The Men’s Open team took to the roads of Brooklyn looking for fast times and team redemption having been edged by Urban Athletics for 3rd place in the first 2 club scoring races of the year. The CPTC crew attacked the hills in and around Prospect Park like they train in them every Thursday night and made a strong statement for what can be expected in the rest of the year’s club races.
At press time, CPTC Men’s Open sat comfortably in 3rd, over 13 minutes clear of Urban. The scoring team was lead by Francois Lhuissier, who turned in a blazing 1:08:25, good for 6th place on the club’s all-time performance list. Matt Lacey, finally back in NYC after an extended winter in Toronto, ran to a 1:10:56 training on his own in the cold (cold may be an understatement there…). Tom DiChiara came in next at 1:11:16 with an impressive negative split that lead him past NB pro Kim Smith in the final stretch. The scoring team was rounded out by Greg Cass with a 1:12:44 and Jeff Ares with a 1:14:02 (which I believe may be a PR). Harry Norton also clocked a 1:12:54, though at this time, his results are not credited to the team.
Other PR’s included:
Brian Valentini – 1:14:51 – another strong showing after a strong finish in Boston
Herb Plummer – 1:20:56 – 2.5+ minute PR
Ben Pedersen – 1:27:48 – 53s PR
Congratulations to all the racers, thank you to everyone for showing up in numbers, and let’s make sure we keep this momentum going.
We have 2 5-mile scoring races in June – if you’re around, sign up now so that we can cement our spot in the top 3. Rest up well, and see you all out on the roads.
From David Greenberg of the 40+ men:
The 40+ sent eleven men down Ocean Parkway toward the beer.
Our top three finishers were Daniel Ifcher, Mel Stafford and En Cho. The 50+ loaned us Stewart Calderwood and Chris Donnelly for scoring purposes and the team took 6th.
As always, personal records get first mention and we had a few:
Mel Stafford can claim many honors for his race: he ran 1:22:47, which was a five minute PR, he had our highest finish in the age groups (9th in the 45-49), and had the highest age graded score of the 40+: 78.2%.
En Cho backed up his recent pr at 10k (Scotland) with a huge 4:03 pr at the half marathon distance (1:24:47).
Andy Kiss continued a great leap forward with yet another PR, this one by 3:16 (1:41:47). Just a few months ago Andy was recuperating from surgery and already he is setting personal records.
George Ross ran his first NYRR race of the year and made it count: his 1:26:39/72.92% is his best age graded score in the NYRR database…by two entire percentage points. Even better, it was close to a PR even though George ran a half ironman two weeks prior.
Dan Ifcher ran his first race as a CPTCer in 20 years…but he is not yet listed in the standings as a member. If the results are changed he will count as our fastest finisher at 1:22:20.
The year is not even five months old yet Nigel Francis has already run three half marathons – and Brooklyn was the fastest of all three.
Marvin Cabrera beat his NYC Half time, as did Frank Ayala, who was two minutes faster. In fact, at Brooklyn Frank scored his best age graded score in the NYRR database for a half marathon.
On that same note, Mickey Hawtrey ran his fastest half in three years, Wayne Merdis made his team debut, and James Charlton crossed the finish line.
Outside of the boros your teammates have been racing with success:
John Milone scored a rare and surely treasured overall win in the Run the Palisades 5k with his 17:30.
Elsewhere in New Jersey, a group of eleven CPTCers crossed the river to run the wet and windy Newport 10000. Peter Brady blew through to the 8th fastest time ever for a CPTC masters runner: 34:34, winning the 40-44. That goes along with his recent listing at 6th on the all-time list for ten miles (56:53). Andy Kiss also ran well and prd at 45:38.
In the hills of PA Michael Caggia and Oscar Garcia called the Pocono Marathon’s bluff and Michael walked away with a 16 second pr: 3:32:51.
Finally, on a beautiful spring day the likes of which surely soon we will miss, David Wakefield ran the New Jersey Marathon and ran it well: a personal record and a Boston qualifier: 3:14:38.
