Sunday, April 14, 2019

Weekend Results: Cherry Blossom, Crystal City, Scranton

We had a big weekend of racing to kick off the beginning of April. Our women and men took 1st and 2nd in the Washington Women & Men's Elite Divisions at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler.

The women's team ran in a close pack, separated by only 1 minute. Sarah Z ran 60:02 in her 10 mile debut. Maura ran 60:14 in a tune-up for the Pittsburgh marathon. Margaret had a 2 minute PR in 60:21, Katie ran 60:39 in her comeback from injury, and Natalie ran yet another PR in 61:02 as she prepares for the New Jersey Marathon in late April.

The highlights of the men's team performances were Nick Posada running a big PR of 51:03, plus Dave Wertz winning the master's competition in 53:20.

In other local racing, Dan Samet and Gina won the men and women's races at the Pacers Friday Night 5K in Crystal City.

Trever Reed also clocked a giant PR in the Scranton Half Marathon, and had a huge improvement from his race there last year.

Cherry Blossom Ten Miler

Women:

42. Sarah Zieve - 60:02 (PR)
46. Maura Carroll - 60:14
47. Margaret Johnston - 60:21 (PR)
49. Katie Read - 60:39
51. Natalie Patterson - 61:02 (PR)

Men:

31. Nick Posada - 51:03 (PR)
41. David Wertz - 53:16
50. Jerry Greenlaw - 53:46
51. Graham Tribble - 53:49
52. Rob Brook - 53:50 (PR)
63. Tom Kelly - 54:33
77. Sean O'Leary - 55:51
93. Tyler Dye - 56:55

Pacers Crystal City 5K

Women:

1. Gina McNamara - 18:10

Men:

1. Dan Samet - 15:30
3. Charlie Ban - 16:13
4. Cabell Willis - 16:31

Scranton Half Marathon

11. Trever Reed - 1:12:04 (PR)

Weekend Results: Raleigh Relays & Richmond - Stalnaker, Trettel set GRC Club Records

GRC sent crews to both Raleigh Relays and the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond.

In Raleigh, Lucas had a sensational performance, running 28:57 in the 10K. This was both a 12 second PR and a 30 second club record. Coach Jerry described Lucas' run as the best performance ever run by a GRC men's athlete on the track. Lucas will chase the USATF standard in the 10K for the outdoor nationals. Dan Trettel also set a new GRC club record in the 1500, running 3:51.55. Other highlights included Sam Chauvin breaking 30 and running 29:56 in the 10K, and Maura Linde running 16:38 for 5K, as she tunes up for the 10K at Penn Relays later in April.

We also had solid performances in Richmond, highlighted by Natalie "PR" Patterson, who ran a PR of 17:46 for 5K. Max also ran sub 15 in the 5K, with a 14:56 showing. Jesse Carlin and Caroline Smith both were the first non-collegiate finishers in their races.

Raleigh Relays

Men's 10K -

12. Lucas Stalnaker - 28:57 (Club Record, PR)
36. Sam Chauvin - 29:56

Men's 1500

32. Dan Trettel - 3:51 (Club Record)

Women's 5K -

32. Maura Linde - 16:38
40. Emily D - 16:55

Fred Hardy Invite

Women's 800 - 

1. Jesse Carlin - 2:13
2. Jackie Kasal - 2:17
7. Alex Morris - 2:19

Women's 3000 -

1. Caroline Smith - 10:17

Women's 5000 -

4. Natalie Patterson - 17:46 (PR)
11. Chelsea Vane - 18:39
12. Chelsie Penello - 18:40

Men's 5000 - 

4. Max Pedrotti - 14:56

Friday, March 29, 2019

Weekend Update (March 23): Marine Corps 17.75k



Sean Barrett finished second in the rarely-contested 17.75k distance at the Marine Corps 17.75k. His overall time translates to 5:38 per mile, a solid pace considering much of the course is hilly and unpaved.

