11/28 – McKinley Is Done

Results

As all of us well-educated members of the running community know, Alan Webb is done. So, by the transitive property of temporal greatness, from Jonathan McKinley’s defeat at the 2013 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, we infer that Jonathan McKinley is done. I’m not sure exactly what he’s done with – his crazy impressive fall season, tearing pages out of our club record book, or maybe running with us washed-up ex-runners (surely Cal has noticed The Man On Fire and his fat, tasty slice of NCAA eligibility) – but his 14:30 is certainly on the shady side of Webb’s 13:57.

Oh wait, Webb is back? Hot diggety, I guess that means Jonathan ran pretty good.

Race Finishers Race Place Bib Name Team Name City Country Age Chip Elapsed Time Pace Division Div Place Gender Gender Place
1 8 DAVID TORRENCE NIKE OAKLAND US 27 00:13:33.849 04:22 Elite Male 1 M 1
2 10 DIEGO ESTRADA ASICS MEXICO 23 00:13:37.952 04:23 Elite Male 2 M 2
3 2 LEONARD KORIR NIKE KENYA 26 00:13:40.441 04:24 Elite Male 3 M 3
4 4 SHADRACK BIWOTT SRA ELITE/ MARATHONGUIDE .COM FOLSOM US 28 00:13:46.817 04:26 Elite Male 4 M 4
5 26 COLE ATKINS ZAP FITNESS/REEBOK BLOWING ROCK US 27 00:13:51.972 04:28 Elite Male 5 M 5
6 14 NELSON OYUGI AMERIKENYAN RUNNING CLUB KENYA 21 00:13:55.679 04:29 Elite Male 6 M 6
7 6 ALAN WEBB NIKE BEAVERTON US 30 00:13:56.164 04:29 Elite Male 7 M 7
8 12 MONDER RIZKI BRUXELLES BELGIUM 34 00:14:03.794 04:31 Elite Male 8 M 8
9 34 RILEY MASTERS BROOKS VEAZIE US 23 00:14:08.482 04:33 Elite Male 9 M 9
10 22 JACOB CHEMTAI AMERIKENYAN RUNNING CLUB KENYA 21 00:14:11.543 04:34 Elite Male 10 M 10
11 16 PHILLIP REID ASICS AGGIE RUNNING CLUB SAN LUIS OBISPO US 28 00:14:13.254 04:35 Elite Male 11 M 11
12 40 CHRIS GOWELL ADIDAS/ROGUEAC GREAT BRITAIN 27 00:14:17.670 04:36 Elite Male 12 M 12
13 38 DEVIN MONSON ROGUE ATHLETIC CLUB AUSTIN US 23 00:14:20.301 04:37 Elite Male 13 M 13
14 30 MATTHEW CLOWES GREAT BRITAIN 23 00:14:20.569 04:37 Elite Male 14 M 14
15 50 MATTHEW MALDONADO UNATTACHED EUGENE US 23 00:14:24.233 04:38 Elite Male 15 M 15
16 44 JESÚS ROMO NEW BALANCE SILICON VALLEY SAN FRANCISCO US 25 00:14:27.003 04:39 Elite Male 16 M 16
17 46 ANTHONY MALLORY AMERICAN DISTANCE PROJECT COLORADO SPRINGS US 23 00:14:29.039 04:40 Elite Male 17 M 17
18 28 MATT CLEAVER ROGUE AC AUSTIN US 23 00:14:29.195 04:40 Elite Male 18 M 18
19 220 Jonathan McKinley 21 00:14:29.334 04:40 PA/USATF Championship Males 1 M 1
20 204 NOHE LEMA SAN JOSE CA 22 00:14:30.929 04:40 PA/USATF Championship Males 2 M 2
21 208 MALCOLM RICHARDS WEST VALLEY TC SAN FRANCISCO CA 31 00:14:36.536 04:42 PA/USATF Championship Males 3 M 3
22 18 NICHOLAS KIPRUTO KENYA 29 00:14:41.533 04:44 Elite Male 19 M 19
23 56 SERGIO GONZALEZ CALIFORNIA RUNNERS MAMMOTH LAKES US 27 00:14:42.214 04:44 Elite Male 20 M 20
24 42 CARL STONES ROGUE ATHLETIC CLUB AUSTIN US 23 00:14:43.227 04:44 Elite Male 21 M 21
25 36 AUSTIN BUSSING ADIDAS ROGUE AUSTIN US 23 00:14:45.551 04:45 Elite Male 22 M 22

Read more: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=5508745&page=1#ixzz2m4PebfGM

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11/24 – SCTC Represents At Local Half

None of the news roll’s authors were present at the race, so one of the following fine folks should write an article!
MEN
Chafik Azerki 1:14.07 (9th overall, 1st master 40-44 AG) Masters PR
Ryan Smith 1:15.26 (15th overall, 1st 19-and-under AG) PR
Andrew Willis 1:15.42 (PR)
Steve Kraft 1:21.16 (1st 50-54 AG) Seniors PR
Justin Huang 1:22.10
Alberto Tempio Bonda 1:28.35
Jan Peters 1:29.10 (PR)
Zachary Stauffer 1:29.36 (PR)
Steve Trutane 1:38.12
Justin Lee 1:43.22
WOMEN:
Maria Monks 1:24.37 (8th overall) PR

 

11/24 – McKinley Goes SACPOP On PA, Strawberries 9 Points Short

Individual Results

Team Results

Last Sunday was a major day for the fleet-footed Canyonists throughout the Bay Area. Fortunately for our stalwart competitors, the weather gods were most gracious as the day dawned with a light fog that burned off to crystal clear skies and virtually ideal conditions.  On center stage for our club was the heralded arrival of the PA-USATF cross country championships in Golden Gate Park, which delivered an ample supply of drama full measure.