From Andrew Moore of the 50+ men:
Congrats 50+ team on a fine performance on Saturday. A big crowd and nice conditions led to some great results in the scoring. Stuart Calderwood continued to be on a roll following his great run in London by winning the 55+ group with a 1:21:59. He led the scoring for the team.
Chris Donnelly came up with a PR of 1:24:41 and Alan Ruben – following his little 50 mile speed work out a couple of weeks ago rounded out the scoring with a 1:24:46.
Nice job guys – this was good for another team first place edging our friends at Brooklyn RRC on their home turf. Our 50+ group had another great turnout and a lot of solid performances including Art Palmer (1:29:54), Timothy Smith (1:34:29), Peter Allen (1:36:38 and a nice finishing photo on the NYRR facebook feed), Dennis O’Donnell (1:41:12) and Ralph Ripley (2:08:23).
Congrats everyone on a job well done. I hope you had a celebratory ride on the Cyclone, a dip in the ocean or at least a cold beer post-race!
From Hank Schiffman of the 60+ men:
Hats off to our 2 first place age group finishers: George Hirsch running an age graded 74.4% in 2:02.37, and Yasuhiro Makoshi AG 85.91% in 1:25.12, the first scorer in the field of men 60+.
Running what I solidly felt was a smart race until mile 12 when I realized I wasn’t so smart after all, I sputtered across the line with 2 cramped calves in 1:32.28, 8th for men 60-64, 81.45% AG; couldn’t use those track gears on parboiled legs. All that slow cooking and I burned the meat in the last mile.
Our third scorer was Kevin McGuire in 1:48.07, 68.35% AG, right there when we needed him.
Rounding out our 60+ men was Fred Trilli in 2:08.14, 61.08% AG, a man not afraid of 13.1 miles.
Like The Warriors [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warriors_(film)], we made our way back to Coney Island, but with less drama.
Injury and focus on shorter distance venues reduced our ranks to these 5 men, giving our 3 scorers a collective time of 4:45.47. Thus we placed 3rd behind West Side Runners time of 4:43.17. Taconic Road Runners has moved solidly into 1st place for the season with 4:36.34. We are in 2nd place with bright prospects.
Kudos to NYRR for a well organized event in spite of all the fine points of added security. Once again, we had fine weather.
Thank you CPTC Social Media Committee; yes, beer is the ultimate recovery drink.
CLUB STANDINGS AFTER BROOKLYN
OPEN MEN: 4TH
40+ MEN: 3RD
50+ MEN: 1ST
60+ MEN: 2ND
From Lauren Carter of the Open Women:
This scoring race took Lady Orange out to the borough of Brooklyn where we proved our strength at yet another distance. From the Brooklyn Museum through Prospect Park and down to Coney Island, we proved that we can be a force to be reckoned with no matter what borough we are in!
The women’s open team was led by Kate Pfeffer’s blazing 1:22:57. Following her lead were Lauren Carter and Alysia Dusseau, with a 1:24:26 and 1:24:36 respectively. Jenn Busse made her return to the road with a stellar 1:25:11, and Annie Onishi rounded out the scoring with a 1:26:01. The team took second behind NYAC.
Huge congratulations to Sari Aviv who made her a comeback from 13 months of battling injuries to finish in 1:31:44. Unsure of what kind of shape she was in, Sari started the race very conservatively. This allowed her to pick it up by 20 seconds per mile in the second half of the race and finish just one second off her PR!
Congrats to all who finished!
From Ani Go of the 40+ women:
The masters ladies turned on the hipster groove and represented in the Brooklyn Half this Saturday! our own tri-star Ms Stacy Creamer (S.Creamer in the house!) lends her running talents to score first for us in 1:35:09 (4th in her age group, and a whopping 81.39% AG). Next is superwoman Nicole Rodriguez posting 1:36:39, a yooge PR for Ms Nicole! 22mins in the half! Holy cow patties! Nicole has ran and scored in all of our points races this year so far. Rounding out and debuting as a master on our scoring team is Bhaviksha Ranchod, with 1:49:55. Hello, and welcome to the masters league, Bhaviksha! In addition to running for this scoring race, Bhaviksha is also raising money for diabetes research. Thank you ladies!
