Country Run hosted by the Greater Boston Track Club at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts, on Sunday, October 21.
  • At the annual meeting on October 16, Coach Tom Derderian awarded his coach’s awards to Kit Wells and Helena Kimball for organizing and leading club open men’s and women’s teams to fourth and third places. Track and field Coach Dave Callum awarded his coach’s awards to goal-oriented team players Christine Kloiber and Mark Reynolds for their exceptional hard work and consistent presence.
  • See final results and pictures from the Bradley Palmer Cross-Country Club Challenge hosted by the Greater Boston Track Club and North Shore Striders at the Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Massachusetts, on October 14. The pictures are by Roger Perham.
  • Claire McManus, a masters runner, led the club at the Tufts 10K on October 8. Also running were Dung Nguyen, Dara Zall, Kara Narath, Kerry O’Donovan, Dianne Parisi, Rachel Shanor, Susan Richards, Joyce Dendy, and Sandy Miller. Sandy was one of a handful of runners recognized by the race as having run in all twenty-five Tufts 10K races (results).
  • At the Ro-Jack’s 5 Mile race in Attleboro on September 30, we saw terrific races from new men’s team leader Tim McCusker (late of Colgate), Bryan Doldt, and Lee Cox who scored for the team for the first time. Jerad Crave ran for the club after recently transferring from our brother RLX club in San Francisco. New women’s team leader Mylene Cox led a team supported by masters runners Cynthia Hastings and Jean Smith (results).
  • At the Pontiac Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City on September 29, Dave Cahill and Joe Grand both ran 4:52, with Cahill just edging out Grand for 23rd place. Not bad for a couple of sprinters, especially out of 671 runners. The NYRRC has a picture of Dave up in front of the pack in the elite group just before the race.
  • At the Lake Winnipesaukee Relay on September 22 — a seven-leg relay race for seventy miles around Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire — the open women “Scheme for a Scream” team placed third, the open men “Drifters” team placed fourth, the mixed masters “Mass Mixters” team placed sixth, and the mixed open “Dregs & Dross” team placed thirteenth (results and pictures).
  • Jim Pawlicki, Dennis Floyd, and Tim Mccusker finished 1-2-3 with 30:56 in the five-mile cross-country race at Lynn Woods on September 19.
  • The Greater Boston teams of men and women finished fourth and sixth at the CVS/Pharmacy Downtown 5K in Providence on September 16. The results were close. Just seven seconds a man would have beaten Greater Lowell, and four seconds per woman would have beaten Greater Springfield. Coach Tom Derderian declared the post race party put on by Lee and Mylene Cox in their house on top of the hill overlooking the start in downtown Providence as the best post race party ever (results and pictures).
  • Greater Boston’s Christopher Simpson was elected athlete representative along with New Balance athlete Jon Russell at the annual meeting for the New England chapter of the USA Track and Field Association held at Brandeis on September 17. These athletes will sit on the USATFNE board of directors and comment and vote on any issues brought before the board. They will sit on the board along with Greater Boston treasurer and USATFNE treasurer Jim O’Brien.
  • Greater Boston teams came home with the money from the team four-mile race in Acushnet on September 3, winning first place in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Not only that, our Dennis Floyd won the entire race and our Jessica Blake won the women’s race breaking the course record held by GBTC’s Christina Manolatou. Tim McCusker, Matt Nolan, and Rodney Rerko ran their first races representing GBTC. There is a great article about the race on SouthCoast Today that includes pictures of our winning teammates (results).
  • New GBTC runner Michael McGrane late of Iowa ran to third place in the Cape Ann 25K on September 3 in Gloucester. Claire McManus finished seventh in her division, and Kara Narath finished twentieth in hers (results).
  • At the Lynn Woods Cross-Country Relay on August 22 (4×2.5 miles), the men’s teams finished 1,2,5,8,22, the women’s teams finished 1,2,7, and the men’s master’s team finished 3. Ten women ran under the gold standard of 17:30 minutes, and eleven men ran under 15:00 minutes. The coaches named Dennis Floyd as the club’s most valuable runner in the race and awarded him the coveted last RLX Polo Sport Travel bag (results).
  • Jim Pawlicki won the Beverly Homecoming 5K on August 2 (results).
  • Katie Carda finished tenth in her division running at the Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler on July 31 in Newburyport, leading the women’s team to an eighth place finish. Other club runners were Brad Stayton, Dick Nickerson, Claire McManus, Andi Goodman, Melinda Casey, and Gary Snyder (results).
