Saturday, March 30, 2013
The GRC women highlighted a list of stellar GRC performances on Friday at the Raleigh Relays at NC State. Hilary May shattered the GRC record in the 5,000m late on Friday night with a time of 16:56.27. Hillary raced hard in the lead pack for 2 miles, coming through 3200 in 10:40, close to her PR. By 4k she was spent, but fought through a rough patch and finished hard the last 200 to insure she broke 17. Teammate Catherine Campbell finished 12-seconds back with a personal best of 17:08. Catherine's time also broke the old GRC record of 17:27 set by Maura Carroll at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet last year.
Coach Jerry Alexander observed "The women ran spectaculary, with 3 very impressive PRs. Hilary ran one of the best races ever by a woman in a GRC singlet, and she is only going to get better. Catherine will join her in the sub-17 club this spring, and Beth is going to add to her string of PRs when she returns to the roads at Cherry Blossom."
On the men's side, Sam Luff opened his track season with a 14:43 while Joe Wiegner ran an eye-opening sub-15 minute effort in his second race of the year.
"Wiggy got out aggressively and hung on to accomplish his goal of sub 15. It was an impressive performance for a guy who hasn't races on the track in 2 years. Fridge ran an excellent tactical race and proved he belongs on this level" noted Coach Jerry.
Earlier in the day, Matt Hassett and Beth Young both ran personal bests of 15:25 and 17:41, respectively.
Hilary May - 16:56 NEW GRC RECORD!
Catherine Campbell - 17:08
Beth Young - 17:41 PR!
Sam Luff - 14:43
Joe Wiegner - 14:57
Matt Hassett - 15:25 PR!
In other races, Charlie Ban ran 15:41 at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, and the GRC will have a contingent racing at UMD on Saturday.