Red Team in the Bluegrass State

For the third time since 2009, GBTC made the trek to Lexington, Kentucky for the 2017 edition of the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. Featuring a course of rolling hills in Masterson Station Park, this year’s events were contested on a cold December Saturday (12/9/2017). Snowflakes fell throughout the final races of the day, and the course’s most challenging hills were a mere afterthought when compared to the cold and wind.

Led by Shelby Cuddeback (88th – 21:41 for 6k), GBTC’s Women’s Open team placed 24th among 30 complete teams. David Metzger (133rd – 32:10 for 10k)  led the men’s squad as they placed 34th among 49 teams. Celebrations are in order for GBTC Women’s 60+ squad: Claire McManus, Cynthia Hastings and Margaret Champion, who finished their first complete team in club history.

Open Women – 6k
88 Shelby Cuddeback 21:41
148 Abbey Murphy 22:34
169 Shannon Trant 23:04
194 Margaret Fox 23:40
207 Molly Sords 23:56
224 Caroline Turner 24:49

Open Men – 10k
133 David Metzge 32:10
217 Alex Rockhill 33:09
257 Eric Mendoza 33:38
288 Shaun Dever 34:00
293 Riley Pihl 34:02
305 David Moyer 34:16
338 Ben Jarrett 35:10
345 Eric Wyler 35:23
361 Scott Burger 35:43
373 Josh Brodin 36:15
374 Jeffrey Ragazzini 36:15

Masters Women – 6k
79 Claire McManus* 28:45
83 Wendy Newsham 29:11
107 Cynthia Hastings* 33:28
115 Margaret Champion* 41:12
*60+ complete team

Masters Men (60+) – 8k
106 Tom Derderian 50:58

Masters Men (40+) – 10k
248 Bill Newsham 43:53
257 Harris Hardy 45:38

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GBTC XC Festival – 9/11/2016

2016 XC Festival

The 2016 GBTC XC Festival is back! Join us on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at DCR Elm Bank in beautiful Wellesley, Massachusetts. Once again, the event will kick off the USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix. Races will begin at 9:00 AM with the popular Youth 2K, followed by a Women’s 5K (mixed Open and Masters), Men’s Masters 5K, and Men’s Open 5K.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, please visit our events page.

Results can be found here.

A Weekend of PR’s!

The past few days have been quite the show for GBTC trackletes. Thursday evening at the Adrian Martinez Classic in Concord, MA, a few club members toed the line against some big name athletes. Alex Engel ran against Brooks Beast stars Cas Loxsom, Riley Masters, and Mark Wieczorek along with other national class professional athletes. Engel placed 9th in the high performance 800m section with a time of 1:50.73.

Mike Carlone raced in the B section of the high performance mile for a 4:19.69 while Chris Blondin took home the victory in the Master’s Mile heat with a 4:44.19.

GBTC also showed their colors at the final New Balance Boston Twilight Meet yesterday evening. Just two days after his 1:50 800m, Alex Engel dusted the field in the 400m to win in 48.49. Recent All-American Chris Kibler put on a solid show in the featured 5000m event to place 6th in 14:57.16 while Andy Chalmers and Adrian MacDonald ran sub 16s in the blazing heat with 15:30.03 and 15:57.52. Liz Ryan also ran well in that co-ed 5k, throwing down an 18:31.94. Mike Carlone won the 2nd heat of the 800m in a personal record 1:59.46 to follow up his Martinez Mile performance. GBTC will be back in action next weekend at the Ribfest 5 Mile USATF-NE Road Championships.

Women lead charge into Terrier Classic

The women of GBTC will be towing the line today at BU’s John Thomas Terrier Classic Meet for the kick off of another big track and field weekend . Many look forward to building on their successes following last week’s GBTC Invitational.

Alex Tanner takes the baton for the 4x440 yd relay
Alex Tanner takes the baton for the 4×440 yd relay

Dartmouth grad Alex Tanner will be racing the 500m after a win in the 600m this past weekend. In reflecting on her 2 year hiatus from competition she reports a challenging few months, but says “My 600 felt a lot more comfortable than anticipated, which is both reassuring and a sign that Coach Callum’s training is helping me find my stride.” Also back from several years off the track,  Josette Pierre-Louis looks to tear up the 200m after a hard 400m on Sunday.

Neel Tarneja and Brian McNamarra in the 3k at the GBTC invite
Neel Tarneja and Brian McNamarra in the 3k at the GBTC invite

On the men’s side, Jonathan Charlesworth will be stepping up to the 5k alongside Neel Tarneja, whose lifetime track debut landed him a 3rd place finish in the 3k last weekend.  “I planned to just lead for a few laps of the 3k, but the cheering of GBTC runners last weekend motivated me to challenge myself and see how fast I was capable of running,” notes Charlesworth. He is looking forward to the massive crowd this weekend at BU.

