Monday, February 17, 2020

Colonial Half Marathon, BU Valentine Invitational recap and results

Road Racing

The duo of Mark Hopely and Natalie Patterson represented the GRC road racing crew this past Saturday, February 15th at the 41st annual Colonial Half Marathon in Williamsburg, VA. The two put up strong performances running 1:10:19 and 1:23:03, respectively, to both finish third. These times are especially impressive considering they were running what Mark dubbed as "America's hilliest half." These two are fit, and given a more forgiving course, are poised to rewrite their own record books this Spring.

Results here.
          Patterson, left, and Hopely, right, bring home hardware for their efforts at the Colonial Half

Indoor Track


Several members of the GRC indoor track team doubled back from the Millrose Games last week for a showing at the BU David Henry Valentine Invitational this past weekend.

On the women's side, Maggie Shelton led off the action running a strong 2:59.46 in the 1,000m, which puts her at #2 on the GRC all-time list for that event. Gina McNamara was next up for GRC, posting a 4:53.53 in the full mile. This is a new club record for the track mile, besting the previous top GRC mark by 0.36 seconds. Gina had been battling knee issues since her DMR leg at Millrose but was able to rally in time for her performance.

Elias Graca and Scott Gulizio started off for the men's team in the 800 the following day. Elias ran a speedy 1:52.91, breaking the second GRC track record of the weekend by 0.30 seconds. Scott was not far behind in a quick and even split 1:53.28, which now places him third on the GRC all-time list.

Tom Kelly was next up for the men in the full mile, running a strong 4:26.73. This is a season best for Tom and is surely a good omen for his progression to continue as track season heads outdoors. Adam Hearn was the club's representative in the 5,000m, running 15:29.76. Adam came through the 2k comfortably poised for his goal of a 14:50 finish when he decided that indoor 5,000m races weren't difficult enough already and finished the last 3k with only one shoe. Jokes aside, Adam still ran formidably after losing his shoe to another runner's spike, and will return to the track for outdoors with his shoes tied tighter than ever.



                       Hearn, right, catches up with a friend from the B.A.A after his 5,000m race


Results here.

Women's 1000m
Maggie Shelton - 2:59.46 (GRC #2 all-time)

Women's 1 Mile Run
Gina McNamara - 4:53.53 (club record)

Men's 800m Run
Elias Graca - 1:52.91 (club record)
Scott Gulizio 1:53.28 (GRC #3 all-time)

Men's 1 Mile Run
Tom Kelly - 4:26.73

Men's 5,000m Run
Adam Hearn - 15:29.76





Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Love the Run You’re With 2020

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Several GRC harriers began their seasons at the Love the Run You’re With 5k on February 9. In past years, the race had taken place in Pentagon City, but Pacers debuted a fresh, new course in the Congressional Cemetery for 2020.

The women were led by Emily De La Bruyere who finished 2nd in 17:26 despite having been in New York City the previous night to serve as an alternate for the Millrose DMR team. Erin Melly finished 4th in 18:32 followed by Liz Reynolds in 9th, Hallie Fox in 10th, and Chelsie Pennello in 11th.

Sam Chauvin was the men’s top finisher at 3rd place in 15:43. He was followed by Jim Heilman in 5th, Alex Dolowick in 6th, Josh Sutterfield in 8th, John Prizzi in 15th, Dickson Mercer in 18th, and Charlie Ban in 19th.


Women
2. Emily De La Bruyere – 17:26
4. Erin Melly – 18:32
9. Liz Reynolds – 18:46
10. Hallie Fox – 18:55
11. Chelsie Pennello – 19:12

Men
3. Sam Chauvin – 15:43
5. Jim Heilman – 15:56
6. Alex Dolowick -16:01
8. Josh Sutterfield – 16:13
15. John Prizzi – 16:52
18. Dickson Mercer – 17:01
19. Charlie Ban – 17:10

Monday, February 3, 2020

Weekend Results: 2/1-2/2

Mike Cody 4 Mile Classic
Memphis, TN

1. Adam Hearn - 21:02

Penn State National Open
State College, PA

Men's 800:
7. Scott Gulizio - 1:54.68

Villanova Invitational
Staten Island, NY

Women's Mile:
5. Liz Tawa - 5:09.12

Monday, January 27, 2020

Patriot Games Results: Men & Women win DMR's

Patriot Games
George Mason - Fairfax, VA

Men's DMR:

1. GRC A - 10:11.67
1200: Dan Trettel - 3:04.49
400: Scott Gulizio - 52.2
800: Jordan Burton - 1:54.5
1600: Elias Graca - 4:20

