5/11 – Berries Deliver at USF Last Chance meet / Portola 5K / Senior Games

Theraplay 5K

Portola Valley (hilly and competitive PA-USATF road race)

Chafik Azerki 16:28 (3rd 40-49)
Tim Keenan 17:32 (5th 50-59)
Keith Duncan 18:48 (2nd 60-64)
Eric Gullikson 19:35
Jeff Teeters 19:38

University of San Francisco West Coast Last Chance Meet

Cox Stadium at San Francisco State

W 1500 Rebecka Oberg 4:40.48 (club record)
M 1500 Abraham Aldaraca 4:12.43
M 5000 Ryan Smith 14:58.71 (PR) #3 all-time SCTC 5000
M 5000 Alex Battaglino 15:06.21 (PR) #7 all-time SCTC 5000
M 5000 Lauri Takacsi 15:38.55
M 5000 Rory Runser 16:00.88_
Rory and Lauri did a half-ironman the week prior to their race and it took a big bite out of them.

M 4 x 400 team (Abraham, Alex, Lauri, Ryan) 3:58.81 ummm….whelp … #2 all-time SCTC list

Oxy Invite

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

W 5000 Megan Lang 18:03.27 #4 all-time SCTC 5000

Seniors Games

Palo Alto, CA

Bill Brusher competed in the 800, winning the 60-64 age group in 2:56.42.

11/28 – McKinley Is Done


As all of us well-educated members of the running community know, Alan Webb is done. So, by the transitive property of temporal greatness, from Jonathan McKinley’s defeat at the 2013 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, we infer that Jonathan McKinley is done. I’m not sure exactly what he’s done with – his crazy impressive fall season, tearing pages out of our club record book, or maybe running with us washed-up ex-runners (surely Cal has noticed The Man On Fire and his fat, tasty slice of NCAA eligibility) – but his 14:30 is certainly on the shady side of Webb’s 13:57.

Oh wait, Webb is back? Hot diggety, I guess that means Jonathan ran pretty good.

Race Finishers Race Place Bib Name Team Name City Country Age Chip Elapsed Time Pace Division Div Place Gender Gender Place
1 8 DAVID TORRENCE NIKE OAKLAND US 27 00:13:33.849 04:22 Elite Male 1 M 1
2 10 DIEGO ESTRADA ASICS MEXICO 23 00:13:37.952 04:23 Elite Male 2 M 2
3 2 LEONARD KORIR NIKE KENYA 26 00:13:40.441 04:24 Elite Male 3 M 3
4 4 SHADRACK BIWOTT SRA ELITE/ MARATHONGUIDE .COM FOLSOM US 28 00:13:46.817 04:26 Elite Male 4 M 4
5 26 COLE ATKINS ZAP FITNESS/REEBOK BLOWING ROCK US 27 00:13:51.972 04:28 Elite Male 5 M 5
6 14 NELSON OYUGI AMERIKENYAN RUNNING CLUB KENYA 21 00:13:55.679 04:29 Elite Male 6 M 6
7 6 ALAN WEBB NIKE BEAVERTON US 30 00:13:56.164 04:29 Elite Male 7 M 7
8 12 MONDER RIZKI BRUXELLES BELGIUM 34 00:14:03.794 04:31 Elite Male 8 M 8
9 34 RILEY MASTERS BROOKS VEAZIE US 23 00:14:08.482 04:33 Elite Male 9 M 9
10 22 JACOB CHEMTAI AMERIKENYAN RUNNING CLUB KENYA 21 00:14:11.543 04:34 Elite Male 10 M 10
11 16 PHILLIP REID ASICS AGGIE RUNNING CLUB SAN LUIS OBISPO US 28 00:14:13.254 04:35 Elite Male 11 M 11
12 40 CHRIS GOWELL ADIDAS/ROGUEAC GREAT BRITAIN 27 00:14:17.670 04:36 Elite Male 12 M 12
13 38 DEVIN MONSON ROGUE ATHLETIC CLUB AUSTIN US 23 00:14:20.301 04:37 Elite Male 13 M 13
14 30 MATTHEW CLOWES GREAT BRITAIN 23 00:14:20.569 04:37 Elite Male 14 M 14
15 50 MATTHEW MALDONADO UNATTACHED EUGENE US 23 00:14:24.233 04:38 Elite Male 15 M 15
16 44 JESÚS ROMO NEW BALANCE SILICON VALLEY SAN FRANCISCO US 25 00:14:27.003 04:39 Elite Male 16 M 16
18 28 MATT CLEAVER ROGUE AC AUSTIN US 23 00:14:29.195 04:40 Elite Male 18 M 18
19 220 Jonathan McKinley 21 00:14:29.334 04:40 PA/USATF Championship Males 1 M 1
20 204 NOHE LEMA SAN JOSE CA 22 00:14:30.929 04:40 PA/USATF Championship Males 2 M 2
21 208 MALCOLM RICHARDS WEST VALLEY TC SAN FRANCISCO CA 31 00:14:36.536 04:42 PA/USATF Championship Males 3 M 3
22 18 NICHOLAS KIPRUTO KENYA 29 00:14:41.533 04:44 Elite Male 19 M 19
23 56 SERGIO GONZALEZ CALIFORNIA RUNNERS MAMMOTH LAKES US 27 00:14:42.214 04:44 Elite Male 20 M 20
24 42 CARL STONES ROGUE ATHLETIC CLUB AUSTIN US 23 00:14:43.227 04:44 Elite Male 21 M 21
25 36 AUSTIN BUSSING ADIDAS ROGUE AUSTIN US 23 00:14:45.551 04:45 Elite Male 22 M 22

