Following the 4th of July holiday, 19 GBTC athletes along with Coach Dave Callum will make their way to Omaha, Nebraska for the 12th USATF Club National Championships. Greater Boston Track Club has been among the top four combined teams in 11 out of the 12 years with the only exception being 2011 in NY where GBTC finished a combined 6th. In 2012, GBTC plans a return to the top four status.
Our team of women include Olympic Trials provisional qualifier Devotia Moore who is the top-ranked seed in the 800m accompanied by club 400mIH record holder Jessica Klett who is having a fantastic first year in the two-lapper with a 4th seed. Club treasurer Sara O’Brien will stretch herself in several sprint events, even rolling the dice in the high jump, before joining the ladies for relay action. Allison McCabe rounds out the running squad hot off an 800m PR and finds herself returning to mid-distance form, after a couple years of unfortunate stress fractures, to contest the 1500 and 5000 before relay action Saturday evening.
All-American thrower and Westfield State University record holder Amanda Gricus will spin her way to points in the hammer in her first post-collegiate summer. Amanda will team up with Lisa Wilson who holds 5 school throwing records of her own from UMass Amherst. Lisa will contest in shot, disc and hammer this week, but her focus this year led to a near Olympic Trials qualifier in the hammer with her club record 61.88m throw. Joining them, GBTC veteran Stacey Connor will battle it out for every inch in the discus and shot put.
GBTC men will be comprised of 12 individuals, led by Olympic-bound Ruben Sanca who may attempt a very difficult distance triple: 1500, 10k, and 5k. A strong sprint squad will be made up of indoor 400m club record holder David Kennedy and outdoor record holder Hafiz Greigre with mates Alex Engel, Christian Tirella, and Warren Lane. Intermediate hurdle club record holder Brian Freitas faces a fast field in the IMs, while also considering the open 400m and 800m events. Chris Chandler leads the GBTC entries in the 100m, while Ben Wheatley and David Cahill will help field relay teams Saturday evening. Daniel Colina leads the javelin entry field, while also dabbling in the shot put and the discus, and Bryan Kolacz rounds out the team in the hammer after just missing the Olympic Trials standard.