Marine Corps 17.75k Results
2. Sean Barrett - 62:12

Weekend Update (March 16): St. Pat's and Outdoor Track is Back


With Spring and warm weather on the horizon, GRC harriers spread out across the DMV area in search of PR's and podium finishes.

Over in Virginia, GRC women dominated the notoriously difficult 4 Courts 4 Miler with Katie Read, Taylor Tubbs, and Sarah Zieve, and Gina McNamara finishing 1-4. On the men's side, Daniel Samet was the first to cross the finish line followed by David Wertz in 3rd.

Across the Potomac in DC, Natalie Patterson kept the win streak going at the St. Pat's Run by breaking the tape in both the 5k and 10k. Cabell Willis crossed the 5k finish line in 3rd place followed by Sean Barrett in 6th. Carlos finished 3rd in the 10k followed by Austin McGinley in 4th, Tom Kelly in 7th, and Matt Hassett in 10th. Sean and Cabell doubled back from the 5k to finish 6th and 15th, respectively.

Up in Virginia Beach, Liz Reynolds crushed her PR at the Anthem Half Marathon to finish 9th in 1:21:47.

Over in College Park, runners christened the start of outdoor track at the Maryland Invitational. Maura Linde took the 5k in 17:04 followed by Chelsie Pennello in 18:30 and Chelsea Vane in 18:31. Jackie Kasal nearly took the W in the 1500, finishing 2nd in 4:42. She was followed by Alex Morris in 4:54 and Alexa Squirini in 5:25. On the men's side, Daniel Trettel led the 1500 wire-to-wire in 3:58. Lars Benner finished 3rd in 4:09 and Alex Hinton was 5th in 4:12. Luk Olenginski was the top GRC finisher in the 5k with a 5th place finish in 15:28 and Jordan Psaltakis crossed the line in 8th place in 16:17.

4 Courts 4 Miler Results

1. Katie Read - 23:52
2. Taylor Tubbs - 23:57
3. Sarah Zieve - 24:28
4. Gina McNamara - 24:54

1. Daniel Samet - 20:37
3. David Wertz - 21:53

St. Pat's Run Results

5k
1. Natalie Patterson -17:59

3. Cabell Willis - 16:06
5. Sean Barrett- 16:22

10k
1. Natalie Patterson - 38:24
3. Carlos Jamieson - 31:57
4. Austin McGinley - 32:19
6. Sean Barrett - 33:22
7. Tom Kelly - 33:56
10. Matt Hassett - 35:14
15. Cabell Willis - 36:40


9. Liz Reynolds - 1:21:47


1500
2. Jackie Kasal - 4:42
6. Alex Morris - 4:54
13. Alexa Squirini - 5:25

1. Dan Trettel - 3:58
3. Lars Benner - 4:09
5. Alex Hinton - 4:12

5k
1. Maura Linde - 17:04
2. Chelsie Pennello - 18:30
3. Chelsea Vane - 18:31

5. Luk Olenginski - 15:28
8. Jordan Psaltakis - 16:17

Road racing photos courtesy of Swim Bike Run Photo and Pacers
Track photos courtesy of Dan Trettel

Sunday, March 10, 2019

DC Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon Results

Women

15. Maura Carroll - 1:21:35
18. Margaret Johnston - 1:21:58
21. Molly Applegate - 1:22:28
33. Hallie Fox - 1:27:18

Men

5. Dan Meteer - 1:07:33
11. Paul Thistle - 1:08:59
15. Sean Barrett - 1:10:59
19. Kyle Wagener - 1:11:44
20. Zak Miller - 1:11:52
21. Charlie Ban - 1:11:57
26. Max Pedrotti - 1:12:44
28. Trever Reed - 1:13:12
36. Sean O'Leary - 1:14:34

Friday, March 8, 2019

Weekend Update (February 24): RRCA and Boston Last Chance


The conditions at the RRCA 10 Miler were sub-optimal to say the least, but the cold rain did not dampen the spirits of our intrepid crew.

