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GBTC Competes at Penn Relays

GBTC Women’s 4x100m finishes second at Penn Relays!
Photo left to right: Rebecca Gonsalves-Lamontagne, Mary Foday, Chantal Sayegh, and Katie Hitchcock-Smith

The GBTC’s sprints squad headed to Philadelphia last weekend for the 125th running of the Penn Relays Carnival. Competition began with the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m relay events on Friday, April 25th. Despite the storm delays experienced, the Men’s team (Dhvanil Nanshah, Bryant Madrigal, Nick Aleles, and Henry Morales) was able to finish 12th out of the 18 teams competing, and clocked a time of 45.52. The Women’s team (Rebecca Gonsalves-Lamontagne, Mary Foday, Chantel Sayegh, and Katie Hitchcock-Smith) raced shortly after the Men, and finished 2nd out of the three teams competing, earning silver medals in the event, and finishing in a time of 53.11.

GBTC returned to action on Saturday, April 26th with Ernixh Harris racing in the 400m and finishing in 58.57. Later in the afternoon, D’Mahl McFadden competed in the 110m Hurdles event, garnering not only a PR time of 14.38, but a silver medal as well. The Men’s 4x400m squad wrapped up the day, finishing in 3:35.63.

Overall it was a great weekend for GBTC and the team is now looking ahead to the remainder of the Outdoor Track Season.

GBTC Men’s 4x400m Team at Penn Relays
Photo left to right: Bryant Madrigal, Henry Morales, Nick Aleles, and Ernixh Harris

GBTC has 33 finishers at 2019 Boston Marathon

GBTC men running together during the early miles of the 2019 Boston Marathon
Photo courtesy of Jody Bailey (@run.photography on Instagram)

The GBTC Men’s and Women’s teams competed in the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019.

GBTC is proud to have had 33 members finish the hilly 26.2 mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. The Men’s team, led by Ryan Wooley, finished 3rd overall out of 66 Men’s Open teams competing. The Women’s team, led by Shannon Trant, finished 8th overall out of 62 Women’s Open teams competing. Teams are scored by the top three finisher times. GBTC Member results are listed below. Full race results can be found here:
https://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/results

GBTC returns to action this weekend at the Tufts University Sunshine Classic Meet.

Men
79, Ryan Woolley, 2:28:47
94, Dave Metzger, 2:29:42
104, Ian Neill, 2:30:25
134, Shaun Dever, 2:32:38
166, Bobby Giuliani, 2:34:11
200, Eric Mendoza, 2:35:26
211, Manny Gonzalez, 2:35:49
261, Chris Battoo, 2:37:50
351, Erik Hinrichsen, 2:39:57
375, Rob LaMarre, 2:40:31
651, Scott Burger, 2:45:49
671, Dave Moyer, 2:46:13
800, Jon Chesto, 2:47:44
958, Tim Cotoggio, 2:49:19
968, Jerry Lanning, 2:49:28
1759, Will Feldman, 2:56:20
2287, Josh Brodin, 2:59:12
2778, Tommy Mazza, 3:02:35
2969, Jason Garrity, 3:03:47
3142, Dan Hall, 3:04:56
3164, Brendan Meehan, 3:05:06
3602, Pu Yue, 3:08:05

Women
215, Shannon Trant, 3:02:27
257, Erin Lohrenz, 3:04:05
278, Chandler Olsen, 3:05:03
307, Caroline Turner, 3:05:55
349, Aly Ursiny, 3:07:16
622, Jenna Castro, 3:13:43
626, Marissa Lynn, 3:13:48
1272, Elise Jackson, 3:22:38
2231, Ronit Malka, 3:30:09
2383, Taylor Krajewski, 3:31:17
2899, Audrey Hatas, 3:35:11

GBTC Competes at Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K


The GBTC Women’s Team with Coach Tom Derderian at the Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15k

The GBTC Men’s and Women’s teams competed at the Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K in Upton, MA on Saturday, March 30th.  This was the second race in the 2019 USATF-New England Grand Prix Series.