First on the docket was the women’s 4.12-mile race, and the course was in perfect condition, compared to most years when things get sloppy due to the rains.Due to some last-minute obligations and obstacles, just two women made it to the start line. (Relatively) new mother Anne Ruminsky ran a solid 27:21, and she was followed by Kimberly Sanchez, whose 28:15 had to represent the most disappointing 53-second improvement over September’s identical race on record. She has been on fire lately and we were hoping for a sub-28:00. Next time for sure!

The master’s 6.19-mile race featured Coach Carl Rose, who was content to get in his daily exercise while doubling with coaching duties. He ran 45:14. Bill Brusher ran 49:18 to place fairly well in the seniors division.

The showcase event for the Strawberry Canyon Track Club was the open men’s race and it was an epic barn burner which netted an overall bittersweet result. From what we can delineate from the very murky overall team scoring we ended up taking 5th overall, a scant few points behind the strong New Balance Silicon Valley and Sacramento Racing Association Elite clubs.

We gave it our very best effort to beat these sponsored clubs, and came up a tiny bit shy, a net result which dropped the club into a tie with the potent West Valley Track Club for a share of the PA-USATF Grand Prix championship on total points. That being said, everyone showed up with their heart and mettle, and we delivered as well as we could on race day.

Special mention must be made of Jonathan McKinley, whose race explosion shocked the entire Pacific Association. Throughout the race I could hear spectators muttering things like: “Who the (expletive) is THAT guy?” Or “He’s going to blow up soon.” “I dunno about that, he looks awfully good.” Indeed Jonathan held on for a blistering 30:48 mark and 5th-place finish, an astounding performance which destroyed our existing club record.

He was followed by Dan Chebot, who’s quietly delivered a monster season, regaining and exceeding his old form from college. He pulled off a very remarkable 32:28, which is over 75 seconds better than his former PR on that course. Sean McFarland was our steady Eddie for the season, balancing a rigorous academic schedule with training and racing duties, notching a solid 32:39 performance.  Kris Brown (33:32) and Dan Duett (33:39), who closed with a hard-charging kick, rounded out the club’s scoring five.

Also in the mix were George Torgun (34:18), Rory Runser (34:46, almost a 3:00 PR on that course!), and Richard LeDonne (36:26).

Here are some tidbits about Jonathan’s monstrous race, which is destined to go down as one of the most uniquely astonishing and highest rated performances in club (and maybe Pacific Association) history.

1.       No one in our club has ever broker 32:00 on that course, let alone 31:00.

2.       Jonathan ran 2:00 (800); 4:22 (Mile); 9:51 (2-mile) in high school (Duxbury, MA).

3.       Jonathan is a Cal undergraduate, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. He is likely to walk on to the open arms of the Cal track team soon.

4.       Jonathan had not run any cross country races since high school until he opened up the season for us in November, and he’s never raced that far in his life.

5.       Jonathan’s favorite event is the 1500/Mile. He PR’d with a 3:58.45 last spring.

6.       Jonathan spent several weeks off of running earlier in the fall, pool running while recuperating from a bout of shin splints. He is effectively combining land running with pool running.

7.       Jonathan tangled with and convincingly defeated several notable US Olympic Trials qualifiers. If it was just one guy having an off day it is one thing, but this race was no fluke.

8.       The look of sheer shock and awe on the faces of people from other clubs (and spectators) coming over to check him out after the race was … priceless.

9.       This was only the beginning as many seem to believe a star was born on Sunday. This massive performance got everyone’s attention. My sentiment, congratulate the man who ran 6.19 miles.

10.   The pizza after the race was pretty darn good too!

Golden Gate Park  PA-USATF results:

WOMEN (4.12 miles)
Anne Ruminsky 27:21
Kimberly Sanchez-Dias 28:15

MASTERS / SENIORS / SUPER SENIORS MEN (6.19 miles)
Carl Rose 45:14
Bill Brusher 49:18

OPEN MEN (6.19 miles)
5. Jonathan McKinley 30:48
24. Dan Chebot 32:28
28. Sean McFarland 32:39
35. Kris Brown 33:32
36. Dan Duett 33:39
40. George Torgun 34:18
45. Rory Runser 34:46
66. Richard Ledonne 36:26

11/17 – SCTC Drives A Hot Thin Spike Into The Right Eye Of The Competition

Results

Congratulations to the open men who prepped, repped, and stepped up for the Canyon at the scenic Ancil Hoffman 6K cross country race in Carmichael (near Sacramento) as they appear to have pulled off an improbable victory over several very reputable regional clubs: West Valley Track Club (which had a couple of key no-shows), Chico Track Club, Sacramento Racing Association Elite and NB Excelsior.

