Sunday, November 18, 2007

New England XC Championships

This weekend I ran in the 2007 USATF New England Cross Country Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. This was the last XC race in the 2007 USATF NE XC Grand Prix. Full Results Here.

My strategy for this race (being a 10K) was to go out relaxed and try to hit near 5:20 pace. Normally I have been going out far too quick on the first mile and have paid the consequences for it during my 2nd and 3rd miles. This time around, I made a conscious effort to go out conservatively and try to hit my goal pace. I stayed back where I thought I belonged and still went out in 5:05. My 2nd mile was a classic Franklin Park 5:35. I'd like to think Bear Cage Hill had something to do with that.... I went through my 5k slightly slower than I wanted, but it was far better than I thought it was going to be because I felt horrible. At 2 miles I felt sluggish and spent. Not a good sign w/ 4.2 miles to go. I did manage to run slightly better over my 2nd 5K and come back with a 16:35 to run a 33:22 (for 38th place) which was just under my ultimate goal for this XC race...Any slower than 33:30 and I would have considered it a total dud. In all, I was mediocre this weekend, but I'm not completely dissatisfied. It was my fastest 10K since making my comeback, so I'm pleased in that sense. Next up is the Andover XC race, as I am pretty sure I am foregoing the Feaster Five which is only 3 days away. I think it may be better to run Andover next weekend and Mill Cities the week after. That will wrap up 2007. As always, great pictures are available courtesy of the always lovely and talented Kristin (who was under the weather today, but still braved the chill and got some great shots).

Splits:

1 Mile: 5:05
2 Mile: 10:40 (w/ the hill)
5K: 16:47
4 Mile: 21:37
8K: 26:50
10K - 33:22

1st 5K: 16:47 (5:24 pace)
2nd 5K: 16:35 (5:20 pace)
Total 10K 33:22 (5:22 pace)

Other notables here were MVS teammate Jon Healey (who ran this as just a workout) was 42nd at 33:30 and former UML teammate and current New Balance Boston stud Brad Klinedinst had an off day but still managed to run 32:42 for 24th place.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Amherst XC Festival

This past Sunday I ran up in Amherst NH at the Amherst XC Festival. This was the 6th official race in the USATF New England Cross Country Grand Prix series. The race was on the groomed equestrian courses up at Freestyle Farm. The trails were all relatively well groomed grass and dirt horse paths that circle a 50+ acre pond and wind up into the woods and back down onto the field where it began. The footing was pretty good but the course is definately slow. I don't think I have ever run on a hillier course than this overall since coming back...The hills weren't long per se, but continuous. The course had essentially no flat stretches until the very end. A very beautiful layout and technical course made this a fun race... I look forward to running here again...


Pictures from the day provided by the lovely and talented Kristin.

Results:

Men's USATF XC Grand Prix Freestyle Farm Amherst, NH

Team Scores:

SISU 1,2,4,5,6 [18]
GBTC 3,7,8,9,10 [37]

Individuals:

Place Name Team Age Group Time
1 Matthew Clark CMS Open 16:22
2 Matthew Germain SISU Open 16:25
3 Jim Johnson MVS Open 16:29
4 Andy McCarron CMS Open 16:53
5 Ryan Miller SISU Open 16:59
6 J.R. Roberts GBTC Open 17:04
7 Dan Navaroli SISU Open 17:26
8 Mark Reeder GLRR Masters 17:34
9 Bill Arvanitis SISU Open 17:39
10 James Aubuchon SISU Masters 17:40
11 Daniel Smith GBTC Open 17:46
12 Mark Bell BAA Masters 18:04
13 Jeff Rominger GBTC Open 18:13
14 Micheal Brady Unatt Masters 18:32
15 Dan Hall GBTC Open 19:53
16 Janus Maku MVS Masters 20:01
17 Tom Derderian GBTC Seniors 20:41
18 Alex Ashlock Unatt Seniors 25:53
19 John Loring Unatt Veteran 30:38

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Nate Jenkins 7th at U.S. Trials!

Congratulations to Nate Jenkins (UML '04)(Saucony/GLRR) on his PR of 2:14:56 and 7th place finish at the 2008 U.S. Men's Marathon Olympic Team Trials. Nate bettered his qualifying time of 2:15:28 that he ran in February of last year in Austin, TX by 32 seconds on this NYC course that is considered to be at least 2 minutes slow. That means Nate's effort puts him most likely in the high 2:12 range. Nate also finished ahead of many elite athletes including the 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (Nike). Other local running studs finishing with very respectable races were Casey and Pat Moulton (out of Pelham NH)... Very proud of all these guys... Full Results Here.

Place Name Age Hometown Affiliation Finish

1 Ryan Hall 25 Mammoth Lakes, CA 2:09:02
2 Dathan Ritzenhein 24 Eugene, OR 2:11:07
3 Brian Sell 29 Rochester Hills, MI Hansons-Brooks Distance Project 2:11:40
4 Khalid Khannouchi 36 Ossining, NY 2:12:34
5 Jason Lehmkuhle 30 Minneapolis, MN Team USA Minnesota 2:12:54
6 Daniel Browne 32 Beaverton, OR Nike 2:13:23
7 Nathaniel Jenkins 27 Lowell, MA 2:14:56
8 Meb Keflezighi 32 San Diego, CA 2:15:09
9 Josh Rohatinsky 25 Portland, OR Nike 2:15:22
10 Jason Hartmann 26 Boulder, CO 2:15:27