Thursday, November 23, 2017

Turkey Trot Results

In the third week of November, GRC//Pacers-NB athletes board all manner of planes, trains and automobiles to return home for their Thanksgiving Turkey Trots. Check out below for updates on these harriers' performances.

Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot

Recent Navy grad Lucas Stalnaker cruised to a 2nd place finish in the Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot in 23:46. This extraordinary performance earned Lucas the number one spot on the GRC all-time list for the road 8k.

Results: Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot

Alexandria Turkey Trot

GRC//Pacers-NB sent several of athletes up to the Alexandria Turkey Trot. On the women's side, Maura Linde made a statement by finishing 4th in 27:31. This performance will put her second on the GRC all-time list for the road 8k. Linde was followed by Shauneen Werlinger in 28:04 (6th) and Kerry Allen in 29:06 (9th). Greta Feldman and Taylor Tubbs made the most of their GRC debuts to finish 29:15 (11th) and 29:50 (12th) respectively. Look for those two to make a big impact on the track this Spring. Marianna Aguilar finished 25th in 32:57.

On the men's side, David Wertz led the way with an 11th place finish in 25:54, which should set him up well for the master's race at USATF clubs where he will look to finish in the top 5. Following Wertz was Tom Kelly in 26:48 (14th), Charlie Ban in 27:23 (17th), and Paul Guevara in 27:56 (19th).

11. David Wertz 25:54
14. Thomas Kelly 26:48 
17. Charlie Ban 27:23
19. Paul Guevara 27:56

4. Maura Linde 27:31
6. Shauneen Werlinger 28:04
9. Kerry Allen 29:06
11. Greta Feldman 29:15
12. Taylor Tubbs 29:50 
25. Marianne Aguilar 32:57

Thanksgiving: Food, family, and five-milers
(Photo courtesy of Tom Kelly)



Results: Alexandria Turkey Trot 2017

RRRC Turkey Trot

Cabell Willis chased his old high school rival over hill and dale in the Richmond Road Runners Club Turkey Trot 10k. Though he did not best his rival this year, Cabell ran a solid 32:52 to finish 2nd.

Frederick Turkey Trot

It was an all Reich show in the Frederick Turkey Trot with Stewart and Stephanie Reich winning the men's and women's races in 14:58 and 17:19 respectively. Austin Hayslett finished 4th in 16:05 and Angelina Oputa was 9th in 19:48.

Winner winner
(Photo courtesy of Steph Reich)
Results: Frederick Turkey Trot 2017

Bethesda Turkey Chase

GRC netted a pair of top ten finishes in the Bethesda Turkey Chase 10k. Lucas Meyer completed the course in 32:19, which was good for second place and Chris Van Es finished 10th in 35:07.

Results: Bethesda Turkey Chase

Minneapolis Turkey Day 5k

Kyle Wagener braved frigid conditions in the great white north of the Minnesota to finish 2nd in the Minneapolis Turkey Day 5k in 15:20.

Giving as much of a smile as one can after running a 5k in 25 degrees
(Photo courtesy of Kyle Wagener)
Results: Minneapolis Turkey Day 2017 

Fairfax Turkey Trot

GRC harriers Craig Morgan and Natalie Patterson gave themselves something else to be thankful for on Thanksgiving after picking up a pair of wins in the Fairfax Turkey Trot in 15:47 and 18:56 respectively. Jordan Psaltakis finished 7th in 16:55 and Laura O'Hara finished 5th in 20:22.

Results: Fairfax Turkey Trot 

Nazareth YMCA Pumpkin Pie 5k Run

Up in Nazareth, PA, Dickson Mercer earned himself a pumpkin pie for his 3rd place finish (16:31) in the Pumpkin Pie 5k run.

Results: Nazareth YMCA Pumpkin Pie 5k Run

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Weekend Results: Philadelphia and Annapolis

Philadelphia 8k and Marathon

GRC//Pacers-NB harriers traveled up I-95 N to the City of Brotherly Love for the Philadelphia 8k and Marathon this weekend.

In the men's 8k, Paul Thistle finished 10th in 24:30, which ties him for 4th on the GRC all-time list.

In the marathon, Graham Tribble ran 2:27:36 for 11th place and Mark Hopely ran 2:29:49 for 17th. Keely Eckberg finished 23rd in 3:03:37.

Stay tuned for more details...