4. GRC B - 10:50.24
1200: Tom Kelly - 3:13
400: Zartoshy Ahlers - 58.8
800: Jim Belfatto - 2:00.4
1600: Adam Hearn - 4:37

Women's DMR:

1. GRC A - 12:12.02
1200: Jackie Kasal - 3:43.8
400: Sarah Cook - 59.18
800: Jesse Carlin - 2:14.9
1600: Stephanie Berger - 5:13

2. GRC B - 12:21.93
1200: Gina McNamara - 3:38.4
400: Maggie Shelton - 62.3
800: Meghan Grimes - 2:17.6
1600: M.E. Rauch - 5:23

Women's 800:
13. Maggie Shelton - 2:24.42

Men's 3000:
16. Zartosht Ahlers - 9:15.04


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Weekend Results: Houston Marathon, Terrapin Invitational

Terrapin Invitational
PG Sports Complex

Mile:
1. Dan Trettel - 4:16.29
2. Elias Graca - 4:16.67
4. Jordan Burton - 4:21.26
8. James Belfatto - 4:26.62

5000:
2. Zartosht Ahlers - 15:51.17

600:
2. Jesse Carlin - 1:36.31

800:
1. Meghan Grimes - 2:17.57 (GRC debut)
8. Maggie Shelton - 2:28.03

Mile:
1. Gina McNamara - 4:59.52
8. Jackie Kasal - 5:12.27

3000:
4. Stephanie Berger - 10:19.41

Houston Marathon

57. Jerry Greenlaw - 2:27:12
101. Graham Tribble - 2:36:09

Houston Half Marathon

157. Jim Heilman - 1:11:43 (PR)

USATF XC Championships
San Diego, CA

43. Sean Barrett - 34:29
44. Ryan Speir - 34:39

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Weekend Results: Great Dane Classic

Great Dane Classic
Staten Island, NY

1000:
12. Maggie Shelton - 3:06.97

Mile:
9. Liz Tawa - 5:08.80

Sunday, January 12, 2020

GRC 2019 Team Awards

Women's MVP--Maura Linde

Photo by Run Washington - Charlie Ban
Maura started 2019 with a bang by qualifying for the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, running 2:44:26 in her first serious attempt at the distance. Maura's performance is even more impressive given that she had a stomach virus the week of the race and couldn't keep food down until 24 hours before the gun went off. After a quick turnaround from Houston, Maura had an excellent track season, placing second in the Penn Relays Olympic Development 10,000 in 34:26, which is third on the GRC all-time list, and running a big PR of 4:32.85 in the 1500, which is fourth on the GRC list. Maura kept the momentum going in the fall, running a huge 10 mile PR at Army of 57:00, and a road PR of 27:22 for 8k, both of which are second on the GRC list. Maura finished the year with a strong 50th place at Clubs XC. 



Men's MVP--Dan Meteer

Photo by Swim Bike Run - Brian Knight
In 2019 Dan transformed himself from a recent college graduate with solid but unspectacular track PRs into a national caliber marathoner, and in the process he had arguably the best year in GRC history. Dan got started by anchoring our DMR at the Millrose Games in an excellent 4:09.3, which was a big PR. Dan made a quick transition to the roads, and in his half marathon debut he ran 1:07:33 at DC RNR despite a wrong turn that cost him approximately 20 seconds, and he was second at GW Parkway in his 10 mile debut, running 50:22. After demonstrating the potential to excel on the roads, Dan turned his focus to the marathon. Dan's outstanding 1:04:53 at the Indianapolis Half Marathon, which is second on the GRC all-time list, was proof positive that he was ready to do something special at the full distance, and he did not disappoint. Dan's phenomenal marathon debut of 2:17:38 at CIM qualified him for the Olympic Trials with room to spare, and is third on the GRC list. 
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Women's Newcomer of the Year--Erin Melly

Erin was a three-time NCAA regional qualifier in the steeplechase during her stellar career at Columbia, and in her first year with GRC she made a successful transition to longer road distances. Among her strong performances, Erin ran 29:15 for 8k at her local turkey trot, 37:11 for 10k on a hilly course at Cow Harbor, and 62:01 in her 10 mile debut at GW Parkway. Erin finished the year with a solid performance at Clubs XC. We'll see much more from Erin in the months and years to come.









Men's Newcomer of the Year--Keith Carlson

During his senior year at Willamette College, Keith lowered his 5000 PR from 15:02 to 14:27. Keith continued that dramatic upward trend this fall despite getting a late start due to injury. Keith made his GRC debut by winning Veterans Day 10k in 31:34, and he ran 14:52 for 5k at a turkey trot in Illinois. Keith saved the best for last by finishing his season with an outstanding 65th place at Clubs XC, which is tied for the seventh best performance in GRC history. With good health in 2020, Keith will be a threat to crack the GRC all-time list in numerous track and road distances.



