2004 notes

Some notes from 2004 that may not have made it into other posts…

  • Melissa Leier Nestel and Steven Pasche led our women and men to 13th and 35th place finishes at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on December 4 in extremely muddy conditions (results). Members of Greater Boston and Universal Sole met to remember Margaret Bradley.
  • GBTC ran in 10% of the country on Thanksgiving. Jo Thompson and Tom Cotter ran well in the Somerville Gobble Gobble four-miler (results). Lynn Johnson, Jessica Blake, and Katie Fobert finished 1, 2, and 4 in the Easton Turkey Chase (results). Carol Geddes finished sixth in the Trot Off Your Turkey in Barrington, Rhode Island, against a strong field of women (results). And Maegan Chaggaris won the Turkey Trot in York, Maine. Jesse Raver and Ryan Croteau finished 1 and 2 in the Amherst Turkey Trot (results). Tom Richardson ran in the five-mile Turkey Trot in Madison, CT. Andre Perreault came in 9th place in the Gardner Turkey Trot five-miler. Andi Colon and David Callum finished 5th and 18th in the Methuen three-mile Alumni race on Wednesday. Josh Seeherman finished 25th in the Turkey Trot in Brooklyn, New York. And Josh Sohn won the PGA West Turkey trot on Friday in La Quinta, California, in 16:36 with little competition (his little brother was second in 18:xx).
  • A lot happened on November 21. Lynn Johnson won the Billy Kelly 5K in Mansfield (results). Robert Laplante and Paula Donovan both finished in sixth place (Bob finished third in his age group) at the Norwood Turkey Trot four-miler the same day (results). Brodie Miles, Calvin Ma, Ken Agabian, and Ted Charrette all ran in the Philadelphia Marathon.
  • The USA Track and Field Association has determined that GBTC is a National Elite Club for the upcoming 2008 Olympiad. The USATF is the national governing body for track and field.
  • The women raced to fourth place against international competition at the GVH Cross Country Invitational at Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, NY on November 14, and the men finished eighth out of eleven (results).
  • Mark your calendars, the 2005 road race season is starting to take shape.
  • Two hundred people attended a lecture by the legendary coach Arthur Lydiard at Regis College on November 10, including twenty-five club members and many past members like Coach Bill Squires (pictures).
  • Colin McArdle finished second at the National Masters Cross-Country Championship in the 60+ age group on November 7. The same day, the GBTC women finished third and the men fifth at the New England Cross Country Championships. The most improved prize goes to Joanna Thomson led the women, with Sloan Siegrist running almost two minutes faster than last year and moving from 44th place to 18th. Kit Wells let the men, hot off his personal best at the Chicago Marathon, and Jay Slowick improved from placing 73 last year to 56 by running a minute faster See the full results and great pictures taken by Bruce Davie and Ryan McDermott.
  • The club’s Road Grand Prix Series has ended, and this year’s winners are Marzuki Stevens, Laura Hayden, Bruce Davie, and Bruce Bond. Congratulations!
  • Josh Seeherman won the Khoury’s 4.13 Miler on November 4 by nearly a full minute (results).
  • Jay Slowick won the Halloween Hustle 5km in Waltham, MA, on October 30 (results).
  • The new club officers for 2005 are Bruce Davie, President; Ted Charrette, Vice-President; Katie Fobert, Clerk; and Jim O’Brien, Treasurer. These officers were elected at the board meeting on October 26. Thanks to our new leaders, and to all our new board members: Ken Agabian, Cynthia Hastings, Brad Kozel, Josh Seeherman, Francis Shen, and Gary Snyder.
  • At the Boston Mayor’s Cup, the club had twenty-seven runners competing, and the teams finished third in the open race, third in the women’s race, and eleventh in the men’s race (results). The same day, Bob LaPlante won the Black Cat Classic 5K in Duxbury by over a quarter mile. See the great picture of him after the race on the CoolRunning results page (results).
