EXCELSIOR Running Club Results - 2000
CHRISTMAS CLASSIC 5K & MIRACLE MILE - 12/17/00
Congratulations to Craig Steinmaus and Chris Phipps, who finished 3rd/3rd and 7th/5th, respectively, at the Miracle Mile and 5K Christmas Classic Sunday. Craig ran 4:17, Chris 4:27 on the downhill miles, and I believe low 16s in the 5Ks. (As usual, I apologize for anyone I've missed here (I wasn't at the race), and for the possible inaccuracy of these times.)
-- Tyler Abbott
CHRISTMAS RELAYS - 12/10/00
Going into Sunday's relays we were tied with Adidas for second behind WVO, and needed an extraordinary effort or act of God to win. The competition was fierce, the best I've seen in almost a decade of xmas relays. (All results approximate.) The Farm Team came out and dominated the field, running 1:27:15. In a virtual tie going into anchor, and for at least the first two miles of leg 4, Adidas and WV battled it out for second, with Adidas's Peter Gilmour running the fastest leg of the day (as far as I can tell), 21:32, to beat the Pacific Association-free WV team by thirty seconds. Fourth place was Peach Fuzz or something--we don't know who they are, but they're not PA. (All results approximate.) Our team of Chris Phipps (23:20), Brian Richter (23:11), Chris Lundstrom (22:00), and Ryan Gallagher (23:42) finished next in 1:32:13, just a few seconds behind the Peachers. So we ended up third on the year, but it's hard to complain too much about losing to Adidas when we only beat them once this year if I remember correctly (and that was Cal 10--a LONG time ago).
Our other team from the open men, a submaster teamâ€”the H-E Yellow Subs -finished in 1:38:01, and was (I believe) first submaster team. (All results approximate.) Parker Kelly led off in 24:50, followed by John Trevithick (24:46) and Ernie Stanton (24:14), with Cliff Lentz (24:11) anchoring.
The women had a strong showing. After hardly running since Champs, Kathryn Krieger led the group in 26:28 (5:53 pace), and was third woman in the competitive first leg (behind Tenaya Soderman-Adams and Sissel Berntsen-Heber). (All results approximate.) Kathryn was followed by Lee D'Alessandro (30:44), Malinda Walker (31:30), and Whitney Stephenson (32:42). They ended up 10th in the open women division, though we don't know how many of those ahead of them were PA. (They would have been 4th in the submaster women division, just a minute behind first in that division.) Did I mention all results are approximate? The women seem to have ended up 4th on the year (if they correct our scoring at Pac Sun and/or the Mile) in their first year, just one place out of the money, after basically not even existing for the first two races! Congratulations women!
-- Tyler Abbott
CAL INTERNATIONAL MARATHON - 12/03/00
Daniel Shore ran 2:32:07 for 14th place at Sunday's Cal International Marathon, a half-minute or so PR! PRs abounded on the cool windless day. Next on the team came Jesus Garcia, who finished 17th in 2:35:38, a 5-minute PR. Jesus, who turns 40 in September, finished minutes ahead of the first master. Master Peter Hsia followed in 2:50:54, 48th place, with new member Tim Roberts (2:58:52, 105th) just behind. Condolences, btw, to Jerad Crave, who, after pointing to Cal all Fall, including scoring second for us at Clarksburg, had achilles problems and decided Saturday afternoon not to make the trip.
For the women, Amy Akbarian ran 3:38:49 (118th), which I believe was a PR and qualified her for Boston. Mary Margaret "Em" (Shore) Tornga followed in 3:50:40 (237th). Whitney Stephenson set a 20-minute PR in 3:59:25 (4:00:00 official time less 0:35 second start delay)!
Of course next year Cal is on the circuit . . . make way for the 2:30 yellow train.
-- Tyler Abbott
USA NATIONAL XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - 11/25/00
Most of you already know that cross-country club nationals were held Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston.
As competitive as last year's race (Long Beach) was, this year's was even more so. The team ran well, and finished well ahead of last year in a much deeper field, 22d of 27 teams. As he has all year, Chris Lundstrom led us in 30:01 on the 9855 meter course (add about 25 seconds for 10K). This put Chris in 26th place overall, behind three PA runners: Greg Jimmerson, John Howell, and Jason Perscheid. Ryan Gallagher finished second on the team in 32:21 (147th), followed by Brian Richter (32:49, 165th), Dan Mancini (33:37, 190th), and Chris Ross (34:05, 197th). A total of 238 runners finished the race. Full results can be found at www.usatfne.org or www.coolrunning.com ("New Results," Nov. 25). Congratulations, gentlemen! And congratulations to the Farm Team and the Aggies for excellent efforts.
Below is a write-up from Chris Lundstrom, including team results. You'll note that Polo sister club Greater Boston beat us again this year--wait 'til next year!
>From Chris Lundstrom . . .
Tyler--the results I'm sending you will surely be rendered incomprehensible by the time it reaches you, but I figure it's better than nothing. Check www.usatfne.org for a better version (team results, if not there, are at www.coolrunning.com, under "New Results," Nov. 25). To sum things up, the team was 22 of 27, beating more teams than we did last year. I thought everyone ran pretty well. I include myself in that in effort, but not in results. I was 20th (26th overall), Ryan was 115th [team place], Brian was 127th, Dan was 143rd, and Chris Ross was 150th for team places.
My general impression is that the field was a great deal stronger and deeper this year than last. I ran 30:01 for almost 10k (145 meters short, making it 4:55 pace) on what I would consider a comparable course, if you add th extra 20-30 seconds to make it a 10k. I was exactly a minute behind the leader. The winning time was 29:01, compared with last year's 29:20. Jimmerson ran 29:20 for fifth, an almost comparable time to last year's 29:40, which got him second. Howell ran very well, placing 14th (11th team place) Schille and a bunch of Farm Teamers were on my tail, West Valley had a decent team out. 157 finishers last year, 238 this year.
It was a heavy-legged sort of day for me personally, especially after a sub-4:40 first mile. Lunn (FT) was leading and I was in a pack right behind him. He dropped out and the second mile saw a more intelligent pack of runners move to the lead. Though I was very much in denial before the race, I was feeling well past the end of my peak. I think my peak must have happened around Shoreline, by default, as I couldn't train hard for a couple weeks after Humboldt. As I circled Franklin Park, it certainly felt like time for a little break and the beginning of a new training phase. I stuck it out in respectable fashion, finishing right behind Farm Team's Jason Perscheid. Initially a bit disappointed and concerned about getting beat by that many guys, I'm already over it. I need to rest, build my strength back up, get some long tempo runs (a.k.a. Cal 10) and fartleks and I think I'll be feeling on top of my game again by Winter Nationals. Speaking of which, Richter, possibly Ryan, and Jerad have all expressed interest in going to Portland for that meet. It should be a nice strength builder to bridge the gap between Cal 10 and Houlihans for those focusing on the roads. Anyway, I will be recruiting...
-- Tyler Abbott
PA XC CHAMPIONSHIPS - 11/18/00
Chris Lundstrom unleashed another superb effort Saturday at the PA Cross-Country Championships in Golden Gate Park Saturday. Chris ran a brilliant 30:45 on the difficult 6-mile course to handily defeat all local competition. Only international x-c runner Dan 28-minute Nelson from, you guessed it, Bend, Oregon, representing, you guessed it, WVTC, finished ahead of Chris. BTW, check out top results and yet another picture of our Chris at www.barn.to.
This race often offers the deepest field of any race in Northern California, and this year was no exception. Our 2 through 6 all ran well, within a few seconds of each other as they've done all year, but the deep field put #2 Pete Vicencio in 32d overall. We seemed to have finished fourth in the team competition, behind an overwhelming Reebok Aggie team, the Nike Farm Team, and Adidas Transports.
On the women's side, Kathryn Krieger led our strongest team of the year. Kathryn finished 17th overall in 24:56 on the 4-mile course just six days after her third place Clarksburg finish. Kathryn was followed in the race by Patti Bershers, who ran minutes ahead of her September time on the same course.
More race coverage, of both men's and women's races, will follow.
Krieger Invited to Represent USA
Kathryn Krieger returned home Sunday night 11/19 to a phone message inviting her to represent the US in international competition. A Monday morning follow-up call revealed the competition: the Chiba International Ekiden, "the world's most competitive road relay," this Thursday,11/23. More information on the race appears at the bottom of this e-mail. Kathryn was invited to take the place of a sick Kim Pawelek.
Unfortunately Kathryn would have had to board a plane by around noon today, and her passport was not in order. Nevertheless, congratulations to Kathryn (
) on this great honor! Wait 'til next time!
We're still working on a fifth, but we all wish best of luck to Chris Lundstrom, Brian Richter, Dan Mancini, and Ryan Gallagher at x-c nationals this Saturday at Boston's fabled Franklin Park. If anyone wants to jump in at the last minute. . . .
-- Tyler Abbott
Wheeze, wheeze, sob, sob--Saturday the 18th's Pacific Association Championship marks the passing of another fall cross country season (for all excepting the lucky ones who froze their tails off this past Saturday in Boston). On this momentous occasion, let us treasure the joys of participation and the pleasures of physical contest in a beautiful environment, rather than concerning ourselves with such trivialities as team results. Besides--we didn't do that well anyway.
But it certainly was a great season and we have more to celebrate than to lament. Ryan Gallagher took advantage of the third 2 mile loop to pass swarms of runners, finishing in 33:22 (35th place overall), just 10 seconds behind consistent #2 man Pete Vicencio (33:14, 32d). Pete wraps up the series in, we believe, fifth place overall [Read: free entries next year!]. Congrats to him.
Brian Richter produced evidence of his returning strength in a 33:25 (36th) finish. Craig Steinmaus had a strong season finale (33:32, 37th). The coveted Masochist Prize will be awarded to Chris Phipps (33:46, 40th), Jerad Crave (33:55, 41st) and Jesus Garcia (34:31, 50th) who (along with Kathyrn Krieger) raced the brutal six miler just six days after completing the much more brutal Clarksburg 30k. They crazy!
Dan Mancini (34:30, 49th) was either hot on the heels of or just ahead of Jesus, with the mandatory recount still taking place, and was followed by new team member Jim Sweeney (34:50, 53rd), whose arm we will surely be twisting to compete more regularly on the circuit in the future. Cesar Guillen (35:44, 67th), freshly-trimmed and as spritely as ever, rounded out the Hoys crew. All are to be commended for facing the trials of this rare "true" cross country course at the end of an arduous season. Great work, everybody.
-- Chris Lundstrom
CLARKSBURG 30K - 11/12/00
In only her second race over 12K (the first being the Humboldt Half four weeks ago), Kathryn Krieger had her top finish yet, finishing third at the Clarksburg 30K Sunday. Kathryn finished just a minute behind second place Michelle Hannaford, three minutes behind winner Kay Gooch, and twenty-thirty seconds ahead of master and trials qualifier Diana Fitzpatrick. Kathryn ran 2:01:37 in quite even splits: 40:45, 39:45, 41:07. Kathryn was joined on the women's team by Susan Beck (2:35:26) and Mary Margaret (Shore) Tornga (2:42:46). Congratulations, women!