Congrats to our open women (2nd) open men (3rd) masters men 50+ (1st!) masters men 60+ (3rd).
And that’s not all! The NYPD Memorial 5k was Sunday!
The amazing and versatile Judy Stobbe ran the NYPD Memorial 5k this weekend and came in 3rd overall in the time of 19:32! An adult PR! Looking forward to seeing her go sub-19 (you will!). Go Judy!
Coming back from injury is tigress Terry Ballou, right on Ms Judy’s heels in 19:33, and winning her age group. No surprise there! Welcome back to the game, Ms Terry!
Next on the scoring races is the Mini 10k. Yes, I’ve already done the email semaphore dance alert that its closing, but here’s one more pitch for it:
Also, for the Yankee or Mets fans, we still have tickets left for the subway series on Weds, May 29th. Tickets are $61 each. The only thing better than running with the team is sitting around, watching a ball game and drinking with us! Let me know if you’re interested. It’ll be a really fun night!
CLUB STANDINGS AFTER BROOKLYN:
OPEN WOMEN: 2ND
40+ WOMEN: 4TH
50+ WOMEN: 7TH
60+ WOMEN: 2ND
From Greg Cass of the Open:
Monday’s unfortunate events have cast a shadow on the typical celebrations around the Boston Marathon. Even after some time has passed, it’s still hard to believe the scenes of pain, chaos, confusion, and sadness.
I think I speak for the entire Club when I say that we will continue to keep those impacted by the horrific events in Boston in our thoughts for the days and weeks to come. We are all fortunate to have a built-in support network from our coaches and fellow club members – we should take comfort in that and use it to help work through any lingering feelings.
As difficult as Monday afternoon was, we should still take a moment to recognize the great successes our members had out on the famed Boston course. Taking advantage of beautiful spring weather and months of preparation through the cold winter, our Men’s Open team turned in a number of stellar performances. A quick count shows that at least 10 men in orange and blue conquered the hills and finished under 3 hours – very impressive!
The scoring team was led by Francois Lhuissier (2:32:03, with a solid negative split), with Brian Valentini and Brad Weiss each clocking a 2:48:50 to round out the group.
Other performances to congratulate include:
Ron Brooks (2:49:00)
Stephen Curtis (2:51:22, over a 1-minute PR!)
Rohit Mitter (2:55:06)
Gerd Zeibig (2:57:15)
Ken Tso (2:58:06)
Itaru Fujieda (2:59:19)
Jeffrey Holy (2:59:48)
Neal Sussman (3:03:47)
Kieran Garvey (3:07:11)
Jonathan Stenger (3:14:45)
Brendan Rickert (3:18:26)
Chris Solarz (3:44:19)
Well done team – happy resting and recovery. Hopefully we can ride this momentum through spring races and take over Brooklyn in May!
(Photo by Sue Pearsall from New Balance Games indoor steeple)
From Thom Little of the Open:
CPTC men’s open team performed like we knew they would and captured 3rd place in last Saturday’s Scotland Run 10k. The men truly ran as a team with only 29 seconds between our 1st place scorer and 5th place scorer. The team was led by Phil Falk who ran a PR of 32:53.
The team scorers were:
CPTC New Balance 02:45:10
Phillip Falk 32:53
Greg Cass 33:00
Stan Berkow 33:02
Rob Gill 33:03
Daniel Clayton 33:12
The team had a large number of PR’s including:
- Neil Sussman ran a 36:26 PR (previous 37:19)
- Anthony Chan PR 36:28 (previous 37:59)
- Ken Tso 37:40 (previous 37:57)
- Keiren Garvey PR 36:15
- Daniel Clayton 33:12 PR (previous 35:14)
- Greg Cass PR 33:00 (previous 33:18)
- Herb Plummer PR 36:53
From David Greenberg of the 40+:
Racing in the 40-49 is a good way to set personal records – we had six age-graded bests and two flat out PRs at Scotland. Not bad for the second race of the season.