  • The club held its annual meeting in Cambridge on October 19, where the coaches’ awards were given to Marzuki Stevens and Andie Colon. The club also elected a new board of directors. Please welcome (and thank) Gary Snyder, Ted Charrette, Francis Shen, Jim O’Brien, Josh Seehermann, Brad Kozel, Cynthia Hastings, Katie Fobert, Ken Agabian, and Bruce Davie. At this meeting, the club formally approved the Margaret L. Bradley Award.
  • Two teams of women finished second and fifth in the Tufts 10K on October 11, lead by Emily Raymond, Yarrow Moench, and Katie Famous. Emily had run a marathon just nine days earlier. Sandy Miller has completed each of the 28 races since 1977. Joanna Thompson finished as the third fastest masters runner, just 36 seconds behind Joan Benoit-Samuelson (results).
  • The Topsfield Cross-Country Festival was held at the Bradley Palmer State Park on October 10, sponsored by the Greater Boston Track Club and the North Shore Striders. Take a look at the final results and some great pictures.
  • Marzuki Stevens finished as the fifth American at the Chicago Marathon on October 10, followed by Josh Sohn and Kit Wells, all three running personal records. Marzuki’s time of 2:22:38 was the best by a GBTC man since Sebastian Junger’s perfect marathon in the 1980s, and is only 38 seconds shy of what is normally the Olympic trials qualifying time (results). The same day Matt Flinders, Ken Ross, Stephen Steinbergher, Ken Agabian, and Melissa Freidel all posted impressive times in the BAA Half Marathon (results).
  • Joan Bohlke and John Kerrigan were the first woman and second man to finish the Somerville Homeless Coalition Road Race on October 3, leading nine runners from the club, including some of the sprinters (results). The same day, the women and men placed third and fifth at the Ollie Road Race. Kit Wells ran the best race of his life showing that he is in tip top form for the Chicago marathon next week, where he will race with teammates Marzuki and Josh Sohn. Laura Hayden had a wild sprint beating Carolyn Dobbin of Somerville Road Runners by a lean (results).
  • The women won the Providence Half Marathon on September 26, and the men came in second. The women were led by Laura Hayden, Yarrow Moench, and Katie Famous; and the men by Marzuki Stevens, Josh Sohn, and Kit Wells. The team brought home $2750 in prize money, plus individual cash prizes for Larua Hayden and Colin McArdle, who won the 60+ age group (results).
  • Emily Raymond won the MIT Harrier Classic at Franklin Park on September 25, leading the women to a first place finish. Women scoring points for the club included new members Johanna Thomas and Sherida Bird. Bob LaPlante and Ted Breen led the men to a third place finish (results).
  • Ian Nurse won the Team with a Vision 5K on September 18, followed by Ryan Croteau and Francis Shen (results).
  • Josh Seeherman won the Epilepsy Foundation 5K in Brighton on September 12. Maegan Chaggaris won the Melrose Run for Emarc 5K the same day, her first race back from injury.
  • Alison Guzman goes out a winner, winning the Fresh Pond race on September 11, just before leaving for Spain. She’ll be back…
  • The men came in fourth at the National 5K Championship race in Providence on September 12. Scoring for the team were Edward Breen, Kit Wells, Robert LaPlante, John Blouin, and Bill Newsham (results).
  • GBTC’s own Joan Bohlke demolished the women’s course record at Lake Quannapowitt on September 8. She won in 18:38 (finishing fourth overall and ahead of the next woman by nearly three minutes). The previous course record on this 5k loop was 20:44 (results).
  • Marzuki Stevens won the hilly Cape Ann 25K on September 6, and Kit Wells finished fifth, followed by a half dozen other club runners (results).
  • Laura Hayden set a new course record when she won the Acushnet Road Race on September 6, followed by Katie Famous and Julie McGee in third and seventh places. John Blouin, Brad Kozel and Bruce Davie finished third, sixth, and seventh overall. Both teams finished in second place in the team competitions (results).