On the men's side, the team race was close. The race started out oddly, with WV's Mike Dudley running the first mile in 5:10, the chase pack, so-called, following in--yes--5:50. At this point it seemed clear that it would be very difficult to beat WV with such a lead in first, so the team race became for second between Adidas and us. The chase pack consisted of eleven runners, six of them club members: Jesus Garcia, Jerad Crave, master marvel Lloyd Stephenson, Dan Shore, Chris Phipps, and senior sensation Don Paul . . . and just one Adidas member. Eventually this pack broke up, but at 20K, we were still well ahead of Adidas, in this order: H-E, H-E, Adidas, H-E, H-E, Adidas, Adidas. But Adidas ran strong final 10Ks (with Bill McMorran going from 10th-12th place to 3rd, and almost to 2d), and ended up with all three of their runners ahead of our first, Jesus Garcia. Jesus led us just behind the third Adidas runner in 1:45:20, 7th place overall. Jesus ran three very even 10Ks, all right around 35 minutes. Jesus was followed by Jerad Crave in 1:46:11 (8th overall), Dan Shore (1:48:28, 12th), and Chris Phipps (1:49:35, 13th). The team grand prix will all come down to the Christmas Relays.
After watching the grimaces on people's faces over the last 5K, I have to add that, while it's usually hard to be injured and not racing, it's not so hard at Clarksburg.
Clarksburg also marked the end of the open long grand prix. According to Chris Phipps's meticulous if unofficial count (vote Phipps for PA scorer!), congratulations are due to Chris Ashfield (4th, $250) Dan Shore (6th, $150), Chris Phipps (7th, $100), and Jesus Garcia (11th (?)). All four receive free entries to the long races (including Cal Intl. Marathon) next year. Jerad Crave seems to have finished just out of the free entries in 17th.
-- Tyler Abbott
TAMALPA XC CHALLENGE - 11/04/00
TAMALPA TAMALPA TAMALPA!
Tamalpa been bedy bedy good to us. In a virtual repeat of last year's race, the Open Men scored a convincing victory at the Tamalpa Challenge in San Rafael on Saturday. The yellow swarm took 7 of the top 9 places with a scant 19 seconds separating our first and and fifth men (and only 1:45 separating numbers 1 and 9)! Three H-E men -- Pete Vincencio, Brain Richter, and Chris "Must beat guy in baggy shorts and white hat" Phipps -- took a share of the lead at one time or another. And, I'm happy to report that all H-E men beat the man with Gu strapped to both arms.
Chico State runner Gary Blanco won in 24:57, with a hard-charging Chris Phipps finishing second, a mere 4 seconds behind (25:01). Ryan Gallagher (25:06) made up good time to finish third, followed by Pete Vicencio (25:10, 4th), Brian "Out for a year but still kicking butt" Richter (25:20, 6th), Jerad Crave (25:22, 7th), Craig Steinmaus (25:25, 8th), Cliff Lentz (25:38, 9th), Jesus Garcia (26:27, 17th), and Cesar Guillen (26:46, 20th). Check out Bay Area Running News (BARN) at www.barn.to for some great photos. As always, Tyler Abbott apologizes for anyone I've missed.
The women also did well, with Kathryn Krieger scoring her second 5th place finish of the year. More on the women to come.
-- Dan Shore
Kim Lilot earned his fourth senior xc victory of the season on a gorgeous day at China Camp Park in San Rafael. His determined rival (and friend) Arturo Rodriquez bolted into the lead in the fast first mile (5:20) . Kim was patient and waited for an opportunity to pass Arturo. The chance came in the tough and hilly third mile. He blasted into the lead and held on to win a close race by only seven seconds. He is on his way to a great season. He will win the overall senior xc Grand Prix title.
His second half of the day saw Kim get hit by a Muni bus downtown. Kim was crossing on a green light , when a car ran the red light from his left. Kim halted to avoid the idiot driver. Meanwhile behind to his left back side, a Muni bus was turning right into Kim's path. The driver claims he never saw Kim in the cross walk. He luckily escaped serious injury. His shoulder back pack cushioned some of the fall. He had only minor cuts and bruises. We wish him a speedy recovery..
Senior results (4.612 miles xc) 2nd team
Kim Lilot 27:27 1st, Bob Darling 28:43 4th, Les Ong 29:00 8th (first race of the year!)
Tom Fox 29:31 (fell twice)
-- The Rocket
USATF 10K NATIONAL ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS - 11/04/00
Chris Lundstrom did us proud at Delchamps, the USATF 10K national championship Saturday. Chris ran 30:10 to finish 19th in the highly competitive, humid Mobile, Alabama race. Winning time was just over 29 minutes. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about the race from Chris, but in the meantime congratulations, Chris!
-- Tyler Abbott
JAMBA JUICE 5K BANANA MAN CHASE - 10/29/00
At the first annual Jamba Juice 5K Banana Man Chase, the open men came away with 10 of the top 25 positions. Each of the 25 received a "year's supply" of Jamba Juice smoothies (52 smoothie coupons). Congratulations to Pete Vicencio, Dan Shore, Chris Phipps, Craig Steinmaus, Chris Lundstrom, Ryan Gallagher, Cliff Lentz, Ernie Stanton, John Trevithick, and Jerad Crave as #24! Times were quick on the new, fast & flat course, with 25th around 16:30, and at least Cliff Lentz and Andy Chan set PRs. Special congratulations to Shore, Lundstrom, Gallagher, and Crave, all of whom scored for us at Shoreline, and to Stanton, running his first steps after Marine Corps Marathon a week ago. Two of our members, Andy Chan and Brad Zamczyk, were just out of the top 25 at 26 and 27. Brad was followed by Cesar Guillen, Erik Gleibermann, Charlie Thompson, and Neal Gottlieb. I apologize as always if I missed anyone.
-- Tyler Abbott
SHORELINE XC - 10/28/00
YES! Chris Lundstrom won yet again Saturday at Shoreline. Five PA grand prix victories in seven weeks! In his most impressive effort to date, Chris beat the entire Nike Farm Team. He started modestly, content in the chase pack in 7th or 8th place at the mile. He gradually moved up, and with about a mile to go, took off up the last hill, his Headlands-induced strength widely gapping the Aggies' Mike Jackson and FT's Jason Perscheid. Chris then showed the kick he debuted at Crystal as he finished some ten seconds ahead of Jackson, running 21:57. BTW, the course, while revised from last year, was pretty close in time to last year's by all accounts, maybe a few seconds shorter. Rest of race report will follow.
-- Tyler Abbott
In what turned out to be the most competitive race so far this year, the women's team made quite an impressive showing at the Shoreline Cross Country meet. Kathryn Krieger finished 10th in 18:12. Lee D'Alessandro came in at 21:17. Mary Tornga showed us all what that Shore speed looks like in a sprint to the finish against teammate Susan 5K PR Beck. Their times were 23:05 & 23:09 respectively. Newcomer Katherine Toews ran a great race in 24:10 in spite of severe foot problems.
In marathon news, Helen Wang ran the Silicon Valley Marathon in 4:57:12.
-- Kathryn Krieger
This past weekend saw two of senior runners claim victory on the dirt and road.. The Shoreline Open xc had Kim Lilot win his third race of the season. He ran scared over the 4 1/2 mile route as his closest opponents were only 9 and 14 seconds behind him. The barren and rolling hill course was a fartlek run as you ran quick or slow due to the windy conditions. The next day was sunny and calm as the Jamba course 5k race marked the comeback of Charles Thompson. He went out quick (5:30) then gradually slowed down. He won the senior title easily in 17:52 .( 5:46 avg. This was a good effort as he has not run anything faster than 6:10 in training. He will be a welcome addition to our senior team efforts.
Shoreline Open xc- Oct. 28
Master: Mark Ford 25:34
Senior: Kim Lilot 26:20-1st , Bob Darling 27:27-4th
Jamba Juice 5k - Oct. 29
Master: Mike Gama 17:35-2nd, Kevin Grady 17:42-3th
Senior: Charles Thompson 17:52-1st
-- The Rocket
MARATHONING... MARINE CORPS AND CHICAGO - 10/22/00
Congratulations to three club members who marathoned this past weekend:
Ernie Stanton, 2:41 at Marine Corps
Donnell Borash, 3:38 and Jennifer Lee, 4:11 PR at Chicago
-- Tyler Abbott
MASTERS/SENIORS XC UPDATE
The cross country season is already 2/3 done as there are only three races left on the circuit. Our resident club goldsmith/jewel expert Kim Lilot has made a great comeback this season. He recently turned 50 and promptly won two out of the three races! His efforts have put him in second place overall behind Greg Jewett. He is headed towards a possible overall senior circuit championship. His secret training with Les Ong is paying dividends! All masters/seniors are welcome to help our teams in the upcoming championship (6 mi) in Golden Gate Park on November18. Season highlights are as follows:
Golden Gate Park-4 mi -9 Sept
Masters/Seniors: Lloyd Stephenson-22:06-3rd, Bob Darling-25:25-5th, Peter Lewandowski-23:26, Al Stanbridge-26:10,
Mark Ford-24:07, Erling Eia-24:33, Tom Fox-25:05
Sierra College-4 mi-16 Sept
Masters/Seniors: Kim Lilot-24:43-2nd, Bill Knapp-26:39, Al Stanbridge-26:51, Tom Bennett-32:09
U.C. Davis Invit-8KM-23 Sept (warm/windy)
Master/Senior: Kim Lilot-30:03, Bob Darling-30:32-3rd, Bill Knapp-31:37
Empire Open-4.19 mi-warm/hilly-30 Sept
Masters/Seniors: Mark Ford-26:08, Kim Lilot-26:28-1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Bob Darling-27:12-2nd
Presidio Open-6 KM-3.55 mi-8 Oct (hilly/sandy course designed by the Rocket!)
Masters/Seniors: Lloyd Stephenson-20:49-4th, Kim Lilot-22:35-2nd, Mark Ford-22:15, Tom Bennett-29:25
Cystal Springs Invit-4.19 mi-21 Oct (rolling/warm/ breezy)
Masters/Seniors: Mark Ford-24:05, Kim Lilot-24:24-1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Kevin Grady-24:57, Al Stanbridge-27:27, Tom Bennett-31:04
-- The Rocket
CRYSTAL SPRINGS XC - 10/21/00
LUNDSTROM CONTINUES TEAR!
Chris Lundstrom won again Saturday at Crystal Springs. Yes, that's four PA grand prix victories in the last six weeks! Chris beat out last year's Crystal winner, Aggie John Howell, as well as perennial contender Chris Schille. I'll leave the rest of the Crystal reporting for a follow-up e-mail, but congratulations Chris!
-- Tyler Abbott
AS IF RUNNING LIKE THE WIND WEREN'T ENOUGH . . .
A year ago at Crystal Springs, Hoy's first runner was Chris Ashfield, third was Hans Gouwens and fourth was Brian Richter. If you didn't notice, none of them ran this year. However, several team members showed great individual improvement over last year's performances. As has been the case all season, these big performances have compensated for the "missing persons" on the squad. Throwing out the irreplaceable Mr. Ashfield, we actually improved our team time by 23 seconds, from 1:08:13 to 1:07:50. Including him, well, it's not such a pretty picture--106:38 was our team time, over a minute better than this year. Maybe we should put an ad on Craigslist. Something like this:
CALLING ALL HORSES, PLEASE REPORT TO THE HOY'S EXCELSIOR RUNNING CLUB! All members receive free long runs, painful weekly races (ideal for the masochist!), and no-nonsense training advice ("never stop") from guru Abbott.
