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.