3/17 – ATB12K + SJSU Twilight Mile

Here are a couple of race results from the previous week.

On Thursday we had two competitors at the San Jose State University’s Inaugural Twilight mile. Conditions were quite windy. Ryan Smith took 3rd in 4:36.7 in the first heat, and Megan Gentes ran 5:40, taking second in the second heat. She was third female overall.

At the Across the Bay 12K race, conditions were beautiful albeit slightly warmish for the annual 7.46-mile pilgrimage across the Golden Gate Bridge. This race featured a strong performace by our men’s seniors (50-59) team. We would win that division handily, and a strong masters effort would likely give us second overall in the masters race. Decisions, decisions when it comes to scoring this…

Our newest masters terror Chafik Azerki paced the graybeards with his head-turning time of 41 minutes, 54 seconds. This placed him as the second masters runner overall in the race. Rob Elia continued his reign of terror on a new age group, taking second in the 50-59 age category with a 43:02 mark. Third overall and fourth in his 50-59 age category was the durable Tim Keenan (43:45). Keenan was trailed by Jeff Teeters, who looks like he is starting to come back into his own (47:05). Erik Gullikson ran another good race (49:42), and took 5th in the 55-59 age group for the Canyoneros.

We also brought  a scoring team of five open men to the races’ starting line and they appear to have finished fourth as a team (tough to tell this early on). Richie LeDonne has obviously started finding his gear again as he turned in a smokin’ performance on a challenging, undulating course and came home in an impressive 39:55. Comeback Jack Wallace rolled through next in 42:16, pulling along a pressed-into-service Andrew (listed as “John”) Willis, who battled through for a strong time of 42:17. Christoph Wanner was our fourth finisher in 43:29, and Matt Weber rounded out the open team in 45:26.

 

3/3 – Can’t Touch This! Chafik Goes Hammer On Redding

Hello dwellers of the Canyon. We have a few race results to report:

Cal all-comers meet held on February 22nd

1500

Shellin Chuong (women) 5:37.92

3200

3. Rory Runser 9:51.67; 4. Ryan Smith 9:58.92 (men)

5. Megan Gentes 11:28.84; Shellin Chuong 12:27.73; Melissa Quintero 12:42.58 (women)

John Frank NorCal PA-USATF 10-mile Championships in Redding, CA held on March 1st

Chafik Azerki debuted his 2014 road season with a win in the masters (40-49 age group) with a great time of 57:04 on a hilly course. Other results included a strong showing from our senior stalwarts from near and fat. Bill Reed made the journey from Reno and finished as 2nd senior (50-59 AG) overall in 1 hour, 1 minute and 7 seconds (1:01.07). Tim Keenan was 3rd senior (1:02.18); Jeff Teeters was 4th senior (1:03.08) in his best race in awhile after overcoming some hamstring troubles that plagued his 2013 campaign; Bill Salacuse rounded out the team’s scoring with a time of 1:05.23 in his preparation for the Boston marathon. Alan Dehlinger also made the trek down from Reno and finished in 1:08.21.