2/20 – SCTC wins 2011 PAUSATF Club of the Year!!!

Hello Strawberries and friends-

Eight Strawberries in all attended this evening’s PA-USATF Awards Banquet at Scott’s Seafood in Oakland’s Jack London Square and we claimed some serious hardware. In attendance were: Club President Dan Duett, Kyle Braam, Greg Timblin, Sean McFarland, Tim Keenan, Jeff Teeters, Barry Smith and Carl Rose.

Greg Timblin was honored for his monstrous cross country season and received his award as the PA-USATF Open Men’s Cross Country Champion.

Jeff Teeters was honored for his gritty Pacific Association LDR long-distance road racing title as the seniors (50-59) PA-USATF Long Distance Road Race Grand Prix Champion.

The Open Men’s team was honored as the champion of the PA-USATF Open Men’s Cross Country Team Champion.

The Master’s Men’s team was honored as the PA-USATF Masters Men’s Road Race Team Champion.

And all of these awards led to … wait for it …

…wait for it…

…wait for it…

THE STRAWBERRY CANYON TRACK CLUB was named the PA-USATF CLUB OF THE YEAR FOR 2011!!!

That was a cherry on top of a … strawberry???

Congratulations are in order for the Strawberry Canyoneros. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for each and every one of you. And the Pacific Association salutes YOU for your efforts.

As do I…thank you all for making this such a terrific club to be involved with.

Best regards,

Carl

2/19 – Christine Bowlus Moonballs 2-Mile CR Into Narcoleptic Coma

Today was another good day at the Cal all-comers meet was pretty well-attended and today we saved the best for last.

Gene Burinsky ran a decent season-opening race in the 1500, with a 4:19.5, about four seconds off his PR. He spent a fair part of race in lane two and it looked like a few elbows were thrown in a rough-and tumble morning race. Steve Sodaro won the top heat in 3:49.9.

In the men’s 400 Niko Conner took a crack at a rust-buster after essentially a year-long hiatus from being able to really train with intensity until the past couple of months. His 54.52 didn’t satisfy him by any means, but it gives him an early season set-point and a time I thnk he can bring down considerably before all is said and done.

Master’s 400-meter ace Chris Dodge may have claimed the masters 400-meter record in a great time of 55.09, eclipsing his mid-55 mark set at the World Championships last spring.

In the 3200-meter event, for the first time it was divided into a boys and girls race. Hence, Christine Bowlus’s plans to pace off of Josh Seeherman and the high school boys were foiled. Leading the Strawberries in the men’s race was Rory Runser in 9:53. He was followed by Jack Wallace, who narrowly missed his PR with a strong mark of 9:55. Irtaza gamely led the other two berries and another high school runner for 6-and-a-half laps before fading. Still, Irtaza had an amazing breakthrough with a strong time of 10:05, which represents a 20-second PR for the Cal freshman. Joshua Seeherman finished in 10:47 or a tad under, and this is roughly equivalent to his 10:00-flat 3K PR.

In the women’s heat of the 3200, Christine was mixed in with some Stanford redshirt gals who were doing a tempo, after taking one of their teammates out hard who wanted to break 10:30. Christine came through in 80 seconds for the first lap and 2:41 at the 800, a very fast opening half for her, and yet she still trailed three other runners. After two laps a pair of the Stanford girls fell off the pace leaving their teammate out in front, aiming for a lofty mark. Christine surged past the other two Stanford women who were instructed to tempo the remaining portion of the race. The Stanford gal appeared to have an insurmountable lead on Christine, but Christine kep charging and charging along, hitting 81-82 second splits. The crows (and … well … me) started going nuts at that point as even the Cal kids were pulling for the underdog. Christine came through the 800-meter mark still about 100-meters behind the leader from Stanford but she was inexorably closing the gap on her during this rather breezy race. With a lap to go Christine had closed to within five seconds and kept battling all the way around the track. Christine couldn’t quite catch the Stanford girl at the line, but when the clock flashed, the Stanford girl had run 10:51 and Strawberry Canyon Track Club’s Christine Bowlus just destroyed her own 3200-meter PR and club record set two weeks ago by 11 seconds in 10:52.87!!!

For anyone who missed it the first time, this may bear repeating:

Strawberry Canyon Track Club’s Christine Bowlus just destroyed her own 3200-meter PR and club record set two weeks ago by 11 seconds in 10:52.87!!!

This was an incredible run for Christine, who all but assured herself of a walk-on spot with the Cal cross country and track team next fall with that remarkable performance,

What a joy that race was to watch–the crowd was going pretty crazy for her, myself included. Congratulations to Christine and Irtaza and Chris and the rest of the gang who showed up today. This was a pretty sweet performance, no doubt.

Best to all,

Carl