Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Wednesday workout, May 7


It was another huge weekend of racing, with a large GRC contingent on the track at Maryland Twilight, and our road crew in action at Broad Street, and in various other far-flung locales.

There were several excellent performances at Maryland, highlighted by Mike's club record of 3:53.35 in the 1500. Mike now holds the GRC records in the 1500, 3000, and 10,000, in addition to being the proud owner of a Penn Relays championship watch. By any measure, Mike had one heck of a first track season as a postgraduate, and we're going to see more great things from that young fellow in the months and years to come. Also running well for the men at Maryland were Ryan (3:55.19 1500), Chuck (1:56.6 800), and Tex Paul (a solo 15:20 5k). On the women's side, Cecilia displayed her monstrous finish once again, closing a huge gap in the last 150 to win the 800 in 2:05.9. The time was slower than she hoped for, but Cecilia will have another shot at the USATF A qualifier this weekend.  Our 1500 crew was out in force, led by Susan in 4:35.8, her best performance to date in a GRC jersey. Hilary ran a solid 4:37.98, and she will be ready for a big improvement next week at Swarthmore. Avril returned from her latest romantic getaway in Haiti less than 100 percent fit, but she ran a very strong 4:43.01, followed closely by Tina in 4:43.51, and Heather in 4:44.2.

The times at Broad Street were slowed considerably by a strong headwind the second half of the race, but that did not deter our crew, which was led by Lindsay, who was an outstanding 7th overall, and 4th American, in 59:39. Maura ran 61:29, which was identical to her time at Cherry Blossom, but because of the less than ideal conditions in Philly, Maura's run was certainly worth sub 61 on a better day. Evan equaled his PR of 52:09, and if not for the wind he would have run significantly faster. Jake ran hard the first half but faded to 53:04, and while he hoped to run faster, it was an excellent effort given his difficult recent circumstances.

In other road news, Charlie ran 1:11:35 for the 5th place in the Frederick half. Luke ran 50:14 at the Mountain Goat 10 mile in Syracuse, which has a net elevation gain of 565 feet. Luke classified his performance as "okay" but not worth reporting. I respectfully disagree, as it's more proof, if any were needed, that Luke will be ready to qualify for the Olympic Trials in Duluth. Finally, also in Syracuse, Patrick placed third in a 5k color run, and he's fully confident that next year he will best his 10 year old niece, as well as the guy in jeans who held on for the win.


The brackets for the state lacrosse tournament are out, and the battlin' BCC Barons will be playing on the road, which means we've got the all-clear for Wednesday night. We'll roll at 7:15, so meet for the warmup at 6:30. With many of you shutting it down for the season, turnout is likely to be modest at best. Let me know if you intend to come out and we'll get you a plan. I'll see you Wednesday at BCC.


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