Men's Philadelphia 8k
10. Paul Thistle 24:30

Men's Philadelphia Marathon
11. Graham Tribble 2:27:36
17. Mark Hopely 2:29:49

Women's Philadelphia Marathon
23. Keely Eckberg 3:03:37

Results: Philadelphia 8k, Half Marathon, and Marathon

Mark and Graham lead a pack at mile 14
Mark's finish

Graham's finish
[Photos courtesy of Mark Hopely]

Annapolis Running Classic

Over in Maryland, Dickson Mercer battled hills and windy conditions to get the win at the Annapolis Running Classic Half Marathon in 1:15:47.

Results: Annapolis Running Classic

Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekend Results: Veteran's Day 10k

Veteran's Day 10k

GRC//Pacers-NB took home victories in the men's and women's Veteran's day 10k Sunday morning.

On the women's side, Maura Linde took the crown in 34:15, only 2 second shy of the GRC Club Record set by Frances Koons at the same race in 2015. As Coach Jerry put it - "Threatening a record set by Frances is a sure sign that an athlete is running great, and Maura will be ready to do something special at Clubs." Following Maura was Liz Tawa in 39:27, Marianne Aguilar in 39:42 (10k debut), Alexa Squirini in 40:08, and Laura O'Hara in 41:05.

On the men's side Stewart snagged a solo victory and a PR in 30:45. Other standout performances included Hashem Zikry who ran 32:48 in his 10k debut, Ryan Speir who finished 4th in 31:54 only a month off the Chicago Marathon, and GRC superstar-to-be Alex Archer who finished 5th in 31:55. David Wertz also showed off his fitness ahead of the Masters race at Club by finishing 8th in 32:10. Rounding out the top 20 were Kyle Wagener in 6th (32:04), Craig Morgan in 7th (32:08), Lars Benner in 10th (32:42), Luk Olenginski in 14th (32:55), Dickson Mercer in 16th (33:12), Sean O'Leary in 18th (33:28), and George Galasso in 19th (33:40).

Women's 10k
1. Maura Linde 34:15
7. Liz Tawa 39:27
8. Marianne Aguilar 39:42
11. Alexa Squirini 40:08
13. Laura O'Hara 41:05

Men's 10k
1. Stewart Reich 30:45
4. Ryan Speir 31:54
5. Alex Archer 31:55
6. Kyle Wagner 32:04
7. Craig Morgan 32:08
8. David Wertz 32:10
10. Lars Benner 32:42
11. Hashem Zikry 32:48
14. Luckasz Olenginski 32:55
16. Dickson Mercer 33:12
18. Sean O'Leary 33:28
19. George Galasso 33:40

Results: Veteran's Day 10k


Weekend Results: Richmond and Charlotte 13.1 and 26.2

RICHMOND HALF MARATHON AND MARATHON

GRC//Pacers - NB took Virginia by storm on Saturday with a flurry of top 15 finishes in the Richmond Half Marathon and Marathon.

In the men's half marathon, Tyler Dye, Jerry Greenlaw, and Evan Jurkovich worked together to finish 11, 12, and 13 with only 8 seconds separating the three when they crossed the line. Tyler's hard work paid off with a PR of nearly 5 minutes and Evan and Jerry showed off their early fitness as they look forward to Houston Marathon in January.

In the women's half marathon, Julie Tarallo cut over 80 seconds off her PR to finish 11th in 80:38. Maura Carroll snagged a top 10 finish in 80:04, setting herself up well for the remainder of the season.

The Richmond Marathon marked Teal Burrell and Emily Potter's first serious return since each had a child and they made the most of the opportunity, finishing 5th and 6th in 2:50:19 and 2:52:19. Though they did not run qualifying times in Richmond, look for Teal and Emily to toe the line at the Olympic Trials in 2020. Natalie Patterson achieved a PR of 3:03:13 in her GRC debut. As Coach Jerry put it - "Natalie has a ton of untapped potential, and I'm looking forward to great things from her in a GRC jersey in the future."

Men's Half Marathon
11. Tyler Dye 70:16
12. Jerry Greenlaw 70:21
13. Evan Jurkovich 70:24

Women's Half Marathon
10. Maura Carroll 80:04
11. Julie Tarallo 80:38

Women's Marathon
5. Teal Burrell 2:50:19
6. Emily Potter 2:52:39
14: Natalie Patterson 3:03:13

Results: Richmond Half Marathon and Marathon

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Novant Health Charlotte Half Marathon

Recent George Washington University grad John-Louis Pane (JLP) impressed in his half marathon debut, finishing 3rd overall in 72:30. Given that he flew solo for most of the race, look for JLP to cut some serious time in his next attempt at this distance.

Look good, race good

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weekend Results


ST. RITA 5K

GRC//Pacers - NB had a strong showing in Alexandria on Saturday morning at the St. Rita 5k.