Further description of benefits of joining the team will be provided by Tyler and the Ralph Lauren Marketing Dept.
Back to race performances, Pete Vicencio displayed his competitive zeal, crushing a late challenger from Chico to finish 13th overall and 12th in the P.A. (i.e., there was one collegiate runner in front of him). Chris Phipps played the Hector role this year, leading the downhill charge at the start. Unlike some crazed leaders, however, he ran strong the whole race, setting a 13 second PR on a course he reports to have run a "buttload" of times. He finished 14th/15th in 21:49.
Jerad Crave, who admits to conducting clandestine workouts with a shady group of minors in the Sunset, ran 45 seconds faster than last year, finishing in 21:54 for 17th/18th place. Dan Shore produced a virtual replica of last year's race at 22:04 (22nd/25th). Cliff Lentz (22:17) struggled, but true to his billy goat reputation, finished pretty well anyway, in 27th/32nd place, right in front of Ryan Gallagher (22:17, 28th/33rd). Ryan claims to have benefited from a training technique pioneered in Ireland, which he recently visited. "The Guinness Approach just feels right," claimed the uncharacteristically garrulous and outgoing Gallagher, "it just feels right!" Jesus Garcia was still feeling the half marathon, but pulled through in a respectable 22:34, not far ahead of Dan Mancini, whose 22:41 marks a solid improvement over last year. Craig Steinmaus and Cesar Guillen fought through the dusty trails to finish in the top 50 of the Open Men. Congrats also to Slate Olson who rounded out the Open team in 24 minutes.
[And author Chris Lundstrom won the race, vanquishing last year's winner and steepler John Howell of the Ags with a kick-that-come-out-of-nowhere, Chris showing finishing speed unheard of in a 115 mile/weeker and six day old half marathon champion. Where's Turman when you need him? Yes, Chris has now won 3 of the 4 x-c races he's run this season, plus Humboldt! -Ed.]
The XC season is rapidly approaching its conclusion, with Shoreline this weekend, then Tamalpa, rest/Clarksburg, PA Champs, and Club Nationals in Boston. Nationals are just a month away and we're still trying to get a full team together. Some team members have expressed trepidation at competing at the national level. As far as I'm concerned, if you have a pulse, youâ€™re good enough to run Club Nationals. It'll be a good trip and we don't have to run very well to improve on last year's results! Email
or see http://www.usatfne.org/cross/boston2000 for more details.
-- Chris Lundstrom
Now that the dust has settled, the womens' results from Crystal Springs are in. The women have been improving this season, and Saturday's race was no exception. Kathryn What do you Mean that was Stanford's B Team? Krieger led the way in 8/12 place in 17:57. Patti Bershers continues to improve, running a strong 20:59. She was followed by Lee D'Allesandro in 21:25. Malinda Finally Kind of Healthy Walker cruised in at 23:16, with Susan Beck on her heels in 23:24.
-- Kathryn Krieger
HUMBOLDT HALF MARATHON - 10/15/00
LUNDSTROM WINS HUMBOLDT!
In his debut half marathon, Chris Lundstrom won the Humboldt Half Sunday! Chris ran1:08:15 on a sluggish day for all participants; everyone seems to have run one to two minutes slow. This was not only Chris's first half marathon, but also (I believe) his first race over 12K! Chris finished half a minute ahead of Adidas's Peter Gilmore, and forty-five seconds in front of WV's resident Oregonian Paul Lowe.
Also in her debut, and first race over 12K, Kathryn Krieger finished seventh in the women's race! Kathryn ran 1:23:05, running comfortable 6:20s from tape to tape, in her best road finish so far. Watch out next year . . .
The race immediately put Chris and Kathryn in decent stead in the long circuit, in which neither had scored before Sunday. And with double-point Clarksburg coming up . . . Congratulations both of you!
On the team front it was a tough day, and the open men ended up third. Pete Vicencio and Craig Steinmaus both ran fine races on the sluggish day, running together the whole way at 1:12:32 and 1:12:35. Jerad Crave stepped up and finished fourth on the team, 1:13:37, followed by Wheezy Shore, 1:14:02. Neither Adidas nor WV dominated the race, but they were both good enough to beat us. This makes Clarksburg crucial to our maintaining second place. I'll follow up with the rest of the team after I see the official results.
After seeing official Humboldt results . . .
Chris Lundstrom actually ran 1:08:09 (not 1:08:15) in his victory Sunday! Chris was followed among the open men by Pete Vicencio (1:12:32, 13th), Craig Steinmaus (1:12:37, 14th), Jerad Crave (1:13:47, 16th), Dan Shore (1:14:02, 17th), Chris Phipps (1:14:29, 19th), Jesus Garcia (1:15:17, 24th), Erik Gleibermann (1:17:28, 37th), Dominik Wirth (1:18:09, 38th), Randy Guerrero (1:20:39, 53rd), and Neal Gottlieb (1:23:02, 69th).
Among the women, Kathryn Krieger's 7th place 1:23:12 was followed by Susan Beat Irene! Beck (1:45:08, 89th), Malinda Get Well Soon Walker (1:45:48, 92d), Rhodora Javier (1:59:49, 198th), and Nataline Chew (2:15). Special thanks go out to marathoner Whitney Stephenson for driving Nataline home . . . long story!
Also, senior Ian Reid's time was 1:28:15 not 1:28:50; sorry for the mistake.
Congratulations again to all runners!
-- Tyler Abbott
The majestic redwoods engulfed Don Paul for 13 miles, who then emerged over the Eel River bridge to victory in the senior division at the recent Humboldt 1/2 marathon. His super time of 1:15:24 (avg. 5:45) won the division by close to four minutes over team mate Jim Gorman (1:19:08). Their efforts contributed to our senior team winning the team title. The victory put our team in first overall in the Grand Prix senior (50+) circuit. Other seniors who contributed were Bob Darling (1:23:16), Bill Knapp (1:26:50), Ian Reid (1:28:50), and Al Stanbridge (1:32:45). The masters team continues to struggle as only two runners ventured north. Lloyd Stephenson and Mike Gama had "off" days as Lloyd ran 1:17:22 (8th master) and Mike cruised to 1:33:50. The team needs healthy people, who like to race. We cannot assume that "so and so" will show up or I am not fast enough for the team!! The glory days are over and the team needs to rebuild to be a contender.Those who are turning 40 soon, get yourself ready for next year. Please let me know if you are going to a road or cross country race on the Grand Prix circuit.
-- The Rocket
PRESIDIO XC CHALLENGE - 10/07/00
SUCCESS AT PRESIDIO!
The second annual Hoy's Presidio Challenge went off with nary a hitch Saturday, thanks to the tireless efforts of race director Brian Richter, who has since gone to Switzerland. There is apparently no connection between his race directorship and his leaving the country, and there's no support for those rumors about a "swiss bank account."
Thanks to the multitude of volunteers, runners and not, who turned out to make the event a smashing success. All the feedback I've heard has been positive, assuming that "tough course!" is a positive statement. And, in spite of exorbitant Presidio fees, it still looks like we made a few hundred dollars.
On the team front, the open men dominated a relatively weak field. Six of the top ten, all ten of our runners in the top twenty-one. It was great to watch a race in which we were competing more with each other than with the other teams. We saw the same large pack we've seen all season, in which the order of runners changes from week to week. The women also ran well, fielding another full team, and still have a chance to score in the maximum of six races. Further details of the team's race exploits will follow later in the week.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to help. We should all be proud.
-- Tyler Abbott
SWEET MOTHER OF GOD, WHAT IS THAT?
It was the yellow swarm, ladies and gentlemen, and it rolled over the hills, sand, and the competition at the Presidio XC race last Saturday.
Ernie Stanton (13th, 20:36), Hoy's 7th runner, turned around at the finish line to see the Aggies 3rd runner. "Who's your DADDY?" he screamed, throwing his head back in a violent fit of laughter. In related news, Hoy Steinmaus (i.e. Craig, 18th, 20:51) put the hurt on Aggie Steinmaus. Dan Mancini (19th, 20:54) hopped back on the XC train right on Craig's tail. Cesar Guillen (21st, 21:13) continues to make strides, finishing well within the top half of the race (and ahead of Stanford runner Ross Venook, I might add). Up front, Lundstrom (3rd, 18:44) shot the proverbial wad pushing the pace over the first loop, but held on to finish three seconds behind Schille and six behind Baggy Balkman.
The real story of the day, though, was not (sob, sob, sob) a story of individuals, but of a team, a team that battled cancer, various viral and bacterial infections, other diseases, motorcycle crashes, obsessive-compulsive marathon training, pseudoephedrine addiction, overeating disorders and, just days before the competition, bad Chinese food. They faced and overcame all of these challenges in what was TRULY a triumph of the human spirit. (Sorry, I'm trying to build a portfolio so I can write for the next Olympics.)
In all seriousness, it was impressive to see the pack rolling in and capturing places 6 through 10. Pete Vicencio (19:59), Ryan Gallagher (20:12), Chris Phipps (20:13), Cliff Lentz (20:17) and Dan Shore (20:19) comprised the Hoy's pack. In what looked like a team time trial, these fine gentlemen competed more with each other than with anyone else. Great races all around, with Chris "Kamikaze" Phipps and Ryan Gallagher in particular making big strides. I haven't seen the individual standings, but I would be curious to see Pete's current position--he has run with remarkable consistency this season. On the team front, the win provided a much needed boost. Nice work!
-- Chris Lundstrom
In a race full of thrills (but unfortunately no muddy tummbles . . . (i'm getting nbc's money's worth out of those blasted Olympics), the women's team ran strong against a tough field. Kathryn Krieger came across the line in 23:47, good for 12th place. Patti Bershers continues to improve in the standings finishing 35th in 26:50. Lee D'Alessandro ran a fine 28:19. She was followed by Mary "the scoring Shore" Tornga in 29:26, and Susan Beck in 30:10.
-- Kathryn Krieger
EMPIRE OPEN - 9/30/00
What a week! First Pete Vicencio coins "Must Flee TV." Then he leads the Yellow at the Empire Open, running 23:22. Pete finished ninth overall on the challengingly hilly, new 4.15 mile course, picking up a slew of x-points. Unfortunately, the Aggies came out strong again, and put four across the line ahead of Pete. But after Pete, we came in fast, with the remaining scorers all finishing in the next 42 seconds: Ernie Stanton (23:37, 13th), Cliff Hey, This Is Kind Of Like Dipsea; Sure Wish I'd Arrived Before 10:29 Lentz (23:39, 14th), Craig Steinmaus (23:53, 16th), and Jesus Garcia (24:04, 17th). Within the next minute came our final two runners: Ryan Gallagher (24:26, 19th) and Cesar Guillen (25:03, 25th). The Aggies' fifth came in just before Cesar, good enough for them to win the team title. We were almost certainly second. Humboldt had three in the top 10, but it looked like their four and five were way back.
