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. 

1:08:59   1:10:41   1:11:43   1:12:01   1:12:13   (1:12:56)   (1:13:01)   = 5:55:37

1:20:25   1:21:57   1:24:28   (1:24:48)   (1:25:55)    = 4:06:50

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.

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.

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.”

New England Champs Caps XC Grand Prix win

Brian McNamara passed early front pack runner Brennan Bonner to lead the GBTC team.
Brian McNamara passed early front pack runner Brennan Bonner to lead the GBTC team.
Kerri Leonhardt #354 and Sara Donahue #349 in a battle with NB Boston runners. Meghan (Lynch) now Sommerkamp #355 and Alyse Rocco's head behind Sara.  Photo by GreaterSnap
Kerri Leonhardt #354 and Sara Donahue #349side by side. Meghan (Lynch) now Sommerkamp #355 and Alyse Rocco’s head behind Sara. Photos by GreaterSnap

Franklin Park, 11/10/13: GBTC women took third and men took fourth in the series finale NE Championships, clinching the USATF-NE 2013 Grand Prix series wins for open men and women. They won $1000 each for the series.

Full scoring, including masters: here.
Full results: here.
GBTC results: Continue reading “New England Champs Caps XC Grand Prix win”

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.

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.


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

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
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

GBTC men and women win NE Track and Field Championships

Alyse Rocco won the 1500 and the men's 4x400 won. Many other victories when official results are up. photo by GreaterSnap
Alyse Rocco won the 1500 and the men’s 4×400 won. Many other victories to see when official results are up. photo by GreaterSnap

GBTC Double winners at USTAF-NE today at Regis College in Weston, MA

Gr.Boston TC       48
New Balance Boston 23
Dare 2 Dream       22
Twilight Throwers  16
W.Mass Alliance    11
19 scoring teams

Gr.Boston TC       64
FAST TRACK         18
New Balance Boston 17
Mass Velocity      16
Mansfield Ath      12
11 scoring teams

GBTC event winners:

Lisa Wilson, Shot, Hammer, Discus
Dacia Taylor, 100m, LJ
Alissa Nelson, 400m
Alex Engel, 400m
Alyse Rocco, 1500m
Anthony Gonsalaves, 3,000m
4×400, Irwin, Sheehan, MacDonald, Blondin
Cory Fairfield, HJ

Results: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/13/ma/Jun23_USATFN_set1.shtml

Official Response to the Tragic Events

To Our Running Community,

We first want to thank all those who expressed concern about the runners and supporters of the Greater Boston Track Club.

We are lucky in one sense that, as we know of today, no member or family member was impacted by the tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15th. However, we are greatly saddened by the deaths and injuries to our running community brethren who were so viciously attacked in the city that we love. Our team extends our condolences and sympathy to all those directly affected, and our hands and help are always there in case of need.

While we are confused by the events that occurred yesterday, we are clear on one thing: we will continue to cherish the sport we love in the city we love. We will be back running and contributing to the Boston Marathon next year in even stronger force. Our full support goes to the Boston Athletic Association as not only a fellow running club, but as a tremendous contributor to our sport in the region and globally. We fully expect them to come back even stronger in running events not only this year and in the Boston Marathon next year, but for many years to come.

Thank you.

The Greater Boston Track Club