We had four Strawberry Canyon TC runners head to the Big Apple for a 26.2 bite entree in the form of the New York City marathon (and I do not have any first-hand race reports). However, looking at the athlete trackers, it appears Brandon Brown negative-splitted his way to a really good performance of 2:58.38. He was just ahead of Dayu Tao, who seemed to have some trouble at the end based on his slowing mile splits. Dayu still broke the 3:00 barrier and finished in 2:59.08.
“Modesto Mike” aka Mike Singleton was our lone masters representative and he finished in 3:27.28. Dayu Tao’s better half, Mei Tung-Chen, finished strong in the women’s race and crossed the line in 3:28.17.
We also had ten Canyoneros at the competitive Tamalpa John Lawson Memorial Cross Country Challenge which was moved to an ankle-breaking, hilly 4.16 mile course at China Camp.
In the women’s race, we had two. Kimberly Sanchez was a little ‘off’ from her sterling 2-mile PR on Thursday and finished in 29:27. Sam Adams debuted for the club and took second in the 19 and under age group with her time of 32:43. Let’s try to rally a full team of women for the last two races! (Note from the editor: also, make sure to wake up early enough to do a warmup!)
The masters men’s race was represented by the token Strawberry (me) Coach Carl, who was just not very on and ran a 30:09 with a rather slow last 2K. Cool down was awesome though…and I was thinking we should take the club out there for a long run sometime.
The Strawberry Canyon TC fielded a solid team in the highly competitive open men’s race, which heralded the arrival of a stacked New Balance Silicon Valley men’s team. Amazing what the lure of sponsorship will drag into the fray. Alex Varner (and his West Valley TC mates) won the race outright in 21:03 but he had a string of great runners just behind him.
Jonathan McKinley really stole the show in his first cross country race since high school, as well as coming off of several weeks’ of injury and rehab. He placed fifth in 21:24, edging out 2:15 marathoner Malcolm Richards and hanging tough with some very experienced veterans who have many years and miles on him. For someone so “green” to running that is off-the-charts remarkable.
Dan Chebot delivered another very strong performance for the club in a speedy 22:14. He was just ahead of Sean McFarland (22:20), whose training has been somewhat impacted by academic requirements. Our ultra-runner extraordinaire, Joe Binder, came in just behind Sean in 22:33.
Ben Chebot, he of the impressive locks, closed out the scoring five for the Canyon in a time of 23:12. Jack Wallace ran his best XC race of the season and netted a mark of 23:20, Ryan Smith improved the most in the club from his first race, as the 18-year-old Cal freshman showed promise in the future with a solid 23:49, which took third in his age group.
In fact, it was a day for threes, as it was pretty clear that we took third overall in the open men’s team division. The post-race (beer, bagels) relaxation at Miwok Meadows closed out the morning.