On the men's side, GRC harrier and former University of Maryland Terp Craig Morgan "used his sit and kick tactics to perfection" to grab the victory in 15:41. Ryan Speir showed little rust from his 2:29 Chicago Marathon debut less than one month ago, running 15:49 for 4th place. Tom Kelly continued to bounce back after a mid-season rough patch to throw down a quick last mile and snag 5th place in 15:51. George Galasso and Jerry Greenlaw, who is building towards Houston Marathon in January, also finished in the top ten, running 16:08 and 16:18 respectively.

On the women's side, Maura ran a solid tuneup for Richmond Half next weekend, finishing 2nd place in 18:00. Bucknell grad Emily Koehle ran 18:32 and earned herself a 5th place finish. Jackie Kasal and Theresa Kennedy rounded out the top 7, finishing in 19:23 and 20:40 respectively.

St. Rita 5k 2017 Results

GRC Men
1. Craig Morgan - 15:41
4. Ryan Speir - 15:49
5. Tom Kelly - 15:51
8. George Galasso - 16:08
9. Jerry Greenlaw - 16:18

GRC Women
2. Maura Carroll - 18:00
5. Emily Koehle - 18:32
6. Jackie Kasal - 19:23
7. Theresa Kennedy - 20:40



PITTSBURGH 10 MILER

Up in the Keystone state, Kerry Allen ran 59:47 in the Pittsburgh 10 miler, which was good for 9th place. This was a positive result and strong tuneup as she looks toward the California International Marathon in 4 weeks.

Pittsburgh 10 Miler 2017 Results

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Weekend Results: Halloween Races, Obstacle Courses, 10 Mile Champs, and some XC

RESULTS

Emily P did double duty this week as she sharpens up for the full at Richmond. On Thursday she was second overall, and first woman, in a Halloween 5k while pushing the triple stroller on a hilly course, which Emily described as perhaps the hardest effort of her career, and that's saying something for a 3-time Olympic Trials qualifier. On Saturday, Emily got the win in the RRCA Southeast Region 10 mile championship, running 61:01 on an out and back course.

Stewart got roped into running the HCC Team Challenge, an obstacle race that was allegedly 5k, for his office team, and being a dutiful employee he brought a ringer of his own in the form of his lovely wife. Stew and Steph both got the wins, and because they both started in the third wave, their biggest obstacle was dodging the other participants who were clogging the course.

Sean B placed 7th in the Cuyamaca College 6k XC in San Diego, in 19:34. While xc times are meaningless, particularly when the course is not accurate (which appears to have been the case), it's clear that Sean ran well because there were a couple of national caliber guys less than a minute ahead of him.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Results: MCM & Spook Hill


MCM

Kieran ran a truly courageous and determined race at MCM, and his 3rd place finish, in 2:28:07, while impressive standing alone, does not even come close to doing justice to his effort. Kieran ran his own race and continued to press forward mile after solitary mile solo for majority of the time. Meanwhile, a chase pack formed behind him, and Kieran's pursuers worked together to cut into his lead. Inevitably, all of that solo running began to take its toll and as the temperature rose, Kieran felt the effects of the effort. Kieran did his best to hold on, but when he was finally caught in the 25th mile, he had nothing left in the tank.  Kieran represented the team with great distinction. He'll be back, more determined than ever to improve on his 24th place finish from 2016 when he toes the line at the 2020 Trials, and we are looking forward to seeing some great marathoning from him in the years to come.

In other weekend results, Julie T was second at MCM 10k in 38:01. Julie is gearing up for the full in Phoenix in January, and this was an excellent rust buster. The hardest part of the day for her was running home with her giant trophy, which is the type of workout we could all get used to.

Spook Hill

Stewart and Stephanie went 1-2 in the Spook Hill Cider and Wine 4 miler, with Stew running 20:22 and Steph his nearest pursuer in 24:00. The course was hilly and the grass was high, so those were both strong performances on a spooky hill.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend Results: Gettysburg College Invitational


This weekend we had strong performances at the Gettysburg College Invitational. The Guys got the team win!

