A rainy spring in the Bay Area may have been great for growing strawberries, but was maybe not quite as nice for running. That was far from stopping the Strawberry Canyon Track Club from putting on a six-month long exhibition however, shattering records on the tracks and roads in events ranging from the 200m to the marathon. In the end, fifteen records fell, and many, many more personal bests were set.
- Men’s 110m Hurdles – Stephen Bailey (16.01)
- Men’s 200m – Andrew Orellana (22.54)
- Men’s 400m – Andrew Orellana (50.04)
- Men’s 400m Hurdles – Stephen Bailey (56.57)
- Women’s 1500m – Elizabeth Ordeman (4:38.19)
- Men’s 1500m – Steve Correa (3:49.09)
- Men’s Mile – John Hogan (4:11.25)
- Men’s 3000m – Harmen Hoek (8:26.37)
- Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – Phoebe Johannensen (11:05.67)
- Men’s 3200m – John Hogan (9:00.32)
- Women’s 5k road – Phoebe Johannensen (18:03 – tied)
- Men’s 10000m – Jonathan Briskman (31:03.63)
- Men’s 12k Centipede – SCTC “A” Centipede (42:49)
- Women’s Half Marathon – Julia Sizek (1:17:21)
- Women’s Marathon – Madeline Duhon (2:38:32)
In addition to all these records, there were many impressive individual and team victories and podium finishes. Among these many highlights were Harmen Hoek winning the Dutch Student’s National Championship in the indoor 3k; Jonathan Briskman defending his title at the San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15k, then finishing third at the inaugural Napa Valley Half Marathon several months later; Julia Sizek finishing runner up at the Oakland Half Marathon and then later winning the Tilden Tough Ten; at the Humboldt Avenue of the Giants races, Regina Scarpin winning the half marathon and Sarah Klass finishing 2nd in the full marathon; Megan Gentes landing a podium spot with 3rd at the Clarksburg Half Marathon (setting a club record at the time).
On the team front, the open men earned team victories in the PAUSATF Road Grand Prix at both the Oakland Marathon Team Relay and Stow Lake Stampede, in addition to second place finishes at the SACTOWN 10 mile, Devil Mountain Mile of Truth, and Reach for a Star 5k. The open’s women team’s season so far has been highlighted by a second place finish at the Reach for a Star 5k and third place finish at the Oakland Marathon Team Relay.
The spring season ended with the open men’s Bay to Breakers Centipede (wherein 13 runners are tied together to race 12k across San Francisco), setting the new club-best mark and finishing 3rd place as a team; a second SCTC centipede also ran, helping to make it one of the most highly-attended races for the club with 28 Berries running in total. This wonderful event highlighted the camaraderie that makes this club so special, and capped off a truly spectacular spring season!
We will continue to practice and race throughout the summer, meeting at Edwards Track every Monday and Thursday at 6pm. New comers are always welcome – we hope to see you out there!
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