4/3 – PR Central at the Distance Carnival

Results

We seem to thrive at this meet every year.

Once again the Berries of the Canyon crushed many PRs at the SF State Distance Carnival on April 3rd and 4th. First off was the morning 10000, and Bentley Regehr ran 33:18.20 for a top five listing in the club as well as a nice PR.

In the 1500 and 800 we had two berries:

M1500

Jeff Schaefer 4:03.03 (No. 4 club all-time)

M800

Ed Hill 2:06.17

We had three women under 18:00 in the 5000 + two more under 19:00, and two men broke 15:00 and a number of them set PRs:

W5000

Olivia Hill 17:28.86 (72-second PR!!!) 2nd club all-time
Megan Gentes 17:57.63 (dental visit impacted form)
Megan Lang 17:59.83 (amazing last lap to snag a sub-18)
Irene Graham 18:50.42 (come back trail)
Kimberly Sanchez 18:56.74 (40-second PR!!!)

M5000

Jonathan McKinley 14:34.25 (PR, club record)
Ryan Smith 14:57.50 (PR)
Jonathan Briskman 15:26.90
Colin Gannon 15:30.60 (14-second PR)
Colin Briskman 15:31.26

 

The next day we had a few more events

W200

Alyssa Ortega 30:69.

Then we had the two-mile where Kate Ashley dazzled less than three weeks out from the Boston Marathon, and a couple of men in the mile.

W Two Mile

Kate Ashley 12:00.86 (30-second PR)
Shellin Chuong 12:28.65
Melissa Quintero 13:09.76

 

M Mile

Emilio Flamenco 5:09.26
Matthew Perez 5:12.19

3/21 – Johnny Mathis meet – barely over/under PRs

The Berries brought some talent on the men’s side to the Johnny Mathis meet at the speedy San Francisco State University’s Cox Stadium track facility. (The women were saving their ammo for the Oakland Marathon relay).

Opening up in the men’s 1500 was Jonathan McKinley (4:03.37) and Jeff Schaefer with a PR (4:03.45). In another 1500 section Emilio Flamenco PR’d in 4:44.36 and Matt Perez finished in 4:46.56.

Ryan Smith ran a very good 5000 in 14:59.34, a scant half-second or so over his PR, while Alex Battaglino scraped under his PR by a second (15:05.09). In a subsequent section, Ryan Lok ran 15:39.04, Colin Gannon PR’d by less than two seconds (15:44.98), and Bentley Regehr (now in Truckee) ran 16:07.15.

3/14 – Davis meet recap!

We had some strong performances at the UC Davis home opener track meet yesterday. Opening up was the women’s 5000, in which the weather was unusually cooperative, cloudy, windless with moderate temps. Megan Gentes was a machine and cranked out a 17:44,63, a PR by 12 seconds and improved her No. 3 on the club’s all-time list mark. She also finished third overall and beat some D1 runners. Megan Lang, despite working 60 hours last week and feeling its effects, hung on for a very solid early season 18:19.53.

The 1500s came up next for the Canyon and we had several runners. Jeff Schaefer debuted with a 4:06.72, and Alex Battaglino dipped under 4:10 in his heat with a 4:09.98. Ryan Smith went out a little hard (63s for three laps then hit the wall) and did most of the work. This caught up to him in the last 300 and he ran 4:13.07. Abraham Aldaraca had to hurdle a fallen runner and it threw his form off-kilter and he ended up running 4:17.03. Matt Perez improved on his CSU-Stanislaus time with a mark of 4:49 and Emilio Flamenco ran 4:51. Both of them went out a little hard and it caught up to them so there’s more upside.

Leonardo Valdez Ordonez was fighting something had an off-day in the 400, running 54.31. Ed Hill competed in the 800 finishing in 2:05.80 while Alex Battaglino ran 2:11 on tired legs from the 1500.

As the day wore on it climbed into the mid-80s, which presented a challenge on the shadeless Woody Wilson track facility. Olivia Hill ran the 3000 and cruised through it, unchallenged, in 10:37.85. Kimberly Sanchez ran a very gutsy and impressive race, the best of her life, literally battling with four other runners for the entire race, and pulled out a massive PR in 10:58.18. Great job, prez!

Colin Gannon competed in the men’s 3000 and the pace was sub-optimal for him – going out about ten seconds per mile faster than we would have liked. He hung in there and ran 9:19.85 in the muggy heat.

A good number of us also went down to the PA awards banquet in Los Gatos, namely Megan Lang, Kimberly Sanchez, Kate Ashley, Shellin Chuong, Naomi Wilcox, Julia Sizek, coach Carl and Keith Duncan. Members of the women’s team along with Keith claimed their well-earned and coveted awards.

 

On that topic – We may be asked to host that banquet next year so let’s keep that on our collective radar.