The GBTC Women’s team, led by Kerri Leonhardt (57:04.9), finished in second place out of the 14 teams competing.  Kerri was the fifth place female overall.  Teammates Lauren Opachinski (58:53.3), Aly Ursiny (58:53.4), Victoria Barnaby (59:25.0), and Shannon Trant (1:00:02.2) also scored for the team.

The GBTC Men’s team finished fifth overall out of 20 teams competing.  Eric Mendoza was the top GBTC finisher, running 50:45.7.  Manny Gonzalez (50:49.9), David Metzger (50:51.1), Ian Neill (50:53.9), and Erik Hinrichsen (51.40.2) also scored for the team.

Full results for the Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K can be found here.

The next USATF-New England Grand Prix race is the Run Westfield 5K in Westfield, MA on Saturday, May 18th. GBTC will also have over 25 athletes competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th.

The GBTC Men’s Team

GBTC Men take 2nd, Women take 3rd at the New Bedford Half Marathon


The GBTC men’s and women’s teams kicked off the USATF New England Grand Prix Series with strong performances by both squads at the New Bedford Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The men’s team, led by David Metzger (1:09:06), finished 2nd overall out of the 12 men’s teams competing.  Ryan Woolley also posted a sub-1:10 performance, finishing in 1:09:40.  Teammates Eric Mendoza (1:10:54), Shaun Dever (1:11:17), and Bobby Giuliani (1:11:50) rounded out the team score.

The women’s team, led by Shannon Trant (1:24:19), finished in 3rd place overall out of the six women’s teams competing.  Teammates Erin Lohrenz (1:24:30), Caroline Turner (1:28:59), Jenna Castro (1:29:18), and Taylor Krajewski (1:29:21) rounded out the team score. 

The next USATF New England Grand Prix race is the Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Upton, MA.

#GOGBTC

Photo taken by Coach Tom Derderian

Caroline Turner Receives the 2019 Margaret Bradley Award

The Greater Boston Track Club is pleased to announce that Caroline Turner is the 2019 recipient of the annual Margaret Bradley Award. Caroline joined the club in the summer of 2017 and quickly became an integral part of the women’s distance squad. Caroline competed in the 2017 USATFNE Cross Country Grand Prix series where GBTC tied for first, and then at USATF Club Nationals. After that, she turned to the roads and debuted in the marathon in 3:00:27. Caroline was the only GBTC member to compete in the entirety of the 2018 USATFNE Road Grand Prix and led the team to a 2nd place finish out of 26 teams. In the fall of 2018 she was elected to the Board of Directors by her teammates and serves as the Women’s Team Captain. In the spring of 2019 she will be taking on the Boston Marathon with many of her teammates. 

Prior to joining GBTC, Caroline competed for Needham High School, a perennial cross country and track powerhouse in the Bay State. She then ran for Davidson College, where she lowered her PRs to 17:57 and 37:14. While she enjoyed the warmer climes, Caroline was thrilled to return to the Boston running scene and excited to find GBTC where she could learn from, and train with, so many accomplished runners. Coach Tom Derderian says, “Caroline is ubiquitous at practices, team events, and races. She personifies the NASA motto, ‘Teamwork is what makes the dream work.’”   

Margaret L. Bradley was a member of GBTC who died while on a trail run through the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. An accomplished marathoner, Margaret led the GBTC women to a team victory at the 2004 Boston Marathon. GBTC established the Margaret Bradley Award in honor of Margaret. The intent of the award is to select one GBTC female runner annually to compete in a domestic event of her choosing for which GBTC will cover some or all of the expenses. The selected recipient must be a club member in good standing who shares Margaret’s enthusiasm and dedication toward both personal and team goals. 

Caroline Turner (fourth from left) alongside teammates (from left to right) Lauren Opachinski, Allison McCabe, Cynthia Hastings, and Kyle Feldman.

