Friday, April 24, 2015

Penn Relays: Women's 4x200 results

On a day better suited to fly a kite – while dressed for winter weather – our women’s 4x200 relay ran 1:47.26, which is 1.20 seconds off the 11-year-old school record in the event. Coach Horton said the windy conditions were a factor, but the “Penn experience” will certainly come in handy for three of the four members of the team who have the opportunity to return in the future (senior captain Danielle Asaro leaves us after this season). Coach Horton's crew is on the way home, while Coach Chuck's crew -- racewalker Kristi Licursi and the women's 4x800 relay -- is on the way back to Philly.

Thanks to Spencer Johnson for emailing this photo of Danielle Asaro handing off to Danisha Craig today.

Penn Relays
Friday, April 24, 2015
Women’s 4x200 relay
55. Marist (Ashley Haynes 27.6, Danielle Asaro 26.6, Molly Weeks 26.4, Danisha Craig 26.7) 1:47.26

Penn Relays: Men's 10,000-meter results

Sophomore Spencer Johnson notched a 10-second PR in a grueling and late 10km last night, in a race that actually ended a little after midnight for him. Teammate Mark Valentino was a champ in texting me every split (which you see below) as well as in-race commentary. The next best thing to being there. Spencer went out at a hard and aggressive pace through 5km, hung tough, faded in the fifth mile but fought back gamely over the final five laps to secure a strong PR and inch closer to that IC4A standard. Here are the numbers.

Penn Relays
Thursday, April 23, 2015
College men’s 10,000-meter championship
25. Spencer Johnson 31:23.79
73, 2:28 (75), 3:40 (72), 4:51 (71)
6:03 (72), 7:16 (73), 8:29 (73), 9:41 (72)
10:55 (74), 12:09 (75), 13:23 (74), 14:37 (74)
15:52 (75), 17:08 (76), 18:26 (78), 19:43 (77)
21:02 (79), 22:20 (78), 23:40 (80), 25:00 (80)
26:16 (76), 27:33 (77), 28:51 (78), 30:08 (77)
31:23.79 (75.79)
1600m splits: 4:51, 4:50, 4:56, 5:06, 5:17, 5:09
5km split: 15:18

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Penn Relays: 3,000-meter steeplechase results

Once again, being home in my pajamas gets you faster results updates than actually being there. Of course! I would much rather be there and hope to not miss big meets like this in the future. Killin’ me, but the support on the ground is great, with Coach Horton and Coach Chuck there, as well as teammates and friends/alums watching the live Flotrack stream and texting me updates constantly.

Here are the results from the first race of the night, the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Conditions were chilly and breezy. Talked to our guys afterwards: They felt they competed well but were not totally pleased with their finishing times, as their goals were a bit faster. Tino commented that the water jump was ice cold. Kenny said the water temperature didn’t bother him. 

Penn Relays
Thursday, April 23, 2015
College men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase
11. Mark Valentino 9:23.01
72.6, 2:27.3 (74.7), 3:42.4 (75.1), 4:57.1 (74.7), 6:13.9 (76.8), 7:32.2 (78.3), 8:50.6 (78.4), 9:23.01 (32.41)
14. Ken Walshak 9:24.14
72.6, 2:28.0 (75.4), 3:44.0 (76.0), 5:00.0 (76.0), 6:18.6 (78.6), 7:36.9 (78.3), 8:54.5 (77.7)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Another Boston addendum: Chris McCloskey, 2:50:37

Sorry about that, another omission! Apparently my reporting skills have eroded with age! Congrats to Marist Running Alum Chris McCloskey on his excellent performance in Boston, 2:50:37, nearly cracking the top 1000 in the race (1,002nd overall). Chris was a star middle distance runner in college and former school record holder in the 1,000 meters. Now, he is an endurance animal. The Boston race was part of his buildup for the Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon later this summer. Nicely done, Chris!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Penn Relays: What we're doing

We have a busy and diverse lineup of athletes competing at Penn this weekend. Because I am still on crutches, I will not be able to travel down there – navigating Franklin Field and the surrounding area, where parking is questionable at best, on crutches would be virtually impossible. Anyway, Coach Chuck and Coach Horton have it covered, and we are so grateful for that. Our athletes will be in good hands. Here’s the lineup of events for the Marist track team at Penn Relays: 

