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

For complete results, visit USATF.org

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.

XC teams return from muddy nationals in Bend, OR

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.”

Leonhardt Bend 2013
Kerri Leonhardt digs in to crest the backside hill in Bend

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Teams head to XC Club Nationals; Course designer promises no “grass track meet”

GBTC is sending two teams to Bend, OR, for the USATF Club National Cross-country Championships. The men’s and women’s open teams are accompanied by coaches Derderian and Hemingway this year. Once there, the harriers aim to “embrace the mud.”

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 competing at Saturday’s race.
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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.
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Mayor’s Cup XC 2013

Alyse Rocco in a final sprint in the Mayor Cup 5km Championship.  Photo by GreaterSnap
Alyse Rocco in a final sprint in the Mayor Cup 5km Championship. Photo by GreaterSnap

GBTC men 4th, women 5th,

Today in Boston’s Franklin Park the Mayor’s Cup came back to a newly refurbished course after a year away. Oddly the men’s race took a new twist. Just before the 5 km the leaders turned left instead of right to run up Bear Cage Hill too early. BAA’s Brian Harvey running in about 12th place knew the right way to go and took the lead with the rest of the field following. This would have ruined the race but it seems all the runners new they should run up Bear Cage Hill only twice in the 8 km race. So the next time around the runners who had the lead but had run the hill once took the hill, but the runners behind them did not so it seemed the race corrected itself not (seriously) altering the results with everyone running the same distance but with loops in a different order.

4. GREATER BOSTON TC 15 29 32 40 45 (46) (54) = 161 Brennan Bonner, Brian McNamara, Jonathan Charlesworth, Ryan Irwin, Anthony Gonsalves, Rob Espinosa, Caleb Evanter

5. GREATER BOSTON TC 21 30 36 45 46 (47) (48) = 178 Kerri Leonhardt, Alyse Rocco, Aly Millett, Elizabeth Ryan, Medena Knespl, Meghan Sommerkamp, Megan Bisceglia

Full Results
Photos of the entire men’s race at 1km here.

Winning, Men, Wayland XC

GBTC men won the third USATF-NE Grand Prix cross-country race putting them in the lead for the series.  Brian McNamara led the team with Jonathan Charlesworth in second and Caleb Evanter running his best XC of the season in fourth.

Aly Millett led the women’s team to third place in the team’s successful attempt to stay in first place for the GP series. Megan Bisceglia, Brandeis grad, ran second with UK import Medena Knespl running third. Next race in the series is the Mayor’s Cup on Oct 27, then the New England Championships on Nov 10 and on to the Club Nationals in December in Bend, Oregon.

Here is a race video and the results.

A top club women’s team is set to compete in tomorrow’s Club National women’s 10 km at the Tufts 10 km.

The team except for a few wandering masters men at Wayland 5km XC. Photo by Stander
The team except for a few wandering masters men at Wayland 5km XC.
Photo by Stander

CODFISH!

Jonathan Charlesworth photos by Rod Hemingway
Sara Donahue in the final sprint past a Stonehill runner.
photos by Rod Hemingway
Jonathan Charlesworth
Jonathan Charlesworth

GBTC placed 3rd men and 4th women in the return to Franklin Park today for the 45th Codfish Invitational. Sara Donahue led the women’s team and Jonathan Charlesworth led the men among 11 women’s teams and 10 men’s teams.  Twenty-one runners for GBTC took part. The club will be back to the park two more times this season. More brilliant photos by Rod Hemingway at Flickr.

Brenda Greene of Saucony awards a new Saucony racing shirt to past club president, Sara Donahue. Photo by Rod Hemingway
Brenda Greene of Saucony awards a new Saucony racing shirt to past club president, Sara Donahue, to celebrate new club sponsorship by Saucony. Photo by Rod Hemingway

Results

Teams Race XC in Westfield, MA

GBTC teams travelled to Westfield, MA to the WMDP XC meet in Stanley Park yesterday.  The open men’s and women’s teams each placed second. The club fielded a masters team but results are not yet official. Alyse Rocco won the women’s race and Ryan Irwin placed third in the men’s. The team scores tallied to a delightfully close margin. This was the second grand prix XC meet in the series after Carlisle where GBTC teams won both open races. So the open team scores are now tied, men and women, with WMDP.

Mike Carlone, #134, leads Ryan Irwin early in the meet won by WMPD's Sean Duncan in blue wearing no number. Photo by Rod Hemingway
Mike Carlone, #134, leads Ryan Irwin early in the meet won by WMPD’s Sean Duncan in blue wearing no number. Photos by Rod Hemingway.  In the women race below, Aly Rocco, #73 later passed Julie McGilpin for the win. New GBTC member Kerri Leonhardt, recent Bates grad, ran second for the club.

Image 2The men’s 60+ team of Bond, Bargmann, and Derderian, won again clearly since they were the only 60+ team.  Charly Allen, shown out of uniform in the yellow shorts, had gotten off a plane from Paris only the night before to finish as the team’s second man. New member, Danielle Cohen, grad of RPI, bolstered the club ranks.

Results

GBTC men, women, masters win first XC Grand Prix

Daniel Lewis and Ryan Irwin sprinting for the finish. photo by Krissy Koslosky
Daniel Lewis and Ryan Irwin sprinting for the finish followed by  WMDP’s Jason Ayr and Michael Carlone. photo by Krissy Koslosky
Aly Millet about to pass BAA's Caroline Bjune for win. photo by Krissy Kozlosky
Aly Millet about to pass BAA’s Caroline Bjune for the win. photo by Krissy Kozlosky

GBTC men beat Western Mass Distance Project 34 to 44 and GBTC women beat Cambridge Running Club 41 to 51 in an exciting season opener.  Men master, 50+, and 60+ also won.

The race played out on narrow, rocky, rooty, hilly terrain in perfect sunny, dry, summer-cool weather. The club now leads the Grand Prix but with many, many more perilous miles to go. Several men raced for the club for the first time, Jonathon Charlesworth, Daniel Lewis, Michael Carlone, and Andrew Chalmers. See the results to see where they finished.

Results.