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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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.

GBTC in Kansas

At the master’s national championships in Olathe, KS, Chris Blondin, took 2nd place in the 800m leading until the last 10m in 1:59.65. He races the 1500m next.

Results are available here.

Blondin, perhaps the youngest 40 year-old celebrated his birthday at the end of last month. Photo of action at club nats when he was two weeks younger. buy GreaterSnap
Blondin, perhaps the youngest 40 year-old celebrated his birthday at the end of last month. Photo of action at club nats when he was two weeks younger. by GreaterSnap

Teams slither in the mud and on the hills of Kentucky horse country

Photo taken before applying mud
GBTC women’s team on the line in Lexington, KY. photo by GreaterSnap
On the wet, muddy hills of Lexington, Kentucky the GBTC teams raced the best teams in the country fighting for every point. Club results from the championships results are summarized below.

Update: Race day photos are now available, courtesy of touche2006. Continue reading “Teams slither in the mud and on the hills of Kentucky horse country”

Teams head to XC Club Nationals

GBTC is sending three teams back to Lexington, KY, for the USATF Club National Cross-country Championships. The men’s and women’s open teams are again joined by a men’s masters team.

In 1979, GBTC won the national XC championships with the lowest score ever. After the superstars moved on, GBTC did not go the the national championships until every year after 1998. A summary of the club’s results in the modern era is available here.

Here are our runners leaving Friday for Saturday’s race. We have excellent teams making this trip.
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Westfield, MA XC Festival

Lead women’s pack in with #8 Kyle Feldman, #24 Allison McCabe, BAA’s Melissa Nash, and Kristin Murphy, and NB Boston’s Erin Drumgoole. Photo by GreaterSnap

GBTC brought a large men’s team including three new members, a masters team and 50+ and 60+ to race on a warm, humid fall day on wet course but after blue sky replaced the night of rain and morning of fog. Other teams showed up too.  BAA arrived in force as did the New Balance Boston team, HFC Striders, the host Western Mass Distance Project and a team from UMass Lowell.  Long time GBTC members Kibrom Temelso led the men’s team. New runners Conner Rose, Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot, and Peter Haine helped the regulars place third.

A cagey pack led the women’s race through a first mile of 5:22. On the hill out of the river valley NB Boston’s  Erin Drumgoole knew she could run strong on the uphill so surged away to try to win, but GBTC’s Kyle Feldman stayed close enough to catch up on the flat field and win the race by 8 seconds. Allison McCabe placed third with Alyse Rocco 10 for the team with Meghan Lynch 4th.  New Keene State College grad and GBTC debutant Amy Knoblock placed fifth.  GBTC placed second.

Full results from CoolRunning and video from Level Renner are now available.

Exciting GBTC XC Fest at Elm Bank

Women’s Lead Pack: GBTC Aly Millett, BAA’s Melissa Nash, eventual winner Allison McCabe, and Ameila Landberg. Photo by GreaterSnap

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.

Bruce Davie Survives his Safety Bicycle Supercollider

Former club president (2004 to 2010) and lifelong student of athletics, Bruce Davie, was in the hospital between July 1 and July 6 following a fairly severe bicycle crash. By some fearful symmetry of his downhill velocity plus angular momentum along the twisty tarmac, and the uphill torque of a hybrid electric car, Californian physicists were finally able to answer the open question of how many sub-Davie particles could be created via a phenomenon they are calling the “Prius Effect.”
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Everybody’s Working for the Weekend

GBTC will be absolutely everywhere and doing everything this weekend: at the Brown Invitational, at the Northeastern Solomon Husky Invitational, helping out the Greater Boston Running Company at the Boston Marathon Expo, giving presentations at said Expo, talking with legendary commentator Toni Revis on a special edition of RunCenter, meeting with Olympic Medalist Meb Keflezighi on Sunday morning, serving as the context for an article about a young Alberto Salazar in Runner’s World on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his Duel in the Sun, giving interviews about the club’s shoestring start, and contending for the win of the 2012 Boston Marathon in the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Men’s Masters Team Divisions with its 31 athletes. Stay tuned!