NBB competed at the the John Thomas Terrier Classic hosted by Boston University this past weekend and the green and gray did not disappoint. The weekend was highlighted by 2 new club records and a slew of personal bests.
Kicking things off Friday night, Jillian King won the second heat of the 1000 meters to take 2nd place overall and in doing so, set a new club record with her time of 2:49.10. Also in the 1000, Louise van den Heuvel ran a new personal record of 2:57.52 which was good for 20th place.Other highlights on the night included Melissa Nash (17:10.59) and Erin Dromgoole (17:20.81) taking 16th and 22nd place in the 5k.
On Saturday, the men picked up where the women left off. Kevin Cooper took 8 seconds off the 3k club record with his time of 8:02.24 which was good for 7th place in the event. Others setting personal bests on the day included Steve Carnevale (2:28..58) in the 1000, Craig Robinson (4:16.06) and John Drago (4:17.40) in the mile, Chris McCann (8:41.39) in the 3k, and Fran Cusick (15:21.44) in the 5k.
Members of New Balance Boston competed in the GBTC Invite held at the Harvard University this past weekend.
Those notching wins for the green and gray were Sydney Fitpatrick (4:55.75) in the Invitational Mile and Caitlin Malloy(3:00.15) in the 1000 meters.
Other highlights on the day included Melissa Nash (5:00.47) and Caitlin Fahey (5:02.31) taking 3rd and 4th in the Invitational Mile, James Weider (2:30.32) and Eric Ryan (2:32.43) taking 3rd and 5th in the 1000 meters, and Kevin Cooper (4:07.27) and Matt Hillard (4:15.07) taking 3rd and 5th in the Invitational Mile.
This past weekend NBB headed down to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA to compete in the 17th annual edition of the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.This year's championship was the largest in the event's history with 343 individuals and 36 teams in the women's race and 572 individuals and 68 teams on the men's side. Neither the women nor the men let the field size affect them as both teams executed their race plans very well and were rewarded with 7th and 15th place finishes in respectively.
You couldn't have asked for much better conditions in Pennsylvania in the middle of December as the weather was in the mid 30s and the sun was out. There was a breeze coming across the fields but one of the benefits of the large field size was that it provided some shelter from this. Other than a 50 meter stretch of mud approximately 1100 meters into the race, footing on the course was good. The women's 6k course was one large loop which mostly consisted of gently rolling terrain and several turns. There was a long gradual climb approximately 4k in but once at the top, you were rewarded for your effort as it was mostly downhill to the finish from there. The men's 10k course consisted of 2 loops of the majority of the women's course.
The women's team was lead to their 7th place finish by the one-two punch of Karen Roa (48th place, 20:55) and Melissa Nash (49th place, 20:56). Following them up were Keely Maguire (57th place, 21:09) and Erin Dromgoole (21:14). Also turning in great performances were Margo Cramer (73rd place, 21:25) and Caitlin Fahey (90th place, 21:40). The 7th place finish was a true team effort as the 30 second spread from 1 to 5 was the smallest margin of any team in the field.
This performance marks the 9th straight top 9 finish for the women's team in the national championship meet. The streak began in 2006 when the club first attended the meet which was held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. They'll certainly be looking to make it 10 in a row when they return to the same course for the 2015 edition of the meet.
The men's team was lead to their 15th place team finish by a one-two-three punch. For them it was Andrew Combs (122nd place, 31:25), Matt Hillard (126th place, 31:27), and Steve Polito (134th place, 31:33). Rounding out the top 5 for the green and gray were Paul Rupprecht (154th place, 31:50) and Andrew Erskine (160th place, 31:52). The men's spread of 27 seconds from 1 to 5 was also the best in the field and once again demonstrated a true team effort.
This was the 4th top 15 finish in club history for the men's team. Statistically speaking, it was the men's best performance ever at the meet as they beat 78% of the teams in the competition. The previous best mark came in 2007 when the meet was held in West Chester, Ohio and they bettered 74% of the teams in the event. They'll be looking to improve on their performance next year with eyes on a top 10 finish.
The green and gray had a busy yet successful month of November this year.
The men's and women's teams both kicked off the month with 2nd place team finishes at the USATF New England Cross Country Championships.
The men's team was lead by the quintet of Patrick Barron, Kevin Cooper, Andrew Erskine, Matt Hillard, and Andrew Combs whom all finished in the top 17 overall and top 10 for team scoring. Their total of 36 points was just 17 off of the BAAs winning score and 54 ahead of third place WMDP. The women's team had a closer battle for 2nd place but was able to edge out GBTC by 11 points lead by the quintet of Karen Roa, Melissa Nash, Caitlin Fahey, Margo Cramer, and Erin Dromgoole.
Later in the month, a few members took their talents to the roads at the Goretex Philadelphia Marathon weekend. Jess Minty (Marathon), Erin Dromgoole (Half Marathon), and Paul Rupprecht (8k) all had successful weekends, finishing in the top 20 in their respective events.
Several team members closed out the month with Turkey Trots of all shapes and sizes.