Congratulations to the women who got the win by a comfortable margin against solid competition. Kerry led the way, finishing 3rd in 61:54, followed by Natalie in 6th in 63:22 which was a 24 second PR, Margaret in 7th in 63:37, Liz R in 9th in 64:05, Hallie in 14th in 66:33, and Chelsea V in 16th in 66:46. Well done, ladies! Because of several late scratches due to illness and injury the men were unable to field a full team, but the guys that got on the starting line ran well. Kyle made a promising return to racing in 54:21, followed by Zak in a PR of 54:54, Charlie in 54:57, Cabell in 55:07, Max in 55:46, Trever in 56:26, and Sean in 58:49. That Natalie and Zak were able to PR in such awful conditions on a very hilly course is a great sign that we're going to see more PRs from him them both this spring.

The conditions were perfect at the Boston University Last Chance meet, where Tom ran an excellent 1:58.41 800. Tom had not broken 2:00 since 2011, and he was extremely pleased to see that he still has some speed after moving up to longer road distances.

RRCA Club Challenge Ten Mile Results

Women
3. Kerry Allen - 61:54
6. Natalie Patterson - 63:02
7. Margaret Johnson - 63:37
9. Liz Reynolds - 64:05
14. Hallie Fox - 66:33
16. Chelsea Vane - 66:46

Men
9. Kyle Wagener - 54:21
12. Zak Miller - 54:54
13. Charlie Ban - 54:57
15. Cabell Willis - 55:07
17. Max Pedrotti - 55:46
21. Trever Reed - 56:26
44. Sean O'Leary - 58:49
63. Tyler Dye - 60:41

Boston University Last Chance Meet Results
40. Tom Kelly - 1:58.41

Weekend Update (February 16 and 17): Record Setters

It was a weekend for the record books on the track, with two club records for the men. Lucas Stalnaker crushed the club record in the 3000, running 8:11.73 at the University of South Carolina Open, which was a 2 second PR. Lucas had some pacing help early, but he was totally solo the second half of the race and lapped almost the entire field. 

Daniel Trettel broke the club record in the 800, running 1:53.63 at the Penn State Tune Up. Daniel got caught up in traffic at the start and was not able to get running room for the first 200, causing him to go out slower than he intended, but he was able to run relatively even pace throughout.

The women also got in the action, with Liz getting the win in the 1000 at the Princeton Invitational in 3:02.72, which is the second fastest time in club history. Liz was totally solo the entire race, and had been sick all week, so that was an extremely impressive performance.


University of South Carolina Open Results
1. Lucas Stalnaker - 8:11.73

Penn State Tune Up Results
2. Daniel Trettel - 1:53.63

Princeton Invitational Results
1. Liz Tawa - 3:02.72

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Weekend Recap (February 9 and 10): Millrose Games!

Millrose Games

We had a great day at the Millrose Games, with both of our A teams finishing a well-earned second place, and both of our B teams finishing sixth. Caroline led off for the A team in 3:40.3, which put us in the thick of the race. Alex ran a very strong 58.2 despite being impeded in the exchange zone, and when Jesse was done with her customary strong carry in 2:15.3, the race for second was down to us and NYAC. Gina got on the shoulder of her NYAC counterpart, who pushed the pace hard in an effort to shake Gina. That effort proved to be futile, as Gina stayed patient, and with 150 to go she unleashed a huge kick, finishing in an excellent 4:51.8, for a time of 11:45.79. Gina ran the fastest leg of the day by over 2 seconds, and it was the fastest anchor leg in GRC history. The B team ran so well that after extremely impressive legs from Jackie in 3:39.7 and Sarah C in 58.1, they were in second place, a step ahead of the A team. Angelina ran a solid 2:18.1, and Liz T anchored in a strong 5:07.5, for a time of 12:03.4. It's a testament to the depth of our women's track group that our B team was stride for stride with the A team for 2 legs.

