2003 notes

Some notes from 2003 that may not have made it into other posts…

  • The GBTC Annual Holiday Party was held on December 14, with guest speaker, Bill Squires, founding coach of the club.
  • Stan Egbor, Francis Shen, and Chris Westfield won sprint, hurdle, and vault events at the Harvard University Invitational Track Meet on December 13 (results).
  • One one snowy New England weekend, part of the club ran in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in North Carolina on December 7, and others ran in the Husky Carnival at Northeastern University on December 6.
  • Ben Nephew finished second at the Andover Cross Country 6K on November 30 (results).
  • Katie Famous, Jessica Blake, and Katherine Wasilenko swept the top three places in the Mansfield 5K on November 23 (results), and Sloan Siegrist won the Fresh Pond 2.5 miler.
  • Ben Nephew set a course record of 3:14 flat at the Nifty Fifty 50K road race in Coventry, Rhode Island, on November 16.
  • Track workouts are moving indoors. The Tuesday outdoor track practices at the Danehy track are moving to the MIT indoor track starting Wednesday, November 12, at 7:30pm. Track fee is $50 for the winter.
  • The women finished fourth, the men fifth, and the masters sixth among the New England clubs at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park on November 9. The women’s team scored just one point below Greater Lowell, but they ran cumulatively one minute faster (scores are by place, not time). See the full results.
  • The board of directors elected the board officers at its last meeting on October 27. They are Doug Burdi, President; Erin Cullinane, Vice President; Jim O’Brien, Treasurer; and Cynthia Hastings, Clerk. The minutes of the meeting are available on the web. The next meeting will be November 20. All club members are welcome to attend.
  • Michelle Lang and Brodie Miles led our teams to the finish line at the Cape Cod Marathon on October 26 in 3:20 and 2:45. These teams including John Blouin, Jon Chesto, Nasser Sharara, Bruce Bond, Joel Bargmann, Ken Agabian, Renee Knapp, Tom Schuster, and Johanna Lindberg (results). Congratulations to Bruce Bond and Ken Agabian who have, yet again, competed in every USATF New England Grand Prix event. With the completion of this marathon, they have earned their Grand Prix Ironrunners Certificates.
  • The Boston Mayor’s Cup never fails to disappoint, and teams from all over came to compete in what had to be called a national class race in Franklin Park on October 26. The club sent full teams to the race, and a lot of members to cheer. Everyone ran well in these races that were almost devoid of slow runners (results).
  • The club held its annual meeting October 21 at the Mount Auburn Club in Watertown. The following members were elected to the board for the coming year: Cynthia Hastings, Katie Wasilenko, Jim O’Brien, Doug Burdi, Sarah Lawson, Maria Sun, Josh Seeherman, Gary Snyder, and Erin Cullinane.
  • Ian Nurse won the Bay State Marathon with a personal best time. JR Cruz finished second in half marathon, and Rebecca Raum finished as the fourth woman (results).
  • At Franklin Park on October 19, Bruce Davie, Brian Besloeu, and Colin McArdle finished 5th, 9th, and 10th overall; and Katherine Wasilenko, Diana Rancourt, Christy Bonstelle, and Katie Carda finished as the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th women.
  • The women placed fourth at the Tufts 10K on October 13, with Jessica Blake, Alison Guzman, and Katherine Wasilenko scoring the points for the club. Claire McManus finished as eleventh master, and Sandy Miller continued her streak of finishing every Tufts 10K ever, 27 in all (results).
  • At the Bradley Palmer Cross-Country Club Challenge on October 12, sponsored by the Greater Boston Track Club and the North Shore Striders, the men’s teams finished as GBTC, NSS, CSU, and SSAC, and the women’s teams finished as CSU, GBTC, and SSAC (full results).
  • At the Ocean State Marathon in Providence on October 12, Maegan Chaggaris finished as the third women in 3:15:11 and Nasser Sharara finished as the second master in 2:58:58 and thirteenth over all.
