At South Boston last evening the team of Joy Will, Alyse Rocco, Audrey Zaferos, and Aly Millett, won the 4×1600 relay and a case of beer. Rocco ran her leg in 5:02. All will continue the party at the GBTC 40th on Aug 17, but it is unlikely they will have any beer left. The men’s team took third.
6.Greater Boston TC W (#5) Women 23:22.8 *** Meet Record – Women’s Open Ally Millett (5:23.6) Audrey Zaferos (11:36.6/6:13.0) Joy Will (18:20.4/6:43.8) Alyse Rocco (23:22.8/5:02.4) *** Fastest Female Leg / record
3.Greater Boston TC (#3) Open 19:57.3 Jason Garrity (4:37.6) Anthony walsh (9:36.8/ 4:59.2) Mark Albertson (14:56.4/5:19.6) Matt Uzenski (19:57.3/5:00.9)
In celebration of the Greater Boston Track Club’s 40th Anniversary, vintage replica shirts are being made available to the general public. You may order them at the club store, here. Shipping is available for an additional five dollars within the US; please enter your shipping address in the comments field of the payment page.
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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.
GBTC’s Ruben Sanca ran with the leaders the entire way but at times yielding the lead to various BAA runners until seizing it for good in the last kilometer to win by seconds over BAA’s Brian Harvey in 24:06 for the 8 km. BAA won the team competition, with Western Mass Distance Project in second place and GBTC in third.
GBTC women placed third team, but second among NE teams. Central Park TC from NYC won, with NB Boston Second. GBTC’s Kyle Feldman took third in a draining sprint one second ahead of CPTC’s Catherine Beck.
GBTC masters men placed 4th (GSH 35, Dirigo, 60, CMS 69, GBTC 102). In other age divisions: 50+ men, 3rd place (GLRR, 24, HFC, 38, GBTC 74); 60+ men, 1st place.
Full results are now available. Hundreds of excellent photos from the day are available here and here.
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.
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.
Kyle Linn MacQueen shot from the start to signal that she had flown across the continent to race as long and as hard as possible. Andrea Walkonen charged off the line too, in the biggest women’s club national race ever. Two hundred and sixty-five women in 32 teams came to race. Emily Raymond tied her hair up in her warrior-doo saying to herself that she wasn’t leaving her two kids to fly across the country to have a bad race. For six kilometers they raced over the slick, fast, Jefferson County Golf course in South Seattle. Amelia Landberg had jumped on a plane at the last minute to fill in for an injured teammate. The injured teammate, Gretchen Speed, left her racing shoes at home and had come promising herself to only watch, but she could not resist the contest, so slipped into the nearby Nike store (like superman) to buy a pair of purple racing flats. The team placed 12th with Victoria Barnaby taking the all important fifth place for the team. Continue reading “Terrific Racing in Seattle”→