The scorers were James Charlton, Richard Nelson and John Milone and the team took fourth.
Scotland was the first race with CPTC for James, and he made his mark with a 20 second PR and his best age graded performance ever in CP (36:04/80.59%) – his first race over 80% in the NYRR database. I think it was the orange that did it.
Richard ran a 70 second PR and all-time best age graded score (36:28/79.70%) in just his second CPTC race, despite having legs sore from some pre-race skiing. I think we’ll see a good deal more from Richard as the year goes.
John Milone showed his versatility and dependability with his 36:44/77.37 – bettering his AG score from last year. John was the only repeating scorer from Coogan’s.
Breakthrough race of the day honors go solidly to En Pum Cho, who ran a 39 second PR, and made a beamonesque leap through the age graded hierarchy – he entirely skipped the 73s and broke into the 74s. Those are the races we remember for years.
Michael Caggia also had a breakthrough race, hitting the AG 68s for the first time in a few years, and had what looks like an all-time CP PR at 10K: 43:18.
Laurence Go hit an all-time best AG score for NYRR races: 43:59/66.08.
In the ‘we can always go faster than last year’ category, Nigel Francis indeed ran faster than he ran at the 2012 Scotland race.
2013 debut races were had by Matthew Febles and Eric Cheung.
Our highest finisher in the groups was David Greenberg, with his 6th in the 45-49.
Finally, the pounda pasta award goes to Frank Ayala, who not only ran a better AG time at Scotland ’13 than he did at Scotland ’12, but came back the next day in the Colon Cancer 4m and finished 2nd in the 40-44.
The on the roads on the road running and repetition award goes to new member Peter Brady, who won the 40-44 at Cherry Blossom with his 56:53/82.40%. That time is the fifth fastest CPTC masters performance ever over ten miles.
Clearly we have some quick new blood on the team – they will continue to help as the year goes.
Next up is the Brooklyn Half on May 18. The good news is that registration will reopen on April 10 at noon.
Update on our field trip to the Newport 10k on May 11: We should register as individuals, and then we can sign up as a team once we get there. We may need USATF #s – bring ‘em if you got ‘em.
Please let me know what scoring races to which you can commit, and good luck out there.
From Andrew Moore of the 50+:
Congrats again to our 50+ team for another solid performance on the roads of Central Park. The 50+ team is now two for two by placing first Saturday morning in the Scotland Run 10K with some fast running and great team depth.
We were once again led by Alan Ruben, taking second place 55-59 in 37:46. Alan was followed by our honorary 50+ Yasuhiro Makoshi who won his 60+ division in 39:38. Our third scorer was Chris Donnelly, 7th in his division at 39:40. Dennis O’Donnell came in in43:20, Budd Heyman in 44:55, Oscar Garcia in 45:39 and Stuart Alexander in 48:40. That’s six competitors for us this race – a great showing and excellent running by all – thanks!
Good luck to those team members running next Monday in Boston (hope it is a little cooler this year).
Next up for the team is the Brooklyn Half, May 18th Hope to see you there.
From Hank Schiffman of the 60+:
Our 60+ men took first in 2:04:37 to Taconic RR’s 2:09:40 and GNY’s 2:12:50. We accomplished this with our talent and depth.
Although an open team can score with 60+ runners (not that they would be competitive) the 60+ division can only score with 60+ runners. Out of the 4077 men who finished this race, only 177 men were 60+. That means only 4% of the men’s field was eligible to count towards the magic three finishers needed to qualify for a team score. Out of the 48 CPTC men who crossed the line, nine were 60+. Look at it this way. CPTC men constituted just over 1% of the total male finishers. But just under 18% of our men were 60 and older. It must mean that it is easier to race a 10k when you are an old guy!