2/21 – Cal All-Comers Meet

Here are the Cal all-comer meet results. Forgot to mention Kate Ashley’s 3200 PR from two weeks ago in 12:30.49 so nicely done!

Today was a really solid day for most of the club. In the 1500 everyone was just a couple ticks off their PRs which is solid stuff in February.

Men’s 1500

Brandon Kan 4:09.62 top 6-7 club all-time
Alex Battaglino 4:12.36
Bradley Afrolian 4:19.41
Edward Hill 4:19.99
Mike McKinley 4:30.00-flat (PR)
Kevin Downie (masters) 4:34.60
Emilio Flamenco 4:48.27

Men’s 800

Abraham Aldaraca 2:00.91
Alex Battaglino 2:08.69 (PR)

Men’s 3200

1. Ryan Smith (winner) 9:30.01 (missed PR by tenths of a second running solo, No. 3 club all-time)
3. Collin Gannon 9:45.38
4. Ryan Lok 9:46.89 (PR)
6. Jack Wallace 9:57.02
Justin Huang 10:18.37
Matt Perez 11:42.51
Carl Rose (50-59 + coach) 12:07.84

Women’s 3200

1. Olivia Hill (winner) 11:03.01 (PR)
2. Megan Gentes 11:03.81 (PR)
3. Megan Lang 11:21.01 (PR)
Irene Graham 11:56.21
Kimberly Sanchez 11:58.03 (PR)

6/26 – Three Crowns, Masters on the Track

Three. Crowns.

Hello Canyoneros-

Congratulations to Richie LeDonne for winning the Triple Crown in our local East Bay Trail races. He won the Tilden Tough Ten (miler) in May in 57:00-flat. He placed second in the very challenging Lake Chabot Half-Marathon in 1:18.17, and closed his title run out with a victory in the Woodminster Trail race in Oakland’s Redwood Park in 54:38.

Jack Wallace ran 1:31.39 and 1:02.16, and seniors runner (59 years young) Scott Strait ran 1:41.24 and 1:14.16 for those two latter races to place very well also.

At the Pacific Association USATF Masters track championship, the Berries made some serious noise on the oval.

Kevin Downie won the 40-44 400-meter event in 1:00.26; and took second in the 800 in 2:20.95. But the 1500-meter race was there the real excitement was.

M1500 (40-44)

1. Chafik Azerki 4:26.02

2. Kevin Downie 4:27.48

M1500 (45-49)

2. Matt Bogdanowicz 4:38.90

M1500 (50-54)

1. Tim Keenan 4:42.38 (seniors club record!)

2. Bill Brusher 5:59.00

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.

4/27 – Canyon train rolls at Brutus

An unseasonably miserable weather front did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Strawberry Canyon Track Club, as our spirits neither dampen nor daunt, and we had a remarkable team showing by most of entrants in the Friday edition of the Brutus Hamilton Open meet at UC Berkeley.

Earlier in the afternoon, Kris Brown toed the line on a track that resembled a pond, and he bodysurfed his way to a 4:11.43 1500-meter race in a pretty substantial downpour.

The rest of the team competed in the 5000-meter races. First up was the irrepressible freshman Megan Gentes, who lined up in the second heat of the women’s race. The first lap was slowish, 87 seconds, but this set things up well for her. The pace ground down to a steady stream of 84- and 85-second laps. Megan hung tough, lap after lap and almost set a 3200-meter PR en route. There were a couple of points in the race where it looked like the field might have gapped her but she willed herself back into the group.

One by one the group splintered and she found herself in the top eight, then top seven, and then she was in fourth place as she worked hard to pass tiring runners in the last 1200 meters. She looked exhausted with 600 to go but carried on with a masterful performance as she sensed she a chance to break the magical 18:00 barrier.

Megan started winding things up and churning her arms with 250 meters to go, and it there was a pause before her legs responded. With a little grimace, everything started to go into top gear as she really took a run at the mark. Making the turn for the home stretch we knew she would break 18, and it became a matter of by how much. Megan cranked it up down the stretch and crossed the line in 4th place, turning in an excellent time of 17:56.35, which ranks second on the club’s all-time list. Stellar job to Megan!

The men’s races were next and the pesky, swirling winds kicked back up a tad. Former SCTC-er Jonathan McKinley debuted in a Cal uniform and pulled off an impressive 14:39.11 rust-buster for his first-ever 5000 on the track.

In heat two, we had seven Canyoneros, if you’re willing to liberally include a couple of very fit Cal Triathletes who entered as SCTC runners. (We happily adopt one-another’s namesakes as needed). This electrifying race turned into a compelling battle of wills between teammates and mutual friends, who brought out the best in oneanother. Everything seemed to click as a pack of 11 came through two laps in good position.