Sam C got the men's A team started in 3:07.5, and handed off in third, just behind the leader. Alex ran an outstanding 51.1, and he moved us up to second. Daniel got the baton 1.4 seconds behind Garden State TC, and at the end of his excellent 1:53.5 leg, we were in a dead heat with Garden State and Penn. The Garden State anchor has broken 4 minutes, and after an extremely fast opening 400 Dan wisely let him go, and he and the Penn anchor were in a pitched battle for second for 7 laps. Dan made his move with 200 to go, and brought it home in an outstanding 4:09.3, which was a big PR. Our time of 10:01.45 was 1.5 seconds than our winning time last year, and thus is a club record. Max led off for the B team in a very impressive 3:08.6. Craig ran a strong 53.5, and handed off to Tom in 6th place. Tom went by the man in front of him in the first 100 meters, and ran the rest of his leg solo, finishing in a solid 2:00.8. Luk anchored in a strong 4:23.5 off of a very brief track-focused training cycle, for a time of 10:26.58.

112th NYRR Millrose Games Results

Women's Distance Medley Relay
2. GRC - 11:45.79
Caroline Smith (1200) - 3:40.3
Alex Morris (400) - 58.2
Jesse Carlin (800) - 2:15.3
Gina McNamara (1600) - 4:51.8

6. GRC - 12:03.57
Jackie Kasal (1200) - 3:39.7
Sarah Cook (400) - 58.1
Angelina Oputa (800) - 2:18.1
Liz Tawa (1600) - 5:07.5

Men's Distance Medley Relay
2. GRC - 10:01.45
Sam Chauvin (1200) - 3:07.5
Alex Hinton (400) - 51.1
Daniel Trettel (800) - 1:53.5
Dan Meteer (1600) - 4:09.3

6. GRC - 10:26.58
Max Pedrotti (1200) - 3:08.6
Craig Morgan (400) - 53.5
Tom Kelly (800) - 2:00.8
Lukasz Olenginski (1600) - 4:23.5

Love the Run You're With 5k

Closer to home, we had a sizeable crew at the Pacers Love the Run You're With 5k. Lars Benner made an impressive return to racing after a long injury layoff, placing second in 15:51, followed by David Wertz in 16:06, Charlie Ban in 16:25, and Dickson in 16:40. For the women, Natalie got the win in 18:01, which was a 12 second PR. Erin Melly was second in 18:28, followed by Rebekah Hernandez in 19:39, Chelsie Pennello in 19:43, Alexa Squirini, making her return to competition after a long injury layoff in 20:21, and Molly Applegate, who got stuck behind the walkers at the start, in 20:23.


Love the Run You're With Results

Women
1. Natalie Patterson - 18:01
2. Erin Melly - 18:28
4. Rebekah Hernandez - 19:39
6. Chelsie Pennello - 19:43
8. Alexa Squirini - 20:21
9. Molly Applegate - 20:23

Men
2. Lars Benner -15:51
5. David Wertz - 16:06
6. Charlie Ban - 16:25
7. Dickson Mercer - 16:40

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Weekend Recap (February 2): USATF XC Championships



Our active duty military crew was in action on Saturday, February 2nd, at the USATF XC Championships in Tallahassee, Florida. Lucas Stalnaker finished an outstanding 20th place in a loaded field, and came agonizingly close to making his first national team, missing out on qualifying for the NACAC XC squad by one spot. That disappointment does not diminish Lucas's great race--he ran 30:13 for 10,000 on a fairly hilly course, and he beat numerous national class athletes. Lucas will keep the momentum going into track season, and he's got a real shot to qualify for outdoor nationals in the 10,000. Well done, young fellow!

The rest of our crew also ran well. Sean Barrett was a strong 49th place in 33:45, and Ryan Spier, who is beginning to work his way back into shape, was 57th place in 34:49. On the women's side, Kelly Calway was a solid 45th place in 39:00.

