Congratulations to the open men who prepped, repped, and stepped up for the Canyon at the scenic Ancil Hoffman 6K cross country race in Carmichael (near Sacramento) as they appear to have pulled off an improbable victory over several very reputable regional clubs: West Valley Track Club (which had a couple of key no-shows), Chico Track Club, Sacramento Racing Association Elite and NB Excelsior.
This puts our lads in a relatively favorable position in the team grand prix standings going into the PA-USATF Championship meet held next Sunday, Nov. 24th at Golden Gate Park with a 4.5-point lead. We will still have to bring it on Sunday but this really helped our cause immensely, so once again, a big congratulations to the open men and to Sean McFarland who’s been the glue which has in part held this group together during the season.
Nine competitors in all made it out to the grassy golf course, and Sammy Adams was the lone female in the women’s race. She ran the 6K n 27 minutes, 47 seconds, indicating a little improvement over her effort at Tamalpa’s race.
The masters race featured two Canyoneros attempting to get winded. Coach Carl ran another time he would rather soon forget, this one a slowish 25:40, while Bill Brusher did fairly well in the super seniors race with a 28:20.
The open men really got after it and were led by the spirited Jonathan McKinley, who smoked an 18:05 mark on the 6K course, a time which averages to 15:04 5K pace, good for third overall behind a resurgent Malcoml Richards. In sixth was Dan Chebot, who has flat-out been having a kick…tail cross country season. His 18:41 was about 40 seconds faster than his previous best on that course. The studious Sean McFarland ran a solid 18:47, and will continue to be required to balance a very heavy academic load with a reduced training schedule. Following Sean was Ben Chebot, who kicked down three or four rivals from other clubs to lower his points total. Ben whipped across the line in 19:12 in 11th place, while Richard LeDonne rounded out the scoring five with a great 19:19 debut. The sixth-place Canyonero, Rory Runser, was right on their heels with a time of 19:24, and in fact he ran his best cross country race as a member of the club.
So congratulations on a job well done. Rest up, gang, as we have one more big battle on our hands next weekend at Golden Gate Park. And I highly encourage you to bring fans, friends, groupies, we’ll even allow paparazzi at the championship events. Come one and come all, as it should be a really fun way to wind up the cross country season for the club.
- Carl Rose