For the women, not due to lack of trying, we weren't able to field a full team. Still, Kathryn Krieger had her best race so far, finishing fifth! in front of a host of strong runners. Congratulations, Kathryn! Kathryn was joined by Patti Bershers and Jenny Raab, who each ran fine races on the very difficult course (unfortunately I failed to record their times and places--sorry!). We'll be sure to get a good strong team out for our race this Saturday.
-- Tyler Abbott
SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN HALF MARATHON - 9/24/00
All Yellow at San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon
Well, we turned our Sunday training run into a near sweep of the San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon Sunday. The brutally difficult if not terribly competitive handicapped race was won by Tamalpa super senior prodigy, Dipsea standout, and two-thirds mountain goat Russ Kiernan, but after that it was all yellow. Cliff Lentz and Jerad Crave, running scratch, came in second and third, followed by Kathryn Krieger and Chris Phipps in fourth and fifth. New master Peter Hsia finished seventh, rounding out our winning team. Peter was joined in the top twenty by Ryan Gallagher, Randy Guerrero, Jim Misener, Susan Beck, Neal Gottlieb, and Jenny Raab. Six of the top eight, ten of the top twenty, top three women, top three scratch men. And to round out the event, Andy Chan and Mark Ford won the accompanying 10K and 5K, respectively.
-- Tyler Abbott
ROCKLIN XC RACE - 9/16/00
Lundstrom Repeats at Rocklin!
At Sierra College in Rocklin Saturday, Chris Lundstrom made it two in a row, winning the second cross-country race in the circuit. Chris ran 20:21 on the 4 mile course, a few seconds faster than last week for the same distance (difficulty of course is a toss-up), on a very hot day. Chris looks well on his way to winter nationals! Again he faced stiff competition, besting Aggies Chris Schille and John Howell, Adidas's Peter Gilmour, and new Aggie Hector Delgado. On their home turf (or at least one of their home turfs), the Aggies came out strong team-wise, and beat us solidly, though it looked like we were second. More details on Rocklin to come in a follow-up e-mail, though I do want to mention the one woman who ran, new member Patti Bershers, who ran 22:13 on the 3+ mile course for 47th place.
-- Tyler Abbott
Eight of Hoy's finest men ventured fearless into the heart of darkness (a.k.a., the Aggies' home course) and emerged, well...alive and with their self-respect intact. Despite the Lundstrom victory and a very respectable 5 in the top 25, the kids from the Excelsior were no match for the Aggies, who were thick up front. Team scores are still pending, but H-E looks to have captured second, ahead of Adidas and Chico.
Parker Kelly (22:06), settling into a new job and training routine, proved himself to be back on track with a strong 17th place finish, just two ticks ahead of unflappable veteran Pete Vicencio (22:08).
CIM hopeful Dan Shore (22:10) showed his strength, negative-splitting the hilly four mile course and vastly improving over last week's GGP performance. He set two club records on the drive home: the slowest trip from Rocklin to SF (22:10:46) and the fastest time from the Ninth St. exit to Chris Lundstrom's plush Pacific Heights estate (:46). Jesus Garcia turned in a solid performance despite shoe problems, running 22:24 as our 5th man and 25th overall.
At various points along the course, Craig Steinmaus was overheard cursing Don Paul's long runs and Strawberry Hill repeats; Steinmaus (22:36) denies the allegations.
Cesar Guillen, whose training has been hampered by a bum achilles, came through in 23:29, followed by an overheated Randy Guerrero (24:34), who voiced the feelings of all the Excelsiorites when he said, "Damn. It sure was hot."
-- Chris Lundstrom
GOLDEN GATE PARK X COUNTRY - 9/09/00
For the second year in a row, Chris Lundstrom won the first cross-country race, GGP I. Chris ran 20:24 on the 4-mile course, some ten seconds faster than last year, to finish five seconds ahead of Cal sensation Peter Gilmore. Chico's Noah Marcus was third, and was joined by three of his teammates in the top 10, so the team race was looking tight. Pete Vicencio was the second yellow shirt across the line in 21:29 (12th), followed by new member Justin Stern (21:30, 13th) and Jesus Garcia (21:50, 16th), with Craig Steinmaus (21:52, 17th) completing the scoring team. Cliff 4th 6th in a row Lentz (21:54, 20th) and new member and Justin's friend Ryan Gallagher (21:55, 21st) were our displacing team members. After Ryan it looked like a team from a bygone (but soon to return) era. Brian Richter (22:15, 25th) finished next, followed by Dan Mancini (22:19, 26th), Dan Shore (22:25, 28th), Chris Phipps (23:05, 52d), Cesar Guillen (23:22, 57th), Dan Lilot (23:41, 64th), Randy Guerrero (24:02, 74th), Yurik Riegel (25:10), and new members Neal Gottlieb (25:32) and Eric Yan (time missed). Fortunately for us, Chico's 5th was back with Mr. Peabody, so it looks like we probably won the team title, but cross-country scoring is always tricky and we won't be sure until official results are out. Quite a performance by the yellow; the beginning of the race from this team babysitter's vantage point looked like a scene from Kurosawa's Ran (an oddly appropriate title), with the yellow overrunning the south flank.
And check out the race coverage at www.barn.to, including cover photo of Lundstrom on the Ralph Lauren Polo Field!
-- Tyler Abbott
Although mild injuries and illnesses crept up on the women's team, they still came out and ran strong in the Cross Country opener. Kathryn Krieger finished 18th in 25:49. Clariza Adoms, who hadn't run in two weeks, came across the line in 29:23. She was followed by Patti Bershers (30:15), & Lee D'Alessandro (30:18). Malinda Walker followed in 32:54 (special thanks to Malinda as well -- she's been battling respiratory problems). And Jennifer Lee came in at 33:34. Congratulations Ladies!
-- Kathryn Krieger
PACIFIC SUN 10K - 9/04/00
Fall has begun, at least in long distance running, and we have started our string of twelve-count 'em-twelve race-filled weekends. Chris Lundstrum led us at Pacific Sun Monday, running a strong 30:42 and outkicking! the Farm Team's Rob Reeder for a third place finish, $50, and kidding immunity. Visiting Chris Ashfield followed in 31:34, 7th place overall. After Chris came a bit of a gap for H-E watchers, but then the Yellow came in quickly. Pete Vicencio ran third for us in 32:50, followed closely by Hector Zing.com Gonzales (33:00), Ernie Stanton (33:01), and Cliff Lentz (33:14, PR). I haven't seen the official results yet, and will write more when I do, but it looks like we finished third, ten seconds or so behind a Dudley-led WV.
As reported earlier, Chris Lundstrom finished third behind Olympic Trials qualifiers Gary Stolz and Mike Dudley, passing other qualifier Rob Reeder in the last 100 meters, official time 30:45 (same time as Reeder). Chris Thank You Ashfield finished 7th in 31:34, still feeling the effects of the Parkersburg Half two weeks earlier. Pete Vicencio finished next for the team in 32:50 (16th), followed by Hector Gonzales (33:00, 18th--Lloyd Stephenson was in between them), Ernie Stanton (33:01, 19th), Cliff Lentz (33:14, 20 second PR, 21st), Jesus Garcia (33:44, 30th), Parker Thank You Too Kelly (34:04, 37th), Dan Shore (34:05, 38th), Cesar Guillen (34:21, 39th, 30+ second PR but still not satisfied), (Don Paul 34:23 as a 50-year old!), Jim Hannaalt (34:42, 50th), Andy Chan (34:45, 51st), Raymundo Cruz (34:58--good job!, 54th), John Ouch It Hurts Just Typing This Trevithick (3x:xx), Randy Guerrero (35:53, 69th), Erik Gleibermann (36:07, 74th, welcome back!), Jerad Ouch Crave (37:05, 98th).
-- Tyler Abbott
The women fielded another full team at Pac Sun! Kathryn anti-kick Krieger lead the way in 38:27, good for 13th place. Malinda Walker followed in 45:14. Next was Kristen Larsen in 46:20. She was followed by Donnell Borash 47:21 (nice to have you back!). Susan Beck (47:35), and Jennifer Lee 48:35 (PR), finished strong as well.
-- Kathryn Krieger
Paul sets record, seniors win again and Mark Ford photo star!
It was great to view the sea of yellow club jerseys at last Monday's Pacific Sun race. There were nine masters and six seniors competing for individual and team glory. Lloyd Stephenson won the masters title easily in 32:56 He is the overall Grand Prix leader at age 45! He lead our team to a third place finish. The seniors were lead by Don Paul in breaking his own 10K club record for the second time in the past month. He ran a great time of 34:23 in winning the 50+ division. Don is slicing the record bit by bit aka Sergy Bupka ( the great Russian pole vaulter) Consistent Jim Gorman ran 35:27 for 3rd place. He is the overall senior Grand Prix leader. The seniors won their fourth team title in a row. We now are only 1/2 point from the leader, Tamalpa. The team needs to win the next two races to cap off this great rally for first place. Mark Ford is one of our illustrious no shirt boys. (like Tyler and Cliff). He was featured in a great action photo at the Pacific Sun race. The blown up photo features Mark sitting on Maria Triujello (sp) at the six mile mark He went on to outkick the marathon star by two seconds. He looks serious and relaxed as Maria appears scared out of her mind. Super star Maria won the overall women's division at age 40 in 35:30. The photo is at Brian McGuires great web site. (www.barn.to) (Bay Area running news) Check it out. The team has three more upcoming races. There is the Humboldt 1/2 marathon (Oct), Clarksburg 30k (Nov) and the Christmas Relays (Dec). There is also the cross country season starting tomorrow and every Saturday until the end of November. If you are interested in racing please let me know asap. Stay healthy, fit and happy. Keep stretching on a regular basis and allow longer recovery between races and fast workouts.
Lloyd Stephenson-32:56 Don Paul-34:23
Peter Lewandowski-35:08 Jim Gorman-35:27
Mark Ford-35:28 Bob Darling-36:58
Peter Hsia-36:19 Gary McPherson-42:49
-- The Rocket
LENTZ CONQUERS MT. MADONNA - 8/27/00
Cliff Lentz continued his immaculate trail career with a gold at the Mt. Madonna 12K in Gilroy Sunday. Cliff ran 45:00 over the very hilly course for a 15-second victory. Those of us who've run trails with Cliff (Craig? Dan?) will share the sympathy I feel for those competitors who tried to stay with Cliff (though, believe it or not, Cliff reports that they started to CATCH him on the DOWNHILLS).
