We had lots of action this weekend in far flung locales, and there were too many excellent performances to name them all, but the highlights include:
Ryan's club record for the road 5k of 14:38 on his old stomping grounds in Evansville. Ryan ran solo from the gun, making his performance that much more impressive.
Kevin's enormous kick to win the Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 mile in 24:32, which puts him 5th on the all-time list. Kevin knows how to win races, and he went deep into his bag of tricks to beat a very strong field on Thursday morning.
Kieran and Dave Wertz's PRs in Alexandria, in 24:43 and 25:35, respectively. Kieran led for most of the race, and purposely slowed the pace in the middle miles to give Kevin a tactical advantage, and he definitely has more gas in the tank. Wertz just keeps getting better with age, and he's going to be a real contender to win multiple Masters national titles when he turns 40 next year.
Victories by A-team stalwarts Mike, Phil, Sam, and Luke in low key settings. Mike won a 5k turkey trot in New Jersey, Phil won a 10k turkey trot in Louisville, Sam won a 5k turkey trot in the Allentown area, and Luke won the Pacers pre-clubs xc 6k. All four of them got in hard workouts, and will be ready to roll at Clubs.
On the women's side, Kristin did double-duty, running a PR of 29:18 for 5 miles in Alexandria, and winning the Pacers xc 4k. Kristin has run PRs virtually every time she's raced this year, and she's not done yet, as she's gearing up for a big effort at Clubs. Also at Alexandria, Lindsay ran a solid 29:55, and Beth raced for the first time in more than 7 months due to injury, running a very controlled 30:18. Sara was second in the Pacers xc 4k, and showed that she is rounding into shape at the right time.
I want to acknowledge the efforts of Pacers coach Dustin Sweeney in organizing and staging the xc race. You all know that Dustin routinely goes out of his way to welcome us at Pacers events, but yesterday he went way, way above and beyond the call of duty, as he had a serious medical emergency over Thanksgiving, but he made sure that the race went off without a hitch. We all owe Dustin a debt of gratitude for his hard work and support.
We'll be at BCC on Wednesday for our normal 7:15 start, so meet for the warmup at 6:30. We're going to get after it on Wednesday in our final hard workout before Clubs.