  • In the Chicago Marathon, Margaret Bradley ran a fabulous race, finishing under three hours in her marathon debut. Jim Pawlicki also put in a great performance, finishing in 2:37, proving that he is back from his broken knee cap; and Jeff Doyon and Bryan Doldt also finished well in 2:42 and 2:52.
  • The women’s open team placed sixth in the Ro-Jack’s 8K in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on October 5, and a weakened men’s open team relying on two masters placed eighth. Both teams are now fifth in the USATF New England Grand Prix series with only one race, the Cape Cod Marathon, remaining (results).
  • The “GBTC Middies” won the Somerville Homeless 5K in Somerville on October 4, 2003 (results).
  • Nasser Sharara finished third master (tenth overall) at the Newport Federal Savings Bank Half Marathon on September 28.
  • The men and women both won MIT’s Harrier Classic Cross Country Invitational at Franklin Park on September 27. Jessica Johnston, Lynn Johnson, Jessica Blake, Joan Bohlke, and Alison Guzman were our top five women (winning with the very low score of 48 and averaging 19:28); and Ben Nephew, John Blouin, Brian Doldt, James Pawlicki, and Bryan Graham were our top five men (winning even with top guns Marzuki Stevens and Jay Slowik retiring from the race due to injury and illness). (results)
  • Chris Simpson, Adam Buggia, Chris Coxen, and Joe Grand took the top four places in the 2.5 miles race at Fresh Pond on September 20. This was Joe’s last race for the club before leaving for San Diego. Good luck Joe.
  • Lynn Johnson won the Fall Marathon Tune-up 30K in Lynn on September 20 in hot, humid, and hilly conditions. John Blouin was the second man and Michelle Lang the third woman to finish. Other members with good times included James Pawlicki, Brodie Miles, Joel Bargmann, Tom Whitney, Harold Frost, and Diana Kobland (results).
  • Brian Beaulieu and Deb Volk won the long race at the Lynn Woods on September 17 (results).
  • Erin Cullinane was elected as the Women’s Long Distance chair at the annual meeting of the New England chapter of the USA Track and Field Association on September 16.
  • Chris Simpson and Joanie Bohlke won the men’s and women’s divisions of the Main Street Mile down in Falmouth in 4:35 and 5:24.
  • The men’s team finished third at the USATF National 5K Championship in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 6. The team consisted of Marzuki Stevens, Tim McCusker, Jay Slowik, Bryan Graham, Matt Lyons, Noah Stuart, Colin McArdle, and Bridge Hunter (results).
  • Matt Lyons finished second in the long cross-country race at Lynn Woods on September 3 (results).
  • Marzuki Stevens won the Acushnet Road Race on September 1, shattering the course record, and the men’s and women’s teams finished in first and second places. The men scoring points for the team were Marzuki Stevens, John Blouin, and Bruce Davie, and the scoring women were Jessica Blake, Kristen Brennand, and Katherine Wasilenko (results, pictures).
  • Maegan Chaggaris took third place at the Nantasket Seaside 4 Mile Road Race in Hull on August 31, finishing in 26:25 (results).
  • At the Lynn Woods cross-country relay, the men’s and women’s teams won the 4×2.5 mile relay race. Tim McCusker, Dennis Floyd, Bryan Doldt, and Ben Nephew won, but heard footsteps right behind them the whole way in a tight race, and Bruce Davie, Mike Connelly, Bill Newsham, and AJ placed third. Katie Famous, Sloan Siegrist, Margaret Bradley, and Kristin Brennand made up the winning women’s team. The masters team of Ted Charrette, Nassar Sharara, Ken Ross, and Cynthia Hastings took second masters.
  • The men’s and women’s teams are now in fourth place in the USATF New England Grand Prix road race series, after finishing fifth in the Bridge of Flowers 10K championship race in tropical heat and humidity on August 9. Kristen Brennard, Lynn Johnson, Jessica Blake, Michelle Lang, and master’s runner Claire McManus scored for the women, and Ben Nephew, Bryan Graham, John Blouin, Bill Newsham, and Jay Slowik for the men (results, pictures).
  • Jim Pawlicki and Tim McCusker led the men and Margaret Bradley and Katie Famous led the women at the Falmouth Road Race on August 10.
