Athlete Profile: Sam Ruddock Steals 2nd Place at USA Pentathlon Men’s Individual National Championship

By Meggie Sullivan Having joined Central Park Track Club in the winter of 2019, Sam Ruddock is the Club’s first-ever Modern Pentathlete—not be confused with track and field’s pentathlon or decathlon. Modern Pentathlon, for us lay folks and runners, is an Olympic sport that consists of five events: épée fencing, a 200-meter freestyle swim, horse show jumping, and a 3200-meter race combined with four stops for laser pistol shooting. The combination of events was inspired by the concept of the “ideal soldier” and was first integrated into the 1912 Olympics.  Ruddock, a member of Team USA, started his journey as…

Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie Qualifies for the 2020 US Olympic Trials Marathon

Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie qualified for the US Olympic Trials at Grandma’s Marathon, running 2:43:29. Just 11 months after baby #3, this is Natalie’s second National Qualifier (1500M Indoors, 2008).

Women’s Track Update from Meggie Sullivan

Coach Devon Martin and Olga Kosichenko The 2019 spring season for the CPTCwomen‘s middle distance crew has so far been ablaze. The team’s all-time best list has been edited multiple times already, and we aren’t even through the month of June. On June 1st, Olga Kosichenko, Stephanie Herrick, and Meggie Sullivan toed the line at Nashville’s Music City Distance Festival. The weather yielded near perfect conditions for fast results as Kosichenko won her elite 800m heat in a time of 2:03.39. Later that evening, Herrick and Sullivan walked away with a season best and PB in the elite 1500m, respectively. Herrick crossed the line with a 4:21.02 (just a few seconds away from…

Women’s Masters Track Update from Judith Stobbe

April 6:  Jen St. Jean opened her season with a bang!  She ran with the seeded top ladies in the Sam Howell Invitational meet in Princeton, NJ on April 6.   From Jen: Last night was my fastest season opener & earliest 1500 by a month. (see below season opener times over the last 4 years).  I thought I’d be in the unseeded section but squeezed into the cutoff of the seeded. I came in last but finished right with everyone. I haven’t gone this fast in practice, I’m just coming off base, my speed work has all been long, and I…

CPTC-NB Men Set Indoor Marathon Relay Record: 2:09:43

CPTC teammates Felix Cancre, Stephen Gomez, Matt Lawder, Benjamin Toomer, Mike Cobb and Open Roads Captain Phil Falk broke the old record by around eight minutes. https://www.armorytrack.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=45586&do=videos&video_id=273075-Central-Park-Track-Club-New-Balance-Breaks-The-Meet-Record-Running-2-09-43-In-The-Indoor-Marathon-Team-Relay  

Peter Brady is USATF-NY’s Masters Track Athlete of the Year for 2018

Peter is a former national masters champion in the 800 meters and has masters club records at 1000 meters, 1500 meters (indoors), one mile and 3000 meters.  

CPTC-NB Masters Win Three Medals at Indoor Nationals

From Captain Amy Kvilhaug: The CPTC masters squad brought home three medals from USATF Masters Nationals held at the JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem, NC March 1-3, 2019. Amy Kvilhaug (W40-44) led the way earning the gold medal and a national championship title in the 800m (2:31.34), in addition to a bronze medal in the 400m (66.98). She tweaked her calf a bit warming up for the 400m so had to scratch from the mile on Saturday, which she was also slated to run. It proved to be the right move as she was able to race the 800m on Sunday…

CPTC-NB Masters Win Four NYRR Runner of the Year Awards and One Team Championship

The masters crew put a cap on its fine 2018 roads season with four runner of the year awards from NYRR, and the M50+ brought home a first-place team trophy.   Men’s 50+:  Brad Kelley, David Dorsey, Captain Chris Donnelly, Mark Lindrud, David Greenberg   Sylvie Kimche, 70-74: Barbara Byrne 65-69: Brad Kelley, 50-54: Yasuhiro Makoshi, 65-69:

Lisa Daley Wins Bronze at World Masters Championships

Lisa Daley and I were fortunate to attend the Master’s World Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain earlier this month.  For those that are not familiar, WMA (World Masters Athletics) organizes this track and field, cross country and road championships every two years.  The location changes and is announced a couple of years prior.  There is also an indoor championship that is on the alternate year of the outdoor event.  It draws the most elite and experienced masters (35 years and older) from around the world.  And it’s not just track…there are road 10k, half marathon, cross country and race walking…

Central Park Track Club M50+ Wins National Cross Country Championship

The core of distance running is going after it, again and again, hoping that in the end the work pays off with accomplishment and improvement. The current crop of CPTC 50+ harriers has been going after a national title for many years, hoping one year they could get on top. One year they were third,  last year they broke through to second, and in 2018 they broke the tape in first, national champs. The win did not come easily, since getting a five-member team to an away race is never easy. Families were asked to be understanding, employers had to…

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