Read more: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=5508745&page=1#ixzz2m4PebfGM


3/23 – Johnny Mathis ’13: Strawberries Spread PRs On Crackers Like Some Sort Of Hors D’Oeuvre And Bite Down


The Strawberry Canyon Track Club knew this San Francisco State Cox Stadium venue was capable of delivering top flight competition and fast times so it’s been circled on our calendar for months. It did not disappoint.

Today was one of those mail-ordered, perfect weather and perfect track days that don’t come around too often and the Canyon Crusaders took full advantage. First up was the Mixed Master’s Mile, and Chris Dodge laced ’em up and gave it a go. He chased a very fast WVTC runner for four laps and was pulled to an excellent mark of 4:45.21, his best mile time as a masters and well up on the SCTC all-time masters list. This was just a prelude as the men’s 1500 was next. William Chen and Jonathan McKinley waged a see-saw duel in section two of the 1500 which pushed both of them to personal bests AND both went under the existing club record by two seconds. William Chen narrowly prevailed in 4:00.12 and Jonathan McKinley surprised the bejesus out of the Cal coaches on hand by scorching a 4:00.39. In heat five, Gene Burinsky showed he is returning nicely to form after missing nearly six months of training during the second half of last year with a solid 4:11.75 mark. Irtaza Haider barely missed his PR by a few tenths with a strong run of 4:16.93. Masters blaster Kevin Downie shot way up on the club’s all-time list with a smoking time of 4:17.98. Matt Bogdanowicz uncharacteristically had to pull off the track with some breathing problems related to allergies, and Jack Wallace had an off day after letting a gap form early, finishing up in 4:31.13 .

Next up was the women’s 400-meter dash and Mariel Gray netted a respectable 1:10.36, a time she is likely to improve in the upcoming weeks.

The 800-meter dash was after the 400 and in the first heat William Chen lined up with some very fast runners expected to go under 1:52. Madness ensued as on a picture-perfect day for lightning fast times, as apparently no one wanted to take the race out at an honest pace. The fastest runners went through at a pedestrian (for them) 58.7 with William pretty much tied for the lead, looking around and shrugging, almost confused. William ended up ratcheting up the pace and running a monstrous negative split (unheard of in the 800 unless someone is capable of going a lot faster). He closed with a 57.69 for a 1:56.39 second-place performance. This was an outrageously strong finish off of a 58.7 opening lap, and after William had pulled off a 4:00-flat in the 1500 as well. These efforts took a lot out of the guys as one by one their initial enthusiasm started wane with respect to running a 4 x 400 at the end of the day and they prudently scratched from the event.

