2018 New England Half Championships – GBTC Men 3rd / Women 4th

The 41st New Bedford Half Marathon (03/18/18) served as the USATF New England Half Marathon Championship and first race of the 2018 USATF-NE Road Grand Prix. The New Bedford Half is notorious for blustery weather and strong headwinds, and while the temperatures hovered in the twenties, athletes reveled in the sunshine and single digit gusts.

The GBTC men were led by veteran Manuel Gonzalez (1:08:59) and breakout performer Rob Norcross (1:10:41). Rounding out the scoring five were Eric Mendoza, Shaun Dever and Mike Creedon.

On the women’s side, Shelby Cuddeback proved her speed on the open roads (1:20:25). She was followed by scoring members Kyle Feldmann and Andrea Imhof. 

Men’s Open: 3. GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
1:08:59   1:10:41   1:11:43   1:12:01   1:12:13   (1:12:56)   (1:13:01)   = 5:55:37
MANUEL GONZALEZ 28 M, ROBERT NORCROSS 36 M, ERIC MENDOZA 33 M, SHAUN DEVER 31 M, MICHAEL CREEDON 25 M, IAN NEILL 33 M, ROBERT LAMARRE 24 M

Women’s Open: 4. GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
1:20:25   1:21:57   1:24:28   (1:24:48)   (1:25:55)    = 4:06:50
SHELBY CUDDEBACK 22 F, KYLE MACQUEEN FELDMA 32 F, ANDREA IMHOF 28 F, SHANNON TRANT 23 F, LAUREN OPACHINSKI 30 F

For complete results, click here.

GBTC Women 1st, Men 5th at Bobby Doyle 5MI

Doyle Women Win
All smiles for the GBTC women, who currently lead the USATF-NE Grand Prix.

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.

Bond, On Marathon Team Win

Rob Bond - 2016 Boston Marathon

For a guy who played lacrosse at Lexington High and Oberlin College, just finishing a marathon would be a success story. Yet, Rob Bond’s story is much more interesting. He’s not willing to do anything half-heartedly. So when Rob started running just three years ago, it became more than just a way to stay in shape. He now averages 120 miles per week, and finds the time to do “the little things” that so many runners let slide. Since becoming a member of GBTC, Rob has logged a sub 2:30 marathon win (Baystate Marathon, 2015) and a USATF National Team qualifying standard for the 100km team (JFK 50 Mile, 2015). April 18th was a chance for Bond to add another nice title to his resume: Boston Marathon Team Champion. On a day that was less than ideal for marathoning, Bond led GBTC to its first team victory in over ten years.

For Rob’s unabridged race story, Continue reading “Bond, On Marathon Team Win”

Liz Ryan, Team Leader, On Boston 2016

Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan made the best of a warm day. Photo: Giberti
Rolling through Coolidge Corner, Liz Ryan led the GBTC women with a 2:51:04. Photo: Giberti

Even for someone who spent half of the last year training and racing in the Panama sun, Patriots’ Day was not ideal for marathoning. Yet, that didn’t stop GBTC’s top female performer, Liz Ryan, from giving it her all on the trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.

“I was wrapping up my best year of training ever, 6 months here in Cambridge, and 6 months in the jungles of Panama. I went into the race thinking I could run a 2:43 comfortably (a two min PR for me). As soon as we left the Korean Church in Hopkinton, I knew that even running a 5 second PR would be an amazing feat. The sun was intense, and I was sweating immediately.”

Live on televisions around the country, Ryan could be easily spotted on runner’s right of just before the field of elite women took off. When asked about her moment of fame on national TV, Liz remarked,

“My hands on my hips pose while we waited for the starting gun was not me trying to play it cool, it was me trying to air out my under arms. My ideal running conditions are 40 degrees and pouring rain (…I’m irish?) so it was far from an ideal day, despite what the race announcers were saying.”

We’ll continue to think that Liz was in fact “playing it cool”, and she did everything in her power to stay cool along the course. Liz explained that she was taking a great deal of water at each station, upwards of 6-10 small cups per mile. While she did toy with the idea of dropping out before the half, Liz held strong, knowing that no matter the circumstances, she wouldn’t be content with a DNF. She also knew that her teammates in GBTC would be fighting alongside her for a top team score. The GBTC ultimately finished third in the women’s team standings, and Liz Ryan finished as the 6th American woman in 2:51:04.

“All in all, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to really race it next year! The crowds were also so much more impressive than last year…Greater Boston TC was out in full force with our signature giant Tom Derderian heads. Apparently my dad biked up and down all the Newton hills on the carriage road as I ran it. He was yelling at me for 6 miles straight, while biking those hills. At the end of the day, he really deserves the pat on the back.”

GBTC men Third Team in NYC Marathon

Neel Tarneja led the GBTC team to third place in the NYC Marathon with his 2:30:25 and placed in 45th over all and 9th American. Anthony Walsh, Irishman living in Boston, ran 2:39.15 for 89th; and Xaviour Walker, New Zealander living in Boston, ran 2:43:35 for 140th. Results.

An insightful article about Neel by John Conceison was published on November 10th in the Worcester Telegram.

In Manchester, NH, in the USATF New England Grand Prix, Eric Mendoza took 8th place with a 2:39. Results.


Update: Dr. Walker was quoted Sunday evening in an article by Christopher Hunt in ESPN, about his experiences as a resident physician on call on Patriots Day and as a competitor in New York City yesterday. Also, Bill Rogers was inducted to the NYRR Hall of Fame, as part of an August class of champions.

Women 9th in Nation

In the deepest and fastest Tufts 10km in history GBTC placed 9th in the team standings. This is the second year that the race is the National Club 10km women’s Championships. It now offers $26,200 in team prize money, and $17000 in individual prize money so teams can afford to fly in from all over the country. GBTC placed 9th (alas prize money only 5 teams deep) and second New England team behind our New Balance friends. 

