Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in: Conor, 1:08:41!

Several Marist Running alums raced at the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday. Conor Shelley (right) was 13th overall in 1:08:41. Tim Keegan (left) had a tremendous comeback effort with a 1:17:05. Speaking of comebacks? Luke Shane (not pictured) returned from major injury with a near PR (1:18:31). Pat Duggan (center) ran 1:31:40 and certainly enjoyed the company of his Forever Fox teammates. Nicely done, one and all!

Commencement 2016: Some photos




There are many photos out there -- on Facebook, Instragram, on parents' cameras and iPads, etc. -- here is a sampling from Saturday's cloudy but very nice graduation. As always, we will miss our graduating seniors but we welcome them to the growing family of loyal Marist Running alums.

Being Bartolo

He celebrates his 43rd birthday today, and he does so with a prodigious girth about his midsection. Hmm. A middle-aged man in America celebrating his birthday with extra pounds in his belly? Not exactly breaking news there. However! This particular 43-year-old happens to be our favorite player on the New York Mets, the age-defying gut-boy named Bartolo Colon, who last night fired under-the-radar-gun fastballs past Bryce Harper (oh, HIM) and the Washington Nationals. He’s listed at 5-11, 285 pounds (he’s probably heavier than that!), and his BMI is embarrassingly high; his ERA and his WHIP, however, are just fine, thank you very much. In the Major League Baseball world, Colon has been around just slightly less than forever, having thrown his first MLB pitch well before any of my children were born.

As I have cautioned on this Fancy Blog before, we should be very slow to deify professional sports figures (or anyone, for that matter), people we only know by what we see and hear in the coverage of our teams. But since Big Bart has been on the Mets, he has become somewhat of a goofy folk hero, especially in his comical at-bats; oh yeah, it helps that he gets batters out on a regular basis. My son James, an avid Mets’ fan who watches or listens to every game, treats every fifth day when Colon pitches as a sort of a holiday. When Colon made history by becoming the oldest player to hit his first home run – a true miracle – James called me (I was out of town) and was more excited than I had ever heard him.

However! I am quick to point out the many flaws of our rotund hero to my 10-year-old son. First of all, there’s no reason for an “athlete” to have such a voluminous gut; but again, that’s part of the allure of Bartolo Colon. And also, he was suspended for 50 games back in 2012 for failing a performance enhancing drug test. No way to candy-coat that. He did something he wasn’t supposed to do. Very refreshingly, Colon did not file a grievance. He did not make excuses. He apologized to his teammates in Oakland for his mistake and took his 50-game hit. That in and of itself – taking responsibility for your actions – is a nice object lesson from a flawed man whose curious nickname is “Big Sexy.” Another lesson for my 10-year-old: Colon has FUN playing baseball. Announcers call him unflappable. He smiles and laughs, win or lose. Oh, he’s a competitor and he wants to win, but he doesn’t treat it as a grim blood sport (like that HARPER guy). He gets the ball and throws the ball. When there is a delay in the action, like for a replay review or something like that, Colon doesn’t fret about his arm stiffening up or whatever. Like a bored 10-year-old waiting to start the game again, he just looks up at the sky and flips the ball in a solitary game of catch until he’s allowed to throw his 89 mph fastballs that somehow manage to avoid opposing bats more often than not. He laughs. He smiles. He has fun. He enjoys what he does. Perhaps he has a few too many hot dogs. It’s a safe bet he’ll have some birthday cake today. Maybe more than some.

And so we salute you, Big Bart, on making it to age 43 and still putting on a Major League Baseball uniform, and showing us all that you can be serious while not taking yourself too seriously.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Who's Who crew

Marist Track/XC was well represented at the Who's Who presentation on Tuesday afternoon. From left: Omar Perez, Catherine Ferreri, Lizzy Peper, Brianne Vess, Hakim Cunningham. Nicely done, ladies and gentlemen!

Nestor Taylor to represent Marist at NCAA forum

We are very proud to announce that soon-to-be graduating senior Nestor Taylor (above, #7, racing with his fellow mid-distance brothers) will be continuing to proudly represent our school and our track program, as he was selected to participate in the 2016 NCAA Career in Sports Forum. Nestor will be traveling to Indianapolis from June 2-5 to represent Marist at the forum. Nicely done, Nestor! Here is a link to more information on the Career in Sports Forum: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/leadership-development/career-sports-forum

Going, going ... Gartland!

While in the nostalgic mood ... here is a photo of the beginning of the dismantling of the Gartland townhouses as the amazing transformation of the North End continues. The new building on the site of the old bank is truly breathtaking. Now that these old townhouses are being knocked down, the view from the North Entrance will be equally breathtaking. Fun fact! The first year that students were housed in Gartland was 1985-1986, and this old coach was one of the original inhabitants. And now, the old buildings are being knocked down in the name of progress. It is great news, as Marist continues to move boldly into the future, but it also a stark reminder of advancing age, when new becomes old in what seems like the blink of an eye but actually spans a generation. RIP, Old Gartland, and we look forward to the new version.

Marist commencement, circa 1986

As another graduation day approaches at Marist, allow me to share with you a photo that somehow materialized in a long-lost box of pictures. You may recognize these folks of yesteryear -- a skinny undergrad with a mop of unruly hair and a race T-shirt, and a youthful looking priest, sharing a smile on a warm May day, 30 years ago. Congrats to the Class of 2016, from one member of the Class of 1986. OK!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

KRISTEN TRAUB: ECAC CHAMPION!

Turned out to be a weekend of happy endings, none better than Kristen Traub's stunning victory in the 3,000-meter run at the ECAC Championships on Sunday afternoon at a chilly, windy and rainy Princeton University. As you can see by the scoreboard in the background of a jubilant champion and very proud Coach Chuck, Kristen won the 3km in 9:54.78 -- eclipsing her own school record of 9:56.04 that she set last year. It was the final race in a brilliant career, one in which she rewrote much of our school record books (see list below). She is one of the greatest runners in school history, and now she is in a pantheon of her own -- our first ECAC Champion. Because of the horrendous weather, the field dwindled from 12 entered to 7 runners who started the race. Kristen ran methodically throughout, moving up with each lap until she pulled the trigger over the final 1km to take a convincing victory with a vicious kick over the final 200 meters (see splits below, and awesome finish photo to the left from teammate Bryn Gorberg). Talk about going out on top: ECAC Champion. School Record. Doesn't get much better than that. Nicely done, Kristen!