  • At the 2004 Athens Olympics, club member Sloan Siegrist represented Guam in the 1500m with a 4:44.53. One night-owl in the club reports that there was plenty of chance to see her on television at the start of her heat and in the opening lap as she hung close to the pack that opened up in about 67 for the first 400. You can also see her in Guam’s Pacific Daily News. Sloan even carried the Guam flag in the closing ceremonies. Former club member Geraldine Pillay represented South Africa in the 100m, and ran 11.44 in the first round, just missing the quarterfinals by 0.01 seconds!
  • At the Bridge of Flowers 10K on August 14, Colin Mcardle won his age group and Ted Breen finished 16th overall (results). At the Chilmark Roadrace the same day, Josh Sohn and Bob Laplante finished fourth and fifth overall, with Bob winning his age group (results).
  • The 2005 edition of the GBTC Invitational will be held on January 23 at the Gordon Indoor Track Facility at Harvard University. Watch this page for details as the meet approaches.
  • Josh Sohn won the Vineyard Scoops 5K Tour of Edgartown on August 7.
  • Kit Wells won the Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K on August 5, and set a personal best by three seconds (results).
  • The women won the Yankee Homecoming 10 miler on August 3, and the men finished second. A hot, humid night and a little rain made it 100% humidity. New member Emily Raymond led the women’s team. Former GBTC member Julie Solidoro won the women’s race, coached by Ron Glennon (results).
  • Bruce Davie won the five-miler at Fresh Pond on July 31, and Bill Newsham finished fifth at the Chronicle Half Marathon in San Francisco.
  • Kit Wells has put together some photos taken by Kristen Kozlosky of the Stowe 8-Miler on July 18.
  • Kits Wells and Katie Fobert won the Lynn Woods race on July 23 (results).
  • The men’s and women’s teams both finished in fourth place at the Stowe 8-Miler on July 18. Marzuki Stevens led our team at Stowe finishing in the money in fifth place. Julie McGee ran her finest race yet for the club as our second woman behind Laura Hayden (results, photos).
  • The men and women finished second and third at the USATF National Club Track & Field Championships on July 2-3 in Indiana, bringing home $2500 in prize money. The competition was so fierce that 27 performances qualified for the Olympic Trials! (results)
  • The men and women finished second and sixth at the USATF Eastern Regional Championships on June 26. The club had 13 athletes in 21 events, and club athletes performed well (photos, overall results, team results).
  • The women finished second at the Whirlaway 10K on June 27, the men came in fifth, and the men’s masters and seniors teams came in sixth and seventh. The women are tied for first in the USATF New England Grand Prix going into the Stowe 8 Miler on July 18 (results).
  • At Lynn Woods cross country races on June 23, Fredrica Introne won the 2.75 mile race, and Kit Wells and Katie Famous won the 8 mile races. According to the web site, Katie set a new course record, beating a time from 1993!
  • The men and women came in first and second at the USATF New England Outdoor Track Championships at MIT on June 20 (results). At that meet, Adrian Shears and Rahiem Greenridge made progress in their quest for Olympic Trials qualification.
  • The club hosted A Midsummer Lights Relay on June 18, a festival of light running throughout the night around Deer Island in Winthrop. Six teams ran through the night (results).
  • Yarrow Moench ran a 3:03 marathon at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Coming off their fourth place finish at the national 5K championship, the women finished second at the New England 5K championship, the Lincoln Park Rhody 5k Road Race on June 13. Laura Hayden, Sloan Siegrist, Lynn Johnson, Kathryn Fobert, Julie McGee, Christy Bonstelle have now broken the tie for first place and sit at the top of USATF Grand Prix for the moment. Colin McArdle won the 60+ division, leading the men’s seniors team to fourth, and the men’s masters to ninth. Marzuki Stevens led the men to fourth place, finishing second by just four seconds, hot off his splendid 3:58 in the 1500 the night before (results).
  • At the Boston High Performance on June 12, Catherine Regan set a personal best of 2:11.55 in the 800, and Josh Seeherman and David Cahill both broke 2:00 in the 800 (results).