But the fireworks were not over, no sir. Ariel Farrar-Wellman, sprint kayaker extraordinaire, ran a strong 800-meter race, powering down the final stretch and pulling away from the field in her heat with a really nice PR of 2:35.06.

The Canyon continued its impressive performances as three women lined up in the 5000-meter event. Lauren Schmidt ended up establishing herself as somewhat of an instant legend as she ran in clunky training shoes and about three laps in her shoe came untied. She kept popping 84s,85s and 86s and motored away from the rest of the field. She ended up dominating the whole race from wire to wire and shattered the existing club record by 15 seconds with a magnificent time of 17:43.77. Now if we get some FLATs on her with laces that stay tied, along with some super speedy women to run with, that time is coming down…WAY down. Julia Gullikson also ran an impressive race today, averaging 90-second per lap pace and notching a great mid-season time of 18:47.77. Following Julia was Mei-Tung Chen, who has been a PR machine all spring. She sliced another 13 seconds off of her PR despite enduring a stomach bug earlier in the week, hitting the tape in 19:39.52, only nine seconds off of the qualifying standard for the Taiwanese National Meet. Keep your fingers crossed for Mei as she has been making huge improvements all season.

The men’s 5000 was divided into two heats, and the Dans lined up in a loaded first section. Dan Chebot and Dan Duett, both teammates at the University of Rochester, ran smart races and hung tough throughout the event. Dan Duett prevailed over his teammate with a good performance of 15:46.22 and Dan Chebot pulled through in 15:50.70. In the next heat, George Torgun was in an exciting duel with Nick Scalfone of New Balance, and almost pulled out the win, running his fastest 5000 in years with a really nice time of 15:45.74. David Yu swiped Dayu Tao’s number (who opted not to race), and ran a really good comeback effort time of 16:15.00. So David has some work to do but he is obviously coming back.

What a great day to be a Canyonero!

– Carl

05/01 – Big Sur, Prize at 5K

Just when you are sure it’s safe to throw in the proverbial towel, the fist of life gives you a high five!

After the Master Berries put together a spiffy team of over 40s at the Zippy 5K, only to be out-zipped by the Ags, we come into the following weekend hoping simply to put some points, any points, on the board. We essentially took our Zippy team, removed our 1, 2, 4 and 6th best runners, and hoped for the best. The primary goal was to find five royal blue singlets in the chute by the end of the race. The “just show up” strategy of scoring. Outkick a sloth or something.

Meanwhile, the open team brought 3 of the 4 from Zippys. No expectations of a team, just enjoy the scenery and wave to the finish camera before entering the chute. Unlike Zippys, the wind was of the tail variety on the outbound trek, and in your face coming back. The fact that the road-impaired marathon was to start at the same location, made the start logistics a bit more cumbersome (not to be confused with a bit more cumber buns). Many 5Kers found themselves up to 2 miles from the start, rather than the usual spitting distance to the chalk line.

Nuff whining. Okay, maybe a bit more. Big Sur is typically about 30 ticks slower than the zippy Zippy, especially if one is not accustomed to steep plummets down drainage ditches, and awe-inspiring yet ankle-twisting sea-side dirt roads. The one-eighty just before the 2 mile mark is bad enough, let alone you then had to negotiate the steep hill back into the wind heading home. I will leave the part about the snow out at this point; (i.e. dis no track meet baby).

With that said, it comes as no surprise that a few of the Strawberries finished the race looking as though they ate cranberries. No be happy. Times measured with a calendar, if you asked them. But not all was a loss. A select few berries (like those $2 single strawberries you buy around Valentines Day!) had a nice effort despite all the rubbish mentioned before. Tom Haxton again smacked down the coast’s best punishment to record a 15:42. Not only good enough for 6th place, but more notably one place better than his Zippy finish and EXACTLY 30 seconds slower. Wud I tell ya? Huh? On the nearly-Senior side of things, Tim “I think I Keen” Keenan threw down a near-3rd-place finish in the masters div! He was actually 4th, but nearly 3rd sound so much more…..medally. Tim threw down a gnarly 17:19, which was a mere 24 seconds off his Zip time. Dude’s got sand legs!