  • Claire McManus won the women’s master’s division of the Sugar Bowl 5 Miler in Dorchester on July 24. Ken Ross also ran just days after running the Stowe race, and finished twelfth in his division.
  • The women and the men finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the Stowe 8 Miler in Vermont on July 20. Melissa Leier and Ben Nephew led the two teams to the finish line. Katie Fobert, Holy Cross graduate now teaching high school physics, represented the club for the first time (results, photos, photos).
  • The men’s and women’s teams finished second in the USATF National Club Championship on July 19. Congratulations to the forty members of the club who competed so well at the national level! (photos and a trip report)
  • James Pawlicki led a team of five runners in the Wellesley 5 Miler on July 18, including masters runner Claire McManus.
  • GBTC’s Sloan Siegrist, representing Guam, won the silver medal in the 1500, the bronze medal in the 5000 meters, and finished fifth in the 800 at the South Pacific Games in Fiji in cold, wind, and rain as a tropical storm swept over the islands. Sloan came of age on Guam, graduated from Stanford, and is now a grad student at Harvard.
  • At the World Masters Athletics Championships on July 5, Sarah Lawson placed fourth in the 40-44 year age bracket in the 100 meters, and won her heat in 200 meters the next day.
  • The men’s and women’s teams won the USATF Eastern Region Outdoor Track and Field Championship on July 6, just a few weeks after winning the USATF New England Championships on June 14. Running in temperatures over 90 degrees, some athletes ran one, two, three, even eight events, and Katie Wasilenko won the 5,000 race. See an enthusiastic report and some good pictures from the event (results).
  • The men finished fourth and the women finished fifth at the USATF New England Grand Prix 20K in Bedford, New Hampshire, on June 29 (results).
  • Kristy Gould places first overall in her debut duathlon (2 mile run/17 mile bike/2 mile run) in Marlboro the weekend of June 29. She crossed the line a full minute and twenty seconds ahead of the second place female. She logged the fastest bike split of the day and had the second fastest run splits for both runs.
  • A Midsummer Lights Relay on June 20, a relay race hosted by GBTC and other local organizations where runners ran around the island carrying light batons, was a success. See the pictures by Stanley Hu and Tiffany Thompson.
  • GBTC successfully defined its men’s and women’s titles at the USATF New England Outdoor Track Championship on June 14th at the MIT Steinbrenner Track. The men’s performance was highlighted by a thunderous 200 performance by Stanley Egbor which was clocked in 20.70 (wind-aided). Other victories included a double shot-disc performance by Chris Ferrara and an excellent 6-8 clearance by Sean Earle in the high jump. Over on the women’s side, the team was paced by Kourtney Trainor, who scored over 20 points by herself, and Jana Bromell, who set a new club record in the 400 (56.2) and anchored a record 4×400, assisted by Catherine Regan, Ulrike Gradhand, and the aforementioned Ms. Trainor (results, pictures).
  • At yet another rainy Boston High Performance meet, the GBTC folks competed quite well. The club swept the 400 as Catherine Regan won the ladies and Stan Egbor won the men’s. In addition, Jay Slowik won the open 3000m with a sub 9:00 clocking, and Rich Voliva continued to improve by winning the open mile. In the elite events, Marzuki Stevens ran the fastest 1500 time for the club this year, and the crowd was treated to an appearance by the high school mile record holder, Alan Webb.
  • GBTC women won second place at the USATF 5K National Championships in Albany on May 31, led by Melissa Leier, Margaret Bradley, Lynn Johnson, Katie Famous, and Alison Guzman. Melissa ran a terrific race, running much of that race with Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson. Running phenom Marla Runyan was the individual winner, and Westchester won the team title (results). The next day, Brodie Miles finished fourth in his age group in the Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Vermont, and Ben Nephew finished second in his age group in the Mt. Kearsarge Hill Run.
