Race Reports from the Women: Brooklyn Half

From Veronica Jackson of the Open: Congratulations to the CPTC Women’s Open team for capturing second place at the largest half marathon in the country! Our CPTC ladies (39 strong!) used teamwork to battled the crowds and humidity, and came away with some impressive PRs, and four women under 1:20. The Brooklyn Half Marathon course included many ups and downs in spectator-heavy Prospect Park, before exiting for the long haul of Ocean Parkway.  Those who took the park conservatively came out on top, and were able to chip away at the competition during the final few miles.  Thankfully, CPTC cheerers…

Race Reports from the Men: Brooklyn Half

From Greg Cass of the Open: Thursday night loops of Central Park can get a little dull, but the Brooklyn Half offers a brief respite every spring, giving CPTC’s orange an opportunity to take over another Olmsted creation for a morning. The change in scenery didn’t cause any performance lapses, and the Open Men continued their strong 2016 campaign with another solid podium finish, comfortably placing third. Matt Lacey The always-reliable Matt Lacey ventured downstate to lead the Open Men, perfectly executing a negative split to finish in 1:10:37, a NYRR half marathon PR. Despite the sizeable commute from Clinton, Matt has already scored for the Open…

Women’s Track: Early Season Speed

Brianna Welch, Emily Rosario and Meg Manley From Meggie Sullivan of the Women’s Open: As the spring season comes underway and into swing, CPTC’s women’s track team is heating up with quite a few impressive performances and personal records. Starting off, Stephanie Herrick and Meg Manley ran two very strong performances in the 800m just two weekends ago at Maryland’s Kehoe Invite, with a 2:06.93 and 2:07.41 respectively. Manley’s mark was good enough to land her a #4 spot on CPTC’s all-time performance list. Herrick impressively remains #1 with a 2:04.47 in 2014. With positive benchmarks to work off for…

CPTC 40+ Women’s 4 x 400: Silver at Penn Relays

Judy Stobbe, Roberta Little, Lisa Daley, Colleen McGurk CPTC 40+ Women’s 4x400m Relay Team takes home silver at Penn Relays I just received an email from Hank Schiffman about the Men’s 60+ Relay Team at Penn and within the body of the write up about those extraordinary guys (how great to be 60+ and sprinting at Penn!), Hank couldn’t have put it any better: “The real winners were our women. Our 40+ team came in 2nd. They were magnificent” http://pennrelaysonline.com/Results/results.aspx?en=383 Hank hit the nail on the head.  Magnificent they were. With a time of 4:34.85, the CPTC 40+ team showed their…

PRinceton PRs

Perfect weather in Princeton, NJ on the evening of Friday, April 22 helped a number of the CPTC mid-distance men run personal bests (or very close to them). Click here for full results.  Action started when Sean Atkinson ran an outdoor PB in the 800m of 1:51.31. Just short of his overall PB, this is the fastest Sean has opened any outdoor season. He will be looking to drop at least a second off that time at the University of Maryland Kehoe Twilight meet on May 6. On April 16, Sean dropped another 4 seconds off his 1500m PB, sneaking…

Award Winners, Nostalgia and Olympians! The First CPTC Newsletter of 2016 is Here.

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Victor Palumbo runs 14:45.50 5k (42 second PB!)

The CPTC New Balance mid-distance crew has been anxiously awaiting Victor Palumbo’s 5,000m opener. After setting personal bests indoor at 3,000m (8:37.17, #10 indoor all-time) and the mile (4:14.81, a 7 second PB), he’s been crushing workouts: for instance, 3 x 1600 at 4:41 average and also 10 x 400 at 60-61 average.  The wait ended on Friday, April 8th when Victor ran 14:45.50 at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University. The time was a 42 second improvement on his 15:27 PB from Swarthmore last May and enough to grab #10 on the CPTC overall best list.  Victor will…

Race Reports from the Women: Scotland Run 10K

Alexandra Bernardi, Veronica Jackson, Grace White Photo: NYRR From Jacy Kruzel and Veronica Jackson of the Open: Saturday may have been cold & rainy but that did not stop CPTC Open Women Team from running PR after PR AND taking home the win!  This means we are 2 for 2 on scoring races! The ladies were led by Andrea Bradshaw’s fourth place overall finish of 36:09, which was a big 25 second PR! She worked together with fellow CPTC teammate Phil Lang, to keep her running strong to the finish.  Fresh off her stellar Olympic Trials debut,  Alex Bernardi’s 36:29…

Race Reports from the Men: Scotland Run10K

From Greg Cass of the Open: Before the rain of Saturday afternoon, the high winds of Sunday, and the threat of snow on Monday and Tuesday, the weather smiled on road racers on Saturday morning and provided some prime racing conditions for the typically fast Scotland Run, the unofficial start of spring for the NYC racing scene.  As a whole, CPTC built on a long winter of preparation filled with fast times on the track and on the streets of Manhattan to put up some impressive performances.  The Men’s Open team put together a strong showing, taking third on a…

Sean Atkinson Runs #3 All-Time 800 for CPTC

After an impressive indoor season that resulted in a 1:50.79 personal best over 800m (CPTC #3 all-time) and a trip to Portland to compete at the US Indoor Championships, Sean Atkinson has kicked off his outdoor season with a pair of strong performances. On March 25th, Sean showed his strength at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, VA when he dropped a massive 10 seconds off his 1500m PB, running 4:04.07. While his focus since indoors ended has been building endurance, don’t think he doesn’t have speed. At the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, VA on April 1st, Sean clocked 49.56…