It’s getting close to the original GBTC Coach’s party and we’d like to remind everyone that the Event is at Boston College/Corcoran Commons–2nd Floor Heights Room. Registration will begin at Saturday 11:30 AM, November 24th. Registration ($40) is by check or credit card; proceeds from this event and the silent Auction will go to Coach Squires RunStrong…RunSmart Fund (tax deductible).
We’re still looking for pictures and stories about life with Coach—we appreciate all that have been sent so far. Hope to see you all there!
Meet directors Brennan Bonner and Matt Haringa did a great job directing their first XC race for the club. Club volunteers performed well. You can see how the runners performed in the links below. This event was such a success that we will do it again next year.
The meet started with a song as GBTC member and Margaret Bradley Award winner Victoria Barnaby sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem. She later placed third in the invitational mile with her personal best. Excellent performances continued the theme of the meet with David McCarthy of Providence College powering his way to a meet record in the 3000 meters running 7:56.76 to break the 1994 record held by Alan Culpepper of the University of Colorado at 8:01.2. Dan Serianni and Joan Dow qualified in the 3000 meter race walk for the indoor national championships to be held in Albuquerque, NM on Feb 26-27 as did Brian Hill of the Boston Athletic Association and Devotia Moore racing unattached in the 800 meters. Seventy-year-old Carl Wallin placed 9th in the open men’s weight throw and also won the masters shot put.
The host team’s athletes won many events: Dacia Taylor-Samuels, long jump; Jennifer Harlow, high jump; Kyle Williams, 60 meters dash; Amelia Landberg, 3000 meter Invitational; Jennifer Dagan, open 800; Tim Bayley, Invitational mile; Warren Lane, Invitational 200 meters; and Barry Phelps, Master’s mile.
Victoria began her running career participating in track and cross country for Newburyport High under Coach Donald Hennigar. In her freshman year of college she rowed for the Boston University women’s crew team, and later in 2006 she joined the Greater Boston Track Club. She has worked with GBTC coaches Tom Derderian and Dave Callum to experiment in a variety of events, including the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Since 2009 she has focused on improving her middle distance times and in 2011 ran the 3,000 steeplechase in a GBTC record time of 11:01. She recently completed her first cross-country season and this season plans to break 5 minutes for the mile and improve her steeplechase time even further.
Coach Tom Derderian says, “Victoria first came to us as a freshman at BU because the BU team would not accept her, since her high school mile time of 5:30 was not fast enough. She has since eclipsed that time and beaten many BU varsity runners on the track and in cross-country. Her success proves the adage ‘running well is the best revenge.’” For her award, Victoria has chosen to run the open 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 Penn Relays. This will be her first time competing at that track meet.
Kathy Fleming (with a meet record 4:36.25) and Darin Shearer (with 3:59.94) won the Invitational Miles at the 1999 GBTC Invitational. Come run the 2012 GBTC Invitational yourself on January 22 on the Harvard campus (sign up here). Review the history of the meet with meet records and pictures from 2010, 2009, 2008, 2000, 1999, and 1998.
The GBTC Trivia Night and Auction, our major fundraising event of the year, is coming up on Thursday, September 15th 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM McFadden’s Boston 148 State St, Boston, MA 02109 Presale tickets at www.gbtc.org/store
Pub Trivia: Teams of 4 compete to win the GBTC Trivia Night Cup and Kick@ss gift certificates for free cupcakes at Kick@ss Cupcakes
Auction: Bid on items such as 1% off Buyer’s Agent Fee for Real Estate, a Sports Psychology session, a Nutrition Counseling session, and more!
Raffle: Win fabulous gift cards to restaurants in the Greater Boston area, Wicking T-shirts from Japan, a mystery prize or win cash in the 50/50 raffle
Tickets are $10 when purchased by September 14th at 11:59 pm @ www.gbtc.org/store and come with a free raffle ticket (cannot be used for 50/50)! Tickets are $15 when purchased at the door.