Monday, June 27, 2011

All Over Town

NOTE: I just read on the BRRC website that their board has voted to make all three meets FREE to all participants this summer.  The Meet of Miles and 2 Person-10 Mile relay will still be their regular fees.  This is great news, but also reminds us that we should make sure we stick around to help out to ensure these meets go off well.  Introduce yourself, see how you can lend a hand.  You can count laps, help with timing, help clean up, be a race marshal - whatever, just DO something!

Also, and I could have guessed this, that with the women's 800 at USATF Championships yesterday, many people (not me) would be typing in some combination of "maggie vessey" and "hot/is hot" - sure enough, we have had much traffic to our blog thanks to these google searchwords.  For the record, she did look pretty good en route to her 2nd place finish.

Good weekend on the roads, decent weather and some fun events were the name of the game.  Dave Berdan finished 2nd at the Spirit of Gettysburg in 15:05.  Tristram Thomas (7th) ran 16:39 and Arjun Majumdar (8th) was 17:00.  This was only Arjun's 4th race of the year, and 2nd road race.  Melissa Majumdar took 3rd in 18:33, and this was only the second time she's raced all year. 

At Dreaded Druid Hills 10k, a small snafu caused most runners to take some scenic detours.  No telling who ran how much, but the placement probably would have stuck anyway.  The only thing I know is that you probably ran MORE than 6.2 miles.  Seth Tibbitts was 5th in 37:27 (2min faster than last year) and Dave Ploskonka came in 13th at 40:00.  Jackie Truncellito earned the win for the women, coming through in 43:15, and it was Lisa Ievers, all the way up from Auburn, AL, who was in 2nd at just ten seconds back.  Great to see her back up here.  Christine Trzcinski took 16th in 47:55.  PJ Anderer (51:08) and Beth Shepard (1:07:47) were our other finishers.

On Sunday in Philadelphia, it was Mike Mashner out competing in the elite wave of the Philly Tri, a very fast Olympic distance race around the City of Brotherly Love.  Mike finished 48th overall (out of 1600) in 2:06:46, a new distance best, after running a 37:28 10k.  Tommy McLoughlin technically finished at 2:05:59 but received a drafting penalty (+2:00) and was relegated.

The Baltimore Women's Classic 5k was Sunday, with a number of our ladies running.  Tenke Zoltani, back from across the pond for a vaca, was 2nd in 17:44.  Diane Heiser led Amy Horst and Megan DiGregorio to 6-7-8 finishes, and Denise Knickman and Meg McNew were 12-13.  Carly Page ran under 20 for the first time since she was 17 (19:47).  Lillian Pinault had a great race at 20:47, and Kelly Meier (21:39), Kelly Ort (22:05) and Cynthia Evans (24:31) also ran very well.

Our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week went to Lisa Ievers for her overcoming a pretty severe setback from a few weeks back to be able to run again very quickly.  Great job!

TNT this week will still be at Hopkins/Loyola, 6:30pm.  The anticipated workout is 6x1000 followed by 4x600, 90 seconds rest in between intervals and 400m jog in between sets.  Effort is set at 10k/5k.  If you're doing the meet on Wednesday I wouldn't do this workout!

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