Come join us for what looks to be another weekend of great track performances!


Club Holds Annual Meeting

GBTC held its annual meeting tonight in Boston electing a new board of directors and granting several awards. Club president John Raguin conducted the business meeting and the election that saw members Dan Hall, Matt Haringa, Caleb Evanter, Brian MacNamara and Brennan Bonner returned to the board to be joined by Ryan Irwin, Brenda Greene, Alex Engel, and Aly Millett. The board will elect officers at its first meeting.

Aly Millett won the Margaret Bradley Award that pays some travel expenses to a major race in the US of her choice.

The coaches awards went to Alyse Rocco for racing on the track, XC, and roads. She recently won the Westfield Cross-country invitational and Ryan Irwin who competes also in the same three areas, hosts many long runs and rallies the team.

Hope Ratham who won the club national steeplechase and Chris Blondin who cracked 2 minutes in the 800 for the first time since 1998 received awards from Coach Callum. Blondin recently turned forty.

President Raguin happily announced the new sponsorship agreement with Saucony that will commence on Oct 1.

President John Raguin and Bradley fund chair Cynthia Hastings congratulate Aly Millett
President John Raguin and Bradley commtitee member Cynthia Hastings congratulate Aly Millett
Coaches Tom Derderian(L ) and Rod Hemingway congratulate Alyse Rocco and Ryan Irwin.
Coaches Tom Derderian(L) and Rod Hemingway congratulate Alyse Rocco and Ryan Irwin.

Christiana Gallagher grabs GBTC baton for first time

Christy Gallagher wore GBTC red for the first time racing the 400 leg in the Distance Medley Relay this morning at the Terrier meet at Boston University. Photo by GreaterSnap
Christy Gallagher wore GBTC red for the first time racing the 400 leg in the Distance Medley Relay this morning at the Terrier meet at Boston University. Photo by GreaterSnap

Certainly no one has heard the BU track so loud, cheers from every corner, standing room only, anyone would have thought Galen Rupp broke the American Record in the mile (and 1500), only about 1 second off.  A world-leading time of 3:50.92, Galen crushed the meet record, in an event that saw six under 4-minutes!

GBTC highlight’s include David Kennedy, sharing something in common with Rupp, winning his event the 400m in a new club record 47.76!  Out of the third heat no less!  Teammate Alex Engel won the fourth heat of the 400m to finish 4th overall in 48.53, returning in the 200m for a PR in 22.06.  Engel and Kennedy joined O’Connor and Tirella for the heat win of the 4×400 for 11th overall (3:17.70).  New member Mark Williamson finished 6th in the 500m in 1:03.98 and Brian Robbins is coming into form with his 1:54.66 in the 800m after his DMR contribution.

Ryan Irwin showed off his surge in the DMR (10:20.44, overall 4th) on the 1200-leg, and returned for the 1000m in 2:31.65.  Chris Kibler (8:31.84) led the way in his heat of the 3k, while Connor Rose (8:34.43) towered above the field just a couple ticks behind his teammate.

David Cahill shared some speed with the DMR in the 400m leg, but his big day will be Sunday in Providence where he will be joined by Chris Simpson and Mark Gomes of Eliot TC and Greg Hammett of CMS for a 4x800m 35-39 WORLD Indoor Record attempt.  Simpson and Gomes are hot off a new 4×800 40+ World Record which they broke by almost 10 seconds in 7:58 when joined by Erik Nedeau (NBB) and Scott Weeks (Syracuse Chargers).

GBTC unleashed at the BU Terrier

Amongst the two meet records and the 2013 world-leading 200m time from Friday’s women’s meet, GBTC highlights include Victoria Barnaby’s 8 second PR in the 3000 in 10:09.37!  New GBTC sponsored-athlete Jacqui Barrett (graduate of UMLowell) made her debut with the club in the Shot Put with a heave of 13.96m (45-09.75) which was good for 5th place overall.  Jacqui opened her season with a 14.58m throw at Tufts two weeks ago, so we will certainly see big numbers from her as the season progresses.  The men’s meet is on the board with the DMR team of Ryan Irwin (3:05), Dave Cahill (52.8), Brian Robbins (1:56) and Charly Allan (4:25) finishing in 4th overall with a 10:20.44.  The men’s meet will continue on Saturday after the women’s DMR starts things off at 10:45am.

Women’s Results!
Men’s Results!