-- Tyler Abbott
HOOD TO COAST 4-PEAT! - 8/25/00-8/29/00
The Santini Extra Virgins, nine+one H-E men with three from WV, won the submaster (30+) division of Hood to Coast for the fourth year straight! The team, sponsored by San Lorenzo's Santini Foods, whose olive oil and other Italian products are available at Trader Joe's and other fine markets near you, was tenth overall, finishing the 195-mile, 36-leg relay in 18:50, one place and twenty minutes behind last year's slightly-less-gray squad. The team was challenged this year by a slew of injuries, starting with Chris Phipps's unfortunate motorcycle accident and ending with Pete Nowicki and Tyler Abbott's near-simultaneous hip and groin injuries eight days before the race. But H-E members Jesus Garcia, Randy Guerrero, Peter Hsia, Jim Misener, Pete Nowicki, Chris Phipps, Chris Ross, Ernie Stanton, and Craig Steinmaus all rose to the challenge to beat the second place submaster team by half an hour. The team faced great competition from the open teams, with three teams within six minutes at the beginning of the last set of legs, and ended up ahead of two of the three. Ernie and Craig in particular ran stellar races, running the toughest legs well below their projected paces, and Ernie won the coveted Sweaty Wrist Wrap Award as the runner who ran most below projections. Phipps and Nowicki also deserve special mention--Phipps for running his first three hard workouts since the 7/31 accident in the race, and Nowicki for shooting himself full of cortisone right before the race and still fighting excruciating pain throughout all three legs. I've never seen anyone limp so fast. As for me, I waited until 9:00 the night before the race to decide whether to run, at which time a 15-minute slog made what could have been a gut-wrenching decision easy, as I found I couldn't turn my left leg over under seven minute pace, and even that was nearly unbearable. So I became sweat boy, accompanying the active van all the way to Seaside.
-- Tyler Abbott
MASTER/SENIOR UPDATE - 8/23/00
Don Paul sets 10k record as seniors roll on!
The recent Alameda Run for the Parks (Aug. 6) had Don Paul (50) break Charles Thompson current senior club record for 10K. Charles record of 34:41 (Feb. 2000) was history as Don ran 34:35. The senior team is getting stronger! This record can be lowered again by either one or Jim Gorman on the right day. Also at the same race, Lloyd Stephanson (45) ran a great time of 32:19 to finish fourth overall and first master. Long time member Jim Loftus (50) (Alaska) finished second in the senior division 800 (2:09.7) at the recent National Masters Championship in Eugene, Oregon. He lost by only .5 seconds in a close race. Jim's training is limited in Alaska, so he has to be in peak shape every summer to race well. The recent Hook and Ladder 10K race had some of our masters and seniors do well. Mark Ford (40) ran a seasonal best of 35:54 to finish third in the 40+ division. Wayne Plymale (48) is on a comeback as he ran his best 10K since 1991. He will do even better with steady pacing. The senior division was won by Bob Darling (51) in 37:27 with Charles Thompson (50) in third place with a 38:59. Charles won the unofficial baby jogger division pushing his son Chip.
Jim Gorman ran the Chronicle Classic 5-miler in downtown Palo Alto a week ago in 27:27.27, his best 5 mile time in 6 years. Dwight Cornwell (54) ran ahead of him all the way and held me off in 27:24 (according to Jim, 90+% age rated!). Mike Duncan was third in 28:35.
-- The Rocket
HOOK AND LADDER 10K - 8/20/00
Hook & Ladder 10K Sweep!
The x-pointers tuned themselves up well at the Hook & Ladder 10K Sunday. Chris Lundstrom won the race in an easy (for Chris) 31: 55, followed by former winner Pete Vicencio 32:56, Craig Steinmaus 33:03, also former (two-time?) winner Parker Kelly 33:25, non-team member Rey Flores 33:28, Dan Mancini 33:47, and Brian Just Imagine If He Trained Richter 33:50. Yes, six of the top seven. From my vantage point accompanying Mr. Peabody in the Way-Back Machine, I could just make out a wall of yellow stretching across JFK between miles 3 and 4. Brian was followed by Andy Chan (34:20), Ernie Mr. Fall Stanton (34:25), Randy Guerrero (35:45), and master Mark Ford (35:50). I finally came wheezing in next at 36:12, 11th on the team and 21st overall! A dominating performance by the Yellow. I was followed by Peter Hsia (36:18) and Jim Misener (38:15). Of course we easily won the team title. Bodes well for Fall. On the prize front, the men came away with no fewer than fifteen Cliff House breakfasts. Combine that with the nine the women won, and we have a banquet! The plan is to head over there after our cross-country race, the Hoy's Presidio Open 10/7.
In addition to sweeping the top men's spots, we swept the open team competitions, as the XX-pointers won a team race for the first time in a long if not infinite time (club historians?). More from Kathryn Krieger later.
Congratulations to our new Swiss member Dominik Wirth, who finished third in the Santa Cruz Run for the Parks 2000 10K.
-- Tyler Abbott
The women's team had a great race this Sunday at the Hook and Ladder 10K. For the first time ever the women came out on top in the team standings! Kathryn Krieger (hi!), lead the team in 38:56. Jenny Wounded Knee Raab was next across the line in 4x:xx (that blasted clock keeps breaking down). Malinda Walker ran a fine 46:05 after recovering from a mean head and chest cold. Kristen Larsen was next in 46:35. Susan Beck PR'ed by a minute, posting a 47:37.
Congratulations ladies! See you at Pacific Sun.
-- Kathryn Krieger
FLEET FEET CAPITOL MILE - 7/23/00
No big surprises for the open men this year at the Capitol Mile in Sacramento Sunday. We predicted seven runners between 4:30 and 4:40, and that's exactly what we got. With a couple of our top runners out of town, we didn't have anyone up front (first finisher was 19th), but we did come in strong in the second wave.
For the second year in a row, John Trevithick led us, in 4:33, a little off last year but an excellent time in the post-baby Trevy era. After John the yellow came in quick, with Pete Vicencio (4:36, 23rd), Craig Steinmaus (4:37, 24th), Jesus Garcia (4:37, 25th), Hector Gonzales (4:39, 30th), Jerad Crave (4:39, 32d), and Chris Phipps (4:40 officially, but only after rounding up, 33rd) following close behind. Most of the rest of our runners were in the B or C heats, but many still ran excellent times. The most amazing time of the day was run by Brian I Haven't Run This Millennium Richter, who ran 4:42 without an ounce of speed work. Brian was followed by Dan Mancini (4:46), Cesar Guillen (4:47), Mike Hey, It Would Have Been the Most Amazing Time If It Weren't for Brian Regan (4:48), Samuel Harvell (5:02), Yurik Riegel (5:05; sp?), David Moulton (5:15), and, in the way back machine, Tyler Abbott (5:16). One unknown is returning member Raymundo Cruz. I believe Raymundo ran around 4:40, but I failed to catch his time. Welcome back Raymundo!
I haven't seen any team results yet, but it doesn't look good. This has never been a strong event for us, and we'll probably end up 4th. But we've got Fall ahead, traditionally a strong period for us. Cross is right around the corner!
The women's team did extremely well. I know many of them had never raced a mile, especially during a Sacramento Summer, and they all pulled through for us. New member Jennifer Raab led the team in 5:xx, followed by Cheryl Somoano (6:14), Malinda Walker (6:20), Kristen Larsen (6:27), and Helen Wang (7:03). I'd like to thank all the women for coming out, and send out a special thanks to Helen, who agreed to run Saturday afternoon minutes after completing the longest run she'd ever done. Great job to all!
Next circuit race: Pacific Sun 10K, Kentfield (Marin), Labor Day Monday 9/4, then cross-country starting the next Saturday and continuing almost every week.
Congratulations to Bobbee Palmer for his fourth place finish in the US Trail Half Marathon Championships in the Rockies a few weeks back. Sounds like quite a race . . . from Bobbee:
"The trail championship was amazing - the race began at 9500ft then climbed to 13,200ft, crossed a snow bank of a peak then shot back down to the start at 9500ft. Truly a brutal run! The altitude did not really affect me which was really suprizing...I was able to run with the 2nd place guy to the half way point (at 13,200ft) but he kicked my ass on the downhill as he had run the trail before and knew where to loose me. I ended up 4th place, and met my goal of qualifying for the World Sky Championship race in Italy. Unfortunately that Italian race as 10 days after the Aspen race...and I had already made significant commitments. Probably for the better as Fila was paying for everything except the flight there (so I may have saved 1/8 of the skin on my body, 10 million over oxidized red blood cells, 6 days of unrestrained Italian dining, and $660 for a rt flight - - but not much more)."
-- Tyler Abbott
SAN FRANCISCO MARATHON/RELAY - 7/09/00
Hector's blessed event made the SF marathon relay interesting. Our relay team was Jared Crave, Dan Shore, Jesus Garcia, and Hector Gonzales, each running a 10-11 K leg. Less than ten minutes after I left home to coordinate logistics (Jesus & Hector didn't even have their race numbers yet), Hector called my home to let me know he wouldn't be able to run (for obvious reasons). Unfortunately, this was just a few minutes too late, and in spite of my wife Kelly's efforts to find us on the course, we didn't find out until the race was over.
Jared ran the opening 10K leg in 34:30, putting him in 4th place overall, behind two marathoners and a coed relay team. Dan took over from there, running a fine 37:15 on the pancake flat 11K leg and passing all three of the runners in front of him, giving Jesus a 15-second lead going into leg 3. As it turned out very fortunately for us, the lead marathoners had gone out a little too hard, and Jesus built up a solid three-minute lead with a strong 39:52 11K leg that included the neverending Haight Street hill. Thank goodness, because while Jesus was building up our lead, I was desperately seeking Hector. We were to meet at Kezar Stadium--after waiting and searching 15 minutes, I went to the last exchange, hoping to find Hector or some other club member. I got there less than ten minutes before Jesus was scheduled to arrive, but there was of course no Hector. Luckily, knowing that Lucia was VERY pregnant, I'd thrown a pair of racing flats into my trunk that morning along with my singlet. I suited up and got the chip into my shoe just as I saw Jesus roaring down the hill. Now, as most of you know, I came off three months of crutches in mid-May, and am just starting to build my mileage back up--and in fact had woken up Sunday with extremely sore calves after jumping my mileage too much last week. I had not been able to run a single 6:00 mile at Kezar. But never underestimate the power of fear (and adrenaline). I was scared to death of being passed by a marathoner in the last 10K of the marathon, and again having a marathoner beat our relay team. It was all I could do to manage 6:00-6:10 pace, but fortunately for me the lead marathoner was fading, and my 37:28 was good enough to bring us in some 3 1/2 minutes ahead of him, in a total time of 2:29:05 (over 12 minutes ahead of the next relay team). I have to admit it was pretty exciting leading the marathon for that last 10K and receiving all the support from the spectators who didn't realize I was only running 10K. I did feel rather guilty for getting all that encouragement (I've never had my picture taken so much!) while struggling to run a 37 minute 10K, but I didn't let it bother me too much.
Our successes weren't limited to the relay. On a "long training run," Chris Phipps ended up 9th overall in 2:47:26 (and is listed in nice large print in Monday's Chronicle). Three other club member broke three hours: new Swiss member Dominik Wirth (2:51:54, 17th); Peter Hsia (2:58:39, 32d), and Miles Hersey (2:59:54, 35th). In addition, Pete Vicencio finished second in the "Split the Distance" half-marathon relay, with Donnell Borash (1:48) and Cheryl Somoano (1:53) also turning in fine times. Finally, Susan Beck was a member of the third-place women's relay team. Congratulations to everyone who ran yesterday (and I apologize to anyone I've missed).
