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.


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.