ECAC Championships
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
3,000-meter run
Coach Pete's splits
1-Kristen Traub 9:54.78 *school record, old record 9:56.04 set by Traub in 2015
82, 2:43 (81), 4:04 (81), 5:24 (80), 6:44 (80), 8:03 (79), 9:21 (78), 9:54.78 (33.78)
1km splits: 3:23, 3:21, 3:11.78
Official race splits
2:03.29, 4:44.48 (2:41.20), 7:24.51 (2:40.04), 9:54.78 (2:30.27)
Kristen Traub’s school records
--Indoor mile (4:55.31)
--Outdoor 1,500 (4:33.95)
--Outdoor 3,000 (9:54.78)
--Outdoor 4x800 (9:09.91)
--Outdoor 4x1500 (19:04.69)
--Outdoor DMR (12:24.85)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

IC4A Championships: Day 2 results and splits

The men’s track season concluded this afternoon at Princeton with three athletes competing in their respective events. In the 1,500-meter run trials, junior Stefan Morton went out at a blistering pace (2:02.2 through 800 meters!) and faded toward the end. He did not run a personal-best time, but still was able to break 4:00 for the event. The experience of racing in this meet will be helpful for Stefan.

In the 110-meter hurdles, freshman Josh Taylor had a tough race, never seeming to get in sync with things. Hakim Cunningham was able to advance from the preliminaries to the semifinals by a narrow margin – three racers finished in 14.80 but the timers had to go the hundredths and Hakim was able to squeak in there. Hakim improved his time to 14.75 in the semis, but did not advance to the eight-racer final on Sunday. And so ends one of the most remarkable and prolific careers in Marist track history. Hakim graduates having completely rewritten the record board, and clearly establishing himself as the best hurdler in school history.

IC4A Championships, Day 2
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
1,500-meter run trials
33 of 46. Stefan Morton 3:59.49
Coach Pete’s splits
60.2, 2:02.2 (62.0), 3:07.7 (65.5), 3:59.49 (51.79)
Official race timing splits (from finish line)
44.82, 1:46.82 (1:02.00), 2:51.46 (1:04.64), 3:59.49 (1:08.04)
110-meter hurdles, preliminary round
15. Hakim Cunningham 14.80 (14.792), advanced to semifinal round
30. Josh Taylor 15.36
110-meter hurdles, semifinal round
14. Hakim Cunningham 14.75

Hakim Cunningham records
--Indoor 60-meter hurdles: 8.13 seconds
--Outdoor 110-meter hurdles: 14.50
--Outdoor 400-meter hurdles: 55.62
--Outdoor 4x100 relay: 42.74
--He is the only hurdler in school history to qualify for the IC4A Championships both indoors and outdoors.

ECAC Championships: Debbie Boerke wins her section of 400 hurdles

The fantastic freshman year of Debbie Boerke came to an end in winning fashion on Saturday afternoon at the ECAC Championships (see scoreboard photo above for proof!). Debbie won her section of the 400-meter hurdle trials, taking top honors in section 3 with a time of 1:01.98. Unfortunately for Debbie, the advancement formula was strictly on time, and her time was the 10th fastest out of 28 women who completed the race. Since only the top 8 times advance, her season is over. And what a season – indoor and outdoor – it was for Debbie, who set numerous school records as an individual and a relay team member. There is great promise for the future as well: Of the 11 freshmen who completed Saturday’s ECAC 400 hurdles race, Debbie was the top first-year finisher.

ECAC Championships
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
400-meter hurdle trials

10 of 28. Debbie Boerke 1:01.98 (won section 3)

2015-2016 event records set by Debbie Boerke
--Indoor 400-meter dash (58.55)
--Indoor 4x200 relay (1:45.88)
--Indoor 4x400 relay (4:00.20)
--Outdoor 400 hurdles (1:01.70)

Our season concludes tomorrow with Kristen Traub racing in the 3,000-meter run at Princeton. 

IC4A Championships: 3,000-meter steeplechase, Mark Valentino, school record!

Sometimes in real life, stories have happy endings. Such was the case on Friday night for Mark Valentino, who capped a great five-year run in the Marist red-and-white with a coveted and elusive school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The previous owner of the school record (Quimes DelaCruz) was one of the greatest and most consistent performers in school history. Mark did this against all odds. He is taking four graduate school classes, and he is a full-time (leave replacement) middle school teacher. Not a student teacher. It's an actual, real-world JOB. In fact! He taught a half day on Friday before riding down with us to Princeton -- battling an upper respiratory infection as well. It's a safe bet to say that few if any IC4A competitors actually taught middle schoolers for the first four hours of their day. Mark ran tough and consistent, as you can see with his splits. He needed a 70-second last lap to get the school record, and he got it, with an emphatic fist pump at the finish line. For this and so many reasons, we are proud of Mark and we salute this happy ending. (For those alert readers keeping score at home, Mark did finish 11th in his race as you see on the scoreboard but he was 12th overall as the winner of the first section ran faster). Nicely done!

IC4A Championships, Day 1
Friday, May 13, 2016
Princeton University
3,000-meter steeplechase
12. Mark Valentino 9:05.01 *school record, old record 9:05.74 by Arquimedes DelaCruz in 2013
70, 2:22 (72), 3:33 (71), 4:46 (73), 6:00 (74), 7:13 (73), 8:25 (72), 9:05.01 (40.01)

IC4A Championships: 10,000-meter run

Spencer Johnson ran hard and tough and just missed a PR time, in a competitive and fast-paced race. Dietrich Mosel struggled in what was a difficult and frustrating season, plagued by injury and on Friday night illness. Also! This was his third 10,000-meter race in 12 days! But, no excuses. Both of these guys had strong 2015-2016 school years, and we look forward to continued improvement in the fall and beyond. OK!

IC4A Championships, Day 1
Friday, May 13, 2016
Princeton University
10,000-meter run
16. Spencer Johnson 31:02.84
72, 2:25 (73), 3:37 (72), 4:51 (74)
6:05 (74), 7:18 (73), 8:32 (74), 9:45 (73)
10:59 (74), 12:14 (75), 13:38 (74), 14:43 (75)
15:57 (74), 17:11 (74), 18:26 (75), 19:43 (77)
20:58 (75), 22:13 (75), 23:29 (76), 24:45 (76)
26:01 (76), 27:17 (76), 28:36 (79), 29:51 (75)
31:02.84 (71.84)
1600m splits: 4:51, 4:54, 4:58, 5:00, 5:02, 5:06
29. Dietrich Mosel 32:33.53
73, 2:27 (74), 3:41 (74), 4:54 (73)
6:08 (74), 7:23 (75), 8:37 (74), 9:53 (76)
11:10 (77), 12:27 (77), 13:47 (80), 15:06 (79)
16:27 (81), 17:49 (82), 19:09 (80), 20:30 (81)
21:52 (82), 23:14 (82), 24:37 (83), 26:00 (83)
27:22 (82), 28:44 (82), 30:04 (80), 31:23 (79)
32:33.53 (70.53)
1600m splits: 4:54, 4:59, 5:13, 5:24, 5:30, 5:23

ECAC Championships: 10,000-meter run

Junior Elizabeth Wasserman finished what was a strong year with a tough and gutty race on Friday night. She committed early to an aggressively paced pack and that may have cost her late in the race. She said she "fell asleep" in the middle of the race, but to her credit she "woke up" several times and gutted out a respectable performance.

