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

Results

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
17 46 ANTHONY MALLORY AMERICAN DISTANCE PROJECT COLORADO SPRINGS US 23 00:14:29.039 04:40 Elite Male 17 M 17
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

#outin4:30

11/24 – McKinley Goes SACPOP On PA, Strawberries 9 Points Short

Individual Results

Team Results

Last Sunday was a major day for the fleet-footed Canyonists throughout the Bay Area. Fortunately for our stalwart competitors, the weather gods were most gracious as the day dawned with a light fog that burned off to crystal clear skies and virtually ideal conditions.  On center stage for our club was the heralded arrival of the PA-USATF cross country championships in Golden Gate Park, which delivered an ample supply of drama full measure.

First on the docket was the women’s 4.12-mile race, and the course was in perfect condition, compared to most years when things get sloppy due to the rains.Due to some last-minute obligations and obstacles, just two women made it to the start line. (Relatively) new mother Anne Ruminsky ran a solid 27:21, and she was followed by Kimberly Sanchez, whose 28:15 had to represent the most disappointing 53-second improvement over September’s identical race on record. She has been on fire lately and we were hoping for a sub-28:00. Next time for sure!

The master’s 6.19-mile race featured Coach Carl Rose, who was content to get in his daily exercise while doubling with coaching duties. He ran 45:14. Bill Brusher ran 49:18 to place fairly well in the seniors division.

The showcase event for the Strawberry Canyon Track Club was the open men’s race and it was an epic barn burner which netted an overall bittersweet result. From what we can delineate from the very murky overall team scoring we ended up taking 5th overall, a scant few points behind the strong New Balance Silicon Valley and Sacramento Racing Association Elite clubs.

We gave it our very best effort to beat these sponsored clubs, and came up a tiny bit shy, a net result which dropped the club into a tie with the potent West Valley Track Club for a share of the PA-USATF Grand Prix championship on total points. That being said, everyone showed up with their heart and mettle, and we delivered as well as we could on race day.

Special mention must be made of Jonathan McKinley, whose race explosion shocked the entire Pacific Association. Throughout the race I could hear spectators muttering things like: “Who the (expletive) is THAT guy?” Or “He’s going to blow up soon.” “I dunno about that, he looks awfully good.” Indeed Jonathan held on for a blistering 30:48 mark and 5th-place finish, an astounding performance which destroyed our existing club record.

He was followed by Dan Chebot, who’s quietly delivered a monster season, regaining and exceeding his old form from college. He pulled off a very remarkable 32:28, which is over 75 seconds better than his former PR on that course. Sean McFarland was our steady Eddie for the season, balancing a rigorous academic schedule with training and racing duties, notching a solid 32:39 performance.  Kris Brown (33:32) and Dan Duett (33:39), who closed with a hard-charging kick, rounded out the club’s scoring five.

Also in the mix were George Torgun (34:18), Rory Runser (34:46, almost a 3:00 PR on that course!), and Richard LeDonne (36:26).

Here are some tidbits about Jonathan’s monstrous race, which is destined to go down as one of the most uniquely astonishing and highest rated performances in club (and maybe Pacific Association) history.

1.       No one in our club has ever broker 32:00 on that course, let alone 31:00.

2.       Jonathan ran 2:00 (800); 4:22 (Mile); 9:51 (2-mile) in high school (Duxbury, MA).

3.       Jonathan is a Cal undergraduate, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. He is likely to walk on to the open arms of the Cal track team soon.

4.       Jonathan had not run any cross country races since high school until he opened up the season for us in November, and he’s never raced that far in his life.

5.       Jonathan’s favorite event is the 1500/Mile. He PR’d with a 3:58.45 last spring.

6.       Jonathan spent several weeks off of running earlier in the fall, pool running while recuperating from a bout of shin splints. He is effectively combining land running with pool running.

7.       Jonathan tangled with and convincingly defeated several notable US Olympic Trials qualifiers. If it was just one guy having an off day it is one thing, but this race was no fluke.

8.       The look of sheer shock and awe on the faces of people from other clubs (and spectators) coming over to check him out after the race was … priceless.