GBTC Invite 2019 Cancelled due to Weather!

Unfortunately, but understandably, Harvard University for only the second time since 1980 has cancelled the GBTC Invitational on Sunday January 20th 2019. Safety is obviously a top priority for Harvard and for GBTC, and considering the weather conditions Harvard felt compelled to close the facilities. The potential ice in this storm during and after the track meet is presenting significant concern.

Sincerely,
-Your Meet Director, David Callum

GBTC Seeking Sprints & Field Coach

After two successful seasons under the guidance of Coach Elaina Zizza, the Greater Boston Track Club is seeking a new leader for the Sprints & Field group. Coach Zizza will be leaving the club to pursue a graduate degree. Ideal candidates are experienced individuals seeking a part-time position with the club, and are qualified to provide training to post-collegiate and masters athletes in the Greater Boston area.

Job Description & Expectations

The primary responsibilities of this position will be to:

Provide a long term plan and workouts for sprinters and jumpers, attend and administer two workouts per week between September and July, attend meets that have been chosen as focal points of the season, and distribute discretionary funding to maximize club performance. Sprint Coach will report to the Head Coach and work closely with all other coaches to develop an indoor and outdoor track schedule, culminating in championship meets.

Additionally, the Sprint Coach will be expected to perform administrative duties associated with meet entry, provide weekly recaps to social media coordinator throughout the competition season, act as an ambassador for the club in interactions with college coaches and athletes in order to develop and maintain recruiting relationships, and contribute expertise to other club activities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.

Preferred qualification:  USATF Coaching Certification

Additional Information:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience.

  • Coach will serve at the discretion of the Board of Directors

  • Subject to a CORI test.

Please send all application materials to greaterbostontc@gmail.com

Feldman Wins 2018 Bradley Award

The Greater Boston Track Club is pleased to announce that Kyle MacQueen
Feldman is the 2018 recipient of the annual Margaret Bradley award. Kyle
joined GBTC back in 2009, and immediately became an integral member of
the women’s distance squad, often scoring for the Club at the Grand Prix road
races. After joining the Club, Kyle excelled on both the roads and on the
track, running PRs in every event from the 1500m up to the Marathon. At one
point in 2012, Kyle held three club records at the same time: 1500m (4:24.66),
Mile (4:49.74), and 3000m (9:32.30). Two records have since been broken,
but she still holds the 1500m record to this date.

Kyle and her husband, GBTC team member, Will Feldman moved out of state
from 2013 to 2017, but immediately re-joined the Club, once they were back in
Boston. “There’s no running scene greater than Boston’s,” said Feldman. “I
really missed the Club and my teammates when we moved away. I am
thrilled to be back again and representing GBTC.”

Prior to joining GBTC, Kyle had run at the University of Connecticut where she
met current club member and 2011 Margaret Bradley award winner, Allison
McCabe. During her junior year, Kyle transferred to Simmons College in
Boston, which did not have a running program at the time. When Allison
learned that Kyle was living in Boston, she encouraged her to join the
team. Kyle joined the Club in the spring of 2009 after qualifying for the 2009
Boston Marathon at the 2008 Philadelphia Marathon. Her time at the
Philadelphia Marathon was 3:21:35. After joining the Club, and training more
consistently, Kyle improved her marathon time to a speedy 2:49:14. Kyle now
has dreams of qualifying for the Olympic Marathon Trials, a dream that was
also shared by Margaret Bradley.

Margaret Bradley was a member of GBTC who died while on a trail run
through the Grand Canyon on July 10, 2004, at the age of 24. GBTC
established the Margaret Bradley Award in honor of Margaret. The intent of
the award is to select one GBTC female runner annually to compete in a
domestic event of her choosing for which GBTC will cover some or all of the
expenses. The selected recipient must be a club member in good standing
who shares Margaret’s enthusiasm and dedication toward both personal and
team goals.

Kyle (center), with Mary Jo and Keith Bradley