Racing Roundup – 12/5/17
Data and notes compiled by Coach Rod
A contingent of GBTC athletes spent the weekend in sunny California to race the California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento. CIM played host to the US Marathon Championships, and the fields were some of the deepest in recent memory. Our own Laura Paulsen punched her Olympic trials ticket for the second time by running 2:41. Lauren Opachinski PR’d in a quick 2:52 as well! New member Semehar Tesfaye went out on 2:36 pace, which is in her wheelhouse, but had a tough second half, finishing off of her goal performance, but still sneaking under 3 hours to give us three women sub 3. Jeff Ragazzini is getting back into fitness mode as he ran 2:49 at the same race. Andy Chalmers joined the race and ran alongside Lauren to finish in almost the same time.
Jon Berit is the early world leader for 59 year olds in the 800m with his 2:45.77 effort at the UMass Winter Open.
Another new member was out racing this weekend as well; Chip Melleby earned himself a shiny new PR for the half marathon distance, covering it in 1:30 at the Frosty Half Marathon.
Cristopher Battoo started off his indoor campaign strong by running 15:27 at BU Season Opener while new athlete Ian Christen crossed the line in 15:51.
A complete list of season performances is coming soon!
With Sunday morning temperatures close to 90°F and humidity only making things stickier, a contingent of GBTC road runners took to the streets of Narragansett, Rhode Island for the 9th Annual Bobby Doyle 5 Miler. The difficult conditions didn’t stop the GBTC women from taking home the USATF-NE Grand Prix team title, which secures their spot at the top of the Grand Prix leaderboard. Led by Liz Ryan (29:53) and Laura Paulsen (29:58), and followed by Victoria Barnaby (31:34), Lauren Opachinski (31:40) and Aly Millet (31:42), Greater Boston defeated Craft Concept racing by close to four minutes.
On the men’s side of things, Ryan Place (26:07) led the squad with a 16th place finish in a very deep field. Team scoring was rounded out by Andrew Chalmers (27:17), Caleb Evanter (27:32), Manuel Gonzalez (29:02) and Jarret Harrigan (29:11). The men placed fifth overall, with Whirlaway, CMS, WMDP, and BAA all just minutes ahead. The USATF-NE Grand Prix continues on Saturday, August 27th at the NH 10 Miler.
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.
The men and women of GBTC traveled to the national club cross country championships in Bend, OR on December 14th. The course, designed by Max King, delivered on its promise to provide a “real” cross country experience. The 2,000m loop tested even the strongest hill climbers with a mix of steep grassy climbs and slippery winding descents.
The women, led by Kerri Leonhardt finished a strong 19th place thanks to the help of GBTC ex-pat Alee Rowley. According to Coach Derderian, “ Kerri ran the best race of her life on perhaps the toughest XC course she had ever encountered.”
Aly Millett took the win in the hot 3,000 meters defying the 90°F heat and the field. Victoria Barnaby took third in the cooling steeplechase. Ryan Irwin powered to a 3:57…1500. Much more in the results.
Next is Twilight #4 at Bentley again, Eastern Regionals at Icahn Stadium in NYC, New England Champs at Regis College on June 13 and back to Icahn for Club Nationals.
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.