Monday, October 17, 2016

Gettysburg Cross Country Invitational

Many of the Pacers//GRC New Balance guys continued cross county success at the Gettysburg Invitational (8k) on Saturday. Michael Palmisano lead the team in 25:49 for a second place finish in his first D-III cross country race. Kyle Wagener ran a 26:19 for 8th, less than 5 seconds off his time from Paul Short a few weeks ago on a tougher, slower course.  Luk Olenginski finished 16th in a time of 26:29 and Greg Olenginski finished 18th in 26:34, both running faster than last year on this course. David McKay ran a solid 26:35 for 19th.  Dave Wertz improved almost 20 seconds from last year in 26:46, finishing 21st, which is especially impressive given he is almost double the age of the majority of the field.  And Sean O’Leary finished 22nd in a time of 26:48, only 2 seconds off his time from last year.  This team utilized some good pack running and managed to beat all but one of the 25 other teams.   

2. Michael Palmisano 25:49
8. Kyle Wagener 26:19
16. Luk Olenginski 26:29
18. Greg Olenginski 26:34
19. David McKay 26:35
21. Dave Wertz 26:46

22. Sean O’Leary 26:48

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Army Ten Miler & Chicago Marathon

Coach Jerry captured the excellent Pacers GRC//New Balance racing weekend so here it is below.  Keep scrolling for some random pictures from the weekend.  And thank you to George Banker, for making the Army Ten Miler such a great race, to Charlie for hosting a post-ATM gathering, and to Dickson for bringing his adorable son Henry for us to meet at the gathering.  Finally, here is a link to a video of Stephanie breaking the tape in her Army Ten Miler victory, so proud!


The highly coveted but rarely awarded GRC Athlete of the Week goes to Steph for her stupendous accomplishment of winning the Army 10 Mile, in a humongous PR of 56:21. Not only did Steph break the club record, she destroyed it by almost 90 seconds. To put into context just how fast Steph ran, her 5 mile split would have put her third on the all-time list for that distance. And to make Steph's run that much more impressive, it was a slow day out there due to very strong winds, and while it's impossible to know for sure how much the wind affected the times, its not stretch to say that Steph would have broken 56 in better weather. What we know for certain is that Steph ran an amazing race, and notched the most impressive road win in the history of GRC women's team. Steph was not the only Reich to run an outstanding race at Army, as Stewart made an impressive 10 mile debut in 51:15, which put him in 11th place in a very competitive field.  That performance caps off an impressive week for Stewart, who ran extremely well in the Navy mile, and showed his range by hanging tough yesterday at a distance that is outside of his comfort zone. We're going to see much, much more from those plucky Reichs this fall, and the best is yet to come.

We also had many excellent non-Reich performances at Army. On the women's side, Kerry ran a very strong 59:34 for 4th place as she tunes up for an inevitable massive marathon PR in New York. We dominated the women's team competition, placing all 5 scorers in the top 20, with Maura in 11th in 61:47, Frances L in 12th in 61:56, and Julie in 17th in 63:14. I was also very pleased with Hannah's 63:42 for 21st, which is an extremely promising race for her after an extended injury-induced absence.  On the men's side, the team competition was a tad tougher given the presence of the Army's squad of Olympians, but we still managed to put 7 men in the top 31, with Carlos running a very controlled 52:04 for 15th, Daniel, who was slowed by an ill-timed pit stop, in 52:29 for 19th, Phil in 52:51 for 26th, Sean B and Blake tuning up for MCM in 53:09 for 29th and 53:18 for 30th, and Balmer in 53:23 for 31st. Tom ran a nice PR of 54:12 for 39th, and Charlie ran a solid 55:05 for 61st.

We had a big day in Chicago, led by Pat K's excellent 2:30:08, which made him the 3rd master, and first in the 45-49 age group.  It's hard to overstate how impressive it is that Pat was a few steps shy of breaking 2:30 at age 45, and he once again proved that there's still some fight in that old dog. Zak ran 2:35:17, and was negatively affected by stomach issues in the second half of the race which precluded him from running the big PR he was ready for.  Finally, Chris ran 2:36:31, a PR of more than 6 minutes.  I was extremely pleased with the training cycles from Zak and Chris, and both of them will be real threats to break 2:30 next time out.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Preview: Army Ten Miler

We will have a strong team on both sides at the 32nd annual Army Ten Miler on Sunday October, 9th.  Both the men’s and women’s teams won the open team category last year and are coming back to defend team titles.  

Paul Balmer, Charlie Ban, Sean Barrett, Matt Hassett, Carlos Jamieson, Tom Kelly, Stewart Reich, Phil Royer, Daniel Samet, and Blake Taneff will all make up the men’s team.  And Kerry Allen, Maura Carroll, Amy Hemenway Nichols, Frances Loeb, Steph Reich, Hannah Rowe, and Julie Tarallo will be the women’s team. 

Coach Jerry Alexander feels confident that the crew is ready to race: “We sharpened up with some relatively fast 800s on Wednesday, and we’re feeling good about our fitness.  If the weather cooperates, we should see a slew of PRs, and some movement on the GRC all-time top 5 list.  And even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll give it our best shot.”

Across the board our team members seem excited about the race.  Julie Tarallo captured the energy of the race best: “I always love the Army atmosphere.  Just when you start to hurt, you’ll pass by a wounded warrior with their head up and a smile on their face.  A tight calf or side stitch seem pretty trivial in comparison!”

Additionally, we are very proud to have two Pacers//GRC New Balance active duty teammates competing in this year’s Army Ten Miler.  Blake Taneff is a medical student in the Army at the Armed Services University and Sean Barrett is active duty in the Marine Corps.  We’re inspired by their sacrifices and by their dedication to our team and running despite deployments and busy military lives.  They will both be using the Army Ten Miler as an opportunity to get a good effort in for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon.

Finally, we want to thank George Banker, the ATM Operations Manager for putting on the race and helping us enter our team in the elite section!

Pacers//GRC New Balance runners getting one last workout in Wednesday on the mall before the Army Ten Miler