  • The GBTC men and women fought bravely in cold, rainy, and all around unpleasant weather at the second meet in the Boston High Performance Series on May 24. The 10,000 produced probably the most noteworthy performances as both Melissa Leier and Margaret Bradley PR’d enroute to stellar 37 minute times, while old friend Julie Spolidoro gunned a 35 minute blitz in the pouring rain trying in vain to reach the USATF qualifier. In addition, Catherine Regan, running the longer 800 for the first time in many years, won her heat. Over on the men’s side, there were fine performances from Chris Simpson in the 800 and Marzuki Stevens in the 3,000.
  • Bill Newsham rose to third on the year’s club marathon list with his 2:48:57 at the Vermont City marathon. Only Jeff Doyon and Kit Wells have run faster this year. Ben Nephew finished sixth in the Mount Wachusett Road Race, even managing to beat the mountain running legend, Dave Dunham, by five seconds in this up-hill race.
  • Melissa Leier won the open 3,000 in 10:19 at the first Boston High Performance Series meet on May 17, and Marzuki Stevens ran about 8:32 in the elite 3,000, a club best for this year.
  • A team of women running for the club have been invited to the National Women’s 5K Championship. Lynn Johnson, Margaret Bradley, Alison Guzman, Katie Famous, Katie Wasilenko, Melissa Leier, and Kristen Brennand will race for the prize money at the Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany at the end of May.
  • Chris Simpson and Joan Bohlke finished second and second in their age groups (fourth and thirteenth overall) at the M.O.M. 5K in Somerville on May 11 (results).
  • Stanley Egbor ran the first sub-twenty-one-second 200 in club history, a 20.96, at the Albany Spring Classic on May 10. That’s very, very fast. He also won the 100 in 10.55. Andie Colon, Sekou Dilday, Kobie Fuller, and Ed Jones also ran in the meet (results).
  • This was quite a weekend (May 3-4)! Lynn Johnson finished eighth in the Pittsburgh Marathon (results). Finbar Kirwan won the Evan’s Run 10K in Norwell (results). Kristen Brennard, Amanda Labelle, Sarah Zanardi led the women’s team to second place at the Breakheart Classic in Wakefield (results). Ben Nephew and Brodie Miles took second and sixth places at the Merrimack River Trail 10 Mile Run. (results). Bill Newsham finished fourth in the Trollheim 5K in Essex, Vermont. Jon Chesto, recovering from a back injury, still managed to finish fifth in the Big Lake Half Marathon in Alton Bay, New Hampshire. Brad Stayton finished as the second master at the John L. O’Brien Memorial Road Race in Woburn, assisted by a handful of runners ahead of him who took a wrong turn, but that’s part of the game (results). And Tom Whitney took third in the 50+ age group in the Officer Savage 5K in Wellesley.
  • At the famous Penn Relays on April 26, the 4×400 “A” Team, consisting of Stan Egbor, Andie Colon, Sekou Dilday, and Kobie Fuller, won the club heat while clocking a stellar 3:16.48 and setting a new club record. They earned the famed gold Penn Relays watches for their tremendous performances. Not to be outshown, the 4×100 “A” squad of Hassan Wajd, Kobie Fuller, Jeff Soderquist, and Speedy Stan Egbor won their heat in 41.96 and earned medals for fourth place. The club was also the only team to field A and B squads, a testament to the increasing depth in the sprints.
  • On the April 19th weekend, Shaina Damm, while competing at the Sam Howell Invitational Heptathlon at Princeton, broke 5 different club records out of the 7 events scored. Her record breaking marks were 14.1 in the hurdles, 19-5 in the long jump, 41-11 in the shotput, 135-5 in the javelin, and 25.1 in the 200 meters.
  • At the Boston Marathon on April 20, the men’s open team finished in fifth place. There were 23 club members in the race, with Jeff Doyon leading the men in 2:44:17 and Meg Gleason leading the women in 3:14.22 (official times, not chip times). Stan Hu has put together photos of the GBTC Boston Marathon team using pictures from track meets and road races leading up to the marathon taken by Stan Hu, Bridge Hunter, and others; and Erin Cullinane put together an album of the marathon itself.
