April & May: Racing season is underway!
It was another big two weeks for us, as we had athletes competing on the track and on the roads. Between the OSU High Performance meet, USATF Half Marathon Championships, Eugene Marathon 5k, Payton Jordan Invite, and Oregon Twilight, we had a lot of great performances. Catch up with some highlights and results below!
ON THE ROADS…
Eugene Marathon 5k and Half Marathon: Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st
On a beautiful sunny day, Juli Accurso took down the entire women’s field in the Eugene Marathon 5k, winning in a time of 16:50. That time is a new course record, and placed her 7th among all 472 finishers. Jimmy Grabow also took home a win in the half marathon on Sunday, with a finishing time of 1:06.17–more than 2.5 minutes ahead of second place!
We also had a lot of athletes out volunteering and cheering on participants, especially since many of our TRE Flyers and TrackTown Fitness runners/walkers were competing in the 5k, half marathon, and full marathon! Congrats to everyone who competed in Eugene 😀
USATF Half Marathon Championships: Saturday, April 30th
Also on Saturday, in Ohio, Dan Kremske and Craig Leon competed in the USATF Half Marathon Championships, held in conjunction with the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon. Dan finished in 12th place overall with a time of 1:04:26, and Craig finished in 22nd place.
ON THE TRACK…
OSU High Performance: Friday & Saturday, April 29th-30th
Most of our competition this weekend took place in Corvallis, at the OSU High Performance meet. We had 12 athletes make the trip to OSU for some fast racing, in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 3000mSC. Some highlights of the meet:
Both Michaela Freeby and Mel Newbery improved on their steeple performances from earlier this month, led by Mel’s 2nd place finish. Her time of 10:30 was a huge improvement from her Oregon Relays race, and was a comfortable 6 seconds ahead of 3rd place due to her super fast closing lap of 78 seconds, the fastest final 400m in the entire field!
In the women’s 1500m, Kimber Mattox finished in 4th place in her first race of the season. Paced by our own Geena Gall, the race started out fast. Kimber hung on to run a strong 4:25.90, not far off of her PR—a great start to the season for her!
In the first section of the men’s 1500m, DJ Flores improved his time from Oregon Relays by more than a full second, running 3:49.24 to finish in 4th place.
On Saturday, Beau Armstrong ran section 3 of the 800m, finishing 2nd in his heat, just about a tenth of a second away from the win. In the women’s 400m, Geena Gall took home the victory for the 3rd year in a row, winning with a time of 56.08. Her time was also a new meet record!
Full Results: http://results.chrissabato.com/osu/20160430/
Payton Jordan Invitational: Sunday, May 1st
To cap off a busy weekend of racing, we had three athletes in Palo Alto running at the Payton Jordan Invite. Highlights of the meet include Megan Patrignelli’s steeplechase debut, early in the afternoon in Section 3. She finished 3rd in her heat with a time of 10:10. Later that afternoon in Section 3 of the men’s 1500m, Eric Avila had a strong final 150m to finish 4th in a time of 3:44.33.
Full Results: http://www.rtspt.com/events/stanford/pjc16/
Oregon Twilight: Friday, May 6
Most recently, we were well-represented at Hayward Field for the Oregon Twilight meet. A few athletes made their spring season debuts, while others continued rolling through their outdoor seasons. On a hot and sunny afternoon, we had athletes racing in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m, and 3000mSC, and there were quite a few personal bests and season bests. Some highlights below!
In the women’s 3000m Steeplechase, Mel Newbery and Michalea Freeby raced together once again, with Mel running a season-best 10:29.37 with another strong finish. For the men’s steeplechase, Isaac Updike made his season debut, leading most of the race on a hot and windy day. His front-running paid off, as he won the race by nearly 15 seconds in a new PR of 8:43.91 (nearly 4-seconds better than his previous best)! Lucas Updike finished in 6th place with a time of 9:05.75, only a few seconds off of his lifetime best- a great opener for him.
We also saw two personal bests in the women’s 1500m, from Megan Patrignelli and Kimber Mattox. In a crowded race, Megan finished in 7th with a new PR of 4:18.38, while Kimber finished 11th in a new PR of 4:22.25, improving on her race from last weekend at OSU.
The men’s 3000m race featured DJ Flores, Eric Avila, and Doug Benson (who was running in his first race since last year!). Eric led the way for the men, finishing in 3rd place with a time of 8:05.24, after leading the later stages of the race.
In his debut 800m of this season, Stephan Bullard ran a PR of 1:50.14, finishing in 5th place—a strong starting point in his first attempt at the race this season!
A lot more action is on schedule for the rest of this month, so we’ll keep you updated with it all 🙂 Thanks to everyone who came to Hayward Field this weekend to support us!