Nina Brekelmans Award--Zak Miller

PictureZak earned this award through years of hard work and perseverance. Like Nina, Zak is not the most talented athlete who has run for GRC, but he is one of the most dedicated, and that dedication has produced dramatic results. When Zak joined GRC in 2014, his marathon PR was 2:41:51. Zak chipped away at his PR gradually, and his resolve to improve never waivered despite a series of injuries and several instances of bad (or terrible) weather on race day that hindered his performances. When Zak ran a PR of 2:31:58 at the New Jersey Marathon in April, it was clear that breaking 2:30, a goal which was not even remotely realistic when he joined the team, was within reach. Zak had a great training cycle in his buildup to Chicago, and on race day his years of hard work paid off when he ran an outstanding 2:28:43. Zak is an inspiration to our young marathoners, and he will continue to lead by example going forward.


Lauren Woodall Roady Award--Jesse Carlin

Jesse almost singlehandedly established GRC as a force in the middle distances. Jesse was a two-time All American at Penn, and as a postgraduate she placed third in the 2009 USATF indoor 800. When Jesse joined GRC in 2016, we had a fledgling middle distance program, but the team was almost entirely distance focused. We were able to build our middle distance group around Jesse, and that crew quickly developed into one of the strengths of the team. At Jesse's urging, in 2017 we entered a team in the distance medley at the Millrose Games, and our goal was to make a respectable showing. With the benefit of an excellent 800 leg from Jesse, we exceeded our expectations by winning the race. That victory set the tone for the middle distance group going forward. With the help of Jesse's vocal leadership, the middle distance group has grown in both size and quality. As Jesse continues to pursue excellence on the track, she serves as a wonderful example to our young athletes of what it takes to succeed at the highest levels of the sport.




Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Results: Fairfax 4 Miler, Mason Invite

Pacers Fairfax 4 Miler

3. Dylan Hernandez - 20:59
5. Sam Doud - 21:09
6. Graham Tribble - 21:14
10. Thomas Kelly - 21:29

Father Diamond Invite (George Mason)

Women's 500:
6. Jesse Carlin - 1:18.25

Women's Mile:
7. Maggie Shelton - 5:31.27

Men's Mile:
3. Scott Gulizio - 4:20.96
9. Thomas Kelly - 4:30.73

Women's 1000:
1. Liz Tawa - 3:04.57

Men's 3000:
9. Jim Belfatto - 9:16.26

Results: USATF Club Nats

USATF National Club XC Championships

Open Men 10K

A Team (12th out of 79 Teams)

65. Keith Carlson - 32:37
91. Paul Thistle - 32:56
137. Kyle Wagener - 33:27
148. Patrick Hanley - 33:36
155. Adam Hearn - 33:39
168. Stewart Reich - 33:50
172. Jim Heilman - 33:53

B Team (41st out of 79 Teams)

190. Craig Morgan - 34:03
242. Sean Barrett - 34:39
296. Zartosht Ahlers - 35:12
303. Max Pedrotti - 35:17
308. Cabell Willis - 35:21
339. John Louis-Pane - 35:48

C Team (54th out of 79 Teams)

213. Alex Dolwick - 34:14
298. Austin Hayslett - 35:12
336. Alex Doran - 35:46
390. Dylan Hernandez - 36:21
422. Thomas Kelly - 36:56
530. Paul Guevara - 39:03

Open Women 6K

A Team (15th out of 48 Teams)

50. Maura Linde - 21:31
82. Taylor Tubbs - 21:58
107. Gina McNamara - 22:20
111. Katie Read - 22:21
141. Jillian Smith - 22:39
161. Margaret Johnston - 22:49
176. Erin Melly - 23:00
181. Caroline Smith - 23:08

B Team (34th out of 48 Teams)

211. Natalie Patterson - 23:31
229. Chelsea Vane - 23:39
240. Liz Tawa - 23:51
251. Chelsea Pennello - 24:02
259. Jackie Kasal - 24:06

Master's Men 10K

27. Dave Wertz - 34:57
119. Dave O'Hara - 37:37

Results: CIM, Jingle all the Way

CIM

Men:
7. Zach Hine - 2:16:36 (PR)
15. Dan Meteer - 2:17:38 (PR-Debut)

Women:
117. Frances Loeb - 2:49:40 (PR)
209. Hallie Fox - 2:56:44 (PR)

Pacers Jingle All the Way 5K

Men:
1. Nick Posada - 15:43
3. Kieran O'Connor - 16:00
5. Graham Tribble - 16:27
10. Jerry Greenlaw - 16:57
19. Dave O'Hara - 17:53