Open Men's Results
20. Lucas Stalnaker - 30:14
49. Sean Barrett - 33:46
57. Ryan Speir - 34:50

Open Women's Results
45. Kelly Calway - 39:01

Weekend Recap (January 25): DMR Madness

Our Distance Medley Relay (DMR) crew was out in full force at the George Mason Patriot Games. We ran split squads in order to bring our own competition and the women couldn't have been more evenly matched, as the A team ran 12:02.1, and the B team ran 12:03. Gina led off for the A team in 3:39, followed by Sarah Cook, who made an excellent GRC debut in 58.14. Jesse ran 2:15, and Liz T anchored the team to victory in 5:09. Jackie led off for the B team in 3:42, followed by Alex in 58.4, Angelina in 2:21.9, and Caroline in a very strong 5:00.3. Gina came back in the open 400 in 61.38.




The men's A team got the win in 10:25.62. Sam C led off in a very controlled 3:12.5, closing in 29 for the last 200, followed by Tom in 56.6, and Craig in 2:01.1. Dan Meteer made an outstanding GRC debut, anchoring the team to victory in 4:14.76. Dan is a 2018 Brown graduate, and he is going to be a great addition to our track and road crews. The B team was third in 10:37.31. Luk led off in 3:14.6, followed by Alex in an excellent 51.8, Daniel in 1:56.4, and Max, making his indoor debut, in 4:34. Daniel was a tad frustrated that his 800 leg was impeded, and he made up for it by winning the open mile in 4:22.37. After a pedestrian open 1200, Daniel kicked hard for the win, closing in 60 for the last 400.



Distance Medley Relay
1. GRC - 10:25.62
Sam Chauvin (1200) - 3:12.5
Tom Kelly (400) - 56.6
Craig (800) - 2:01.1
Dan Meteer (1600) - 4:14.8

3. GRC - 10:37.21
Luk Olenginski (1200) - 3:14.6
Alex Hinton (400) - 51.8
Daniel Trettel (800) - 1:56.4
Max Pedrotti (1600) - 4:34

Open Mile
1. Daniel Trettel - 4:22.37


Women's Results

Distance Medley Relay
1. GRC -12:02.12
Gina McNamara (1200) - 3:39
Sarah Cook (400) - 58.14
Jesse Carlin (800) - 2:15
Liz Tawa (1600) - 5:09

2. GRC - 12:03.00
Jackie Kasal (1200) - 3:42
Alex Morris (400) - 58.4
Angelina Oputa (800) - 2:21.9
Caroline Smith (1600) - 5:00.3

Open 400
12. Gina McNamara - 61.38

Sunday, January 27, 2019

GRC Team Awards 2018

At our annual club winter meeting on Saturday evening, Coach Jerry proudly recognized our top performers and notable contributors during 2018.


Men's MVP: Paul Thistle
Paul showed great range in 2018, running extremely well at distances from the mile to 10 miles.  On the shorter end, Paul anchored our victorious DMR at the Millrose Games by patiently closing a large deficit and taking the lead in the last 10 meters for the win. On the longer end, Paul ran 50:32 at Cherry Blossom, and was the top local finisher.  Outdoors, Paul set a GRC club record in the steeplechase, running an excellent 9:00.52, and also ran 14:29.05 for 5000, which is fourth on the GRC all-time list.  On the roads, Paul got wins at Clarendon Day 5k, 4 Courts 4 Mile, and Navy 5 Mile.  In addition to his outstanding performances, Paul is a vocal leader who brings an intensity and focus to his training and racing that is exemplary.

Women's MVP: Maura Linde
Maura had a great year on the track and the roads.  Maura won the 5000 at the Bucknell Bison Invitational against a very strong field, running a huge PR of 16:27.3, which is third on the GRC all-time list, and surprised herself by closing in 33 seconds for the last 200 for the win.  Maura also won the 5000 at the Maryland Invitational and Swarthmore Final Qualifier, and was third in an elite field at Music City Distance Carnival.  In addition, Maura was third in the Olympic Development 10,000 at Penn Relays in 34:44.  On the roads, Maura won the Veterans Day 10k in 34:47, and was second in the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Mile in 27:59.  Maura has much more in the tank, and we're going to see many excellent performances from her in the months ahead.