ECAC Championships, Day 1
Friday, May 13, 2016
Princeton University
10,000-meter run
13. Elizabeth Wasserman 37:27.46
84.1, 2:51 (87), 4:16 (85.0), 5:42.0 (85.5)
7:08.2 (86.1), 8:33.7 (85.5), 9:59.8 (86.1), 11:29.5 (89.8)
13:00.0 (90.5), 14:30.7 (90.7), 16:03.5 (90.7), 17:33.7 (90.8)
19:01.8 (88.1), 20:34 (93), 22:08.1 (93.2), 23:41.7 (93.60
25:15.4 (93.7), 26:46.8 (91.4), 28:20 (93.2), 29:48 (88)
31:18.9 (90.3), 32:50.3 (91.4), 34:23 (93), 35:56.4 (92.2)
37:27.46 (91.06)
1600m splits: 5:42, 5:47.5, 6:04.2, 6:08.0, 6:07.3, 6:08.4

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

IC4A Championships: 2016 qualifiers

Hurdle qualifiers Josh Taylor and Hakim Cunningham
We have six individual qualifiers, including four (4!) who qualified and/or improved their qualifying mark at last weekend's MAAC Championships -- peaking at the right time! Here is our 2016 roster of qualifiers.

1,500-meter run: Stefan Morton 3:56.36 (Vassar Twilight), Saturday, 3:20 p.m.
10,000-meter run: Spencer Johnson 31:01.77 (Penn Relays), Friday, 8:45 p.m.
10,000-meter run: Dietrich Mosel 31:26.08 (MAAC Championships), Friday, 8:45 p.m.
110-meter hurdles: Hakim Cunningham 14.50 (MAAC Championships), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
110-meter hurdles: Josh Taylor 14.90 (MAAC Championships), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
3,000-meter steeplechase: Mark Valentino 9:10.71 (MAAC Championships), Friday, 6:30 p.m.

ECAC Championships: 2016 qualifiers

We have three qualifiers for this weekend's ECAC Championships, with one athlete competing on each day of the championship. Here is the 2016 roster of qualifiers.

3,000-meter run: Kristen Traub 9:48.96 (ECAC Indoor Championships), Sunday, 2:25 p.m.
10,000-meter run: Elizabeth Wasserman 36:48.21 (Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic), Friday, 8 p.m.
400-meter hurdles: Debbie Boerke 1:01.70 (Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic), Saturday, 1:20 p.m.

MAAC Championships: Men's results and splits

Sorry for the delay in posting and thanks to Omar Perez for compilation and splits. Great second day, with two school records (Hakim Cunningham in 110HH and 4x100 relay) and two IC4A qualifiers (Hakim and Josh Taylor in the hurdles), as well as several point scorers on a windy day. Nicely done, men!

