1/20 – Canyoneras Crush Houston; Track Season Begins

Strawberry Canyon Track Club continued its impressive first month of the 2019 campaign over the weekend, sending two women to Houston for the half and full marathons, and fielding a healthy turnout at the first of three Cal All-Comers meet.
In Texas, two Canyoneras competed in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, which were highly stacked, competitive races. Conditions were breezy and “too” cold, so not quite optimal for turning in the best possible performances. However, Madeline Duhon, who was actually born in Houston, clobbered the marathon club record by over 11 minutes, finishing in 2:38:42, good for 13th overall. She will be looking towards the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February of next year.
Also in the mix was Karen Eckberg, who has never seen a half marathon she didn’t like, ran to 1:22:14 gun time, but may have eked a razor-thin PR on chip time. Despite the fairly difficult conditions, she still ran to the best of her ability and was the 59th place female in the half marathon.
At the Cal All-Comers meet in Berkeley, perfect weather greeted the athletes after a month-long rainy spell. Stephen Bailey was thrown into the fast section of the 60-meter hurdles event and  responded well. His attention to technique and detail has really paid off for him as he skimmed over each hurdle en route to a mark of 9.09, which took 0.35 seconds off both his PR and club record.
Kyle Bystrom and Andrew Tey entered the 1500, and Kyle, normally a slow starter during the season, had by far his most impressive early-season performance in history, taking third in the 1500 in a time of 4:10.29. Andrew, who has just started doing Monday workouts with us, finished in 4.44.29.
We had several athletes take a crack at the 400-meter dash, and Stephen Bailey emerged victorious over new teammate and training partner Noah Shamsai. Stephen’s 53.48 was only 0.23 seconds off of his PR so that is very encouraging for so early in the season, while Noah ran 53.75, at top 5 time for the club. Also in the race was Kyle Bystrom (54.41) and Andrew Tey (57.17) coming off their earlier 1500s.
Anchit Desai ran a gutsy 800 but seemed to make one tactical error in fighting for the lead after 500 meters. Though a bit disappointed, he still ran 2:18.81 and will drop that time considerably before all is said and done.  
Stephen Bailey and Noah Shamsai squared off again in the 200 meter event, and this time Noah prevailed, thus evening the scoreboard between the two training partners at 1-1. Noah (24.25) was only .10 off of Stephen’s club record. Stephen missed that but still ran well in 24.48.
The 3200 was the final event and Denny Rich kind of went for it, but didn’t have his usual “pop” which was presumably the result of a fairly relaxed training bloc during Christmas break. He ran 9:54.02, and Mitchell Negus ran 10:07.90, and is deliberately trying to peak later in the season so he can optimize his efforts at the more significant races.
At the Los Gatos All-Comers meet, Bill Brusher ran to a 3:12 800, a top age group time for Super Seniors+, and Matt Bogdanowicz competed in the shot put.
This post was written by Coach Carl Rose.

1/13 – Gentes and Briskman kick off 2019 in spectacular fashion

Megan with pacesetter Ryan after her club record half marathon

It didn’t take long for 2019 to feature some stellar road race finishes for Strawberry Canyon Track Club. 


At the Clarksburg Country Run Half Marathon, Megan Gentes shattered the club record by two minutes, and her own PR by four minutes, by running 1:19:59 to finish 3rd place. The race capped a long season for Megan which included her winning the 2018 Open Women’s PAUSATF XC Grand Prix.

Jonathan at the Hot Chocolate 15k

In San Francisco, Jonathan Briskman defended his title by winning the Hot Chocolate 15k for the second straight year with a time of 49:41. This is a promising start to 2019 for Jonathan, who is coming off a club record time in the marathon from CIM just over a month ago.


This is just the start for what promises to be another strong year on the roads for Strawberry Canyon Track Club. But let’s not forget, track season is already upon us. January 19th will feature the first of three Cal All Comers meets, in all of which we will have a strong presence. 

See you out there!