Men's Newcomer of the Year: Sam Doud
Sam's outstanding 2:19:57 at the California International Marathon, a seven minute PR which puts him third on the GRC all-time list, and which was 47th on the Track and Field News 2018 US List, was the product of months of hard training.  Sam is a true marathoner--he puts in very high mileage, and what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for in strength.  Sam is only starting to tap into his potential, and he is a legitimate contender to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.

Women's Newcomer of the Year: Molly Applegate
Molly had a great career at William and Mary, and she didn't waste any time proving that she would pick up where she left off by getting the win at Crystal City Twilight 5k in 17:33 in horrid conditions.  Despite being limited by injury in the fall, Molly ran 17:49 at St Rita's 5k and 37:44 at Veterans Day 10k.  Molly concluded her season by finishing an impressive 100th place at Clubs XC, in 21:50 on a
challenging course.  Molly is back to full health, and we will see great things from her in the future.

Nina Brekelmans Award: Luke Meyer
Luke came to GRC with truly stellar credentials--he was a two-time All-American at Yale, and a two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, having run the steeplechase in 2008, and the marathon in 2012.  In his long GRC career, Luke has had many excellent performances including a club record 48:45 for 10 miles, 1:05:33 half marathon which is 4th on the GRC all-time list, and numerous top 100 finishes at Clubs XC, including 72nd place in Bend, OR, which is the 10th best finish in GRC history.  But the performance that best exemplifies Luke's contribution to GRC was the 10,000 at Penn Relays in 2014, where Luke sacrificed his own race to rabbit a young teammate, who with Luke's help won the race.  While Luke's performance that night--29:45, which is 5th on the GRC all-time list--was pedestrian by his extremely high standards, it set the tone for his years of leadership for our young athletes, many of whom have benefited from his willingness to share his vast knowledge of training and racing.

Lauren Woodall Roady Award: Kerry Allen

Kerry richly deserves this award for both her excellence as an athlete, and her long service on the GRC board.  Kerry had an incredible breakthrough in 2018 when she qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon by running 2:41:33 at Twin Cities, which was a PR by more than 10 minutes.  That performance was 47th on the Track and Field News 2018 US List, and puts her second on the GRC all-time list.  Kerry's amazing performance was years in the making, and was the product of dogged persistence in the face of a series of obstacles, including numerous injuries which had prevented her from reaching her potential.  Kerry refused to give up on herself, and all of her hard work and dedication produced her incredible run at Twin Cities.  Kerry has more room to improve, and she will be ready to prove it at the Olympic Trials.  Kerry has also provided years of dedicated service to GRC as a member of the board, and served as president for the last two years.  Kerry's service on the board has been integral to the team's continued growth and success, and we all owe her a huge debt of thanks.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Weekend Recap: ClubsClubsClubs and Jingle All The Way

We've got a whole bunch of impressive results this weekend out of both Washington State and Washington, DC.

USATF National Club Cross Country Championships


16. Pacers Running//GRC New Balance Women ( 22:06 || 1:50:28 || 1:27)
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1 42 Maura Linde 21:23
2 70 Molly Applegate 21:50
3 78 Caroline Smith 21:58
4 106 Chelsea Vane 22:27
5 125 Natalie Patterson 22:50
6 (139) Emily Koehle 23:13
7 (146) Rebekah Hernandez 23:17
8 (175) Chelsie Pennello 23:59


17. Pacers Running//GRC New Balance Men ( 32:14 || 2:41:09 || 0:48)
=============================================
1 77 Nicholas Posada 31:55
2 82 Samuel Chauvin 31:59
3 99 Kyle Wagener 32:08
4 113 Paul Thistle 32:24
5 139 Daniel Trettel 32:43
6 (153) Sean Barrett 32:55
7 (181) John-Louis Pane 33:16
8 (207) Cabell Willis 33:48


Reports indicate the men's course was at least 300m long.