  • Sarah Lawson picked up two silvers and one bronze at the Masters Outdoor Track & Field National Championships July 25-28 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wearing the GBTC colors. In her age group (W35), she placed second in the 100 meters with 14.12, second in the 200 meters with 28.49, and third in the 400 meters with 63.65. Sarah ran her 100 meter race in a 4mph headwind, which is a huge negative wind!
  • Courtney Trainor finished 15th out of 25 at the Junior Olympics National Championships in the young women’s division (17-18) in Sacramento, California on July 24-29. Kourtney was entered in the 400mIH, the shot put, and the heptathlon. With her 3650 point heptathlon entry she was ranked 19th going into this week’s national competition. With her 1:06.50 entry in the 400m intermediate hurdles, she was ranked 17th in the nation out of a strong field of 38 young female athletes. In shot put, Kourtney’s 9.96m entry ranked her among the top 30 in the country.
  • The men’s team took third place at the USATF National Club Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, sending six members to the two-day competition to determine the best USATF club in the nation. The men scored points in the 4×100 (third place), the sprint medley (second), 800 meters (fourth and fifth), 400 meters IH (third), 5000 meters (third), discus (second) and hammer (first) (results).
  • After four of the seven events, GBTC’s Jessica Blake retains her lead in the USATF New England Grand Prix by 2 points, and Lynn Johnson is coming in at fifth. Kelly Box also made the honor roll as did Judy Romvos for 50+ women and Dick Nickerson for 60+ men. Colin McArdle and Coach Tom Derderian made the 50+ list.
  • The men’s and women’s open teams each placed sixth at the Stowe 8 Miler in Vermont on July 15, and the women’s masters team finished seventh. Jesse Darley was our lead male runner finishing 24th in 43:30, and Jessica Blake led the women with a 48:10 (results).
  • The club put in twelve performances at the USATF East Region/Connecticut Track & Field Championships in New London, Connecticut, on July 8, Dave Cahill second in the 400 meter int hurdles, Paul Smith second in the pole vault, and Achebe Hope finishing third in the 100 and 200 meter races (results).
  • Meg Moore won the Wakefield, Take the Lake, 5K by four seconds on Sunday July 8 (results).
  • Katie Carda won the Uxbridge 5 or so mile trail race and the Fresh Pond race making her the winningest GBTC runner of the weekend June 30 weekend.
  • See the final results of the 2001 edition of the GBTC Relays that was held on Sunday, June 24, at Boston College High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • The Greater Boston Track Club won the men’s and women’s divisions of the USATF New England Outdoor Track Championships in Dedham on June 16 with dominating point totals of 81-13 and 20-14, respectively. (results)
  • John Blouin lead the club to the top of the Mount Washington Road Race in 1:19:04. Seven members of the club ran in the race, including George Clement, Jeff O’Neill, William Duncan, Jessica Blake, Nicole Robichaud, and Judy Romvos. (Pictures of Jeff O’Neill and Jessica Blake and full results)
  • Karim-Ben Saunders won the 100 and 200, Marc Lefebvre won the high jump, and Lynn Johnson won the 3000 at the USATF New England Twilight Track and Field Meet in Dedham, on June 9. Andy Silvia and Dennis Floyd set personal records, and the club won both the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 relays. All this is leading up to the USATF New England Championships next weekend. (results)
  • Aaron Brinsko broke his own club record of 1:52.60 over 800 meters with a 1:52.30 at the USATF New England Twilight Meet on June 2. In the same race, Christopher Simpson made a great leap down with a season best of 1:53.50 down from a 1:56. The women are still a few seconds away from going under 2:20 for another club record.
  • At the Bedford Rotary 12K on May 19 — the USATF New England 12K Championship — Jessica Blake won the race and led a team including Lynn Johnson and Kelly Box to third place; and Arnold Seto led a team including Jesse Darley, John Blouin, Ben Nephew, and Jim Pawlicki to fifth place. Our champion Jessica is also leading the New England Grand Prix for open women.
  • The May issue of the club newsletter is now available.
  • Jessica Blake won the Run for the Roses women’s 5K in Salisbury, Massachusetts, on May 16. Jessica ran 17:29 to win, with Lynn Johnson in second place with 17:33. Kelly Box finished second in her age group with a personal best in 19:05, and Katie Carda ran a terrific race to slip under 20:00 by 4 seconds, and Cynthia Hastings finished in 36:27. (results)
  • On April 29, Richard Voliva drove back from the Penn Relays, arriving at 3:15am and falling asleep at 5:30, and then bursting away to get to the start of the James Joyce 10k where he led the club, running 32 minutes! Over 30 club members ran in the race.