  • The track squad was at it again down at Northeastern’s Solomon Invitational. Stanley Egbor smoked the field in the 100 and 200, running a 21.4 in the latter. Sekou Dilday ran a 48.9 in the 400, not only winning but running the first sub-49 open race in about six years for the club. The relay also broke 3:20 for the first time since 2001 with Egbor, Matt Orosz, and Andie Colon assisting Sekou. Over on the women’s side the distance team swarmed all over the 10000, with Melissa Leier winning in 37:39. Catherine Regan ran a 59 for her outdoor debut, making her the first woman ever on the club to register two sub-60 performances in one year.
  • At the Doyle’s 5 miler in Roxbury on April 13, Colin McArdle, Ben Nephew, JR Cruz, and Noah Stuart placed third, seventh, eighth, and sixteenth in their age groups (results).
  • At the Bridgewater State Invitational on April 12, Chris Ferrara won the shotput, Bill Newsham won the 10,000, and Andie Colon and Matt Orosz placed in the 400. Newcomer Jon Manosh took fourth in the 100, and Sekou Dilday ran a stellar 48.6 split in the 4×400, the first 48 split since Sekou himself ran one for club back in the indoor season of 2001 (results).
  • Tracey Timmins, Meg Gleason, and Oliver Board finished first, second, and fourth in their age groups at the City Run in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 6 (results). That same day, there was a club sweep at at Cohasset By-the-Sea, with Margaret Bradley winning her second race in a row, and Kit Wells, Bryan Doldt, Matt Nolan, and Stan Hu finishing first, second, fourth, and ninth (results). Further south, at the Rhode Island College Invitational, Dave Cahill won his heat of the 800 in 2:04, Sarah Lawson won her heat of the 100,placing fourth overall, and placing fifth in the 200. Josh Seeherman placed sixth in the 400, and Andie Colon, Josh Seeherman, Blair Schaffer, and Dave Cahill finished second in the 4×400.
  • Stan Hu has some nice photographs of celebrations after some recent races.
  • The club is moving outdoors at the start of April, with workouts beginning March 31 at Harvard and April 8 at Danehy Park.
  • The GBTC masters made their mark at the USATF Masters Indoor National Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track on March 28-30. The weekend was highlighted by Deke Conklin’s tremendous 4.23 (13-6) leap in the 65-69 long jump which earned him the championship by quite a distance. Measure out 13 and little bit in your kitchen then imagine propelling yourself that far at age 68. He also tossed himself over 9 feet in air to take 2nd in the pole vault. Richard “The Doc” Sobel competed in the high jump, leaping nearly 5 feet — no too shabby considering his entire competitive career was done with the dive straddle; he is just now learning the flop. And of course, Colin McArdle strutted his stuff in the Mile and the 3000, with a sterling 10 minute even run in the 3K. Bob Cedrone, who just two weeks ago PR’d by, as he put it, throwing his age, continued his consistency over 13 meters. Lastly, Sarah Lawson, fresh off of her lovely article in the Globe (“the fastest soccer mom in the state”) placed very highly in the 60 and the 200, both of which had trials and finals (results, highlights).
  • In two big wins for GBTC, Stanley Egbor won the 100 meters and Marzuki Stevens won the 10,000 meters at the Husky Spring Open on March 29 in Dedham (results, photos). The same day, Alison Guzman finished fifth in the 5,000 meters (results).
  • Kit Wells, Jeff Doyon, Brian Doldt, and Jason Burke finished in the top five and led a total of eleven club runners to domination of the Eastern States 20 Miler from Kittery, Maine, to Salisbury, Massachusetts, on March 30. Rain and consequent lack of volunteers at the finish led to many runners being missed in the offical results (results). Rich Voliva won the associated 10 Miler, leading a total of four club members around the course (results).
  • The Boston Globe had a nice article about Sarah Lawson, her national title in the 100-meter dash at last summer’s USA Masters Track & Field Championships, and her preparation for the 60- and 200-meter dash at the coming USATF National Masters Indoor Championships.