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2016
Men’s results and splits
200-meter dash trials
10. Tim Johnson 22.53
400-meter dash trials
16. Josh Hindle 52.64
800-meter run trials
12. Drew Burns 1:56.04 (opening lap = 56)
15. Nestor Taylor 1:57.94 (opening lap = 56)
17. Nate Lungarini 1:58.41 (opening lap = 57)
25. Mark Vuono 2:00.42 (opening lap = 56)
26. Tanner Senius 2:00.55 (opening lap = 57)
28. Anthony Colasanto 2:02.88 (opening lap = 58)
31. Jon Coogan 2:04.92 (opening lap = 59)
110-meter hurdle trials
3. Hakim Cunningham 14.81 *IC4A qualifier (qualified for Sunday’s final)
6. Josh Taylor 15.09 (qualified for Sunday’s final)
110-meter hurdle finals
2. Hakim Cunningham 14.50 *school record, IC4A qualifier
4. Josh Taylor 14.90 *IC4A qualifier
400-meter hurdle trials
8. Hakim Cunningham 56.63 (qualified for Sunday’s final)
13. Zach Berzal 58.52
15. Joe Cafaro 59.04
400-meter hurdle finals
8. Hakim Cunningham 56.60
3,000-meter steeplechase
4. Mark Valentino 9:10.71 *IC4A qualifier
73, 2:30 (77), 3:47 (77), 5:04 (77), 6:22 (78), 7:41 (79), 9:00 (79), 9:10.71 (10.71)
13. Jake Hensler 9:44.04
75, 2:36 (81), 3:57 (81), 5:21 (84), 6:44 (83), 8:09 (85), 9:33 (84), 9:44.04 (11.04)
16. Zach Toner 10:27.64
77, 2:43 (86), 4:11 (88), 5:41 (90), 7:14 (93), 8:44 (90), 10:14 (90), 10:27.64 (13.64)
5,000-meter run
5. Stefan Morton 15:10.69
74, 2:31 (77), 3:47 (76), 4:59 (72)
6:09 (70), 7:20 (71), 8:32 (72), 9:44 (72)
10:56 (72), 12:09 (73), 13:24 (75), 14:36 (72)
15:10.69 (34.69)
1600m splits: 4:59, 4:45, 4:52
7. Spencer Johnson 15:16.15
74, 2:31 (77), 3:47 (76), 4:59 (72)
6:09 (70), 7:20 (71), 8:32 (72), 9:45 (73)
10:58 (73), 12:12 (74), 13:26 (74), 14:40 (74)
15:16.15 (36.15)
1600m splits: 4:59, 4:46, 4:55
8. Matt Baffuto 15:17.35
74, 2:30 (76), 3:47 (77), 4:59 (72)
6:09 (70), 7:20 (71), 8:32 (72), 9:44 (72)
10:56 (72), 12:09 (73), 13:26 (77), 14:41 (75)
15:17.35 (36.35)
1600m splits: 4:59, 4:45, 4:56
16. Steven Rizzo 15:44.96
74, 2:30 (76), 3:47 (77), 4:59 (72)
6:10 (71), 7:22 (72), 8:36 (74), 9:51 (75)
11:06 (75), 12:24 (78), 13:44 (80), 15:04 (80)
15:44.96 (40.96)
1600m splits: 4:59, 4:52, 5:13
18. Saad Baig 15:50.07
75, 2:30 (75), 3:46 (76), 4:59 (73)
6:09 (70), 7:22 (73), 8:36 (74), 9:52 (76)
11:10 (78), 12:32 (82), 13:51 (79), 15:11 (80)
15:50.07 (40.07)
1600m splits: 4:59, 4:53, 5:19
24. Joe Miller 16:02.82
76, 2:31 (75), 3:47 (76), 5:01 (74)
6:15 (74), 7:33 (78), 8:50 (77), 10:10 (80)
11:28 (78), 12:47 (79), 14:07 (80), 15:25 (78)
16:02.82 (37.82)
1600m splits: 5:01, 5:09, 5:15
25. Palmer Weimann 16:05.50
75, 2:30 (75), 3:47 (77), 5:00 (73)
6:13 (73), 7:27 (74), 8:43 (76), 10:02 (79)
11:22 (80), 12:44 (82), 14:07 (83), 15:27 (80)
16:05.50 (38.50)
1600m splits: 5:00, 5:02, 5:25
10,000-meter run
4. Dietrich Mosel 31:26.08 *IC4A qualifier
75, 2:33 (78), 3:49 (76), 5:05 (76)
6:20 (75), 7:35 (75), 8:52 (77), 10:07 (75)
11:22 (75), 12:35 (73), 13:52 (77), 15:06 (74)
16:21 (75), 17:37 (76), 18:51 (74), 20:06 (75)
21:23 (77), 22:41 (78), 23:57 (76), 25:15 (78)
26:33 (78), 27:50 (77), 29:03 (73), 30:18 (75)
31:26.08 (68.08)
5km splits: 15:40/15:46.08
1600m splits: 5:05, 5:02, 4:59, 5:00, 5:09, 5:03
6. Riley Hughes 31:46.42 *USATF Junior qualifier
76, 2:36 (80), 3:51 (75), 5:07 (76)
6:22 (75), 7:38 (76), 8:54 (76), 10:10 (76)
11:24 (74), 12:43 (79), 13:55 (72), 15:08 (73)
16:23 (75), 17:39 (76), 18:54 (75), 20:09 (75)
21:28 (79), 22:45 (77), 24:02 (77), 25:19 (77)
26:36 (77), 27:55 (79), 29:15 (80), 30:33 (78)
31:46.42 (73.42)
5km splits: 15:45/16:01.42
1600m splits: 5:07, 5:03, 4:58, 5:01, 5:10, 5:14
10. Matt Baffuto 32:16.54
75, 2:33 (78), 3:49 (76), 5:05 (76)
6:20 (75), 7:35 (75), 8:52 (77), 10:07 (75)
11:22 (75), 12:35 (73), 13:52 (77), 15:06 (74)
16:22 (76), 17:37 (75), 18:54 (77), 20:11 (77)
21:33 (82), 22:53 (80), 24:14 (81), 25:36 (82)
26:55 (79), 28:17 (82), 29:39 (82), 31:02 (83)
32:16.54 (74.54)
1600m splits: 5:05, 5:02, 4:49, 5:05, 5:25, 5:26
5km splits: 15:40/16:36.54
12. Mike Kennedy 32:30.41
77, 2:36 (79), 3:51 (75), 5:07 (76)
6:22 (75), 7:38 (76), 8:55 (77), 10:12 (77)
11:26 (74), 12:43 (77), 14:00 (77), 15:17 (77)
16:36 (79), 17:52 (76), 19:11 (79), 20:31 (80)
20:51 (80), 23:11 (80), 24:31 (80), 25:51 (80)
27:12 (81), 28:33 (81), 29:53 (80), 31:13 (80)
32:30.41 (77.41)
5km splits: 15:56/16:34.41
1600m splits: 5:07, 5:05, 5:05, 5:14, 5:20, 5:22
400-meter relay
4. Marist (Cunningham, Cafaro, Johnson, Taylor) 42.75 *school record, old record 43.00 by McCloskey, Schwarz, Bushey, Aprile, 2012
1,600-meter relay
5. Marist (Josh Hindle 54.0, Zac Berzal 51.7, Nate Lungarini 51.7, Tim Johnson 50.8) 3:28.15
3,200-meter relay
4. Marist (Nestor Taylor 1:58, Drew Burns 1:59, Brian Henderson 1:58, Josh Siegel 1:58) 7:54.92
Team standings
1-Monmouth 255, 2. Manhattan 153, 3. Rider 151, 4. Iona 109, 5. St. Peter’s 51, 6. Marist 48, 7. Canisius 39, 8. Siena 10

MAAC Championships: Women's results and splits

Sorry for the delay in posting and thanks to Omar Perez for compiling results and splits.

