2011 has kicked off with some impressive performances at the local All Comers meets. At the second Cal All-Comers, Greg Timblin started the day with a PR in the 800m, running 2:04.64, and doubled back a few hours later to establish a new club record in the two mile! Losing to only one high schooler, his time of 9:28.52 knocks Rick Baldocchi’s 9:29 from 1984 back to second place. The other early season PR set on the day came from Linda Dix-Cooper, whose 62.9s quarter broke her old 400m PR by some 6 seconds.
Several Canyonites, whose dismal footspeed precludes them from racing high schoolers over short distances, instead kicked of their spring 2011 campaigns at long distances road races. The Kaiser SF Half Marathon, by any measure the most competitive in many years, fooled most of us with beautiful conditions at the starting line; in the shade of Golden Gate Park, the mid-sixty degree day promised quick times. Not so! Cornering out of the park onto the Great Highway near mile 7, the suddenly unshaded sun hit every runner like a flood of molasses. As intimated by Tom Haxton, the last three miles were, well, a pretty good cooldown.
Tom finished first for the Strawberries, registering 7th place in 1:11:25. David “Sam Robinson” Yu failed to take it easy in 1:13:55 (10th); Dan Sivolella’s 1:23:37 (89th) continued to ramp up the pressure on Carl; Bill followed close behind in 1:24:49 (110th); and Mokhtar Sharza rounded out the Strawberry contingent in 1:34:49 (410th).
The Davis Stampede saw a club record and a victory. Rebecca Eckland took down Riva Rahl’s club 10K record, placing 2nd in the women’s race and 4th overall with a time of 37:09. Tim Keenan performance inspired Carl to create a new club record category: “Oldest outright race winner.” Yes, Tim Keenan won the race outright, and his 35:49 sits high and mighty atop the results. Nice work, Stampeders!