Monday, January 23, 2017

Terrapin Invitational January 2017

It was a banner day at the Terrapin Invitational, with many fine performances. Among the highlights was the women's DMR getting the win in 12:22.9. Alyson led off in 3:47.7 for 1200, followed by Kerry in 67.4 for 400, Jesse in 2:18.0 for 800, and Steph in 5:09.7 for 1600.

The time was not particularly fast for several reasons, including that it was the first race of the season, and we weren't expecting miracles; there was no competition, at all (we lapped the field); we were shorthanded due to the march, forcing Kerry to volunteer for the 400 (and she ran a heck of a good leg, but she's a marathoner); and Steph was doubling back from the 5000 with only about 30 minutes rest. More important than the time was the fact that we were out there at all. This was the first competitive relay in GRC history, but it won't be the last, as we are building an extremely strong women's middle distance squad, and we will see many more great performances from them in the weeks and months to come.

We've already got an extremely strong women's distance crew, and it showed in the 5000. Frances got the win by the slimmest of margins over a fast-closing Maura Linde, in 17:11.26 and 17:11.28, respectively, followed by Elena in 17:14.8, Steph in 17:20, and Kerry in 18:16. It was an outstanding GRC debut for Maura, a 2016 Syracuse grad who will be a major addition to our track group. Elena was within 2 seconds of her PR despite only working out once since Clubs, and we will see a parade of PRs from her in the weeks to come. Steph led most of the race before backing off to save a little strength for the DMR, and Kerry got in a very solid early season effort.

On the men's side, Stewart got the win 15:00.1, in a very controlled effort. After pacing the 5000 for about 2400 meters, Elyssa came back in the mile in 5:17.09, which puts her 5th on the GRC all-time list. In the 3000, Liz ran 10:30, and Michael was second in 8:47 after leading most of the race.

Women's 5000

1. Frances 17:11.26

2. Maura L 17:11.28

3. Elena 17:14.3

5. Steph 17:20.9

7. Kerry 18:16.9

Men's 5000

1. Stewart 15:00.1

Women's DMR

1. GRC 12:22.9

Alyson 3:47.7; Kerry 67.4; Jesse 2:18.0; Steph 5:09.7

Women's Mile

7. Elyssa 5:17.09

Women's 3000

6. Liz 10:30.8

Men's 3000

2. Michael 8:47.8

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