  • At the Penn Relays on April 27-28, the GBTC 4×100 meter relay team broke the club record, posting a 41.92 for fourth place. The 4×400 meter relay team finished fourth with 3:22.86, and distance medley relay team finished fifth with 10:20.73, and Karim-Ben Saunders finished sixth in the 100 meter with 10.68. (photos)
  • At the Northeastern University Husky Invitational on April 21, Joe Welch won the hammer throw, Eric Sherry won the 800, and Karim-Ben Saunders and Jeff Soderquist placed second and fourth in the 100, along with nearly a dozen other athletes competing for the club (results). Elsewhere, Maura McDonald won the Greenfield 10K by one second in 38:40; and in the Fresh Pond our women’s team placed 3, 4, 5, in the Five Miler with Marguerite DoRosario, Meg Moore, and Michelle Lang finished third, fourth, and fifth at the Fresh Pond five mile race, and Dennis Floyd finished second in the men’s division.
  • At the Boston Marathon on April 16, the women’s team of Jess Blake, Lynn Johnnson, and Sheila Logan finished second (averaging under three hours), and the men’s team of Teles Kananga, Peter Dougherty, and Arnold Seto placed fourth! See pictures of our runners.
  • On April 14, Ben Nephew defended his title at the Merrimack River Trail Run, finishing the 10-mile race in 62:18. Second place was over 5 minutes behind. Katie Carda was the fourth woman to finish, and Greg MacGowan was twenty-third, and both suffer their share of trail-running injuries.
  • The season is still young, and Johann Jack, Matt Collins, Aaron Brinsko, and Dave Callum set four club records and two personal bests at the Duke Invitational on April 6-7 (photos).
  • Johann Jack finished fourth in the 100 meter race at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University on March 31, and Joe Grand ran a personal best in the 1500 meter race (results for men and women, photos). That same day, Bill Newsham and Cam Dauler finished third and fourth in the TVFR 15K Boston Tune-Up in Upton, followed by Judy Romvos and Richard Jones (results).
  • Fourteen men from the club competed in the USA National Masters Indoor Track & Field Championship over the weekend of March 24-25. The 4×400 and 4×800 teams won; Vic Radzevich won the pole vault; Steve Keyes won the long jump by three and a half feet, and placed second in the 400 and third in the 60; Art Henson won the high jump by eight inches; and Stephen Putnam placed third in the 3000. Read a blow-by-blow account of the meet by Chris Simpson.
  • Steve Putnam, Bryan Doldt, and Cam Dauler finished fifth, eighth, and eleventh in the Charbo’s Run five-miler in Dorchester on March 25 (results for men and women). Lynn Johnson and Jessica Blake placed second and third in the women’s division of the Eastern States twenty-miler in Salisbury on the same day, along with Kathryn Masselam and Cora Volchock, and John Blouin, Teles Kananga, and Jim Pawlicki finished seventh, eighth, and fourteenth in the men’s division (results and pictures). And Aaron Brinkso and Meg Moore won the 2.5 miles races at Fresh Pond.
  • Arnold Seto finished fifth in the Powerbar Twenty Mile race in New York City on March 24, leading Ken Agabian and Pam Chang to the finish line (results for men and women).
  • GBTC will travel to compete in the first National Track and Field Club Championships in Indianapolis on July 19-21. The event is organized by the USATF and will be hosted by the Indianapolis-based Indiana Invaders.
  • At the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 18, Deon Barrett finished in fifth place, followed by Shawn Mcsheffery, Joe Grand, Ken Agabian, Rachel Shanor, and Cora Volchok (results). That same morning, in the 2.5 mile races at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, Helena Kimball, Meg Moore, and Jessica Kinney finished 1-2-3, and Chris Simpson won the men’s race.
  • On March 17, Aaron Brinsko picked up second place in the 800 with a time of 1:53.25 at the Hurricane Invitational in Florida (the meet director invited Brinsko on the basis of his indoor times this season, results); Maura McDonald took tenth place in a fiercely completive, women’s field on a hilly course in the Saint Patrick’s Day 10k in Holyoke (results); and Jason Burke ran second place in the Marin Trails Half Marathon north of San Francisco.