  • Our women finished fourth in the country at the the Freihofer’s 5K on June 5, serving as the USATF 5K national championship race. The race organizers treated our team of Laura Hayden, Sloan Siegrist, Lynn Johnson, Kathryn Fobert, Cheryl Sullivan, and Julie McGee like royalty, paying for three hotel rooms, two excellent meals, and entry fees. All of our runners ran well (results and photos of club runners). The same day, Colin McArdle ran a 4:59.56 mile at the Boston High Performance Meet in Dedham, an amazing race by our sixty-year-old hero who will be going for the American record next week that is only a second or two faster! (results) The next day, Brodie Miles and Christy Bonstelle finished 10th and 64th in the Vermont Covered Bridges Half Marathon, or 4th and 2nd in their age groups! (results)
  • Bryan Doldt won the Johnny Kelley 5 Miler in Hyannis on May 30 with a near lifetime best performance, and Lynn Johnson finished second. See the results. The same day, Tom Whitney finished seventh in his age group at the Nissan Buffalo Marathon in New York.
  • The GBTC women’s open team took second place at the Bedford 12K on May 22, to put them in an exciting three-way tie for first place in the USATF New England Grand Prix with Central Mass Striders and Whirlaway at the end of the first two Grand Prix races. The men’s open team finished in sixth place and remains in third overall in the Grad Prix. A star performance came from Katie Fobert who blasted off chasing the family record on the course set by her older sister in 2001. Kit Wells helped the men’s team by running through 10K in a personal best in pursuit of Josh Sohn (results).
  • Lynn Johnson won the Mansfield High School 5K on May 23 in preparation for the National 5 km at Freihofer’s in Albany on June 5. She set a new record for the event with a time of 18:07 and finished sixth overall. The prior day, Cynthia Hastings won the Deer Island race, and Christine Kloiber set a PR in the 400 at the MIT Last Chance Qualifier (results and photos).
  • The GBTC women won the Boston Marathon on April 19, and the men came in fourth.
  • At the Boston Tune-Up 15k in Upton on April 10, Bill Newsham, Robert Mirabile, Barbara McManus, and Jessica Blake finished 15, 16, 18, 24 (results and some pictures).
  • At Fitchburg State on April 10, Chris Ferrara won the Shot Put, Wayne Burwell won the 100m and 200m Stanley Egbor and Gary Labonte finished first and second in the 400m, and Dave Cahill and Bob Bates finished third and fifteenth in the 800m (results).
  • Joshua Seeherman and David Cahill finished first and third in the 800 at Fitchburg State on April 3, and Sarad Tomlinson third in the 5000 (results). Brian Irwin finished sevenths in the javelin at Duke that same day. Josh Sohn and Lynn Johnson won the Road Race by the Sea 10K in Cohasset on April 4, with Maegan Chaggaris, Cheryl Sullivan, Katie Famous, and Michelle Lang taking places three, six, seven, and eight, and Tom Whitney finishing second in his age group (results). JR Cruz and Manuel Chinchilla finished first and fifth at the City Run in Cambridge the same day (results). At the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace five milder, Colin McArdle won the 50+ age group, and Clair McManus won the masters women’s race (results). That makes six wins in one weekend!
  • Christy Bonstelle won the mile and 3000 at the USATF National Masters Indoor Championships at Reggie Lewis in Boston the weekend of March 26-28. Sarah Lawson finished second in the 60, 200, and 400; Deke Conklin third in the pole vault; and Kisha Carman third in the 60; nearly a dozen club members competed (results). Kit Wells won the Border to Border 20 Miler in Salisbury, beating the second place finisher by seven minutes, and Lynn Johnson placed second in the women’s race (results). Chris Simpson won the Friends of Concord-Carlisle Cross-Country race in Concord (results). Marzuki Stevens, Maegan Chaggaris, and Katie Famous set personal bests in the 10K at the club’s first outdoor track meet of the year, Northeastern University’s Snowflake Classic in Waltham (men’s and women’s results).
  • The next board of directors meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29, at Ted Charrette’s office at 245 Summer Street in Boston. All members are welcome to attend.