As the pace sizzled through the second mile reached in the 9:37-9:40 range, most of our competitors knew they were in a position to set personal bests. Around that point, the race developed into a trio of two-man SCTC races within the race itself. Ryan Smith and Alex Battaglino waged a see-saw duel, matched in intensity between the battle of wills between Lauri Takacsi and Richie LeDonne. Rory stayed a little behind them, working hard with each passing lap. Dennis Roth and George Torgun were not having their best day as they fell off a bit and worked together.

Coming around with 200 to go Alex and Ryan made the mad dash for home, and Alex prevailed with a 15:13.34 mark, which was five seconds off his PR. Ryan Smith, the precocious freshman pulled out another PR, this one by nine seconds, in 15:14.63. Just behind him was a great battle between Lauri Takacsi, who was receiving lots of love from a raucous Cal Triathlon Club rooting section which also showed a lot of support for our runners. Richie narrowly edged Lauri in a terrific time of 15:20.59 to Lauri’s 15:21.02. Richie missed his PR by less than one second and Lauri absolutely horse-pounded his PR by an astounding 35 seconds. He will easily break 15:00 with some race-specific track work.

Trailing just behind the two was Rory Runser, who’s been so consistent in setting personal bests. He did it again, dipping under the 15:30 barrier with a strong performance of 15:29.33. This made five Canyoneros who came in under 15:30 in a seriously impressive blanket finish.

Dennis Roth (15:53.14), and George Torgun (15:56.66), were a little off their game and still broke 16:00. In the final race (heat three), Jack Wallace showed the effects of working long hours at two jobs and ran 16:27.

3/3 – Can’t Touch This! Chafik Goes Hammer On Redding

Hello dwellers of the Canyon. We have a few race results to report:

Cal all-comers meet held on February 22nd

1500

Shellin Chuong (women) 5:37.92

3200

3. Rory Runser 9:51.67; 4. Ryan Smith 9:58.92 (men)

5. Megan Gentes 11:28.84; Shellin Chuong 12:27.73; Melissa Quintero 12:42.58 (women)

John Frank NorCal PA-USATF 10-mile Championships in Redding, CA held on March 1st

Chafik Azerki debuted his 2014 road season with a win in the masters (40-49 age group) with a great time of 57:04 on a hilly course. Other results included a strong showing from our senior stalwarts from near and fat. Bill Reed made the journey from Reno and finished as 2nd senior (50-59 AG) overall in 1 hour, 1 minute and 7 seconds (1:01.07). Tim Keenan was 3rd senior (1:02.18); Jeff Teeters was 4th senior (1:03.08) in his best race in awhile after overcoming some hamstring troubles that plagued his 2013 campaign; Bill Salacuse rounded out the team’s scoring with a time of 1:05.23 in his preparation for the Boston marathon. Alan Dehlinger also made the trek down from Reno and finished in 1:08.21.

8/29 – SCTC Time Trial 2013

Below are the results from the time trial held yesterday at Edwards. There were some definite ups and downs with this, but everyone gave it a good, solid effort.

I want to express my gratitude to Carola Binder and Anthony Castro for helping with the pacing duties! Also, Carola, thank you for helping Christy out and taking her to clean up the wound when she got clipped in the race and fell.

I also want to express my great gratitude and say thank you to Sean McFarland, Kimberly Sanchez-Diaz, Nathan Leefer, David Yu and Dennis Roth for their invaluable assistance with the timing, placements and finish line duties in this event. We didn’t necessarily have a banner year with it, but we did what was important and kept this event going strong.

I’m also optimistic that we can build this up into a more significant event next year (within reason).

Results below:

Heat 1 (5:15):
1) Jonathan Nolasco 17:21
2) Steve Zirkelbach 17:40 (masters)
3) Alper 18:04
4) Brandon Brown 18:22
5) Megan Gentes 18:36
6) Naomi Cox 19:03

Carola Binder 11:42 (3200 time was the pacer)

Heat 2 (5:45):
1) Michael Coe 14:56
2) William Chen 15:25
3) Rory Runser 15:59
4) Cameron 16:06
5) Abraham 16:25
6) Ryan 16:35
7) Mike 16:39

Matt Bogdanowicz 4:54.6 (45-49 AG full mile)

Jack Wallace (10:06 3200)

*Brian Gillis 10:10 (3200) *I may be wrong on his time/place

Heat 3 (6:15):
1) Chikara Omine 16:38
2) Tim Keenan 17:24 (50-54 AG)
3) Lauren Schmidt 17:42 (PR)
4) Bill Salacuse 18:01 (45-49 AG)
5) Maria Monks 18:46
6) Tyrone C. 18:58
7) Jan Peters 19:21 (PR)
8) Mei Tung-Chen 19:33 (PR)
9) Steve Trutane 20:36
10) Sarah Syed 21:57

 

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