Sara Donahue ran in first for the club in a competition that put California’s Impala team one second ahead of GBTC. The race produced a new course record and surely a new team score record.

Sara Donahue enjoying the thick of competition in today's Tuft's 10 km. Photo by GreaterSnap
Sara Donahue enjoying the thick of competition in today’s Tuft’s 10 km. Photo by GreaterSnap
9.  GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
35:06   37:08   38:32 = 1:50:46
Sara Donahue, Alyse Rocco, Alyson Millett

Results

Men take third in 30 km GP in Nahant

On the rollicking shores of rocky Nahant the GBTC men ran in a pack in dense fog. As they raced the fog burned off to a sunshine beach finish in third place. The women’s team took 6th.

L-R Neel Tarjenja, Eric Mendoza, and Jason Garrity burning off the fog on Eastern Point. Photo by GreaterSnap
L-R Neel Tarenja, Eric Mendoza, and Jason Garrity burning off the fog on Eastern Point. Photo by GreaterSnapfinish in third place in the USATF-NE Grand Prix. The women’s team placed 6th.

Results

Men
3.  GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
1:45:13 1:45:50 1:47:29 (1:49:28) 
(1:54:01) (1:55:30) (1:58:02) = 5:18:32
Neel Tarneja 30, Jason Garrity 27, Eric Mendoza 29, 
Ryan Aschbrenner 36, Mark Albertson 21, Bo Wang 26, Dan Hall 30

Women
6.  GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
2:09:35 2:17:28 2:27:06 = 6:54:09
Hope Rathnam 25, Rosemary Kelley 25, 
Taylor Krajewski 23

Sprints Break Tie in USATF-NE GP 10km

Note the touch of BAA yellow in the back as GBTC Mike Carlone sprints to the finish in the USATF-NE 10 km. One second made the smallest difference. Photo by GreaterSnap
Note the touch of BAA yellow in the back as GBTC Mike Carlone sprints to the finish in the USATF-NE 10 km. One second made the smallest difference. Photo by GreaterSnap

Cumulative times determine road race team scores. What do officials do when ten men run 10 kilometers and their times add up to exactly the same?  GBTC’s Mike Carlone likely did not think of the rule as he sprinted down BAA’s David Bedoya by one second .  The rule (USATF 7.9b) states that in the event of a tie, “between two or more teams shall be resolved by determining which team wins the most one-on-one match-ups among their five scoring members, comparing first to first, second to second, and so on through the final scoring place.” Jason Garrity beat McMahon by three seconds and Charly Allan crushed Nils Schallner by 30 seconds. Alyse Rocco placed third in women’s race. GBTC  women’s team had only four women so did not score. What a thrilling race!

Full Results

GBTC and BAA teams ran the same cumulative time in yesterday’s Grand Prix 10 km in the Lone Gull race at Gloucester: 3.  BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION                  31:37   32:00   32:36   32:38   33:07 (  33:12) (  33:58) (  34:17)
= 2:41:58
Nicholas Wheeler 27, Mike Fisher 29, David Bedoya 36, Craig McMahon 24,
Nils Schallner 32, Chris Magill 40, Dave Brooks 29, Wayne Levy 48
3.  GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB
31:59   32:13   32:34   32:35   32:37 (  32:44) (  32:54) (  32:58)
= 2:41:58
Neel Tarneja 30, Chris Kibler 23, Michael Carlone 22, Jason Garrity 27,
Charly Allan 22, Ryan Irwin 29, Caleb Evanter 26, Eric Mendoza 29

Women second by seven at Hollis Fast 5 km

The strong GBTC women’s team took second place by a mere 7 seconds in the third Grand Prix race of the season. The club is now three points out of first and two from second. In her last race for the club before moving to California Katie Famous placed 5th for the team.

 GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB     
16:53   16:56   17:44   18:06   18:13 = 1:27:52
ALY MILLETT 25 F, ALYSE ROCCO 23 F, MEGHAN LYNCH 27 F, 
ANNA NOVICK 24 F, Katie Famous 30 F

The men’s team did not fare as well lacking many performers because they had to work late on this Thursday evening.

The GBTC women's team on rainy cooldown. GreaterSnap was too busy racing to shoot.
The GBTC women’s team on rainy cooldown. GreaterSnap was too busy racing to shoot the race itself.

PRs Abound at Boston Marathon

In what should have been the most important news of the day on Monday, the GBTC Open Men’s and Open Women’s teams took 5th and 4th places respectively in the team competition at the Boston Marathon on a beautiful day for racing.

The women were lead by Anna Novick (2:56:23) who ran a PR of over five minutes while deftly bobbing and weaving through the masses that had had a head start, “I started in Wave 2, corral 2, and chased red bibs like they were prey. So proud to be GBTC.” Rounding out the scoring three were Hope Rathnam (3:00:54) and Deepti Anand Cole (3:07:06, 12 minute PR) followed closely behind by Brenda Greene (3:07:32) with a 4:11 PR of her own. Said Deepti, “This was the first time for me as a GBTCer running in a big race and the name carried me though the race. Every few minutes I heard “Go Greater Boston” or “Go GBTC” … where the latter one emphasized someone’s familiarity with the team and a sense of team spirit for me. I was so proud to be there running for the team.”

The Men’s team was lead by Sam Jurek (2:31:12, 3 minute PR), followed by Brian McNamara (2:32:46, 6 minute PR), and Anthony Walsh (2:36:06 bettering his previous best by nine and a half minutes).

Race photos taken by David Burgess are now available here.

The Greater Boston Track Club returns to action on the track this weekend at MIT and Fitchburg State.