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, 2016
Women’s results and splits
200-meter dash trials
10. Danisha Craig 26.30
400-meter dash trials
9. Molly Weeks 59.90
14. Olivia Jaquith 1:01.07
21. Ericka Stewart 1:04.29
22. Emma Schweitzer 1:04.38
800-meter run trials
11. Shea Bohan 2:18.01 (opening lap = 64)
15. Kerry Gaye 2:21.60 (opening lap = 68)
17. Christine Gambell 2:21.99 (opening lap = 66)
18. Jenn Horner 2:22.18 (opening lap = 68)
21. Alyssa Hurlbut 2:27.10 (opening lap = 69)
24. Jess Howe 2:30.65 (opening lap = 68)
1,500-meter run, trials
9. Kristen Traub 4:36.30 (qualified for Sunday’s finals)
70, 2:24 (74), 3:40 (76), 4:36.30 (56.30)
17. Janelle Solviletti 4:45.51
74, 2:29 (75), 3:46 (77), 4:45.51 (59.51)
19. Marissa Porter 4:47.18
74, 2:30 (76), 3:49 (79), 4:47.18 (58.18)
20. Jenna Robinson 4:49.44
75, 2:31 (76), 3:50 (79), 4:49.44 (59.44)
27. Roxy Novo 4:56.50
75, 2:32 (77), 3:55 (83), 4:56.50 (1:01.50)
31. Bryn Gorberg 5:05.41
75, 2:35 (80), 4:00 (85), 5:05.41 (1:05.41)
1,500-meter run, finals
7. Kristen Traub 4:39.14
75, 2:29 (74), 3:34 (75), 4:39.14 (1:05.14)
400-meter hurdle trials
4. Debbie Boerke 1:02.71 *ECAC qualifier (qualified for finals)
11. Courtney Cartwright 1:07.34
18. Alexandra Hernandez 1:14.00
400-meter hurdle finals
5. Debbie Boerke 1:02.92
3,000-meter steeplechase
3. Emily Burns 11:00.54
83, 2:53 (90), 4:26 (93), 6:01 (94), 7:38 (97), 9:16 (98), 10:51 (95), 11:00.54 (9.54)
7. Jordan Casey 11:45.23
89, 3:05 (95), 4:45 (100), 6:28 (103), 8:10 (102), 9:59 (109), -- (missed), 11:45.23
11. Olivia Lappas 12:13.66
91, 3:08 (97), 4:50 (102), 6:34 (104), 8:21 (108), 10:10 (109), 12:00 (110), 12:13.66 (13.66)
10,000-meter run
5. Bianca Luparello 38:36.25
93, 3:03 (91), 4:34 (91), 6:06 (92)
7:37 (91), 9:09 (92), 10:41 (92), 12:11 (90)
13:42 (91), 15:14 (92), 16:45 (91), 18:16 (91)
19:48 (92), 21:20 (92), 22:54 (92), 24:28 (94)
26:04 (96), 27:37 (93), 29:12 (95), 30:46 (94)
32:22 (96), 33:57 (95), 35:33 (96), 37:09 (96)
38:36.25 (87.25)
5km split: 19:02 (shatters previous PR)
6km split: 22:54 (shatters previous PR)
1600m splits: 6:06, 6:05, 6:05, 6:12, 6:18, 6:23
400-meter relay
6. Marist (Ashley Haynes, Molly Weeks, Danisha Craig, Debbie Boerke) 50.42
1,600-meter relay
3. Marist (Danisha Craig 58.9, Courtney Cartwright 60.1, Jenn Horner 60.3, Debbie Boerke 59.9) 3:59.27
3,200-meter relay
3. Marist (Shea Bohan 2:19, Kristen Traub 2:17, Janelle Solviletti 2:21, Emily Burns 2:21) 9:21.39
High jump
9. Fallon Quigley 1.50 meters
Team standings
1-Monmouth 228, 2. Quinnipiac 158, 3. Rider 156.5, 4. Manhattan 109.5, 5. Iona 72, 6. Marist 33, 7. St. Peter’s 32, 8. Niagara 17, 9. Siena 7, 10. Canisius 6

Sunday, May 8, 2016

MAAC Championships: Day 2

There were many excellent highlights from Day 2 of the MAAC meet on Sunday at Rider. Please bear with me in terms of updating the blog with the results, splits and other comments. All the details may not be posted until Tuesday or Wednesday. Thank you for your understanding and I will update the blog with this excellent information as soon as I can. In all, this was a strong conclusion to the season for the majority of the team -- we still have athletes who have advanced to upcoming championship meets. Thanks again and look for posts soon ...

MAAC Championships: Women's results and splits, day 1

Coach Chuck was blowing up our Twitter feed with multiple highlights -- and with good reason! Day One was excellent. Chuck is seen here after the 10km race in which Bianca Luparello had a breakthrough performance -- obliterating her 5km, 6km and 10km PRs all in the same race. Bianca ran tough and strong from start to fnish and it was a great to see. Our steeplers raced well, and there were numerous other PRs out there. Nicely done, ladies!

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships, Day 1
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Women’s results and splits
200-meter dash trials
10. Danisha Craig 26.30
400-meter dash trials
9. Molly Weeks 59.90
14. Olivia Jaquith 1:01.07
21. Ericka Stewart 1:04.29
22. Emma Schweitzer 1:04.38
800-meter run trials
11. Shea Bohan 2:18.01 (opening lap = 64)
15. Kerry Gaye 2:21.60 (opening lap = 68)
17. Christine Gambell 2:21.99 (opening lap = 66)
18. Jenn Horner 2:22.18 (opening lap = 68)
21. Alyssa Hurlbut 2:27.10 (opening lap = 69)
24. Jess Howe 2:30.65 (opening lap = 68)
1,500-meter run, trials
9. Kristen Traub 4:36.30 (qualified for Sunday’s finals)
70, 2:24 (74), 3:40 (76), 4:36.30 (56.30)
17. Janelle Solviletti 4:45.51
74, 2:29 (75), 3:46 (77), 4:45.51 (59.51)
19. Marissa Porter 4:47.18
74, 2:30 (76), 3:49 (79), 4:47.18 (58.18)
20. Jenna Robinson 4:49.44
75, 2:31 (76), 3:50 (79), 4:49.44 (59.44)
27. Roxy Novo 4:56.50
75, 2:32 (77), 3:55 (83), 4:56.50 (1:01.50)
31. Bryn Gorberg 5:05.41
75, 2:35 (80), 4:00 (85), 5:05.41 (1:05.41)
400-meter hurdle trials
4. Debbie Boerke 1:02.71 *ECAC qualifier (qualified for finals)
11. Courtney Cartwright 1:07.34
18. Alexandra Hernandez 1:14.00
3,000-meter steeplechase
3. Emily Burns 11:00.54
83, 2:53 (90), 4:26 (93), 6:01 (94), 7:38 (97), 9:16 (98), 10:51 (95), 11:00.54 (9.54)
7. Jordan Casey 11:45.23
89, 3:05 (95), 4:45 (100), 6:28 (103), 8:10 (102), 9:59 (109), -- (missed), 11:45.23
11. Olivia Lappas 12:13.66
91, 3:08 (97), 4:50 (102), 6:34 (104), 8:21 (108), 10:10 (109), 12:00 (110), 12:13.66 (13.66)
10,000-meter run
5. Bianca Luparello 38:36.25
93, 3:03 (91), 4:34 (91), 6:06 (92)
7:37 (91), 9:09 (92), 10:41 (92), 12:11 (90)
13:42 (91), 15:14 (92), 16:45 (91), 18:16 (91)
19:48 (92), 21:20 (92), 22:54 (92), 24:28 (94)
26:04 (96), 27:37 (93), 29:12 (95), 30:46 (94)
32:22 (96), 33:57 (95), 35:33 (96), 37:09 (96)
38:36.25 (87.25)
5km split: 19:02 (shatters previous PR)
6km split: 22:54 (shatters previous PR)
1600m splits: 6:06, 6:05, 6:05, 6:12, 6:18, 6:23

Saturday, May 7, 2016

MAAC Championships: Men's results and splits, day 1

Thanks to senior captain Omar Perez for coordinating the split taking today. Here are the results and highlights on a strong first day.