  • Kit Wells and Ken Dinovo led the club finishing in places 18 and 24 in the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 16, and Lynn Johnson led the women in this New England classic! (results)
  • Shaina Damm finished sixth in the nation in the pentathlon at the USA National Indoor Combined Events Championships on March 9, making her one of the best multi-event athletes in the country. She also broke three club records during the competition: the shot put, the long jump, the 60 meter hurdles. Just when you think indoor season is over, Shaina’s performance turns up the temperature and keeps the excitement boiling (results, pictures).
  • The club had 36 members run in the Law Enforcement Half Marathon on March 9, the first race in the USATF New England Grand Prix road race series. The women’s and men’s open teams finished third and sixth, respectively (results).
  • At the USATF Nationals on March 2-3, our women’s distance medley relay team of Keely Subin, Catherine Regan, Ulrike Gradhand, and Joan Bohlke set a new club record with 12:09.35, and finished fourth in the event! Our men’s team of Chris Simpson, Dave Cahill, Dana Bellows, and Marzuki Stevens ran a 10:14.22 against some stiff competition (results, photos).
  • The men’s and women’s teams won the USATF New England track championship on February 23, making six back-to-back championships for the men and three for the women (results, pictures). Ulrike Gradhand set a club record of 17’00” in the long jump, and Keely Subin, Ulrike Gradhand, Cheryl Makarewizc, and Joanie Bohlke set a club record of 4:03.06 in the 4×400. Next week, the men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams have been accepted to run in the USATF Nationals at Reggie Lewis.
  • At the Hyannis Half Marathon, Jessica Blake won the women’s race with a 1:28, followed by Allison Curran with a fine 1:40. Jessica was even quoted in an article about the race in the Cape Cod Times. The men’s team won the team prize, packing 7 of the top 14 runners. Kit Wells led the club with a 1:15 in slow, wet conditions, followed by Bryan Doldt, Jack Peltz, Matt Nolan, Brodie Miles, Matt Flinders, and Stanley Hu (results).
  • Two women set three new club records at the Valentine Invitational on February 14-15. Catherine Regan set records in the 200 and 400 with 25.88 and 57.60 (fourth place), and Joan Bohlke set a record in the 800 with 2:10.74 (fourth place). In addition, Katie Famous ran a personal record of 18:20.57 in the 5,000 (results).
  • The men’s Distance Medley Relay team of Chris Simpson, Dave Cahill, Dana Bellows, and Marzuki Stevens qualified for the Nationals at Reggie Lewis on March 1 by running a thrilling and tight race at the FasTrack Invitational on February 15 (results).
  • Jon Chesto finished 13th on Martha’s Vinyard with 1:54:38 in what was billed as a 20 miler but listed in results as 18 (results).
  • Colin McArdle, running in the masters division, zoomed to the top of this year’s performance list in the 1500 with a 4:45.56 at the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, New Hampshire, on January 10.
  • Fin Kirwan and Ben Nephew finished fourth and fifth in the Stew Chase 15K in Lynn, Massachusetts, on February 2, leading about a dozen runners from the club in that race (results).
  • Stan Hu, Michael Urquiola, Oliver Board, and Meg Gleason all finished in the top quarter at the Boston Prep 16 miler in Derry, New Hampshire, on January 26, and finished sixth, seventh, twenty-second, and fourth in their age groups, respectively (results).
  • At the GBTC Invitational on January 19, sponsored by Saucony, Stanley Egbor broke his own 60 and 200 club records and personal bests, rocketing a 6.73 on the fast Harvard straightaway and a smoking 21.24 on the oval. The women’s 4×400 broke the old record from 1988 with stellar legs from everyone for 4:05.32. Joan Bohlke provided a nice anchor leg to bring home a great performance by the home team. For the first time in 5 years or so, we had a women’s high jumper in the meet, Erin Newman from Providence College. On the men’s side, Michael Bess threw his first meet with the international weight shot. (results, pictures).