Daniel led the way in 4th in 26:00, followed closely by Kyle in 7th and JLP in 8th, both in 26:07, Tyler in 17th in 26:34, Russell in 26th in 26:46, Lars in 28th in 26:50, Cabell in 36th and Wertz in 37th, both in 27:06, Greg in 39th in 27:09, Mitch in 52nd in 27:37, and Luk in 58th in 27:42. Daniel went with the leaders from the gun and while he couldn't quite hang on late in the race, he's developing a great base for track season. Kyle and JLP both stated a strong case for making the A team for Clubs. Russell bounced back quite well from his trail 50k last week, and Wertz hung tough with college kids literally half his age. Mitch made his official GRC debut, and the toughness that allowed him to progress from a non-varsity club-team runner to America East Conference scorer during his career at Binghamton will serve him well going forward.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekend Results: Army, Glory Days and Chicago

Army Ten Miler:

Apparently, Summer isn't over yet. Hot temps and high humidity made this weekend's races interesting, but the horrid conditions did not stop Lucas from turning in another outstanding performance, as he placed 6th behind 5 Army WCAP athletes, in 50:38. Lucas was not only with the leaders for well over half the race, he threw in some surges and tried to dictate the pace. While the pack dropped him around mile 7, Lucas came back strong in the last mile and was gaining ground on the athletes in 4th and 5th place, both of whom are Olympians. Lucas has some more big performances up his sleeve this Fall!

The men won the open team title at Army, with Stewart in 13th in 52:57, Luke in 15th in 53:18, Paul T in 54:40, Graham in 55:22, Tyler in 55:57, Sean B in 56:40, Chris in 58:02, and Kyle in 59:58. Those times are reflective of the horrific conditions (did I mention it was hot out there?) and our guys are fit, and will be ready to go later this fall.

The women also won the open team title, led by Kerry in 4th in 60:54, Steph in 9th in 61:43, Emily P in 61:55, Maura in 65:00, and Keely in 73:20. As with the guys, the brutal conditions caused very slow times, and when the women get a chance to show what they can do, they'll respond with some outstanding performances!

Glory Days XC:

We had a strong crew at Glory Days xc, with Jackie getting the win in 19:04 , followed by Emily K in 19:18, Chelsea in 19:23, Alexa in 19:37, Marianne in 20:16, and Angelina in 21:06. For the men, JLP got the win in 16:01, followed by Mitch in 16:16, Hashem in 16:17, Austin in 16:19, and Sean in 16:45. Jackie and JLP  are working their way back into shape after injury and have some good momentum going into the rest of their fall season!

Chicago:

Congratulations to Ryan S for an excellent marathon debut in Chicago, where he ran 2:29:16. The weather was not ideal in Chicago, and while Ryan was fit to run sub 2:26 in good conditions, he did extremely well to break 2:30 in the heat. Ryan ran even pace most of the race, and fought all the way to the tape, passing several guys in the last mile. Well done, Ryan!

Finally, Russell got the win in the Cloudsplitter 50k trail race in Virginia, in 4:50. What possessed Russell to want to run a 50k trail race is a mystery that may never be solved, but if you're going to run, you might as well win, so congratulations are in order.


Here's hoping Fall comes back soon...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Race Preview: Army Ten-Miler



Another busy weekend of racing is upon us, and one of those races is the much anticipated Army Ten-Miler on Sunday.

We've got a very strong men's squad led by Lucas, Stewart, and Paul Thistle, who will be making his GRC debut. Paul ran 49:38 at Broad Street in May, and while he's likely not quite that fit this early in his season, he is a man to keep an eye on going forward. Lucas will likely go out with the leaders, and he's got a real shot at the club record. Lucas is coming off a very strong race at Philly RNR a few weekends ago. If you want to learn a little more about this guy and get some good race advice for this weekend from Coach Jerry, follow this link https://www.runpacers.com/blog/people/elite-athletes/lucas-grc/
Stewart is in great shape and looks to land in the top 5 list. Graham, Mark, and Evan are tuning up for fall marathons.

For the women, Maura L is coming off an excellent race at Paul Short and is ready for a long-overdue breakthrough on the roads. Several of our women are prepping for fall marathons, including Emily P, Kerry, Julie, and Keely.

Stay tuned for results from Army Ten-Miler and our crew running some cross country at Glory Days invitation.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Weekend Results 9/30-10/1

Here are some great things that happened this weekend!

Navy Mile


5. Alyson McGonigle 5:03.60 (3rd GRC all-time!)
8. Emily Koehle 5:09.98 (5th GRC all-time!)
9. Erin Sicher 5:12.90
10. Jackie Kasal 5:15.30
12. Alexa Squirini 5:26.82
13. Liz Tawa 5:27.91

17. Daniel Trettel 4:20.09
20. Ryan Witters 4:27.45
22. Evan Jurkovich 4:36.45


Paul Short XC


Maura Linde 20:30 (5th place!)
Angelina Oputa 25:00

Austin Hayslett 25:32


Also, Kerry won the Leaf Peepers Half Marathon in New Hampshire in 1:26:09! Don't miss this in-depth article: https://www.timesargus.com/articles/graves-allen-win-leaf-peepers-half-marathon/