Spring sprang up last week, and racers were treated to simply enjoyable weather over the weekend. Not surprisingly, it also led to some terrific results!
Jon Miller ran the Ocean City Half Marathon, finishing 10th overall and running an eye-popping 6+ minute lifetime best! It was Jon's first trip under 1:30 for the distance, and it made me think he's been sandbagging in an effort to win Most Improved later this year, because he ran 1:23:58. Unreal. As a result, Jon earned this week's Purple Drink Athlete of the Week.
Out in Louisville, Dave Ploskonka and Jackie Range paced the 3:10 and 3:30 groups, respectively, to perfection. Dave came in at 3:09:16 and Jackie ran 3:29:17.
Matt Franco earned his first win of the year down in Curtis Bay, aka Cherrypick City. Franco ran 17:14 for the win at the Nate Bruckenthal Memorial 5k. His prize? 4 "prime" tickets to Medieval Times and some $ for Mission BBQ - that's a nice haul!
At the inaugural Newport 10 Miler in Rhode Island, Lee DiPietro took 6th among the women, running 1:07:55. And down in DC, Amy Flashenberg rocked the Nike Women's Half Marathon, coming in at 1:45:51 (huge new PR!). Shout to Conrad for the support out there.
I was quite surprised to see Megan DiGregorio lacing up her shoes for a race again so quick after Boston, and I was even more surprised that this was a 50k trail race! Meg D got the win and finished 3rd overall at the Ironmaster's 50k. Her time of 5:31:45 put her less than 30 seconds out of 2nd place!
Then of course there was the Blue Jay 5k up at Hopkins. It was a beautiful morning at Homewood, and despite the 45 turns on the undulating course, Tim Burns ran a season best 17:03 for 2nd place, and Tom Stack came in at 7th in 17:36. For the ladies, Liz Laseter was 2nd in 18:35 and Jen Sheely, also just coming off her Boston race, ran a season best 21:46 for 4th.
Today is also the two year anniversary of WE GOT HIM.