Our most gifted runner, Yasuhiro Makoshi, ran a sub 40 minute 39:38 (20 seconds faster than last year) at a 6:20 pace, 222nd overall men, 84.24% (20th overall AG). He was first in men 60-64, besting Jack McShane by 26 seconds and Tim Delaney by another 13 seconds. His time would have been good for fourth men 55-59. He is a low weight monster in running shoes. May all our younger male runners tuck away in the back of their mind to remember when they get to 60, can they run sub 40?
My time was 41:12 (4 seconds faster than last year), once again a bridesmaid. I figure if I keep this up I will beat Alan Ruben in the year 2597, I’m not sure this would impress Gordon, who pulled up and passed me like I was a meat loaf. But at least I am currently an uninjured meat loaf.
Chris Neuhoff, the White Rabbit, ran a 43:47, 77.61%, 103 overall AG, 9th men 60-64, putting him in the upper 2.5% of men age-graded. The great Sid Howard told me that Chris is our most talented track runner.
Youngster Phil Vasquez was our first backup in 46:44, 71.44% AG. Phil carried the potential to keep us in first place had one of our scorers come to naught.
Allan Dias, running this one on a whim, as he doesn’t have the training mileage, but he certainly has the potential, finished in 47:03, 71.59% AG. Like Chris, he was very fast when young and is finding his way back.
Kevin McGuire, CPTC’s mens 60+ most committed runner, ran 48:32, 69.4% AG, 365th out of 4077 overall AG. Last year he ran this race then went on the disabled list after a serious medical situation, and was back running in the fall. It has been a year for Kevin who never lost sight of climbing back up.
Dan Molloy, who puts only 1/3 of his training in running in his pursuit of triathlons, ran 49:27, 68.74% AG 409th overall AG. He was our fastest leg of our men 60+ 4 x 400 at The Millrose Games and will run for us at the Penn Relays.
Further backing us up was our oldest runner at 67, Fred Trilli in 56:12, 63.3% AG, 837th overall AG.
Dave Delano, also in the 65-69 year group, ran 56:50, 62% AG, 988th AG. This, and Fred’s AG, was still in the top 1/4 of men running overall.
Between those sitting on the bench recovering from injuries, those on the bench because their injuries are unrecoverable or have nothing left to prove having achieved greatness in their youth, and those who specialize in track, our mens 60+ group shines.
We are tied for first with the titians of Taconic Road Runners.
Next up is the Brooklyn Half on May 18th.
A further note beyond the wrap up to our 60+ guys:
I am not a coach, just one of you who read and train. My regime evolves and my training revolves around free time and determination. Personally, I felt this race reflects a good balance of the above. We all want to achieve our potential. I feel I’ve come close to this because my mile splits were consistent and I had stuff left for the dash to the line.
Having achieved a base both aerobically and structurally (toughening my frame to handle the training) my week is 3 basic workouts:
Tuesday VO2 max track workouts (thank you Tony) would appear to be very difficult. However, regular attendance, warming up slowly and running the correct pace makes this a pleasurable workout. Sharing the session with others does as much as anything else to feel part of CPTC.
Thursdays I run Tony’s tempo, but I do it solo. For me, I can run this longer distance at my own pace and not be away from my wife this one evening each week. That said, I find this to be the most difficult workout of the week. But I also believe, but cannot prove, that this has been the key element missing in my past training where I did a compromised tempo run on my own. Sticking with Tony’s game plan is best.
Sunday, I do a solo long run at an easy pace. I find this to be my easiest workout. Lately I’m running 14 miles. Last year I was jogging back from the track on 6th St with Alan Ruben. I asked him how fast he runs his long runs. He told me that sometimes he runs at a 9:30 pace. I’ve dialed back my speed on these long runs since hearing his story. If it isn’t comfortable it is too fast. Let’s look at it in this light. If you push so much in any workout that you have not recovered by the time of your next, you will not get the benefit you need and you are setting yourself up for injury. Each Saturday, unless the weather is dreadful, I cycle all day, usually on mtn bike on trails. It is aerobic yet does not stress my legs. It is where I build and maintain my uphill capacity. As the days grow longer I’m hoping to get in some more base mileage, but even now being paranoid about an impending injury is de rigueur for my addled brain.
