Contributed by GBTC athlete and record keeper, Joshua Seeherman, reporting from Philadelphia:
Today down in Philadelphia GBTC fielded a shuttle hurdle team at the 118th Penn Relays. The shuttle hurdles are a unique event that is only offered to clubs at a handful of meets around the country. The race here featured three teams; your friendly clubmates from Boston (Sheldon Allen, Jimm Guerrier, Seleke Samake, and Dan Sheehan) with two formidable clubs from the Mid-Atlantic, the Shore AC (NJ) and Zenith Velocity (PA).
The gun went off and GBTC found themselves trailing, but as those who have seen the shuttle hurdles know, much of the challenge is not crashing, a particular challenge today with swirling winds. On the second leg, a Zenith Velocity fell, taking out to some degree Shore AC in the process. Left alone on the far right, GBTC glided by without incident, and that was all that was necessary for victory by over 5 seconds. The quartet’s time of 62.08 was slightly faster than GBTC’s 2005 championship team that ran 62.14 in a similar situation. Good times all around, especially when it involves coveted Penn Relays watches. Congrats !
“I ran the Manchester Shamrock Shuffle 2 mile Road Race this past weekend. Won in a CR of 9:05.77. I felt much better coordinated and was able to push the pace from the start to finish. Coach G [Gary Gardner] and I thought it really good sign of better things to come in the future and we’re both very excited. I will run the 2 mile at our UML track home meet on Sat, April 7 as my last prep race before Mt.SAC 5000m.
“Also, yesterday I was named for the Cape Verdean team to compete in the 5000m at the Ibero-American Championships (All Spanish and Portuguese speaking nations), which will take place in Venezuela in late May.”
The Union Leader’s story featuring Ruben can be found here.
The Tufts athletic department holds a series of invitational events mostly for their fellow DIII colleges but invited a few athletes from GBTC and some other clubs. Amelia Landberg and Kyle MacQueen of GBTC, seeing themselves as older and more experienced, decided to take the pace in the mile and put on a show for their hosts. Indeed they put on a show.
Update: David goes 2:21:53 for 5th overall, a new personal best in a tactically smart race, made while steadily moving up through the field! An excellent picture of David receiving his super sized prize winnings from the Philadelphia Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, can be found here.