-- Tyler Abbott
JULY 4TH 2000 RACES
Ocean Beach 5/10K: Chris Phipps and Michael Gama led a Hoy's Excelsior sweep at Tuesday's Ocean Beach 5K/10K, Chris winning the 10 (and possibly signing up #2), Michael winning the 5. Good job, gentlemen.
Congratulations to Brad Zamczyk, on his victory at the Swampscott, Masachusettes 4th of July 4 miler. Brad ran 21:59 on a hot and humid day (about 90 degrees). Cross-country's coming up quick . . .
And congratulations to Kristen Larsen on her 20:43 at a 4th of July 5K in San Ramon.
-- Tyler Abbott
DOUBLE DIPSEA - 6/24/00
Double Dipsea this year fell on a near-perfect day for a change, overcast and on the cool side. Cliff Lentz led a strong team in a terrific time of 1:43--fastest time of the day and in fact fastest time since Mike McManus ran just under 1:40 in 1993! Cliff is only a few minutes off the course record of 1:38:26--maybe next year. Cliff ended up third in the handicapped race, finishing a couple minutes behind 41-year old Tamalpan Bruce Mace, who started six minutes ahead of Cliff, and just behind the first woman, who started twenty-one minutes ahead. After running a course-record paced sub-50 first half, Chris Phipps felt the iron hand of Dipsea and slowed on the return to Stinson, but still finished with the third fastest time of 1:49, sixth across the finish line. Chris was followed on the team by Pete Nowicki (2:09), Tyler Abbott (2:11), Randy Guerrero (2:12), Mike Regan (2:15), and Jim Misener (2:26). These times may not sound like much for the not terribly long 13.7 mile race, but anyone who's run the 2000+ feet total climb and descent (each direction) and the technical trails can appreciate the effort involved. (BTW, for those comparing these results to the Dipsea results two weeks ago, the Double Dipsea course is 2 to 2 1/2 minutes shorter in each direction than the regular Dipsea course.)
It was hot in San Jose Sunday, 6/25 , but team member Laura Skrybalo still completed the Olympic-distance triathon (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) in a little over two hours. Congratulations, Laura!
-- Tyler Abbott
ALICE 5 MILER - 6/18/00
With Dipsea last week and Shriners the day before (and Double Dipsea next week), Chris Phipps had apparently not had enough racing, so he went out and jumped into the Alice 5 Mile Run Sunday morning. He and teammate Pete Vicencio were in the lead pack of five at the two mile mark, so he decided to make a race of it. Chris and Pete ran together the whole way, and while first place was taken by some Farm Teamer or another, Chris and Pete ended up second and third, with $200 and $100 paydays. Congratulations! So there is life after 30, huh, Chris?
We also continued our strong show of Yellow at non-PA races, with Jerad Crave, Andy Chan, Randy Guerrero, Yurik Reigel (sp?), and Helen Wang also running the race. (BTW, they discontinued the centipede division this year, so that wasn't a viable option.) Thanks to all teammates who came out for support: Dan Shore, Les Ong, Jim Misener, and Tim Wallen. As always, I apologize to anyone I've inevitably missed.
-- Tyler Abbott
SHRINERS CAPITOL CHALLENGE - 6/17/00
Well at least it wasn't Wednesday. While temperatures stayed under 100, it was still plenty hot up in Sacramento Saturday morning at 8:30 am. Chris Lundstrom, after getting little sleep all week, still ran a fine 24:54, good enough for seventh place in a race with probably the best competition we've seen since Cal 10. Bobbee Palmer, starting to return to his 1998 form, followed close behind in 25:02 (9th place). Then there was a gap, with almost a full minute passing before last week's Dipsea hero Chris Phipps crossed the line in 26:01 (16th place). Chris was followed by John Trevithick (26:18, around 20th place, though John's time has been reported incorrectly as 26:33), Jesus Garcia (26:31, 23d), Cliff Lentz (26:34, 25th), Dan Shore (26:40, 28th), Craig Steinmaus (27:08, 39th), Jerad Crave (27:13, 41st), returning Raymundo Cruz (28:06, 59th), Randy Guerrero (28:35, 73d), Jim Misener (30:45, 118th), and Samuel Harvell (31:07, 126th). This race was a fall for us from last year (where our 5th runner ran 25:40 and our team score was some two minutes faster), showing the toll injuries have taken on us . . . but it also gives us motivation for Summer training. Shriners marks the end of the Spring racing season that began with Houlihan's, so now we have eleven weeks or so to build up for Fall, with only the Capitol Mile on the circuit during that period. Time to start the Summer parklets.
On the team side we actually may have won. Adidas was stacked up front (four people in the top 12), but it doesn't look like they they had a fifth; WV may have a runner or two I don't know about who could put them in front of us. Hopefully we'll find out soon. This could completely turn around the team competition.
For the women's team, vacations, injuries, and weddings all seemed to come together this weekend, and we were unable to field a full team. Because of this, a couple people who would've run decided against it. The lone woman runner was Lee D'Alessandro, returning to the site of her last year's PR. Special thanks to Lee, and while she didn't re-PR, congratulations on a fine 34:19.
-- Tyler Abbott
DIPSEA - 6/11/00
Chris Phipps and Cliff Lentz put together great performances to run the second and third fastest times at Sunday's Dipsea 7.1 mile race. Trailing the returning Mike McManus, who ran 50:01 with a one-minute handicap for 4th place overall, Chris ran EXACTLY what he ran at the last Salmon Run, 50:40, which with no handicap put him in 12th place overall (but watch out--he gets his first handicap minute next year). Cliff was close ahead, as he ran a 2d best ever 51:18, which, with his one minute handicap, earned him 9th place and his fourth black shirt (top 35), second single-digit one. Great job, guys!
Like his rival McManus, H-E friend Bill Bushnell returned to town for the Dip, picking up 27th in 53:18 (1 minute). On the team, Eric Krawitt came next at 113th, 59:56 (1 minute handicap), followed by Chris Ross (1:01:03, 11th in the Runners' section, 1 minute), Tyler Abbott (1:03:47, 198th, 2 minutes), Michael Gama (1:03:55, 202d, 2 minutes), David Moulton (1:05:14, 259th, 1 minute), Jim Misener (1:07:36, 308th, 2 minutes), and, in her first Dipsea race, Donnell Borash (1:13:52, 53rd in the Runners' section, 8 minute handicap). As always, I apologize in advance for anyone I've inadvertently omitted. Congratulations to everyone who ran, and thanks to those who came out for support.
And for those who didn't get into the Dip--The Double Dip is in 12 short days (Saturday 6/24)!
-- Tyler Abbott
DIPSEA THIS SUNDAY
First the Zip, now the Dip: Dipsea is this Sunday! Come out and watch Cliff Lentz and Chris Phipps vie for black shirts (top 35 in the age-favored handicapped race), with possibilities of sub-50 times and top 10 finishes. There will be a number of other H-E runners in the action, including Michael Gama, Jim Misener, David Moulton, Eric Krawitt, Donnell Borash, and yours truly in my premature, tentative return to semi-competitive racing. I apologize for anyone I've left out. Cliff and Chris will need to be at the top of their game to compete with two great Dipsea runners returning to town--Mike McManus and H-E friend Bill Bushnell--as well as with all the local Tamalpa mountain goats.
In other Dipsea news, at the final Salmon Run Thursday night, Chris Lundstrom set what has to be a record for a first Dipsea, running 50:35 just ahead of trailblazer Chris Phipps's 50:40 PR just three days after the Zip. Who knows how fast he could have run if he'd known the course! And Cliff unofficially won the Practice Dipsea Sunday (after--guess what?--starting late).
If you can Sunday, come out and cheer the team on. The initial handicap starts at 8:30 in downtown Mill Valley, with most of our runners starting a little after 8:50; the race should finish at Stinson Beach a little after 9:30. The picnic at Stinson is always fun. And if you can take pictures, so much the better.
Speaking of the Zip, I failed to mention Mike Regan's return to PA action after a year of injury. Mike ran 17:30 in his first race back--look forward to a strong Fall from Mike.
Next PA Race: Shriners' Capitol Challenge 8K 6/17
The next race in the PA road circuit is the Shriners' Capitol Challenge, an 8K starting bright and early at 8 am in Sacramento on SATURDAY 6/17. Keep your calendars open. I've heard from several people that, because it's such an early start, they might want to go up the night before (so they don't have to leave at 5:30 in the morning). We could get a hotel room or two or three for those who want to go up early. Should the club subsidize travel to this race? Let me know what you think. It might be hard to make a decision without final Zippy numbers (read: how much money do we HAVE?), but it would be good to get some initial feedback at least. While the travel subsidy is great, it did cost the club upwards of $700 at Big Sur, where we had a great turnout. On the other hand, we lost a subsidized race this year in Reno, so this year we're only paying for two instead of three.
Speaking of 8Ks, it's my understanding that the 2d Alice 8K is Sunday 6/18. Obviously most of us aren't going to want to race hard the day after Shriners', so a couple of people have mentioned the possibility of running in the centipede division (in which the winner last year was a meager group of four who didn't run any too fast). It might be fun to resurrect the Polopede idea and go out there with a LONG centipede (shouldn't it by definition have 50 runners--or at least 25?). Could make for a good photo op.
-- Tyler Abbott
SUZUKI ROCK N ROLL MARATHON - 6/04/00
Long dormant Jim Hannawalt (remember Capitol Mile '98?) came out of hibernation a couple weeks ago for the Suzuki Rock N Roll Marathon, running 2:52:11, 59th overall, 49th male, and 7th in the 35-39 age group in an estimated field of 18,000. Jim reports that with this qualifier he's looking forward to tackling Boston next year--hopefully we'll have a strong presence.
-- Tyler Abbott
ZIPPY 5K - 5/29/00
Chris Lundstrom continued his string of strong races with a 14:50 at the first annual Zippy 5K! Unfortunately, he was again outkicked by Ben Turman of Adidas for 1st PA place, so Chris ended up 2d PA, 3rd overall (top race finisher Kalid Abdalah--who finished right with Chris at B2B last week--has college eligility issues, so should not be scoring PA).
Following Chris in his return to PA action after a two-year hiatus was Bobbee Palmer, 15:32 (15th). Definitely great to see Bobbee out there again. Bobbee was followed by John Trevithick (15:39, 22d) and Chris Phipps (15:46, 27th). Then came the magic 16:00 . . . and in a Big Sur deja vu, the yellow came in fast and furious. Hector Gonzales finished the team scoring in 16:03 (37th), with Pete Vicencio (16:04, 38th), Cliff Lentz (16:04, 39th), Jesus Garcia (16:07, 41st), Dan Shore (16:10, 42d), Parker Kelly (16:18, 46th), Dan Mancini (16:40, 59th), and Jerad Crave (16:40, 60th) close behind. (Yes, at one point we had 6 of 10 places--good pack running!) Unfortunately, also like Big Sur, Adidas and WV also came out strong, and we seem to have placed 3rd again. WV, apparently scoring with 3 out-of-association athletes (+ possibly their 6th; they are now recruiting down south in Redlands, near San Bernardino), seems to have edged out Adidas by 15 seconds or so.