MAAC Outdoor Track Championships, Day 1
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Men’s results and splits
200-meter dash trials
10. Tim Johnson 22.53
400-meter dash trials
16. Josh Hindle 52.64
800-meter run trials
12. Drew Burns 1:56.04 (opening lap = 56)
15. Nestor Taylor 1:57.94 (opening lap = 56)
17. Nate Lungarini 1:58.41 (opening lap = 57)
25. Mark Vuono 2:00.42 (opening lap = 56)
26. Tanner Senius 2:00.55 (opening lap = 57)
28. Anthony Colasanto 2:02.88 (opening lap = 58)
31. Jon Coogan 2:04.92 (opening lap = 59)
110-meter hurdle trials
3. Hakim Cunningham 14.81 *IC4A qualifier (qualified for Sunday’s final)
6. Josh Taylor 15.09 (qualified for Sunday’s final)
400-meter hurdle trials
8. Hakim Cunningham 56.63 (qualified for Sunday’s final)
13. Zach Berzal 58.52
15. Joe Cafaro 59.04
3,000-meter steeplechase
4. Mark Valentino 9:10.71 *IC4A qualifier
73, 2:30 (77), 3:47 (77), 5:04 (77), 6:22 (78), 7:41 (79), 9:00 (79), 9:10.71 (10.71)
13. Jake Hensler 9:44.04
75, 2:36 (81), 3:57 (81), 5:21 (84), 6:44 (83), 8:09 (85), 9:33 (84), 9:44.04 (11.04)
16. Zach Toner 10:27.64
77, 2:43 (86), 4:11 (88), 5:41 (90), 7:14 (93), 8:44 (90), 10:14 (90), 10:27.64 (13.64)
10,000-meter run
4. Dietrich Mosel 31:26.08 *IC4A qualifier
75, 2:33 (78), 3:49 (76), 5:05 (76)
6:20 (75), 7:35 (75), 8:52 (77), 10:07 (75)
11:22 (75), 12:35 (73), 13:52 (77), 15:06 (74)
16:21 (75), 17:37 (76), 18:51 (74), 20:06 (75)
21:23 (77), 22:41 (78), 23:57 (76), 25:15 (78)
26:33 (78), 27:50 (77), 29:03 (73), 30:18 (75)
31:26.08 (68.08)
5km splits: 15:40/15:46.08
1600m splits: 5:05, 5:02, 4:59, 5:00, 5:09, 5:03
6. Riley Hughes 31:46.42 *USATF Junior qualifier
76, 2:36 (80), 3:51 (75), 5:07 (76)
6:22 (75), 7:38 (76), 8:54 (76), 10:10 (76)
11:24 (74), 12:43 (79), 13:55 (72), 15:08 (73)
16:23 (75), 17:39 (76), 18:54 (75), 20:09 (75)
21:28 (79), 22:45 (77), 24:02 (77), 25:19 (77)
26:36 (77), 27:55 (79), 29:15 (80), 30:33 (78)
31:46.42 (73.42)
5km splits: 15:45/16:01.42
1600m splits: 5:07, 5:03, 4:58, 5:01, 5:10, 5:14
10. Matt Baffuto 32:16.54
75, 2:33 (78), 3:49 (76), 5:05 (76)
6:20 (75), 7:35 (75), 8:52 (77), 10:07 (75)
11:22 (75), 12:35 (73), 13:52 (77), 15:06 (74)
16:22 (76), 17:37 (75), 18:54 (77), 20:11 (77)
21:33 (82), 22:53 (80), 24:14 (81), 25:36 (82)
26:55 (79), 28:17 (82), 29:39 (82), 31:02 (83)
32:16.54 (74.54)
1600m splits: 5:05, 5:02, 4:49, 5:05, 5:25, 5:26
5km splits: 15:40/16:36.54
12. Mike Kennedy 32:30.41
77, 2:36 (79), 3:51 (75), 5:07 (76)
6:22 (75), 7:38 (76), 8:55 (77), 10:12 (77)
11:26 (74), 12:43 (77), 14:00 (77), 15:17 (77)
16:36 (79), 17:52 (76), 19:11 (79), 20:31 (80)
20:51 (80), 23:11 (80), 24:31 (80), 25:51 (80)
27:12 (81), 28:33 (81), 29:53 (80), 31:13 (80)
32:30.41 (77.41)
5km splits: 15:56/16:34.41
1600m splits: 5:07, 5:05, 5:05, 5:14, 5:20, 5:22

MAAC Championships: 10km qualifiers

It was a good night for our 10km men, as Dietrich Mosel (IC4A) and Riley Hughes (USATF Junior) both earned qualifying standards in a tough, back-and-forth race. Most importantly, both runners scored in the competitive field of MAAC men's distance runners. Dietrich has had a rough spring due to injury, so this PR and qualifier was an exceptional effort. For his efforts, he is "rewarded" by getting to run yet another 25-lap race ... in just 6 days! ... at the IC4A Championships. Riley joins his teammate Matt Baffuto with a 2016 USATF qualifier, and he joins a growing list of Junior qualifiers. Nicely done, men!

10,000-meter run
4. Dietrich Mosel 31:26.08 *IC4A qualifier
75, 2:33 (78), 3:49 (76), 5:05 (76)
6:20 (75), 7:35 (75), 8:52 (77), 10:07 (75)
11:22 (75), 12:35 (73), 13:52 (77), 15:06 (74)
16:21 (75), 17:37 (76), 18:51 (74), 20:06 (75)
21:23 (77), 22:41 (78), 23:57 (76), 25:15 (78)
26:33 (78), 27:50 (77), 29:03 (73), 30:18 (75)
31:26.08 (68.08)
5km splits: 15:40/15:46.08
1600m splits: 5:05, 5:02, 4:59, 5:00, 5:09, 5:03
6. Riley Hughes 31:46.42 *USATF Junior qualifier
76, 2:36 (80), 3:51 (75), 5:07 (76)
6:22 (75), 7:38 (76), 8:54 (76), 10:10 (76)
11:24 (74), 12:43 (79), 13:55 (72), 15:08 (73)
16:23 (75), 17:39 (76), 18:54 (75), 20:09 (75)
21:28 (79), 22:45 (77), 24:02 (77), 25:19 (77)
26:36 (77), 27:55 (79), 29:15 (80), 30:33 (78)
31:46.42 (73.42)
5km splits: 15:45/16:01.42
1600m splits: 5:07, 5:03, 4:58, 5:01, 5:10, 5:14

MAAC Championships: Sunday schedule and entries

Here is an updated list of qualifiers and athletes competing for us on Sunday at Day 2 of the MAAC Championships at Rider. Day 1 was an outstanding day for the program.

