It was a huge weekend for the GRC women as they successfully defended their team title at the Army 10 Miler on the strength of several excellent performances. Kristin ran 59:40, which puts her 5th on the all time GRC list, and proves once again that she is a superstar in the making. Kristin's improvement over the last 6 months has been nothing short of remarkable, and she's just getting started. Teal ran a humongous PR of 60:19, which is unquestionably the best race of her career. Teal had a great training cycle in the spring and was disappointed to have an off day at Boston, but her performance on Sunday demonstrated that she is in the best shape of her life, and that her big breakthrough in the marathon is coming in Sacramento in December. Julie ran a very nice PR of 60:50, and she too will be ready for a major PR in Sacramento. Amy's 61:02 was not a PR, but she went out hard and hung on tough, and she will have much better days in a GRC singlet. Also for the women, Emily won the Glory Days 5k xc in a solid 19:25.
There was some very nice performances by the men over the weekend as well. At Army, Sam led the way in 51:39. Sam is still showing the affects of some nagging injuries, and was not able to sustain his aggressive early pace in the later miles, but he is working his way back to full fitness, and will be ready to impress later in the fall. Sean O'Leary made a successful 10 mile debut in 53:00, and he will continue to improve as the season progresses. Evan, who has been hindered by some nagging injuries, was close behind in 53:03, followed by Dave Wertz in 53:21. The best performance of the day on the men's side may have come from Tom, who ran a huge PR of 54:21, and set 8k and 10k PRs on route. Tom is a miler, but based on his recent massive improvement in the longer distances, we may have a new addition to our esteemed track 5000 group. In non-Army results, Ryan kicked off his fall season with a a very comfortable win at Glory Days in 16:07, followed by Charlie in 16:48, and Dave O in 17:07. Finally, Kieran ran 1:07:59 at the Mohawk Hudson Valley half marathon. The early pace was quite slow, leading to a huge negative split, and by Kieran's estimation he ran the last 6 miles in approximately 30 minutes, which is certainly a testament to his fitness.
We're at BCC tomorrow for the normal 7:15 start, so meet for the warmup at 6:30.
See you at BCC tomorrow.