3/18 – Weekend Update

Across the Bay 12K
Hornet Invitational


Hey Canyoneros-

At the Across the Bay 12K it looks like the masters team took 5th overall with a few of the hitters missing. We’ll be facing an uphill battle for the rest of the year to defend our title as we are being outgunned by the other clubs who seem to be out for blood this year.

For the Canyon, we had the following masters results.

  • Rob Elia 43:13 (1st 45-59)
  • Tim Keenan 43:56 (2nd 50-54)
  • Bill Salacuse 44:55 (great first sub 45 for him and he is in 45-49 AG too)
  • Daniel Sivolella 47:32
  • Thom Trimble 50:00+
  • Eric Gullikson, Jeff Teeters and Rick Massey also ran in the masters race, nursing various aches and pains.

In the women’s race, three Canyoneras competed very well for us.

  • Katy Hollbacher overcame a week with Norovirus and pulled a 47:32 (3rd 35-39)
  • Margot Hutchins debuted for the Canyon with a really nice time of 48:54 (5th 30-34)
  • Julia Gullikson snuck under the 51:00 barrier with a 50:58 (1st 16-19 AG)

The men’s open race had two competitors.

  • Karl Walczak ran 41:13 (5th 30-34), which was on two days / week of actual run training and a year of being injured. Oh, and he didn’t push the effort too hard either. Watch out for this cat.
  • Jack Wallace ran 43:18 for us too.

On Saturday at the Hornet Invitational at Sacramento State, William Chen ran the 800. The race was supposed to be a strong field, but everyone went out slowly and tapered off (relatively speaking). The leader went out in 57.3, William was about 57.8, and finished in second in 1:55.79. Though this time is second on our all-time list, it was a second off of William’s PR so he’ll be looking to drop that next time. It is very hard to run even splits in an 800-meter race, which has a unique physiological component and requires a runner to go out hard and hang on. If William had been pulled through in high 54, he would have PR’d by 1-2 seconds. Onward and upward, next time!

I’ll hope to see many of you giving it a go at next Saturday’s Johnny Mathis meet in San Francisco. Let Niko Conner nwconner91@gmail.com know of your interest! I’ll assist him with registration as best I can.

PS: Off-topic but if you should happen to peruse to this month’s Men’s Journal magazine at most bookstores and turn to pages 88-89, you will see a familiar name associated with the running gear review.


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