The end of the 2016-2017 Indoor Track & Field season also means the start of the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix. GBTC split their squad this weekend to compete both indoors and on the roads. A small contingent of athletes took to the indoor track at Boston University’s annual Last Chance Meet, while much of the distance squad made the trek to Amherst for Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s annual 10 Miler.
At BU Last Chance, GBTC athletes shared the track with some of the nation’s fastest distance runners. Laura Paulsen, a 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier (Marathon), battled an elite field of women at 5,000m. Her 16:27.48 is a new club record, bumping Sara Donahue’s 16:44 from 2009 from the top of the leader board. Other strong performances on the women’s side came from USATF Indoor Nationals Qualifier Jess Teal (800m/2:08.16) and Allison Lynch (mile/5:13.83). For the men, Caleb Evanter and Mike Carlone capped off excellent indoors seasons by both running 4:18 for 1 mile. Jarrell Forbes, Nicholas Aleles and Dave Cahill donned the red and white in the sprint events. Compiled results are available from LancerTiming (Men / Women).
Out on the roads, GBTC’s distance runners competed at the annual Amherst 10 Miler. A race designed and started by GBTC Coach Tom Derderian in the 1970s, the course is a challenging mix of dirt and paved roads, with numerous unforgiving elevation changes. The hills at mile 3 and 9 make for an excellent Boston Marathon tune-up. Manuel Gonzalez’s 53:13/10th led Greater Boston to a fourth place finish in the team standings. The women’s team of Madeline Weber, Abbey Murphy and Taylor Krajewski finished 9th in the team standings. For complete results, click here.