GBTC Holiday Party

Cambridge, MA
December 14, 2003

A special THANK YOU to the hearty souls who came out to attend our annual holiday party last night at The Muddy Charles. In celebration of the club’s 30th Anniversary, Bill Squires, the club’s founding coach gave an entertaining speech to a rapt audience about the earliest days of our club.

Here is a summary of the awards that we presented last night:

  1. Complimentary Boston Marathon Qualification WaiversClub Service:
    • Bob Ward
    • Hugh Jessup
    • Erin Cullinane


    • Kristen Brennand
    • Calvin Williams
    • Mike Connelly
    • Diana Kobland
    • Michelle Doody
  2. Club Grand Prix Winners ($25.00 gift certificate to Marathon Sports)
    • Men’s Open – Ben Nephew
    • Women’s Open – Allison Guzman
    • Men’s Masters – Ken Ross
    • Women’s Masters – Kerry O’Donovan
    • Men’s Seniors – Bruce Bond

    Grand Prix Iron Men Winners ($25.00 gift certificate to Marathon Sports)

    • Bruce Bond
    • Ken Agabian
  3. $100.00 check to Stan Hu for his extraordinary photography
  4. $100.00 Marathon Sports Gift Certificate to our webmaster, Mark Tuttle, for his design and maintenance of what is arguably the best club website on the internet.

Congratulations to all recipients.

In addition, we also awarded holiday bonuses to our coaches – Ron Glennon, Chris Simpson, Dave Callum and Tom Derderian for their extraordinary efforts in developing our athletes and getting our teams out to the races. 2003 was a year of great performances and we look forward to an even better 2004.

Have a great holiday everyone.

Regards, Doug

USATF National Club Cross Country Championship

December 7, 2003

Coach Tom Derderian

Worse that losing is not showing up. The second wave of GBTC racers showed up and boarded a little airplane on Friday night for Greensboro, North Carolina, and took off moments before the storm reached Boston. Ben Nephew and Jim Pawlicki had left Boston safely in the morning. John Blouin drove south through the storm in a rental car from where his company’s work week deposited him in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. By Saturday morning, five men and four women waited in Greensboro for two men and two women who would be critical to forming the club’s team for this national championship. Each team must finish 5 runners to score at all. We had five men but only four women.

As the team in Greensboro watched the weather channel on Saturday and poked at cell phones wondering if no answer meant that team members Jay Slowik, Steve Pasche, Yarrow Moench, and Christy Bonstelle (and teamless and timeless masters runner, Bruce Davie) were on airplanes or not, but in the air or on the tarmac, we could not know. Jay Slowik sat in an airplane on the runway for 5 hours tense with the prospect of imminent departure only to be told to go home. The next day in bright sunshine we had to tell Jay’s brother Mike that Jay could not come because of a snow storm in Boston. Mike claimed that his brother was just ducking him. (Jay did not race Mike at the Mayor’s Cup because he then was stuck with mechanical difficulties on a flight in Oklahoma.) Steve and Yarrow tried to fly out of Albany but the plane would have routed through New York that closed down. They never got on board. Resourceful and lucky that they are, Christy and Bruce grabbed a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, and rented a car driving an hour to Greensboro.

At the starting line of the Championship on the Bryan Park Golf Course, GBTC had only five men and five women and no margin for error. We had to finish everyone to fulfill our goal to finish both open teams.

One must understand the nature of these races. They are not big. No slow runners or causal teams come to participate. For example of the 7,000 women at the Tufts 10K, 6,900 would have finished behind last place in this cross country championship. The difference between first and last at the mile was seconds. The start itself is instant with a long line of runners cross the fairway so every runner has a clear shot to sprint at the moment of the gun. Strings of carnival flags and orange cones defined the serpentine course. Nowhere was there a flat spot. Nearly every turn, some of 120 degrees, came at a reverse bank. Spongy winter grass underfoot sucked energy out of legs that often had to work with one on the uphill side driving one knee toward a racer’s chin and the other foot stretching for low ground. Times for everyone in a road or track 10K would have been at least 2 minutes faster. (Same proportion for the women’s 6K in the same ground.)