Running is a team sport. The fall back chant of those individuals who had, how you say…”poopy”…races. You know who you are! Team players! Oy oy oy! David Yu said he stunk the place up, despite the high wind, running only 16:24. It wasn’t all that bad, at just 11 seconds over that 30 second “pride” limit. Keith Gilmore actually had the second best over-under time of the group, when compared to Zippys. His 18:04 was only 26 off his 17:38. Sweet! Oh, and don’t be around this guy with 200m to go. Won’t be pretty for you.

The masters team, after Tim, included Jeff Teeters, whose 18:45 was the biggest pant load of the team. A full minute plus off his stellar 17:36 effort the week before. Bad Jeff, no biscuit for you! Following Jeff were the amazing Tres Miguels, who, as I will get to later, saved the frickin day….Plus One! Mike #1 – Singleton dove for the line to beat 19 minutes. His 18:58 being 50 clicks off last week. Mike Maguire, who shows up more for the food and wine, ran on two bad knees and a so-so bottle of Cab the night before, ran a 19:41, while the third Michael – Mr. Plummer – posted a time resulting in a 7:11 pace. When queried about his race, Plummer retorted “Where the F was everybody!?” (I added the “F” part for drama).

Deeeeespite all this terrible news. The masters were able to rise to the occasion and grab victory from the gums of defeat. They won! Won as in One! Numero uno. Ten points. Gold medal, Mucho dinero. Shorter ride home. You get the point. The “just show up baby” tradition of victory by being less worse than the other teams. High …three baby! The well earned victory moves the mature berries into first place in the GP. Awesome. Who needs the stinkin $2 fancy Valentines berries?

To make things even less worse, the open amigos also scored a full team. With the three guys mentioned way up there in paragraph five (yes, it seems so long ago!) Bill Brusher, at almost 60, coming off chemo and running with a bad Achilles, along with Ross Franco – 72 and going strong – provided the open boys with a 5th place title, along with the accompanying prize money (TBD).

For our next act, we are going to win the Open Women’s division at the Marin 10K with two women, a couple of androgynous guys and a squirrel. Go Berries!


04/24 – Zippy 5K

The PA Short Grand Prix kicked off 2011 with the annual running of the pinheads. The scheduling of this year’s event laid a big egg with those who have strong Easter traditions. While not quite the church verses state quandary, the church verses race issue may have contributed to a few no shows.

The Berries were well represented in the old hare division, but were a little short in the bunny category – scoring a strong masters team but needing to hunt for a few scoring members in the open category. The Strawberry bunnies (what, no chocolate?) include Tom “Jack Rabbit” Haxton who flattened this Easter trail in a solid 15:12 to take 7th overall and only 19 seconds off the winning time. David “Fluffy Bunny” Yu was 23rd overall in 15:43, Jack “Dye My PR” Wallace with a PR 16:25 and Keith “Floppy Ears” Gilmore completing the trio in 17:38.

For the old hares, it was a close 1-2-3 for the Berries top three; all sneaking in under 17 and placing 5-6-7 in the masters division. Jeff “Hop to It” Mann hit the line 16:50, with Darrin “L-Eggs” Banks (16:54) and Tim “Peeps” Keenan (16:55) close behind. The fourth man for the club was Bill “Jellybeans” Reed in 17:23, with seniors Barry “Cotton Tail” Smith and Jeff “Jelly Has-Bean” Teeters right on Bill’s tail in 17:31 and 17:36.

Other masters finishing, and scoring for the Open bunnies, included Chris “Cuddly Ducky” Dodge (17:55) and Mike “Bun buns” Singleton (18:08). If your eyes are not rolling yet, keep reading…

Those not fortunate, or fast enough, to score on the bunnies or old hare teams included Dan “Green Plastic Grass” Sivollela in 18:15; Alan “Easter Basket Case” Dehlinger (18:38) and Thom “Bad Ham-String” Trimble in 19:23 (hand timed).

No animals or personal records were threatened in this event, which saw the masters men take home a Silver egg, with the open bunnies settling for something around 7th place. In keeping with the no holiday is too good for racing, the Marin Memorial Day 10K will indeed by held on Memorial Day. However, rumors that WVTC will one-up Excelsior and Tamalpa by placing the Christmas Relays on Christmas day, are not yet corroborated.