Frances set another club record on Saturday, running 4:30.9 for the win at the New Balance Twilight 1500 in Boston. Despite the record, Frances's race is not one that she will remember fondly, to say the least, as she was injured in the final 100 meters, and the injury will preclude her from reaching her goal of qualifying for nationals. Frances is understandably disappointed by the premature conclusion to what had been a very, very promising season, but she's overcome much more significant setbacks than this, and she will be back better than ever, and will proudly represent GRC at the Olympic Trials in 2016.
In happier club record news, Susan ran 2:16.01 for 800 for a very close second place in the Garden State Track Club meet in New Jersey. Susan's performance was impressive on several fronts, including that this was her first 800 since 2009, her training has not been at all geared towards a race that short, and she didn't even know that she was running the 800 until about an hour before the gun went off. In yet another excellent performance during his breakthrough season, Cabell won the 1500 at the GSTC meet in 3:53.9, and while Cabell fell short of the club record, he's taking one more shot at it tomorrow night in Philadelphia, and if the conditions are conducive, he's got a great chance to put his name at the top of the list.
On the roads, Shauneen continued her winning ways at the We've Got Your Back Race for Spinal Health, running 17:58. Sean O'Leary ran 16:37 for 5th place, and while they both hoped to run faster, the course was extremely challenging, and the heat and humidity didn't make things any easier. Finally, Sean Barrett gave it a go at the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Realizing that it was not his day, he turned around at the 5 mile mark to head back to his car. Sean's description of what came next is worth sharing. "Thankfully, a good 25-30 people felt the need to inform me that I was running in the wrong direction. As if the tens of thousands of people going the correct direction was not enough of an indication."
The men are at BCC on Wednesday for our normal 7:15 start, so meet for the warmup at 6:30.
It's ladies night on Tuesday, and we'll also get going at 7:15, with a 6:30 warmup.
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