MAAC Outdoor Championships, 2016 schedule
Sunday, May 8, 2016
12 noon, women’s high jump: Fallon Quigley
12 noon, men’s 4x100 relay: Team TBA
12:05 p.m., women’s 4x100 relay: Team TBA
12:10 p.m., men’s 1,500: No entries
12:17 p.m., women’s 1,500: Kristen Traub
12:30 p.m., men’s 110 hurdles: Hakim Cunningham, Josh Taylor
12:40 p.m., women’s 100 hurdles: No entries
12:50 p.m., men’s 400 dash: No qualifiers
12:55 p.m., women’s 400 dash: No qualifiers
1:05 p.m., men’s 100 dash: No entries
1:10 p.m., women’s 100 dash: No entries
1:15 p.m., men’s 800 run: No qualifiers
1:20 p.m., women’s 800 run: No qualifiers
1:30 p.m., men’s 400 hurdles: Hakim Cunningham
1:35 p.m., women’s 400 hurdles: Debbie Boerke
1:45 p.m., men’s 200 dash: No qualifiers
1:50 p.m., women’s 200 dash: No qualifiers
1:55 p.m., men’s 5,000 run: Stefan Morton, Spencer Johnson, Matt Baffuto, Steven Rizzo, Palmer Weimann, Saad Baig, Joe Miller
2:15 p.m., women’s 5,000 run: Mara Schiffhauer, Christine Coughlin, Mariah Christian, Elizabeth Wasserman, Kim Schwartz, Lizzy Peper, Kerri-Anne Flynn
2:40 p.m., men’s 4x800 relay: Team TBA
2:50 p.m., women’s 4x800 relay: Team TBA
3:05 p.m., men’s 4x400 relay: Team TBA
3:10 p.m., women’s 4x400 relay: Team TBA

Vassar Twilight: Scenes from the 5k


Above: Conor Shelley shows his winning form (alert readers will note pacer Harbert Okuti in the background; Harbert just finished 15th overall in the Boston Marathon!); Left: Old coach sharing umbrella with daughter Natalie. I should note that I was riddled with guilt at this time, as I was spewing profane invective within her earshot at some of our young runners (Hickey) for their insane early pace ("Don't follow Conor," I said. Of course! He did). Although I felt guilty about this, she found it extremely entertaining. Now she knows how her old man spends his days (and nights, and weekends ...).

MAAC Championships: Schedule and entries

For the first time in meet history, the MAAC Outdoor Championships is going to a trials and finals format in all events from the 1,500-meter run on down. Here is the meet schedule, along with our entries in the meet.

MAAC Outdoor Championships, 2016 schedule
Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
Saturday, May 7, 2016
2:15 p.m., men’s 1,500 trials: No entries
2:30 p.m., women’s 1,500 trials: Kristen Traub, Janelle Solviletti, Marissa Porter, Jenna Robinson, Roxy Novo, Bryn Gorberg
2:50 p.m., men’s 110 hurdle trials: Hakim Cunningham, Josh Taylor
3 p.m., women’s 100 hurdle trials: No entries
3:10 p.m., men’s 400 dash trials: Josh Hindle
3:20 p.m., women’s 400 dash trials: Olivia Jaquith, Molly Weeks, Ericka Stewart, Emma Schweitzer
3:30 p.m., men’s 100 dash trials: No entries
3:40 p.m., women’s 100 dash trials: No entries
3:55 p.m., men’s 800 dash trials: Drew Burns, Nestor Taylor, Tanner Senius, Mark Vuono, Nate Lungarini, Anthony Colasanto, Jon Coogan
4:10 p.m., women’s 800 dash trials: Shea Bohan, Jenn Horner, Kerry Gaye, Christine Gambell, Alyssa Hurlbut, Jess Howe
4:25 p.m., men’s 400 hurdle trials: Hakim Cunningham, Joe Cafaro, Zac Berzal, Sean Patterson
4:40 p.m., women’s 400 hurdle trials: Debbie Boerke, Courtney Cartwright, Alexandra Hernandez
4:55 p.m., men’s 200 dash trials: Tim Johnson
5:05 p.m., women’s 200 dash trials: Danisha Craig, Ashley Haynes
5:20 p.m., men’s 3,000 steeplechase: Mark Valentino, Jake Hensler, Zach Toner
5:35 p.m., women’s 3,000 steeplechase: Emily Burns, Jordan Casey, Olivia Lappas
5:50 p.m., men’s 10,000 run: Matt Baffuto, Dietrich Mosel, Riley Hughes, Mike Kennedy
6:30 p.m., women’s 10,000 run: Bianca Luparello
Sunday, May 8, 2016
12 noon, women’s high jump: Fallon Quigley
12 noon, men’s 4x100 relay: Team TBA
12:05 p.m., women’s 4x100 relay: Team TBA
12:10 p.m., men’s 1,500: No entries
12:17 p.m., women’s 1,500: TBA
12:30 p.m., men’s 110 hurdles: TBA
12:40 p.m., women’s 100 hurdles: No entries
12:50 p.m., men’s 400 dash: TBA
12:55 p.m., women’s 400 dash: TBA
1:05 p.m., men’s 100 dash: No entries
1:10 p.m., women’s 100 dash: No entries
1:15 p.m., men’s 800 run: TBA
1:20 p.m., women’s 800 run: TBA
1:30 p.m., men’s 400 hurdles: TBA
1:35 p.m., women’s 400 hurdles: TBA
1:45 p.m., men’s 200 dash: TBA
1:50 p.m., women’s 200 dash: TBA
1:55 p.m., men’s 5,000 run: Stefan Morton, Spencer Johnson, Matt Baffuto, Steven Rizzo, Palmer Weimann, Saad Baig, Joe Miller
2:15 p.m., women’s 5,000 run: Mara Schiffhauer, Christine Coughlin, Mariah Christian, Elizabeth Wasserman, Kim Schwartz, Lizzy Peper, Kerri-Anne Flynn
2:40 p.m., men’s 4x800 relay: Team TBA
2:50 p.m., women’s 4x800 relay: Team TBA
3:05 p.m., men’s 4x400 relay: Team TBA
3:10 p.m., women’s 4x400 relay: Team TBA