On the bright side, the women again had a strong turnout. Kathryn Krieger led the team in 18:44 (16th), followed by Lee d'Alessandro (20:19, 51st), Cheryl Somoano (21:28, 70th), Malinda Walker (21:37, 73d), newcomer Jonna Bobbee's Wife Palmer (22:34, 96th), Laura Szkrybalo (22:35, 99th), Susan Beck (23:21, 110th), Helen Wang (27:08, 175th), Mary Thorsby (27:33, 181st), and Nataline Chew (28:02, 183rd). Yes, ten runners! Also thanks to team members Donnell Borash and Kelly Murphy for coming out and volunteering. Congratulations Women!
-- Tyler Abbott
Zippy 5K Master/Senior Highlights (Gormans Triple Crown)
Jim Gorman lead the senior team to its first victory of the year over tough rival Tamapla runners. He finished first overall in a club record 16:48. He is the overall leader in the senior grand prix. There was a good senior turnout of nine participants. The team is in second place and will try to catch Tamapla by the end of the year. The team will get better when Kim Lilot, Sylvester Franklin and the great Don Paul turn 50 this year and Sir Charles Thompson returns from injury. The masters team struggled to a 4th place finish. The team missed Don Paul (race director) and Antonio Corgas and Tim Geraghty to injuries. But we had reserves to field a team.(Kim&Bill) This has been a vital part of our team success over the past 10 years. Lloyd Stephenson lead the team with an outstanding time of 15:34 (5:00 pace) and placed 2nd in the age group. The team is still in second place behind West Valley Joggers and Striders. The top four teams in this group are only 6 1/2 points apart.
Masters Lloyd(thrifty) Stephenson 15:34, Mark(no shirt) Ford 17:12, Mike (Mr Modest) Gama 17:35, Kim (Herr) Lilot 17:57, Bill (Major) Knapp 18:37, Wayne Plymale 19:00.
Seniors Jim ( Mr.Humble) Gorman 16:48, Jim Tracy 17:26, Bob (Rocket) Darling 17:59, Bill Knapp 18:37, Al(New Orleans) Stanbridge 19:18, Stan(Mr Quiet) Yasahara 21:06, Tom(offshore $$) Bennett 21:06, Bob(lets eat) Stanger 21:37, Craig (Mr Coffee) Edwards 22:43.
-- The Rocket
BAY TO BREAKERS - 5/21/00
LUNDSTROM TOP AMERICAN AT BAY TO BREAKERS!
Chris Lundstrom ran 37:45 (5:02 pace) at the blazingly hot Bay to Breakers yesterday, good enough for first American, 8th overall. Chris finished one-yes-one second behind local collegiate hopeful and Somalian Kalid Abdalah, who was the top non-professional and who shadowed Chris all through the park, outkicking him on the Great Highway. As best I can tell, Chris should receive $500 or so as top San Franciscan, and may be entitled to another $500 as top Bay Area runner (since Kalid has eligibility concerns).
Chris Ashfield also had a tremendous race and finished just one place (9th) and 26 seconds (38:11) behind Lundstrom. Trivia question: When was the last time the club put two runners in the top 10 at Bay to Breakers? Ashfield and Hector Gonzales also garnered fame as "unseeded runners . . . who actually managed to keep up with the top-rated men for more than a moment or two" [Examiner--please write in!] This fame came in the form of substantial air time, as Hector led the race around the mile mark (a 4:57 (?) mile, about thirty seconds slower than normal; for --- sake, *I* ran a 4:58 first mile in the '94 B2B) and was on the air for a LONG time, and Ashfield became bored with the pace and took the lead (by several yards) shortly thereafter.
About a minute behind Ash at 39:15 was Bobbee Remember Me? Palmer, enjoying his return to competitive racing after six months of 100+ mile weeks. Bobbee, running in his signature black skirt, a nice Donna Karan number, businesslike yet not afraid to have fun, was 13th overall. There we were, 3 of the top 13--and if you throw out the professionals, 3 of the top 6, at the largest road race in the world. Has to be one of the club's finer moments.
The gutsy performances on the devilishly hot day did not stop there. Bobbee was followed by 2d place master Lloyd Stephenson (40:06, 36th), John Trevithick (40:15, 39th), Yet Another Christopher Phipps (40:44, 45th), Hector Gonzales (40:46, 47th), Cliff Lentz (41:26, 50th), Dan Shore (41:31, JUST out of the top 50), Jesus Garcia (41:54, 54th), Pete Vicencio (42:41, 62d), Parker Kelly (43:15, 69th), Tim Wallen (43:28, 74th), Greg Koniowka (43:56, 83d), Craig Steinmaus (44:21, 91st), Miles Hersey (44:23, 93d), Randy Guerrero (44:49, 110th), Erik Gleibermann (45:36, 128th), Brock Coming Back Hinzmann (46:09, 137th), Rocket (46:33, 146th), Michael Gama (46:46, 151st), Eric Krawitt (47:13, 159th), David Moulton (47:15, 161st), new member Eradio Sanchez (47:17, 162d), Wayne Plymale (48:22, 191st), and Samuel Harvell (48:29, 196th), with Allan Stanbridge (48:38) rounding out the top 200. A dominating performance by the Yellow. The numbers: 27 of the top 200, 16 of the top 100, 8 of the top 50, and, if you throw out the six elite men, the women, and the centipede, 16 of the top 66 (almost 1 in 4) and 10 of the top 29 (more than one-third!). As someone watching the finish, the show of yellow was impressive.
Down side: the race coverage was poorer than normal (yes, hard to believe). There was very little coverage of the lead women, so, other than Ashfield and Gonzales at the start, little team coverage. Technical difficulties plagued most of the presentation.
A-side: Ex-celsior runner Stephanie Vannicola was first San Francisco woman. She was apparently disappointed with her time, but can't be too disappointed with the money!
And thanks to the dozen plus club members who passed out over 1,000 Zippy applications! For future reference, we could have used even more!
P.S. Have not been able to put together all the women's results yet--stay tuned.
-- Tyler Abbott
IRONMAN CALIFORNIA TRIATHLON - 5/20/00
Congratulations to new member Matt Patout, 1st Californian at Ironman Cali...15th overall, 6th amateur, 2nd in his age group. Matt ran a 3:06 marathon after a 2.4 mile swim and 112 miles on the bike! Full results are available at Ironmanlive.com.
-- Tyler Abbott
BIG SUR 5K - 4/30/00
A tough day for the young'uns at Big Sur this year, especially tough after our triumph last year. Chris Lundstrom led us in a great effort of 15:09 on the slow course, coming in second by less than one in a race he probably would have won were it not for a wayward WV athlete (he was running in second right behind Paul Lowe of Bend, Oregon when Mr. Lowe took a wrong turn and Chris followed, losing at least ten seconds). The Ubiquitous? Omnipresent? Indestructible? Mr. Ashfield followed in 6th place, 15:17, a mere 13 days after Boston. The team race was a virtual three-way tie at this point; in a span of nine seconds two athletes had come in each from us, Adidas, and WV. After that flurry of activity, Ash of the shorts fame was followed by an eternity for us spectators, 15 seconds of dead space. Then the runners came in fast and furious. Unfortunately they just weren't our runners, unless you count 45-year old marvel Lloyd Stephenson (15:43, 11th) or Boston sister Jim Pawlicki (15:59, 17th). At 16 flat the x-pointers made their fast and furious run and filled the finishing chutes with yellow. Hector Gonzales came in at 16:01 (18th), followed closely by Craig Steinmaus (16:03, 21st), Cliff Lentz (16:12, 25th), new member Pete Vicencio (16:12, 26th), Jesus Garcia (16:15, 30th), Park Kelly (16:18, 31st), John Trevithick (16:20, 32d), and Dan Shore (16:24, 35th). Shortly thereafter came Jared Crave (16:56, 43d), Cesar Guillen (17:00-sorry, Cesar, it's official, 48th), Tim Wallen (17:00, 49th), and Randy Guerrero (17:20, 65th). A remarkable show of yellow (almost 30% of the top 50), but it was too little too late, and it looks like we ended up third behind WV and Adidas. Depth we got; time to work on width. Or is it height? Length?
The great news is that for the second race in a row, the women scored! Kathryn Krieger led them in 19:26, 16th place, followed by Donnell Borash (23:14), Susan Beck (23:42), Kelly Murphy (26:26), and Nataline Chew (28:47). Congratulations Women! Thanks to all of them, with special mention to Donnell Borash, who was nursing a cold, and Nataline Chew, who was driving down Saturday night around 9 when she realized she didn't have her running shoes and had to turn all the way back home, then came down the next morning, leaving at 4:00 or so.
-- Tyler Abbott
SECOND AT BOSTON
Well it's official. We won silver at Boston this year in 7:38:55, some 10 minutes behind Team Lehigh Valley (7:28:33) and 2 1/2 minutes ahead of third place and Polo sister Great Boston Track Club (7:42:31). Congratulations to our boys--and to Greater Boston as well. I hope Polo's happy with 2 of the top 3 teams!
A quick summary for those who missed last week's missive. Conditions were tough, featuring a 15-20 mph headwind the entire way, one which turned bitingly cold about midway, and the splits showed it. Chris Ashfield still had a great race, running 2:25:10 chiptime (2:25:14 official), good enough for 28th overall and 3rd or4th American (a mere 3 minutes behind the American winner--who just happened to be on Team Lehigh Valley). Dan Shore ran a remarkably even 2:34:00, followed by Bill Bushnell (2:39:36), Chris Phipps (2:51:48), and Samuel Harvell (3:32:01). New women's team member Kristen Larsen ran 3:54:40. Splits for all are available at http://internet.ggu.edu/~tabbott/boston
In other Boston news, Allison Kinney pointed us to a cool website: go to www.boston.com/marathon and scroll toward the bottom of the page. The site put a camera at the finish line and recorded the entire race. You then can type in a finish time and see at that time yourself cross the line (it's off by about 4 seconds or so). Dan Shore's comments: "For example, if you enter times between 2:34:10 and 2:34:14 you can see [Dan] get passed at the line by the bastard from Fila! Ack!"
-- Tyler Abbott
BOSTON MARATHON - 4/17/00
Conditions were tough at Boston this year. There was a 15-20 mph headwind the entire way, which turned bitingly cold about midway, and the splits showed it. The Boston crew still managed some great performances, however. Chris Ashfield led us in 2:25:10 chiptime (2:25:14 official), good enough for 28th overall and 4th American (a mere 3 minutes behind the American winner). Dan Shore ran a very solid 2:34:00, followed by Bill Bushnell (2:39:36), Chris Phipps (2:51:48), and Samuel Harvell (3:32:01). New women's team member Kristen Larsen ran 3:54:40. Splits for all are available at http://internet.ggu.edu/~tabbott/boston.
Due to the weather, no one ran the time he or she wanted. In spite of this personal disappointment, however, we still have a very good shot at the as-yet-unnannounced team title. I compared our times to the times of the winners the past three years, Boston Athletic Association A Team (2x) and New York Harriers, and to our Polo sister club Greater Boston Track Club. Our combined time was 7:38:58 (using official, not clock times), over eight minutes slower than last year's winner. However, GBTC was 3 1/2 minutes behind us at 7:42:33, BAA was further back at 7:47:14, and NY Harriers were out of the running at 8:18:18. As soon as anything becomes official, I'll send out another notice. If anyonefinds the official result, please e-mail me and I'll forward it to everyone.