Jack Daniels statement rings true when he advises how to run a 10k: run the first 2/3 with your brain, and run the last 1/3 with your heart.
From Kristan Dietz of the Open:
First of all, this is a lengthy email. Stick with it. I promise it is worth it.
Congrats to our Women’s Open Team for their second place finish at the Scotland 10K on Saturday! Our team had an incredible day filled with lots of personal bests.
Leading the team with her fourth place finish was Jane Vongvorachoti. Her time of 35:22 was a 37 second PR. Jane was lucky enough to be captured in the Local Female Heros photo album on the NYRR page.
Trading in the track for a road race were Christina Argueta and Andrea Bradshaw, finishing in 7th and 8th place respectively. Both ladies ran huge personal bests. Christina’s time of 36:30 was a 2 minute and 30 second road PR and Andrea’s time of 36:34 was a 70 second personal best. In her first NYRR race in years, Sarah Alaei was 4th on the team in 37:02. It’s nice to have you back, Sarah! Rounding out the scoring team was Lauren Carter, with a 15 second PR of 37:21, which is even more impressive because she stopped to tie her shoe at mile 1! Our speedy ladies (and dude) were captured here and for some reason, they allowed me to be in the photo.
Without further delay, here are the rest of the great performances from Saturday:
- Annie Onishi – 37:41, in what she called a “fat juicy 34 second PR.” Annie had to deal with a lovely gentleman in front of her who decided to “blow snot rockets every few meters” but she noted that “the Orange Wall at the 72nd street traverse gave me the boost I needed to get around him once and for all!”
- Katie Cato – 37:48, a 57 second PR
- Kate Pfeffer – 37:50
- Alysia Dusseau – 38:19, 15 second personal best
- Grace White- 39:43, a 30 second PR. Grace wanted to thank Nigel Francis for helping to push her during the race. Grace also had her photo featured in the NYRR photo albums!
- Bevin Peter – 40:00
- Jacy Kruzel – 40:26
- Alexis Lamb – 41:16
- Rebecca McCollum – 42:53
- Ambreleah Dusseau – 42:55, a huge 2 minute and 36 second PR
- Lisa Daniels – 43:47, a 30 second personal best in her first race as a club member!
- Alexandra Klein – 44:19
- Dani Sturtz – 44:19
Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer, but special shout out to Veronica Jackson and Alex Brown, who were enthusiastic, loud, and seemed to appear when you needed them the most.
Repping CPTC on the West Coast this weekend was Cat Beck, who ran a 16:55 in the elite field at the Carlsbad 5000. Cat had some enviable experiences mingling with her fellow elites, including rooming with Brenda Martinez, warming up with “red headed running hero Katie McGregor”, and getting a course overview from Shannon Rowbury and Will Leer. However, in Cat’s words, “The highlight for me though was definitely teaching Leo Manzano how to put his D-tag on his shoe!”
As if this wasn’t long enough, here are some reminders. First- pay your dues before April 15th. Second, our next scoring race, Brooklyn Half, registration re-opens tomorrow at noon. Also open are the Mini 10K and the Front Runners pride Run 5M, so let me know if you plan on running any of those. Finally, some of you will be taking to the streets of Boston to run the marathon on Monday. Good luck and let us know how you do!
Congrats again to everyone!
From Ani Go of the 40+:
On an unseasonably cold spring morning, albeit sunny, 40+ masters ladies represent and take third place at the Scotland 10k!
Debuting on our scoring team is the fabulous Judy Stobbe, stepping off the track and onto the road at 42:25, third in her age group, bringing home some hardware!