Marathoner Maegan Chaggaris removed her racing shoes after her race to see that her white socks ran red with blood from a cut where her rocking shoes had sawed into the tops of her toes. The strange twisting of the feet untied Sloan Siegrist’s shoes leaving lashing laces whipping against her legs as she ran. But she knew she had to finish. Katie Wasilenko sprinted after her, hungry to earn places in a finish with runners crossing the line almost simultaneously. A racer can not know during the race if one place and one stride would make the difference in the team’s overall place. Jess Blake led our team in her ferocious and crowded sprint to the finish. This race offered no place to relax or hide. Everyone and every step counted. Other teams had no missing racers.

All the women raced to the limit of their fitness which in our sport is perfection.

In the men’s race I started some coaching mischief by telling all the guys to beat the bald guy, referring to shaved-headed Dr. Nephew. I told John Blouin and Jim Pawlicki that the dome was the target. Dr. Ben, of course, as did the others guys, knew that this course especially suited him with its tight turns and sloping sloppy ground. As a trail running specialist, Ben Nephew ran a much in his element as Brier Rabbit in a brier patch. Ben replied that it might not be safe to try to stay with him.

Blouin zoomed out on target as Ben danced around the tight turns. But at each switchback like magic Ben got a second and a fraction. Ben led the team with a mighty sprint nailing two places in the last stretch as Blouin did the same thirty seconds back. Pawlicki dueled with Syracuse Chargers runner getting the best of him in the last half mile. Old man at age thirty-five, Tom Lawlor came through for the club making up for the missing Slowik and Pasche.

On the cool down run we began to plan for next year’s trip to Portland, Oregon, for the next National Fall Cross-country Championships.

For details see the web site at USATF.

For next year let’s bring a whole plane load of GBTC runners.

Tom, who got a terrific workout sprinting and shouting all over the course.

Bill Squires

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame Names Bill Squires the 2002 Bill Bowerman Coaching Award Recipient

July 13, 2002

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame presented the 2002 Bill Bowerman Coaching Award to Bill Squires, of Melrose, Massachusetts. Squires received the award during the 2002 National Distance Running Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 13.

Nominated by a slew of comrades, fellow coaches and former athletes, Squires, the founding coach of the Greater Boston Track Club in 1973, a former coach at Boston State College, and a member of the Boston Athletic Association, was recognized for his dedication to his sport and to his athletes. Under Squire’s guidance, many athletes have enjoyed successful careers and have gone on to become high school and college coaches. “In most of us, he instilled a passion for the sport, and for sharing this knowledge with others,” former athlete and longtime friend Kirk Pfrangle said.

Bill Rodgers, an athlete formerly coached by Squires and a past Boston and NYC Marathon champion, reflected on Squires ability to coach, guide and mentor New England athletes as the founding coach of the Greater Boston Track Club. “Bill Squires not only coached the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) to become one of the best–if not the best track club in the USA–but he also encouraged the athletes to be sure to do all they can to pursue their careers.”

According to nominations received by the Hall of Fame, one of Squire’s coaching strengths was his ability to look at athletes individually and develop training programs to suit their development. In particular, Squires is well known for workouts he called “simulators.” Simulators are a series of workouts designed to duplicate course conditions to build the runner’s confidence and body awareness in various states of a race. Squires is especially well known for the “Heartbreak Hill” simulators he designed for Bill Rodgers and the GBTC Marathon Team.

“I truly believe Bill Squires exemplifies the values of Bill Bowerman more than any other coach. Both men share a unique ability to get the best out of their athletes on and off the track or roads,” former athlete and veteran Nike employee Mark Duggan said. “His blue-collar style of coaching was grounded in practical experience. He made running fun. But was quick to remind you there is an important part of life outside competitive running.”

Squires received a 46-pound bronze sculpture of Bill Bowerman during the induction ceremony. A duplicate award will remain in the Distance Running Hall of Fame, where the names of each year’s recipients are added.