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., men’s steeplechase: Mark Valentino, Ken Walshak
Thursday, 8:40 p.m., women’s 5km: Michelle Gaye
Thursday, 10:55 p.m., men’s 10km: Spencer Johnson
Friday, 2 p.m.: Women’s 4x200 relay
Saturday, 8 a.m., Junior women’s 5km racewalk: Kristi Licursi
Saturday, 4:20 p.m.: Women’s 4x800 relay

 We will post results as quickly as possible here, with as much detail as possible from afar.

Boston Marathon addendum: CT, 2:54:19

Thanks to Kris for pointing out to me that loyal Marist Running Alum Matt Szymaszek (aka CT, or more accurately, Dr. CT) had a strong race at Boston on Monday. We saw Matt last fall in Princeton, just days before his baby was born. Very proud of the fact that he has remained so fit and so strong, while balancing his career as a doctor and the duties of being a new parent. CT ran 2:54:19 and placed in the top 1500 of the race. Nicely done, CT!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Marist Running at Boston Marathon

Congrats to Marist Running Alums who completed the Boston Marathon on Monday:

--Ryan Fitzsimons, Class of 2012, now racing for Central Park Track Club, had a stellar effort. 2:45:01. 506 overall. 1:22:26 through the half. Boston PR by 12 minutes! In lousy conditions – rain, wind. To quote his Facebook status update: “Today was an epic battle with Mother Nature at the Boston Marathon. Over a 10 minute PR and exactly 12 minutes faster than last year’s Boston. I'll take it!! Thank you all for the love and support!!” You are welcome. Nicely done!
--David Swift, Class of 1995, now racing for the Middle Age Machines (and Marist Alumni Racing Team). Mr. Bucket proved he’s still got it at age 42. 3:06:31. 1:29:27 through the half. 595 in division.
--Tony Ferreri, dad of current team member Catherine Ferreri, early-morning jogging partner (before I got hurt), battled through calf issues and still finished with a strong time of 3:35:22.
--Rick Hankey, Class of 1988, racing on his birthday, running for charity, 4:10:02.

To one and all: Nicely done!

Dude can run

Alert blog followers may notice a new (unattached) name in the results: Nick Vandermolen. Even more astute readers will note that I have been misspelling Nick’s name. Oops. Anyway! Nick is known around the track team as simply “Nick The Swimmer.” That’s because Nick was a record-setting member of the men’s swimming team at Marist. He is a senior and his decorated swim career is now over.

As Nick slowly transitions into adult life – that’s what college seniors must do, after all! – he is aspiring to be a triathlete. Part of the triathlon is running, and Nick asked to join our team this spring. He had been pestering me on and off about this for a while. I’m easy to find and the swimmers know me: I’m the goofy middle-aged schmoe that deep-water runs while they are practicing in the early morning or the afternoon. Anyway, now that Nick’s college swim career is over, we gladly obliged his request to piggy-back on our team when he can. In order for him to become part of an elite-level triathlon training team, he needed to hit a certain mark for the mile run. At Stony Brook, with his time of 4:17.93 for 1,500 meters, he achieved that goal, and we are proud of him and happy for him (in the photo, Nick is wearing the dark colored singlet and he is surrounded by his Marist track brothers). Nick has joined us for practice when he can, and he is running as many meets on our schedule as possible. He fits right in with our distance-running crew: Another freak in the freak kingdom.

Nick’s form is a bit funky. Of that there is no doubt. But there is also no doubting his supreme fitness that he carried over from the swim training, and his awesome toughness in both workouts and races. This much is clear, as he would say: Dude can run. And we’re glad to have him with us for a few more weeks.

