Katie Kieran kicked things off up north for GRC at the Maryland Invitational Saturday morning with a second-place finish in the women's 5000 meter run, turning a time of 18:14.20. Katie's performance marks her return to the track after an extended hiatus from competition.
A few minutes later, Stewart Reich and Kyle Wagener opened up their own 2016 outdoor seasons in the men's 5000 meter run with first and fifth places finishes, respectively.
Stewart's time of 15:05.3 was a mere second slower than his PR, run last spring at the Bucknell University Bison Classic, when Stew was rounding into his peak level of fitness. Most impressively, Stew ran alone over the last 2000 meters of the race. It appears that Stew has picked up right where he left off, and his early-season victory by over seven seconds bodes well for his upcoming races.
Meanwhile, Kyle made his GRC debut in convincing fashion with a respectable time of 15:18.15.
This performance marks the beginning of Kyle's outdoor campaign to best his college marks on the tartan oval.
Kyle further demonstrated his bravery and ambition as he fought through a pesky side stitch during the last 800 meters of the race and mixed it up with the hardened post-collegiate veterans of the DMV distance running circuit. Though he was out kicked, Kyle's youth and vigor will surely serve him well as he works to avenge this defeat and establish himself as a dominant runner among the elders.
Full results are available here: http://old.mdtimingllc.com/outdoor_2016/maryland/index.html