  • Russ Miller has started the rankings for the club’s 2004 Grand Prix road series.
  • The GBTC men’s and women’s open teams each placed third in the New Bedford Half Marathon, part of the USATF New England Road Racing Grand Prix Series. The club had 33 runners in the race. Marzuki Stevens and Jessica Blake led our men’s and women’s teams, but the shining stars of the day were personal best performances from Josh Sohn and Katie Famous. See full results and photos by Jim Rhoades.
  • GBTC’s JR Cruz won the long and hilly Stu’s 30K by two minutes on March 7, and Jessica Blake, Maegan Chaggaris, and Lynn Johnson went 1-2-3 in the women’s race (results).
  • Our own Sloan Siegrist competed in the World Indoor Track Championships on March 5 representing Guam.
  • The GBTC men’s and women’s open teams won the Hyannis Half Marathon on February 29, and the men’s masters team came in third (team results). Josh Sohn finished third over all in the men’s open race with Kit Wells and Jeff Doyon in seventh and eighth (full results), and Lynn Johnson and Maegan Chaggaris came in first and fourth in their age groups (group results). In the accompanying 10K race, Robert Laplante and Katie Wasilenko won their age groups, and Tom Derderian and Katie Famous finished second (10K results). At the Amherst 10 Miler known formally as the Jones Town & Country 10 Mile Road Race, Marzuki Stevens and JR Cruz finished third and fourth, with JR first in his age group (results). And at the USATF National Indoor Track meet in Boston, the Distance Medley Relay team of Chris Simpson, Sekou Dilday, Andie Colon, and Jay Slowik finished an amazing fourth place (see full results and photos of the team by Stan Hu and a team report by Chris Simpson).
  • GBTC retained the championship title at the USATF New England Indoor Championships on February 22, the seventh straight title for the men and fourth straight for the women. Read a report on the club performances by Josh Seeherman, ane the full results.
  • Chris Simpson has been named the new middle distance coach. Read this and other news in the minutes of the February board of directors meeting.
  • Kit Wells has scanned in every club newsletter from 1978 through 1995. That means we now have an on-line copy of nearly every newsletter written in the history of the club in our archive.
  • See reports on the BU Terrier Classic, the Tufts Invitational, and the BU Valentine Invitational by Josh Seeherman. At the BU Terrier Classic on January 30, Amanda LaBelle and Maegan Chaggaris ran personal bests in the 3,000 of 10:39 and 10:50 (results). The same weekend, at the BU Invitational on February 1, Chris Westfield vaulted 15-06.25 in the pole vault, and Joan Bohlke, Catherine Regan, and Sloan Siegrist finished 2:12, 2:15, and 2:19 in the 800.
  • In temperatures that must have been well below zero, Ian Nurse, Jessica Blake, Maegan Chaggaris, and Michelle Lang ran well at the Boston Prep 16 Mile Race in Derry, New Hampshire, on January 25. Ian finished third overall (second in age group), and Jessica, Maegan, and Michelle finished second, fourth, and thirteenth in their age groups (results).
  • There were two world-leading performances at the 2004 GBTC Invitational held on January 18. Read the report on club performances by Josh Seeherman.
  • See the latest issue of the Wingfoot newsletter (pdf, 3.8M).
  • See the mintues from the last board of directors meeting on Monday, January 12.
  • Christy Bonstelle and Bruce Davie won the masters 1500 and 3000 meter races at the Dartmouth Relays on January 9 (results).
  • Over the January 3-4 weekend, fourteen current or former members of the club completed the USATF Coaching Education Level I Program at the University of Rhode Island. This certification is designed to give coaches a basic understanding of coaching methods involved in track and field events, plus an elementary knowledge of sports science as it applies to coaching. Our crew consisted of these individuals: Joan Bohlke, Dave Callum, Tom Derderian, Dennis Floyd, Rod Hemingway, Christine Kloiber, Sandy Miller, Erin Newman, Dan Fitzgerald, Jeff Rockwood, Josh Seeherman, Nasser Sharara, Chris Simpson, and Kit Wells.
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