8/29 – SCTC Time Trial 2013

Below are the results from the time trial held yesterday at Edwards. There were some definite ups and downs with this, but everyone gave it a good, solid effort.

I want to express my gratitude to Carola Binder and Anthony Castro for helping with the pacing duties! Also, Carola, thank you for helping Christy out and taking her to clean up the wound when she got clipped in the race and fell.

I also want to express my great gratitude and say thank you to Sean McFarland, Kimberly Sanchez-Diaz, Nathan Leefer, David Yu and Dennis Roth for their invaluable assistance with the timing, placements and finish line duties in this event. We didn’t necessarily have a banner year with it, but we did what was important and kept this event going strong.

I’m also optimistic that we can build this up into a more significant event next year (within reason).

Results below:

Heat 1 (5:15):
1) Jonathan Nolasco 17:21
2) Steve Zirkelbach 17:40 (masters)
3) Alper 18:04
4) Brandon Brown 18:22
5) Megan Gentes 18:36
6) Naomi Cox 19:03

Carola Binder 11:42 (3200 time was the pacer)

Heat 2 (5:45):
1) Michael Coe 14:56
2) William Chen 15:25
3) Rory Runser 15:59
4) Cameron 16:06
5) Abraham 16:25
6) Ryan 16:35
7) Mike 16:39

Matt Bogdanowicz 4:54.6 (45-49 AG full mile)

Jack Wallace (10:06 3200)

*Brian Gillis 10:10 (3200) *I may be wrong on his time/place

Heat 3 (6:15):
1) Chikara Omine 16:38
2) Tim Keenan 17:24 (50-54 AG)
3) Lauren Schmidt 17:42 (PR)
4) Bill Salacuse 18:01 (45-49 AG)
5) Maria Monks 18:46
6) Tyrone C. 18:58
7) Jan Peters 19:21 (PR)
8) Mei Tung-Chen 19:33 (PR)
9) Steve Trutane 20:36
10) Sarah Syed 21:57

 

8/24 – Oh Glorious, Victorious!

Hello Canyoneros-

The Strawberry Canyon contingent sent nine harriers to Santa Rosa for the Phil Widener Empire XC Challenge today. In the 3.43-mile race, Dan Duett WON the race outright, marking the first time in Canyonero history that a Strawberry Canyon TC runner has EVER won a PAUSATF race. There have been numerous seconds, thirds, fourths, but never a first. Congratulations Mr. Duett!

Dan was followed closely by a resurgent William Chen, who shook off a sub-par effort in Santa Cruz and took second. Sean McFarland was 3rd, and Kris Brown was 5th overall (yes, we almost completed a sweep!). Joe Binder, feeling a little tired from some mega-mileage was 11th, and Dan Chebot’s younger brother Ben Chebot was 12th. Following him was Jack Wallace and Dan Anderson, who also finished for the Canyoneros but I do not have their places.

In the women’s race, Anne Ruminsky took 25th and Kimberly Diaz-Sanchez took 33rd. So nice job there in what seemed to be a more competitive field.

PS: I have no times to report but someone may write up a more comprehensive report later.

Congratulations to everyone though.

Carl

8/17 – Strawberries Dominate Early Season XC

Taking advantage of the competition’s early season sleepiness, the Strawberries have come out in force for the 2013 cross country campaign, notching three big, fat Ws: two for the team, and one for Dan “hungry and foolish” Duett!

The Canyon opened up the season at the 13th Annual UC Santa Cruz Invite. The report from Sean “Scottish rallying cry” McFarland:

Hail Canyoneros!

This past weekend signaled the official kick-off of the season with a bucolic race among the upper forests of UC Santa Cruz’s campus. Seven athletes made the trip down, including a full open men’s squad of five, and lone female and senior warriors.

The female’s race marked Christy’s debut performance. Amidst an unexpectedly stacked field for this early in the season, she narrowly nicked the 26 minute mark, finishing 16th overall in a respectable 25:55.

Next up, the master’s race found Strawberry Stalwart Bill Brusher toeing the line. He battled through to an impressive 31:43, good for ~13th among the Super-senior crowd.

Finally, the open men’s race, a hastily slapped together affair, ironically witnessed the fielding of one of its strongest teams since 2011. Capitalizing on a sleepy field devoid of the stiff later-season competition, the group cruised to a relatively uncontested 1st place team finish. The effort was led by Dark Horse Dan Duett (4th, 21:20), who stepped up last minute to come out of hiding in San Francisco and dish out some serious smack-down. He was tailed by yours truly (6th, 21:29), the Clydesdale Joe Binder (7th, 21:43), the new and impactful Kris Brown (8th, 21:45),  and the wily Will Chen (12th, 22:17), who battled through cramps and a rough end to summer finals week to round out the scoring.

‘Twas a great initial showing for the Canyon after a somewhat downtrodden 2012 season. Much greater challenges await as the season heats up and the competition gets fierce, and I hope to see even more of you out there to share it with in the future! If you’re not yet on the open men’s/women’s competition e-mail list and want to be, please send me an e-mail so I can add you and keep you in the loop!

Congrats to all the early season racers!

David