Women:
1. Emily De La Bruyere - 17:44
2. Kerry Allen - 17:48
5. Jackie Kasal - 19:13

Pacers Jingle All the Way 15K

1. Kieran O'Connor - 49:02
5. Charlie Ban - 53:10
6. Jerry Greenlaw - 53:16
8. Graham Tribble - 53:48

Blue-Grey Half Marathon

1. Natalie Patterson - 1:24:27

F&M Open

Men's 3000:
1. Dan Trettel - 8:46.78 (PR)

Monday, January 6, 2020

Results: Turkey Trots

Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Miler

Women:
2. Maura Linde - 27:22 (PR)
5. Kerry Allen - 29:10
6. Margaret Johnston - 29:26
9. Liz Tawa - 31:32
11. Chelsea Vane - 32:08

Men:
10. Sam Chauvin - 26:17
14. Sean Barrett - 27:05
17. Dickson Mercer - 27:21
18. Thomas Kelly - 27:21
34. Dave O'Hara - 28:45

Frederick Turkey Trot 5K

1. Dan Trettel - 15:11
2. Stewart Reich - 15:19
3. Jim Heilman - 15:23
9. Austin Hayslett - 16:08

Naperville Noon Lions 5K Turkey Trot (Illinois)

5. Keith Carlson - 14:52

Invisalign Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis

2. Kyle Wagener - 15:37

Columbia Country Club 5K

1. Cabell Willis - 16:29

Frostburg Turkey Trot 5K

1. Zartosht Ahlers - 16:14

SOME Trot for Hunger 5K

4. Hallie Fox - 18:39

Run to Feed the Hungry 5K

13. Max Pedrotti - 15:44

Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 5K

 2. Gina McNamara - 18:40

NXR SE Regional Open Race

1. Alex Dolwick - 15:44

Webster 4.4 Miler

1. Taylor Tubbs - 25:05

Run for the Diamonds 9 Miler

4. Paul Thistle - 48:03



Results: Philly Marathon Weekend

Philadelphia Marathon

Men:
12. Mark Hopely - 2:25:56 (PR)
39. Austin McGinley - 2:34:39 (PR-Debut)
46. Luk Olenginski - 2:35:27 (PR-Debut)
76. Trever Reed - 2:40:42
167. Josh Sutterfield - 2:50:13

Women:
24. Maura Carroll - 2:55:59 (PR)
36. Liz Reynolds - 2:57:47 (PR)

Philadelphia Half Marathon

27. Jillian Smith - 1:23:59

Rothman 8K

Men:
14. Adam Hearn - 24:36 (PR)

Women:
16. Erin Melly - 29:15

Gobble Gobble 5K (Warrenton)

1. Craig Morgan - 15:33

Friday, January 3, 2020

Results: Richmond Marathon Weekend, St. Rita's

Richmond Marathon

14. Natalie Patterson - 2:56:52

Richmond Half Marathon

Women:
15. Margaret Johnston - 1:20:01 (PR)
28. Hallie Fox - 1:23:26 (PR)
29. Chelsea Vane - 1:23:29 (PR)

Men:
6. Patrick Hanley - 1:07:35 (PR)
23. Cabell Willis - 1:12:01 (PR)
32. Charlie Ban - 1:15:09

St. Rita's 5K

Women:
1. Taylor Tubbs - 17:54
2. Alexa Squirini - 20:20

Men:
3. Craig Morgan - 15:54
4. Dave Wertz - 16:08

Weekend Results: Indy Half, Vets Day

Monumental Half

10. Dan Meteer - 1:04:53 (PR)
49. Kyle Wagener - 1:09:49
74. Thomas Kelly - 1:12:43 (PR)

Vets Day 10K

Women:
1. Maura Linde - 34:32
4. Erin Melly - 37:32
5. Jillian Smith - 38:02

Men:
1. Keith Carlson - 31:34
2. Adam Hearn - 31:41
3. Paul Thistle - 31:50
4. Stewart Reich - 31:58
8. Craig Morgan - 32:40
9. Luke Meyer - 32:41
12. Alex Doran - 33:18
13. Charlie Ban - 33:23
18. Sam Chauvin - 33:53

Weekend Results: NYC, Parks 10K

NYC Marathon

137. Matt Hassett - 2:36:22 (PR)
291. Dylan Hernandez - 2:43:09 (PR)

Parks 10K

1. Margaret Johnston - 36:46 (PR)

Weekend Results: MCM & Mayors Cup

Marine Corps Marathon

4. Sean Barrett - 2:33:12

Mayors Cup 10K (XC)

8. Adam Hearn - 25:14
39. Cabell Willis - 26:21