The 2016 GBTC XC Festival was the first stop in this year’s USATF-New England Cross Country Grand Prix. Club members were out in full force on Sunday, arriving at DCR Elm Bank ready to race, work, or somehow find the time to do both. Led by GBTC Vice-President Matt Haringa, club members welcomed over 100 youth athletes, as well as competitors vying for top spots in the start of the Grand Prix. The skies were clear for both youth and women’s races, but a warm fall day turned dark and stormy just in time for the most contested races of the day. Torrential downpours arrived midway through the Men’s Masters race, leaving both competitors and the course a bit soggier than expected.
Greater Boston was victorious in both the Men’s and Women’s Open Races, securing top honors in both individuals and team competitions. On the women’s side, Victoria Barnaby led the GBTC women to a dominating victory, outscoring second place HFC 19-88. For the men, Mike Carlone took the overall win, with GBTC (30 pts) winning the Men’s title over SISU Project (58 pts). Both team and individual champions went home with freshly baked pies and custom-engraved forks or pie servers!
Many stuck around after the race to enjoy burgers, dogs and Table Talk pies! This would not have been possible without the support of our event sponsors: Table Talk Pies, Spoiled Sports, MFoxDesign and Tracksmith.
For complete results, visit: CoolRunning.com
The team in red took top honors at Lynn Woods 4×2.5MI relay. Photo: Derderian
A longstanding tradition for GBTC is their participation in the annual Lynn Woods 10 Mile Relay. On Wednesday, August 24th, Greater Boston kicked off their cross country season with two teams ready to battle on the trails. The team in red took top honors in both the Men’s Open and Co-ed divisions. Led by Andy Chalmers’s 13:26 for 2.5 miles, the GBTC men of Chalmers, Jarrett Harrigan (13:35), Daniel Lewis (14:14) and Caleb “Dolla Billz” Evanter (13:50) defeated second place Wicked Pistons by almost four minutes.
GBTC’s co-ed team, nicknamed “Bobcat & Bears” for the evening, placed first in their division and had the sixth fastest time among all 86 teams. Kevin Sheehan’s first leg of 14:55 gave the squad a strong lead. It was upheld by Kerri Leonhardt (16:49), Ronit Malka (16:23) and Anthony Crudale (16:05) as GBTC led from gun to tape.
Complete results are available on Cool Running.
Lynn Woods 2016: Caleb anchored the men’s squad for a dominating performance. Photo: Derderian
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.
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.
GBTC’s Laura Paulsen had an “electric” race at FNL10k. Photo courtesy of Stephen Infascelli
Heat, humidity and thunderstorms didn’t stop New England’s finest distance runners from putting it all on the line at Friday Night Lights 10k. Co-produced by GBTC & Western Mass Distance Project, the event brought close to 85 athletes and hundreds of spectators to Danehy Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The music blared, the fans cheered, and athletes in both open and elite sections fought through temperatures reaching 90°F. In the elite sections, Holly Rees (Battle Road Track Club) and Amos Sang (Western Mass Distance Project) were victorious.
Complete results from the Friday Night Lights 10K can be found here.
For event coverage by Mike Giberti, visit Level Renner.
Lisa Wilson threw the Hammer 197 feet and 1 inch to come in 21st.
Dominque Ouellette threw the Javelin 163 feet and 4 inches to also finish in 21st.
Chris Blondin came in 11th in Masters Invitational 1500m, running a 4:08.83.
Full results are here: http://trialsresults.usatf.org/
Lisa and Tom
Tom and Nika
The Olympic Track and Field Trials are a good opportunity to post about Part 1 of the Olympic Trials, the Marathon Trials in which GBTC’s Laura Paulsen competed. Laura finished in 59th in 2:48:56
Here is how Laura described her race:
I had put in a lot of training, so wanted to go after a new PR and as high a finish as possible. Through the half way point, I think I was on track to run around a 2:36 and felt awesome clicking off 5:55-6:00 miles with a group of women (shout out to Esther Erb who was an amazing chase pack leader – she was encouraging everyone and ran a super smart race. I think she ended up finishing in 11th). But then at mile 14, the heat started getting to me. By mile 18, 6:45s had never felt more difficult. At mile 20, going out for that final 6 mile seemed like the most unappealing thing in the world, but by then my goal had evolved into just finishing (it’s the Olympic Trials! I didn’t want to DNF!), not walking, and enjoying the experience as much as possible. I had a really great cheer squad out there as well as so many other people I wasn’t expecting to cheer me on (both people I knew and didn’t know), that was so great. I’m so thankful for all the supporters who helped put a smile on my face even when I was fully aboard the struggle bus.
Both the GBTC Men’s and Women’s teams came in 5th at the USATF National Club Track and Field Championships that were held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on June 25th. GBTC was the top scoring club from New England. GBTC is the only club that has attended every Club National Track and Field and Cross Country Championship. In total GBTC sent 20 men and women on an expenses paid trip.
Lisa Wilson won the Hammer Throw with a throw of 209-09 and came in 2nd in the Shot Put with a throw of 46-04.75. Crystal Bourque came in 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 200-02. Jess Teal ran a huge personal best to finish in 2:08.26 and come in 6th place in the 800m.
Adam Pacheck came in 3rd in a tactical 10,000m finishing in 31:59.78 and then ran a 4:28 1600m to anchor the 5th place Distance Medley Relay team less than an hour later. Craig Amado came in 4th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 49-0.75. Andre Reid came in 5th in the Shot Put, 9th in the Discus and 9th in the Hammer and 9th in the Javelin.
Results can be found here: http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2016/USATF-National-Club-Track—Field-Championships/Live-Results.aspx
GBTC seeks to hire a Sprints & Field Coach. Ideal candidates are experienced individuals seeking a part-time position with the club, and are qualified to provide training to post-collegiate and masters athletes in the Greater Boston area.
EDIT: This position has been filled. Thank you to all of our applicants.
The Friday Night Lights 10K, presented by Western Mass Distance Project (WMDP) and Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC), will be contested on July 22nd, 2016. Established by WMDP in 2015, the race attracted some of New England’s most elite distance runners for battle under the lights. This year, in partnership with GBTC, the event has moved from Somerville to Cambridge. The two clubs will provide high quality announcing, music, and power to the bright lights of Danehy Park.
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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