This puts our lads in a relatively favorable position in the team grand prix standings going into the PA-USATF Championship meet held next Sunday, Nov. 24th at Golden Gate Park with a 4.5-point lead. We will still have to bring it on Sunday but this really helped our cause immensely, so once again, a big congratulations to the open men and to Sean McFarland who’s been the glue which has in part held this group together during the season.

Nine competitors in all made it out to the grassy golf course, and Sammy Adams was the lone female in the women’s race. She ran the 6K n 27 minutes, 47 seconds, indicating a little improvement over her effort at Tamalpa’s race.
The masters race featured two Canyoneros attempting to get winded. Coach Carl ran another time he would rather soon forget, this one a slowish 25:40, while Bill Brusher did fairly well in the super seniors race with a 28:20.

The open men really got after it and were led by the spirited Jonathan McKinley, who smoked an 18:05 mark on the 6K course, a time which averages to 15:04 5K pace, good for third overall behind a resurgent Malcoml Richards. In sixth was Dan Chebot, who has flat-out been having a kick…tail cross country season. His 18:41 was about 40 seconds faster than his previous best on that course. The studious Sean McFarland ran a solid 18:47, and will continue to be required to balance a very heavy academic load with a reduced training schedule. Following Sean was Ben Chebot, who kicked down three or four rivals from other clubs to lower his points total. Ben whipped across the line in 19:12 in 11th place, while Richard LeDonne rounded out the scoring five with a great 19:19 debut. The sixth-place Canyonero, Rory Runser, was right on their heels with a time of 19:24, and in fact he ran his best cross country race as a member of the club.

So congratulations on a job well done. Rest up, gang, as we have one more big battle on our hands next weekend at Golden Gate Park. And I highly encourage you to bring fans, friends, groupies, we’ll even allow paparazzi at the championship events. Come one and come all, as it should be a really fun way to wind up the cross country season for the club.

- Carl Rose

11/3 – Tamalpa + NYC Marathon

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We had four Strawberry Canyon TC runners head to the Big Apple for a 26.2 bite entree in the form of the New York City marathon (and I do not have any first-hand race reports). However, looking at the athlete trackers, it appears Brandon Brown negative-splitted his way to a really good performance of 2:58.38. He was just ahead of Dayu Tao, who seemed to have some trouble at the end based on his slowing mile splits. Dayu still broke the 3:00 barrier and finished in 2:59.08.

“Modesto Mike” aka Mike Singleton was our lone masters representative and he finished in 3:27.28. Dayu Tao’s better half, Mei Tung-Chen, finished strong in the women’s race and crossed the line in 3:28.17.

We also had ten Canyoneros at the competitive Tamalpa John Lawson Memorial Cross Country Challenge which was moved to an ankle-breaking, hilly 4.16 mile course at China Camp.

In the women’s race, we had two. Kimberly Sanchez was a little ‘off’ from her sterling 2-mile PR on Thursday and finished in 29:27. Sam Adams debuted for the club and took second in the 19 and under age group with her time of 32:43. Let’s try to rally a full team of women for the last two races! (Note from the editor: also, make sure to wake up early enough to do a warmup!)

The masters men’s race was represented by the token Strawberry (me) Coach Carl, who was just not very on and ran a 30:09 with a rather slow last 2K. Cool down was awesome though…and I was thinking we should take the club out there for a long run sometime.

The Strawberry Canyon TC fielded a solid team in the highly competitive open men’s race, which heralded the arrival of a stacked New Balance Silicon Valley men’s team. Amazing what the lure of sponsorship will drag into the fray. Alex Varner (and his West Valley TC mates) won the race outright in 21:03 but he had a string of great runners just behind him.

Jonathan McKinley really stole the show in his first cross country race since high school, as well as coming off of several weeks’ of injury and rehab. He placed fifth in 21:24, edging out 2:15 marathoner Malcolm Richards and hanging tough with some very experienced veterans who have many years and miles on him. For someone so “green” to running that is off-the-charts remarkable.

Dan Chebot delivered another very strong performance for the club in a speedy 22:14. He was just ahead of Sean McFarland (22:20), whose training has been somewhat impacted by academic requirements. Our ultra-runner extraordinaire, Joe Binder, came in just behind Sean in 22:33.

Ben Chebot, he of the impressive locks, closed out the scoring five for the Canyon in a time of 23:12. Jack Wallace ran his best XC race of the season and netted a mark of 23:20, Ryan Smith improved the most in the club from his first race, as the 18-year-old Cal freshman showed promise in the future with a solid 23:49, which took third in his age group.

In fact, it was a day for threes, as it was pretty clear that we took third overall in the open men’s team division. The post-race (beer, bagels) relaxation at Miwok Meadows closed out the morning.