Sunday, May 12, 2019

Weekend Results: GW Parkway Sweep, Jersey Marathon, Pikes Peek and more

Charlie kicked us off on the roads with a win at the Crystal City Friday Night Pacers 5K in 15:47.

The men swept the Pacers GW Parkway 10 Miler, with Kieran, Dan Meteer and Carlos taking the top 3 spots in very quick times, all of them breaking 50:30. This was a 10 mile debut for Dan, and a prep race for Carlos going into Broad Street. Rob, Charlie, and Pat all got in solid efforts at Parkway as well.

For the women, Kerry led the way finishing in 4th in 61:50. Erin made a strong 10 mile debut, finishing 5th in 62:01. Margaret finished in 6th in 62:29, Chelsea V was 8th in 63:41, Liz Reynolds was 14th in 65:15 and Hallie was 15th in 65:16.

In the Parkway 5K, Austin broke from the field early and ran a very strong solo 15:32 for the win.

Photo Courtesy of Swim Bike Run
Austin Takes the 5K! Photo Courtesy of Swim Bike Run
At the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, Zak had a really strong performance and a new personal best, just 2 weeks after an attempt at the Boston Marathon. He finished in 5th place, running 2:31:58. Dickson returned to his favorite hometown race, and ran 2:33:26 for 7th. This was a very solid performance considering Dix's build-up for this race, which included being sick for quite a bit of his cycle.

For the women, Natalie finished her season strong and came close to setting another personal best, by finishing in 7th in 2:56:18.

In the New Jersey Half Marathon, Tom Kelly ran 1:13:19 for 2nd place and set a new personal best.

At Pikes Peek 10K, Dave Wertz and Trever Reed both had very strong runs, finishing in 3rd and 4th in 32:28. This was a 10K PR for Trever in the midst of marathon training.

In track action, Alex led the way with a 1:56.77 800 at Shippensburg. Angelina ran 2:23.3 in her 800 debut, also at Ship, and Liz T ran 2:19.59 in her first 800 of the season at TCNJ.

Crystal City 5K #4

1. Charlie Ban - 15:47

GW Parkway 10 Miler


4. Kerry Allen - 61:50
5. Erin Melly - 62:01 (PR-Debut)
6. Margaret Johnston - 62:29
8. Chelsea Vane - 63:41
14. Liz Reynolds - 65:15
15. Hallie Fox - 65:16


1. Kieran O'Connor - 50:19
2. Dan Meteer - 50:22 (PR-Debut)
3. Carlos Jamieson - 50:27
7. Robert Brook - 54:31
9. Charlie Ban - 55:25
14. Patrick Kuhlmann - 56:27

New Jersey Marathon


7. Natalie Patterson - 2:56:18


3. Zak Miller - 2:31:58 (PR)
7. Dickson Mercer - 2:33:26

New Jersey Half Marathon

2. Tom Kelly - 1:13:19 (PR)

Pikes Peek 10K

3. Dave Wertz - 32:28
4. Trever Reed - 32:28 (PR)


Women's 800:

6. Angelina Oputa - 2:23.30

Men's 800:

1. Alex Hinton - 1:56.77


5. Liz Tawa - 2:19.59

Friday, April 26, 2019

Penn Relays Distance Night

GRC sent a distance crew up for the Penn Relay distance night.

Maura Linde led the team, finishing 4th in the women's 10000 in 34:26. Her time is an improvement from her 34:44 from Penn last year, and is the new GRC #3 all-time at the track 10K distance. Emily ran 35:25, finishing in 9th for the women.

Sam Chauvin ran a solid 30:25, finishing 8th in the men's 10K.

Caroline Smith took her first ever shot at the 5K distance on the track, fought through a cramp the last mile and hung on to finish and run 17:30.

Penn Relays

Women's 10000:

4. Maura Linde - 34:26.18 (#3 GRC All-Time)
9. Emily de La Bruyere - 35:25.77

Women's 5000:

46. Caroline Smith - 17:30.05

Men's 10000:

8. Sam Chauvin - 30:25.97

Weekend Results: Jackie wins at Morgan State, Princeton

Jackie led the way for GRC with a win and yet another strong performance in the 1500 at Morgan State. Gina continued her streak of excellent pacing and helped pace Jackie thru 1100 meters. Jackie finished in 4:33.63, which is a new #4 GRC all-time in the 1500, and close to a new PR. Alexa had a nice improvement in the 1500, running 5:01. Lars cruised to win his heat in the 1500 in 4:05.