Winners off the track, too

We are very proud of our student-athletes. We are very proud of the fact that “student” always comes first. Always. Always. Case in point: Three of our loyal athletes – Catherine Ferreri, Marissa Porter, Omar Perez – missed a beautiful day at Stony Brook for the Wolfie Invitational on Saturday. Instead they were up at Niagara over the weekend, presenting their science research at the Eastern CollegeScience Conference, also known as ECSC. Marist competed against many schools from the Northeast such as Niagara, Providence, Manhattan, and Wagner. According to Omar:


“Our project was titled, ‘An Emerging Threat to Aquatic Ecosystems: Bioaccumulation of Silver Nanoparticles in Sphagnum Magellanicum.’ It was a successful weekend because our other colleagues and us won an award for our manuscript (the paper part of the project). According to Doctor Gagnon, we have never won an award when Niagara has hosted this conference.”

So, for one weekend, there were no PRs on the track for Catherine, Marissa and Omar. But they were superstars where it matters the most, and we are extremely proud of them – now and always. Nicely done!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stony Brook: Men's results

Good day for the men, with the aforementioned school record and IC4A mark by Hakim Cunningham, some excellent PRs in the 800 (Steven Morrison, Nate Lungarini, Josh Siegel) and a phenomenal 3k by senior Kyle Hannafin. Sunday morning update: With splits ...

Wolfie Invitational
Stony Brook University
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Men’s results
100-meter dash
5. Tyler Schwarz 11.49
8. Brandon Heard 11.85
9. Joe Cafaro 11.99
200-meter dash
2. Tim Johnson 22.86
4. Matt Edwards 23.30
5. Hakim Cunningham 23.31
7. Tyler Schwarz 23.69
12. Charlie Asaro 24.19
14. Brandon Heard 24.78
800-meter run
3. Steven Morrison 1:53.97
8. Nate Lungarini 1:56.93
11. Kyle Heubner 1:58.22
14. Nestor Taylor 1:59.03
16. Mark Vuono 1:59.24
19. Josh Siegel 1:59.96
22. Bryan Buttigieg 2:01.98
26. Sami Ellougani 2:04.16
29. Nick Vandermoelen (unattached) 2:06.48
1,500-meter run
11. Stefan Morton 4:09.77
68, 2:15 (67), 3:22 (67), 4:09.77
12. Pat Rynkowski 4:13.70
68, 2:16 (68), 3:24 (68), 4:13.70
14. Charlie Ropes 4:15.64
69, 2:17 (68), 3:25 (68), 4:15.64
16. Nick Vandermoelen (unattached) 4:17.93
68, 2:17 (69), 3:25 (68), 4:17.93
17. Pat Ginty 4:19.78
69, 2:18 (69), 3:29 (71), 4:19.78
19. Ricky Willi 4:20.77
70, 2:17 (67), 2:29 (72), 4:20.77
20. Zach Toner 4:23.83
71, 2:18 (67), 3:30 (72), 4:23.83
21. Pat Hickey (unattached) 4:44.43
69, 2:26 (77), 3:45 (79), 4:44.43
3,000-meter run
3. Mark Valentino 8:58.54
72, 2:23 (71), 3:34 (71), 4:47 (73)
6:00 (73), 7:13 (73), 8:24 (71), 8:58.54 (34.54)
4. Johnny Lee 8:59.29
68, 2:21 (73), 3:33 (72), 4:46 (73)
6:01 (75), 7:14 (73), 8:26 (72), 8:59.29 (33.29)
5. Kyle Hannafin 9:00.20
70, 2:22 (72), 3:34 (72), 4:47 (73)
6:01 (74), 7:14 (73), 8:25 (71), 9:00.20 (35.20)
9. Will Duggan 9:33.11
70, 2:24 (74), 3:38 (74), 4:54 (76)
6:13 (79), 7:33 (80), 8:53 (80), 9:33.11 (40.11)
5,000-meter run
8. Joe Miller 15:47.52
70, 2:23 (73), 3:37 (74), 4:52 (75)
6:09 (77), 7:26 (77), 8:46 (80), 10:05 (79)
11:23 (78), 12:41 (78), 14:00 (79), 15:13 (73)
15:47.52 (34.52)
10,000-meter run
1-Steven Rizzo 33:22.70
77, 2:31 (74), 3:50 (79), 5:06 (76)
6:23 (77), 7:41 (78), 8:58 (77), 10:15 (77)
11:32 (77), 12:50 (78), 14:08 (78), 15:27 (79)
16:54 (78), 18:05 (80), 19:24 (79), 20:44 (80)
22:06 (82), 23:30 (84), 24:54 (84), 26:19 (85)
27:45 (86), 29:12 (86), 30:36 (84), 32:02 (86)
33:22.70 (80.70)
5km split: 16:06
1600m splits: 5:06, 5:09, 5:12, 5:17, 5:35, 5:43
110-meter hurdles
2. Hakim Cunningham 14.80 *school record, IC4A qualifier (first in school history in this event)
400-meter hurdles
8. Joe Cafaro 1:01.08
400-meter relay
4. Marist (Tim Johnson, Tyler Schwarz, Joe Cafaro, Brandon Heard) 44.19
1,600-meter relay
7. Marist A (Kyle Heubner 52.6, Nestor Taylor 52.6, Josh Siegel 53.2, Nate Lungarini 51.8) 3:30.25
8. Marist B (Mark Vuono 52.2, Joe Miller 55.2, Sami Ellougani 54.3, Ricky Willi 57.7) 3:39.95