Culling the talents of the 60+ team, the swift Barbara Byrne is second for our team in 45:01, second in her age group, and also taking home a nice slice of lucite. Her 88.34% AG is amazing to behold. It is incredibly inspiring to have her and the great Sylvie Kimche (48:12, first as usual in her age group, the only other lady to score 88%–88.85% to be exact!) on our team for this race. Third to score is our tough glamazon (running hard and looking’ good doing it!) Nicole Rodriguez, in 46:14, tenth in her age group. Nicole rules the road as she also ran and scored in Coogan’s last month. Congrats, and fantastic job ladies!
Also to note–the 60+ ladies took seventh in the 50+team with the strong efforts of the wonderful Lynn Blackstone on deck. And the ladies’ 60+ team came in first outright in their own age group. Congrats!
More greatness in our open women’s (2nd), open men’s (3rd), master’s 40+ men’s (4th), master’s 50+ men (1st), and master’s 60+ men (1st)!
from the mouth of Lady Sue P herself, some people pick races for fast times…she ran a race to win carrot cake! And indeed she did, placing second in the Urban Environmental Challenge 10K at Vanny. I won’t take credit for her win but I would like part of that cake!
NEXT SCORING RACE…Brooklyn Half in May! Note that the race has opened up again, in case you decide you want to do a half in May.
Also, Mayor’s Cup is next weekend (Friday and Saturday) and we still need volunteers! Please e-mail Devon if you are interested in volunteering.
Lastly, I hope everyone had a chance to fill out the survey. We love to run and it should be fun. As a team, we should decide what kind of season we would like to have. I’m here for you, ladies!
From Sylvie Kimche of the 50+ and 60+:
The CPTC W60+ (consisting of the same members as the Coogan’s 5K last month, i.e (still new member) Barbara Byrne, old-timer Sylvie Kimche and very old-timer/founder Lynn Blackstone) continued the year with a BANG! coming in 1st W60+ team in a combined time of 2:36:09 (almost 13 minutes ahead of 2nd team Taconic RRC )
Barbara Byrne came in first again for the team in the excellent time of 45:01, with an excellent 88.34 AG%. Unfortunately for Barbara, Kathryn Martin is back on the NYRR running circuit and Barbara “only” got 2nd place again in her W60-64 age group. However, to compensate for it, Barbara scored not only for the W50+ team but also helped the W40+ team to a 3rd place by being the 2nd runner on the W40+ team!
WAY TO GO, Barbara!!!!
Sylvie, fresh off the plane from Paris – and still recovering from a bout of dysentery from her hiking trip in Ethiopia – managed to run 48:12, 2nd for the team, 1st in her W65-69 age group with an 88.85 AG%.
Many thanks to Tony for all the cheering and screaming! That was very helpful!
The always steady and reliable Lynn was 3rd for the team in 1:02:56, 3nd in her W70-74 age group with a 74.97 AG%. And because running a 10k yesterday was not enough, Lynn ran the Colon Cancer four miler Sunday morning and was first in her age group in a time of 40:50 and a 73.28 AG%! WAY TO GO, Lynn!!!
In the absence of younger masters…., Barbara, Sylvie and Lynn also scored for the W50+ (again 7th place = 4 pts).
As mentioned above, Barbara also helped the W40+ team to a 3rd place finish, with her 2nd place for the W40+ team
Again, many thanks to Tony (and the CPTC cheering squad) for the cheering & encouragements! And congrats to all the CPTC teams for their great results!
FYI, we do not have a W60+ team for the Brooklyn Half – However, NYRR announced yesterday that they will reopen the Brooklyn Half on Wed, April 10 at 12:00noon. So if anyone has 2nd thought about entering the Brooklyn Half, please let me know asap – if 2 of my W60+ teammates decide to sign up, i’ll sign up too so we can have a team. In any case, please see my separate email about the Brooklyn Half.
So if we don’t get a team for the Brooklyn Half, our next team race will be the Mini 10K.
So far, I have only Judith & Lynn committed to run it. We need one more runner (sorryI won’t be in NYC for that race, otherwise, I’d sign up for it!).