At Princeton, Carlos continued his comeback tour with a nice 2nd place, sub 31 minute showing in the 10K. Carlos will run Parkway and Broad Street in the coming weeks. Liz ran another steady race with a 4:45 in the 1500.

Morgan State

Women's 1500:

1. Jackie Kasal - 4:33.63 (#4 GRC All-Time)
12. Alexa Squirini - 5:01.74

Men's 1500:

3. Lars Benner - 4:05.53


Men's 10000:

2. Carlos Jamieson - 30:54.42

Women's 1500:

8. Liz Tawa - 4:45.08

Weekend Results: Track Meets & Road Races Galore, Trettel Club Record

GRC sent track crews to a variety of track meets and road races in the second weekend of April.


At the Crimson Tide Invite on Thursday, Lucas won the 5K at the Crimson Tide Invite in 14:19, a time good for 3rd on the GRC all-time list. Lucas will be racing at the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

At Hopkins, Chelsie P finished 2nd in the 5K, and Alex Hinton won his section of the 800.

At Mason, Dan Trettel set a new club record, running 1:53.21 in the 800. Jackie had a big breakthrough in the 1500, and Gina did an excellent job pacing the women's 1500, coming through 1000 meters in 2:55, which would be a club record at that distance. Sarah Cook took over the #3 spot all time in her 800.

At the Rider Invite, Liz Tawa had her best performance of the year, taking 3rd in the 1500.

We also had some great distance performances at Bucknell, led by Emily D's big 10K PR. She had great pacing help from Maura Linde and set the #3 GRC all time mark in 34:30. This performance puts her in line to potentially make France's team in the Euro Cup 10K in London this summer. Kyle had a giant track PR for 10K, improving significantly on his time at Bucknell last year. Max and Sam both had strong runs at 5K.

In road action, Austin McGinley won the Pacers Friday Night Race in Crystal City in 16:11 as he prepares for a run at the Broad Street 10 Miler.

At the Monument 10K in Richmond, Molly Applegate led the way finishing in 7th for the women with a big PR of 36:40. She will run the New Jersey Half Marathon. Sean Barrett finished in 11th, leading the way for the men, followed by Cabell and Charlie. Sean is training for Broad Street, and Charlie will be running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon coming up.

At the Boston Marathon, our runners faced difficult humid, warm conditions. Zak Miller & Liz Reynolds had really strong training cycles and prepared very well, but smartly decided to pull the plug at miles 18 and 20 due to the conditions. Zak will look for redemption at the Jersey Marathon.

Chris Bain fought through the conditions and continued his Boston streak of 22 years, and ran another strong, consistent race, finishing in 2:43:36.

Crimson Tide Invite

Men's 5000:

1. Lucas Stalnaker - 14:19 (#3 GRC All-Time)

Mason Invite

Women's 800:

13. Jesse Carlin - 2:14.22
14. Alex Morris - 2:14.45
15. Sarah Cook - 2:14.87 (New #3 GRC All-Time)

Women's 1500:

9. Jackie Kasal - 4:36.03

Men's 800:

15. Dan Trettel - 1:53.21 (#1 GRC All-Time)

Men's 1500:

26. Lars Benner - 3:58.03

Bucknell Invite

Women's 10000

2. Emily D - 34:30.42 (PR, #3 GRC All-Time)

Men's 5000

28. Sam Chauvin - 14:37.64
50. Max Pedrotti - 14:54.18

Men's 10000

36. Kyle Wagener - 31:01.41 (Track PR)

Hopkins Invite

Women's 5000:

2. Chelsie Penello - 18:23.30
5. Chelsea Vane - 18:39.77

Women's 1500:

29. Alexa Squirini - 5:10.43

Men's 800:

5. Alex Hinton - 1:57.52

Rider Invite

3. Liz Tawa - 4:44.04

Pacers Friday Night 5K

1. Austin McGinley - 16:11

Monument 10K


7. Molly Applegate - 36:40 (PR)


11. Sean Barrett - 32:18
18. Cabell Willis - 32:58
20. Charlie Ban - 33:10

Boston Marathon

Chris Bain - 2:43:36

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


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)


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


1. Gina McNamara - 18:10


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

1. Natalie Patterson -17:59

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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.