Jingle All The Way 5k

1. TK4 16:02 (winner!)
3. Dave Wertz 16:09
7. Zak 16:33

2. Margaret 18:30
5. Liz R 19:04
6. Kelly 19:10
9. Sarah C 20:06
17. Theresa K 21:25
27. LTO 21:53

Jingle All The Way 15k

5. Hoya Rob 50:20
7. Pat K 53:24

Princeton New Years' Invitational

1600m
1. Liz T - 5:12

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Weekend Recap: CIM Extravaganza

Capping off several months of The Hard Training, a large contingency of GRCers made the trek from Washington, DC to Sacramento over the weekend to run the California International Marathon. With picture-perfect conditions and a light breeze from the northeast, magic was in the air, and many were rewarded with lifetime bests over the 26.2-mile distance. Coach Jerry has the full recap:

"Congratulations to Kieran for qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials!  Kieran ran 2:18:52 at CIM, which is a PR, and the second fastest time in GRC history.  Kieran had a fantastic training cycle, and he had Trials qualification written all over him.  Kieran executed the plan on race day, running even pace throughout and picking guys off the second half of the race, despite dealing with some hamstring issues that made the task of qualifying more difficult than it otherwise would have been.  This was another great run for Kieran, and I'm really excited for him to have a chance to improve on his fantastic finish at the 2016 Trials. Well done!

Kieran wasn't the only one of our athletes to run great at CIM.  Sam D ran a 7 minute PR(!) of 2:19:52, which puts him third on the GRC all-time list.  Sam put in a whole lot of miles this training cycle, and all of that strength paid off in a huge way as he was able to run even pace almost the entire way, and move forward steadily in the second half of the race.  Sam proved that he is a legitimate candidate to join Kieran in Atlanta, and with this huge confidence builder and another cycle of solid training under his belt, I very much like his chances to qualify the next time out. 

Dickson ran the best race of his long career, with an outstanding PR of 2:28:01.  To put into context just how impressive that is, Dickson's previous PR of 2:29:06 is from 2006, and in the interim he has run many marathons, and logged tens of thousands of miles, but despite his best efforts, he had not been able to improve on that venerable performance until now.  Dickson has been in great shape many times during that period, but he brought a different kind of urgency to this training cycle, and his intensity and focus paid off big-time on race day.  For Dix to be able to PR after 12 years of trying, at age 37, while working a demanding job with a youngster at home, is a true testament to his dedication to the sport, and I could not be more proud of his great performance.

Evan ran a very strong 2:29:36 in his last race for GRC, as he is off to pursue fame and fortune in Denver.  Evan and I have been working together since before I started with GRC, and it's been my pleasure to see his dedication and intensity over the last 9+ years. He's been a great teammate and role model for the younger guys, and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say I'm going to miss him.

On the women's side, Hallie ran a huge PR of over 8 minutes, finishing in 3:00:01.  Hallie was justifiably thrilled with that breakthrough performance, and her big PR was well-earned after an outstanding training cycle.  Very nice work!

It wasn't all good news at CIM unfortunately, as Mark and Sean both had promising races get away from them after 15 miles, proving once again that the marathon can be a cruel event.  Both Mark and Sean were very well prepared, and deserved better.  They'll both be back, and the big PRs will come.

We also had excellent performances at CIM from several former GRC superstars.  Teal ran a major PR of 2:39:08, and the only bad part is that it's going to be tough for me to figure out how to take credit for that outstanding performance (but don't worry, I'm sure I'll think of something).  For the men, we had very nice PRs from David McKay in 2:24:30, Balmer in 2:27:41, and that other Sam from Cornell in 2:27:57.  For the real old-timers, Patrick Reaves ran an outstanding 2:17:40, and qualified for the Trials for the first time.  Mazel tov!"