Congratulations to all the Boston runners for their gritty performances on a difficult day.
-- Tyler Abbott
CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY - 4/09/00
The team placed well at this Sunday's Challenge for Charity 5K and 10K in Palo Alto. Newcomer Craig Steinmaus won the 10K (and a $1000 vacation?) in the mid-33s, and Hector Gonzales placed third in the 5K in 16:05, 35 seconds behind winner Danny Gonzales. I understand Hector and Lucia passed out 100 or so Zippy flyers as well! If you are going to any races in the next few months, be sure to take some Zippies. Contact Dan Shore (
) or Hoy's Sports for flyers.
-- Tyler Abbott
HOULIHAN'S TO HOULIHAN'S - 3/26/00
WOMEN'S TEAM AT HOULIHAN'S!
For the first time in quite a while, we fielded a full women's team at a non-relay PA race, and then some. Kathryn Krieger led the group in 49:36, followed by Cheryl Somoano in 56 minutes and Sue Beck in just over an hour.
Final results from the women's team at Houlihan's:
Kathryn Krieger 49:40 (32d), Cheryl Somoano 56:42, Kristen Larsen 57:19, Jocelyn Friel 1:00:54, Susan Beck 1:01:08, Donnell Borash 1:02:16, Mary Thorsby 1:11 (not sure about wave adjustment), Helen Wang 1:11 (not sure about wave adjustment), Nataline Chew (time messed up due to wave confusion)
Congratulations to all 9! women!
Let's repeat at the Big Sur 5K 4/30.
OPEN MEN'S TEAM AT HOULIHAN'S
The open men had a tough race at Houlihan's. We ran fine, just a minute or so off last year's time, but Adidas, Reebok Aggies, and WV all came out with very strong teams and beat us. I haven't seen the results yet, so I'm not sure of the order of the top three yet, but it would be a miracle if we ended up anywhere above fourth place, our lowest finish in quite a while.
Nonetheless, Chris Ashfield had a tremendous race, running 37:32 a short three weeks after his win at the Napa Marathon, and three weeks before Boston, with no speedwork recently. He was leading the race most of the way, only falling to the legendary Chris Schille and his Aggie teammate John Howell after 7, on the Fort Mason hill. This just a few seconds off the club Bay to Breakers record he set last May, on what is undeniably a more difficult course since its revision last year.
John Trevithick ran second for us in 39:36, followed by Chris Phipps (39:44) and Dan Shore (39:59.97). Brand new (as of Friday afternoon) member Craig Steinmaus, another Phipps recruit, finished our scoring in 40:40. Craig was followed by Hector Gonzales (40:50), Jesus Garcia (41:10), Tim Wallen (41:30), Cliff Lentz (41:46), Randy Guerrero (43:40), and Jim Misener (48 minutes). I apologize if I missed anyone.
By the way, go to www.barn.to for great race coverage, including multiple photos of Ashfield. Great interviews, by the way, featuring the Ash-man discussing the "inevitability" of Schille, and Schille attributing his kick past Howell to his "superior body weight" on the Fort Mason downhill.
-- Tyler Abbott
STANFORD INVITATIONAL - 3/25/00
LUNDSTROM RUNS 29:48!
Chris Lundstrom shattered a decades-old club record by half a minute, running a 29:48 (unofficial) 10,000 at the Stanford Invite Saturday night. In this most competitive meet in Northern California, Chris clicked off 71 after 71, finally closing under 70. Congratulations Chris!
By the way, if anyone knows what the club record is, please e-mail me. We know Chris broke it, we're just not sure by how much.
-- Tyler Abbott
DSE LITTLE MARINA GREEN RUN - 03/12/00
A big club turnout at the DSE Little Marina Green Run Sunday. Cliff Lentz won the 4.0 plus a little mile race in 22:20, followed by Randy Guerrero in 23:20. Pete Nowicki, on the comeback trail, finished fifth in 24:22, with Jim Misener seventh in 25:15. New women's team member Kathryn Krieger, running her first race in several years, was first woman and eighth overall in 26:00.
If anyone's interested, this week's DSE race will be the "South Embarcadero Run," approximately a 10K starting at the Dolphin Club at Jefferson & Hyde in Fisherman's Wharf (near Aquatic Park).
-- Tyler Abbott
NAPA MARATHON - 03/05/00
Marathon Madness (Or 140 Pounds of Wine)
Two weeks ago Tuesday Chris Ashfield decided he wanted to run his first marathon at Napa. Later that week he was told he could not get in (the field is limited to 2000 runners). Thursday he was let in. Sunday Chris won the Napa Marathon in the impressive debut time of 2:24:02. The margin of victory was five minutes; after mile 8, Chris was all by himself. Splits can be found at http://internet.ggu.edu/~tabbott/hoys-excelsior/napa.html. Chris was on target for 2:22 (Olympic trials qualifier) until 20, and kept the pace for two more miles, but fell back the last four, an experience I know many of you can identify with. And yes, Chris won his weight in Sutter Home wine. We're of course all anxious to see what Chris can do at Boston, when he (hopefully) won't be in the lead.
In seventh place at Napa came our own Chris Phipps, running very comfortably to a 2:36:47 PR. Chris ran this as a tuneup for Boston, where he hopes to run 2:30. And yes, followers of the weekly missives will remember that Phipps did indeed win a trail marathon two weeks ago.
And down in Los Angeles, Jesus Garcia ran the LA Marathon. While Napa conditions were near ideal, from all accounts LA was like Cal International '97, or even January's SF/Home Depot Half. Jesus ended up passing dozens of runners through the torrential downpour and finished 39th in 2:42:23, an excellent effort on a miserable day.
All this bodes well for our team of Ashfield, Phipps, Dan Shore, and Samuel Harvell (any other takers?) going to Boston next month to compete for the team championship (against our Polo sister Greater Boston Track Club).
-- Tyler Abbott
SAN FRANCISCO HALF MARATHON - 01/30/00
The open men swept the low even numbers Sunday morning at the San Francisco Half Marathon, as the Men in Yellow finished 2d, 4th, and 6th. The race took place in the worst conditions I've ever seen in this area for a race. Miles 7 through 10 were run into a 30-mph headwind with gusts which must have reached 40-50 mph. Did I mention all this took place during a downpour? The wind turned the rain into a singlet-piercing onslaught against the hearty souls out for a pre-Super Bowl workout. Chris Phipps ran an extremely gritty race to finish second in around 1:13:15, 5-10 seconds behind the winner. The leaders were running 1:10-1:11 pace until they hit the winds of the Great Highway; at that point, all bets were off and it became a tactical race. Chris and two others led all the way out the Great Highway, with the three taking turns in the lead. They remarkably kept each split below 6:00. A mile or so after the turnaround, with a strong tailwind, the eventual winner took off and gapped our Chris by 10 seconds or so, then maintained that margin the rest of the way. In fourth place was Parker Kelly, who led through 6+, but who hit the wind all by himself and lost the lead within a mile of the turn onto the Great Highway. I'm surprised Parker's tactical running at the finish to keep 4th place didn't make the sports highlights. Sixth was new club member Matt Patout, running his first race in the yellow. Congratulations to all of them and to other finishing club members Greg Koniowka, Samuel Harvell, and Jim Misener.
Congratulations to the two Hoy's Excelsior women who swam the San Francisco Half Marathon, Lark Dunham and Kate Kirby. In Lark's words, "no pr for either of us." In addition, new member Megan Devine (sp?) ran the 5K.
I will add that it was no picnic for those of us out watching the race and supporting the runners--thanks to Dan Mancini, John Trevithick, Les Ong, Cesar Guillen, Kim and Dan Lilot, and anyone else out there I missed.
-- Tyler Abbott
2000 PACIFIC ASSOCIATION BANQUET - 01/29/00
Hoy's Excelsior was named Club of the Year by the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field at the association's annual banquet Saturday night. Kudos to us all!
The master's men won the road championship, and the open men swept just about everything: the team won the road championship and the cross-country championship (in a tie with the Aggies), while our own Christopher B. Ashfield won the road championship, long distances (12K and up); road championship, short distances; cross-country championship; and Road Runner of the Year. Other club runners receiving recognition at the banquet included John What Have You Done Lately? Trevithick and the Groin Twins, Brian Richter and Hans Gouwens. A great year.
How about seniors also in 2000?
In other action at the banquet, by the way, the LDR committee approved our Memorial Day race--now I guess we have to work.
-- Tyler Abbott
2000 MILLENNATHON 21K - 01/16/00
Chris Ashfield continued his omnipresent assault on the club x-point record with his second PA victory ever, winning Sunday's Millennathon Half Marathon in 1:08:38, a mere eight embarassing minutes ahead of yours truly. The first PA finisher, Chris was the 6th overall. This put him just out of the race's open prize purse in a field stronger than any race seen around here other than Bay to Breakers in the last year.
The team also did well. Dan Shore followed Chris in a 1:12:05 PR (19th overall), forming a yellow pack for most of the race with Chris Phipps (1:12:20, 21st) and Jesus Garcia (1:12:41). Out of the way back machine came Tyler Ouch Abbott (1:16:39 PW, 53rd) to complete the scoring (first time scoring on the roads in over two years!). Close behind Tyler were Tom Caruso (1:17:00), Cesar Guillen (1:17:07), and Randy Guerrero (1:20:06). Unfortunately, Adidas brought out their horses and spanked us, putting 5 between our first and second. We edged out WV for second place by just under a minute to earn our first prize purse of the season.
The race was well organized, and the women's field was unbelievable. I will say it was not Fanelli's furiously fast course, but it wasn't too bad.
By the way, two club members ran well in the 8K alternative Erik Gleibermann came in 5th, and Samuel Harvell finished 10th.
-- Tyler Abbott
2000 CALIFORNIA 10 - 01/09/00
The Men in Yellow started the 2000 season well enough at Cal 10, in spite of the injuries/sicknesses/out-of-shapenesses of half of our team. Chris Ashfield started the year strong, finishing fifth in 50:16. Dan Shore followed him in 53:24 (20th), with new member Parker Kelly (53:27, 21st) and Chris Phipps (53:31, 23rd) right behind. Jesus Garcia finished the scoring in 54:07 (28th). We ran a minute or two faster than last year, under tougher conditions, but the Aggies came out with their big guns and beat us by several minutes, and WV, with one-two hailing from the North Country, beat us by 43 seconds. Jerad Crave led the 3-x-pointers in 55:44, followed by Tyler On the Comeback Trail Abbott (57:17), Cesar Guillen (57:46), Hector Working Too Hard Gonzales (59:08), Randy Guerrero (59:15), Jerry Lee (59:29), Andy Last Sub-60 Shirt Chan (59:56), Jim Misener (1:02:01), and Samuel Harvell (1:03:10).
Special congratulations to Lloyd Stephenson (54:54), 49-year old Don Paul (56:08), Jim Gorman (57:10), and Rocket Darling (59:19) for stellar master/master/senior/senior performances.
-- Tyler Abbott
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