  • At the Melrose Half Marathon on March 11, Jessica Lee Blake and Lynn Johnson finished in the money in second and third, and Teles Kanaga and Deon Barrett led the men to 11th and 14th place finishes. (results)
  • Jessica Blake won the Hyannis Half Marathon on February 25; and Jim Pawlicki, Rob Carroll, Matt Lyons, and Bill Newsham finished 4th, 7th, 8th, and 16th in the Hyannis Marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon; and Brooke Carroll was the first GBTC woman in the full marathon and she also qualified.. Snow and sleet fell from the sky, and slush and cold water splashed under foot. (results)
  • GBTC rules! The men and women won the USATF New England Indoor Track Championship on Sunday, February 18, with 99 and 41 points, winning by margins of 88 and 25 points. Among the women, Lynn Johnson won the 5,000; and Kourtney Trainor and Lisa Chadderdon finished third and fourth in the shot put and weight throw. Among the men, Sekou Dilday won the 400; Art Henson, Marc Lefebvre, Sean Earle, and Ron Tauro took the top four places in the high jump; Steve Keyes, Jeff Soderquist, and Art Henson took the top three places in the long jump; Joe Welch took second in both the shot put and weight throw; Johann Jack and Achebe Hope finished second and third in the 200; the men took second and third places in the 4×400, and took second, third, and fourth places in the DMR, with the fourth place finish setting a master’s record for the meet. (results)
  • At the Saint Valentine Invitational on February 10, Johann Jack won the 55 meter dash in 6.35. The men’s 4×400 team of Matt Collins, Mark Reynolds, Dave Cahill, and Sekou Dilday set a club record of 3:18.75; and the men’s Distance Medley team of Chris Simpson, Chris Coxen, Aaron Brinsko, and Rich Voliva took fourth with 10:30.49. Aaron Brinsko ran a club season best in the 800 of 1:52.78 and Chris Simpson ran 1:52.78. Jessica Blake and Lynn Johnson ran excellent times in the 3,000 and 5,000.
  • At the New Balance Invitational on February 4, Johann Jack ran the 60 meter dash in 6.84 against an experienced field of nearly all international and Olympian runners, breaking his club record he set at this meet last year.
  • At the Great Stew Chase on February 3, Lynn Johnson won the women’s race by a comfortable margin. John Blouin finished fourth, although Teles Kananga, our new man, was in third place with 1200 meters to go. (results and pictures)
  • At the Terrier Classic on January 27, the women’s Distance Medley Relay team placed a surprising third after being seeded last in a field of eleven. Behind only Yale and Seton Hall, Jessica Blake, Heather Deixler, Michelle Lang, and Lynn Johnson challenged the club record of 12:37 set last year with 12:51.51. Johann Jack finished third in the 55 meter dash. The men’s 4×800 team of Mark Reynolds, Dave Cahill, Sekou Dilday, and Matt Collins set a new club record with 3:20 for a sixth place finish. Our men also finished seventh and eighth in the 400 and seventh in the 4×400.
  • See the final results of the GBTC Invitational indoor track meet that was held at Harvard University on Sunday, January 21. The women’s 4×220 yard relay team of Melissa Sullivan, Sakeena Baccas, Christine Kloiber, and Kristen Piticco obliterated the club record of 2:06 with a 1:54.27. In the midst of many other notable accomplishments by club members, personal bests were churned out by Katie Carda in the 3,000 and Jessica Blake and Michelle Lang in the mile, and Rich Voliva and John Blouin finished 1 and 2 in their heat of the mile. The Boston Globe ran an interesting story about the meet. The tentative date for the next meet is Sunday, January 20, 2002.
  • At the Boston University All-Comers Winter Series on January 13, Lynn Johnson moved to the top of the club performance list in the mile, Katie Carda ran her best 3,000 of the season. Several men, including Bryan Doldt, Peter Dougherty, Peter DiMarzio, Steve Putnam, Scott Saleska, and Bill Newsham, also ran for the club in the mile and 3,000.
  • At the Dartmouth Relays on January 12, Gary Snyder ran in the 55, 200, and 400 meter masters races, and Mike Wall in the 200 meter masters race. Jessica Blake led the team with a ninth place in the 3,000, just a few seconds off her season best. Michelle Lang ran 13th in the mile, just a few days after having some wisdom teeth extracted. Yawa-Duse Anthony and Lisa Chadderdon threw well, and the team of Sakeena Baccas, Melissa Sullivan, Christine Kloiber, and Kristin Pitocco ran well, but, unfortunately, were disqualified for being outside of the zone in the 4×200. Johann Jack won the 55 meter race, and high jumpers Marc Lefebvre, Ron Tauro, and Sean Earle finished in positions 2, 3, and 5, all over 6′ 4″! The 4×200 and Distance Medley team took second, and Joe Welch took third in the weight.
  • On January 9, our weekly track workouts moved indoors to the newly resurfaced MIT indoor track. Workouts consist of an outdoor warmup at 7:00 p.m. and an indoor workout at 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday through the end of March 2001.
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