Stony Brook: Women's results

Great to be back in action on a sunny and warm day on Long Island, surrounded by so many great friends and family. Thanks to the Gintys and to all who contributed to the team tailgate. It was a great day. Here are the women's results, some solid performances across the board as we continue with what has been a strong season for the ladies. Sunday morning update: With some splits (others were taken in another notebook that I do not have access to right now ...)

Wolfie Invitational
Stony Brook University
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Women’s results
100-meter dash
5. Danielle Asaro 12.80
6. Danisha Craig 12.81
13. Alexia Santiago 14.17
200-meter dash
3. Danielle Asaro 26.35
4. Danisha Craig 26.43
8. Ashley Haynes 26.85
20. Alexia Santiago 30.76
800-meter run
6. Nicki Nesi 2:20.22
15. Olivia Lappas 2:33.94
17. Brianne Vess 2:36.51
18. Shannon Gildea 2:39.26
19. Lauren Traina 2:39.81
20. Christine Gambell 2:42.22
1,500-meter run
10. Brianne Vess 5:12.90
80, 2:44 (84), 4:10 (86), 5:12.90
14. Jackie Bunce 5:18.96
81, 2:48 (87), 4:17 (89), 5:18.96
16. Emily Franko 5:23.72
81, 2:48 (87), 4:18 (90), 5:23.72
17. Taylor Mueller 5:25.87
80, 2:47 (87), 4:18 (91), 5:25.87
19. Shannon Gildea 5:31.38
83, 2:52 (89), 4:26 (94), 5:31.38
20. Allison Dellicarri 5:31.66
83, 2:52 (89), 4:24 (92), 5:31.38
3,000-meter run
2. Michelle Gaye 10:08.44
4. Mara Schiffhauer 10:36.27
5. Jenna Robinson 10:38.94
8. Annie Gould 10:59.33
9. Elizabeth Wasserman 11:04.84
11. Roxy Novo 11:23.20
12. Bianca Luparello 11:37.34
13. Jaime Durso 11:37.94
14. Kerri-Anne Flynn 12:14.63
5,000-meter run
1-Christine Coughlin (unattached) 18:23.67
4. Brianna Freestone 20:33.38
400-meter hurdles
3. Alexandra Hernandez 67.57
4. Courtney Cartwright 67.69
5. Meaghan Gillespie 67.88
400-meter relay
2. Marist (Ashley Haynes, Danielle Asaro, Molly Weeks, Danisha Craig) 49.27
1,600-meter relay
4. Marist A (Olivia Jaquith 61.2, Courtney Cartwright 62.1, Alex Hernandez 64.1, Cassandra Iacono 62.5) 4:10.08
7. Marist B (Jenna Robinson 62.2, Elizabeth Wasserman 65.1, Bianca Luparello 71.2, Nicki Nesi 64.9) 4:23.86
High jump
4. Fallon Quigley 1.55 meters (5 feet, 1 inch)