Please advise if you’re planning to run the Mini 10K to make sure we have a team. Thanks!
From Ani Go of the 40+:
What a hot weekend of indoor track!
Our ladies masters 40+ superstars took the podium multiple times in multiple events!
Judy Stobbe burned it in the mile (silver medal with 5:38) and the 800 (2:38)! Holy cow!
Jill Vollweiler flexed some gear change muscle and scored some hardware in the mile (bronze with 5:42), and also represented for the orange printing 11:24 in the 3000m and 2:39 in the 800m! Good golly!
The great Lisa Daley showed her versatility and scored double silver in the long jump (4.32m) and pentathlon (with 2896 pts). And those long strong stems put down an 8.45 for the 60m dash! Wowsers!
Terrific Ms Terry Ballou tore the 400m in 1:02 and picked up the bronze to nick her teeth on! While she was at it, she joined a non-club 4x200m relay just for fun. Woot woot!
Let me know if I missed anything.
Congrats, ladies! Fantastic jobs!
There will be more great performances from our track ladies, as Penn Relays is calling. Go orange!
Once in a while a coach will tap an athlete on the shoulder, look him in the eye and suggest he could break a record. Usually it’s not a world record.
Hal Lieberman got the tap from Coach Devon in the fall, suggesting he help put together a team to go after the 70+ 4 x 800 indoor world record, 12:09, set by an American team in 2008. Four guys running 3:00 sounded doable to Hal, and Sid Howard quickly joined the team, as did former club president Norm Goluskin.
Finding a fourth was a challenge, and after losing a prospect to a torn meniscus, the team took to the internet. There they found Dominic Rappazzo of Albany, whose recent 68 second 400 stood out. Like Michelangelo’s claim of not being a painter, Dominic’s insistence on being just a sprinter was put to rest at a TNAR when he ran a careful 2:58. The quartet was complete. Dominic is not a CPTC member.
Devon helped with some 800 workouts, including a solid 2 x (800 400 200) done twice. The first, says Norm, ‘told me that I had a long way to go,” and the second, completed solidly, told him that he was ready to go. A sharpening workout of 2x (4 x 200) with just 30 seconds rest was the final brushstroke on the canvas.
The relay team targeted the re-scheduled TNAR on March 5 as go time, and Devon helped with the required preparations for a record attempt. Institutional memory helped, since Norm and Sid were part of a 2002 team that set and still holds the 60-64 4 x 800 indoor record. Automatic timing must be set up, other teams had to be engaged, and the attempt had to be declared. “The NYRR was very accommodating,” Sid said later.
While everyone was fit and ready, the running gods still demanded a sacrifice, and visited on Norm a foot injury just a few days before the race. But like Michelangelo on Julius II’s scaffolding, it was too late to reconsider.
The goal was to average three minutes per leg. On paper, it wasn’t a stretch considering the athletes, but on race day, with people hurt and running out of their specialty… anything could happen.
Eight hundred meter specialist Hal took it out in a solid 2:49, quickly buying a cushion for the team. Sprinter Dom glided around in 2:57 and handed it to the wounded Norman. The team held its breath, since Norm was even that evening unsure of his solidity. But he got around four times in 3:09 and the team knew at that point, with the great Sid Howard holding the baton, that the record was theirs. “I knew Sid would give it everything he had,” said Hal afterwards. Sid brought it home in 11:47, beating the record by 22 seconds.
The 4 x 8 was the orangest of all events this winter, as the team of Jonevan Hornsby, Andrew Hogue, David Peters, and Neil Fitzgerald also set an indoor world record this year (in the 35-39) with their 8:04.75.
For most of us, the history of the club is a meaningful part of our running. As Hal wrote after the race:
In 10 years or less there will be another attempt at the record by CPTC, and then in 20 years yet another attempt. We want to be an inspiration to all of the up and coming masters and younger runners. In fact, that is a great motivator for us.
(Photo: Sue Pearsall)