9.       This was only the beginning as many seem to believe a star was born on Sunday. This massive performance got everyone’s attention. My sentiment, congratulate the man who ran 6.19 miles.

10.   The pizza after the race was pretty darn good too!

Golden Gate Park  PA-USATF results:

WOMEN (4.12 miles)
Anne Ruminsky 27:21
Kimberly Sanchez-Dias 28:15

MASTERS / SENIORS / SUPER SENIORS MEN (6.19 miles)
Carl Rose 45:14
Bill Brusher 49:18

OPEN MEN (6.19 miles)
5. Jonathan McKinley 30:48
24. Dan Chebot 32:28
28. Sean McFarland 32:39
35. Kris Brown 33:32
36. Dan Duett 33:39
40. George Torgun 34:18
45. Rory Runser 34:46
66. Richard Ledonne 36:26

7/29 – 3200m Test Yields Club Record!

A number of club members and friends ran tonight’s 3200-meter time trial at Cal’s Edwards track. The runners did not let the fencing in lane two on the home straight bother them, which swung them wide by a few extra meters for good measure.

The highlight had to be Jonathan McKinley’s whopping 34-second PR (which based on his 1500 times, was long overdue and probably in line with where he should be). He crushed a 9:17 and looked like he had more in the tank. William Chen pulled an impressive 9:30, which is the No. 4 club mark all time behind Jonathan, Greg Timblin and Rick Baldocci. Neither has done anything but strong base work and mileage this summer. Wait till they sharpen up then it’s going to get really interesting.

On a unseasonably cool and breezy evening at the track, the guys got after it. Nice work, everyone!

Jonathan McKinley     9:17

William Chen     9:30

Kris Brown     9:49

Jack Wallace     10:28

Brad Afrolian     10:39

Brad Leach 10:50

Brandon Brown 10:52

Justin Huang   10:47

Tim Keenan     11:02

5/5 – Car(l) Trouble

Hi everyone,

I have a few messages to pass on from adventurer-Carl, who took his Mini on the road this weekend and ended up stranded in this terrible-sounding place called “Los Angeles.”

1. Congratulations to Jon McKinley for setting (another) club record in the 1500m! His 3:58.45 was good for eighth in his heat, and 38/80 overall at the ridiculously stacked Oxy Invite

I think this is the third occasion in a Bubka/Isinbayenva-esque season that the 1500m record has been broken, so way to milk it for all it’s worth, Will and Jon :)

http://www.oxyathletics.com/sports/mtrack/2012-13/files/Results.htm

2. Results from the Portola 5K are already up at http://www.sml1.com/norcalstat/Other/5k4play13_res.htm. Representing The Canyon in the valley were the usual army of masters, the stalwart Julia, and yours truly:

Name Overall Age Gun time Chip time Pace

Julia Gullikson 19 1 19:30 19:26 6:16

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David Yu 12 8 15:52 15:51 5:07

Kevin Downie 28 3 17:05 17:04 5:30

Tim Keenan 38 1 17:29 — —

Dan Sivolella 58 8 18:13 — —

Bill Salacuse 68 9 18:39 — — (were none of you guys wearing chips??)

Thom Trimble 75 7 18:51 — —

Jeff Teeters 78 8 18:56 18:53 6:05

At first glance, it looks like the masters team finished 3rd behind the Aggies and Excelsior, edging out Pamakids.

3. Workouts for the week will be posted here by tomorrow. Carl probably won’t be back in Berkeley by tomorrow evening, so it’s up to your personal discretion how much suffering to inflict on yourself.

Nice work, everyone!

David

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

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Results

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

Two Notable Performances

Results

Hello Berries and friends-

We’ve had two notable performances recently on the eve of the San Rafael mile.

Matt Bogdanowicz ran a 4:38.3 for the road mile in Los Gatos last weekend, and other than Jeff Mann, no Canyonero masters runner has run faster in the club as far as I know.

And tonight, Christine Bowlus knocked out a 30-second (USATF certified) 5K PR at the Third Annual Moonlight Run in warm conditions in Davis. She ran a quick 18:09 (raced alone pretty much the whole time) and tied the club’s road 5K record. Congratulations to both of you!

Carl