Friday, May 6, 2016

Vassar Twilight: Men's results and splits

Matthew Vassar Twilight
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday, May 6, 2016
Men’s results
and splits courtesy of Fulton Accurate Timing (FAT)
1,500-meter run
1-Stefan Morton 3:56.36 *IC4A qualifier
46.410 (46.410)     1:50.958 (1:04.549)     2:54.582 (1:03.625)  
7. Steven Rizzo 4:05.55
46.947 (46.947)     1:52.139 (1:05.192)     2:57.213 (1:05.075) 
12. Palmer Weimann 4:12.31
47.710 (47.710)     1:56.920 (1:09.211)     3:06.981 (1:10.061)   
13. Joe Miller 4:14.03
47.073 (47.073)     1:55.774 (1:08.702)     3:05.556 (1:09.782)
17. Eamonn Beers 4:25.79
48.961 (48.961)     1:59.788 (1:10.827)     3:14.966 (1:15.179)  
19. Ricky Willi 4:32.11
48.193 (48.193)     1:59.489 (1:11.297)     3:17.464 (1:17.976)
20. David Swift (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 4:34.41
53.046 (53.046)     2:06.629 (1:13.583)     3:20.675 (1:14.047)
5,000-meter run
1-Conor Shelley (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 14:46.89
34.639 (34.639)     1:46.227 (1:11.589)     2:56.242 (1:10.015)
   4:07.161 (1:10.919)     5:17.919 (1:10.758)     6:28.236 (1:10.317)
8. Billy Posch (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 15:40.64
35.089 (35.089)     1:46.509 (1:11.420)     2:57.877 (1:11.368)
   4:10.086 (1:12.209)     5:25.614 (1:15.528)     6:43.274 (1:17.661)
10. Patrick Hickey 15:45.14
35.358 (35.358)     3:01.214 (2:25.856)     4:16.165 (1:14.952)
   5:30.968 (1:14.803)     6:47.048 (1:16.080)    14:33.098 (7:46.051)
11. Dan Hillman 15:52.58
36.028 (36.028)     1:47.725 (1:11.697)        1:50.402 (2.677)
   3:06.596 (1:16.195)     4:22.756 (1:16.160)     5:39.715 (1:16.959)
   6:54.273 (1:14.559)    14:39.913 (7:45.640)                     
15. Will Duggan 16:11.72
36.187 (36.187)     1:52.704 (1:16.517)     3:09.108 (1:16.404)
   4:25.188 (1:16.080)     5:40.997 (1:15.809)    14:51.340 (9:10.343)
22. Omar Perez 16:48.81
36.620 (36.620)     1:53.567 (1:16.947)     3:10.352 (1:16.785)
4:28.310 (1:17.959)     5:48.316 (1:20.007)    15:24.882 (9:36.567) 

Vassar Twilight: Stefan Morton qualifies for IC4As in 1,500

Junior Stefan Morton got an IC4A qualifier in the 1,500-meter run with an outstanding PR time of 3:56.36, just dipping under the qualifying standard of 3:56.50, under the lights at our "home" track at Vassar, with a little help from his friends and teammates:

--Freshman Brian Henderson, who acted as a perfect rabbit/pacer, by taking him through the 800-meter mark in the 2:05/2:06 range, and Brian did it wonderfully.

--And his good pal and classmate Spencer Johnson, who is holding the larger than life head of Stefan that he flashed throughout the race. Spencer has used a similar big head during men's basketball games to cheer on their housemate and friend Kentrall Brooks. Nicely done, Stefan! FYI: All three guys will be racing on Sunday at the MAAC Championships.

1,500-meter run
1-Stefan Morton 3:56.36 *IC4A qualifier
46.410 (46.410)     1:50.958 (1:04.549)     2:54.582 (1:03.625)   

Vassar Twilight: Conor Shelley's fast ride

Yeah. That's a pretty outrageous ride belonging to Marist Running Alum Conor Shelley, now working for (you guessed it!) New Balance. Conor wasn't just showing off his fancy vehicle. He came to race, and he came through with a sweet PR in the 5,000-meter run. Conor runs for New York AC, but for tonight, he was racing in the family red and white of the Marist Alumni Racing Team. So great to see the Big Guy with the big feet and now the big new 5km PR. Nicely done!

5,000-meter run
1-Conor Shelley (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 14:46.89
34.639 (34.639)     1:46.227 (1:11.589)     2:56.242 (1:10.015)
4:07.161 (1:10.919)     5:17.919 (1:10.758)     6:28.236 (1:10.317) 

Vassar Twilight: Women's results and splits

Matthew Vassar Twilight
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Friday, May 6, 2016
Women’s results
and splits courtesy of Fulton Accurate Timing (FAT)
800-meter run
7. Shannon Gildea 2:35.85 (1:13.868 first lap)
9. Lauren Traina 2:38.90 (1:14.087 first lap)
10. Catherine Ferreri 2:45.17 (1:16.174 first lap)
1,500-meter run
13. Jackie Bunce 5:21.24
59.247 (59.247)     2:24.969 (1:25.723)     3:55.320 (1:30.351)    
16. Shannon Gildea 5:23.91
1:03.336 (1:03.336)     2:33.129 (1:29.793)     4:05.311 (1:32.183)  
5,000-meter run
3. Annie Gould (unattached-Marist) 19:17.15
44.205 (44.205)     2:14.936 (1:30.731)     3:45.811 (1:30.876) 
   5:14.496 (1:28.685)     6:44.899 (1:30.404)     8:14.908 (1:30.010) 
   9:47.314 (1:32.406)    11:21.329 (1:34.015)    12:56.482 (1:35.154) 
  14:32.357 (1:35.876)    16:08.206 (1:35.850)    17:43.040 (1:34.834) 
5. Kelley Gould (Marist Alumni Racing Team) 19:31.11
46.527 (46.527)     2:21.584 (1:35.057)     3:54.854 (1:33.271) 
   5:28.556 (1:33.703)     7:02.427 (1:33.871)     8:35.176 (1:32.750) 
  10:08.977 (1:33.801)    11:43.536 (1:34.560)    13:18.903 (1:35.367) 
  14:54.577 (1:35.675)    16:29.811 (1:35.235)    18:04.451 (1:34.640) 
13. Taylor Mueller 20:25.60
45.854 (45.854)     2:19.681 (1:33.828)     3:51.857 (1:32.176) 
   5:22.073 (1:30.217)     6:57.636 (1:35.564)     8:36.041 (1:38.405) 
  10:16.701 (1:40.660)    11:59.051 (1:42.350)    13:43.325 (1:44.275) 
  15:27.718 (1:44.393)    17:11.058 (1:43.340)    18:52.682 (1:41.625) 
3,000-meter steeplechase
1-Nicki Nesi (unattached-Marist) 11:09.36
42.922 (42.922)     2:07.703 (1:24.781)     3:36.453 (1:28.750)
5:06.492 (1:30.040)     6:37.483 (1:30.991)     8:08.721 (1:31.239) 

Vassar meet schedule, tonight

The Matthew Vassar Twilight meet is tonight. Traditionally, this is one of our most favorite nights of the year -- a "home" meet for us, usually with great weather. Well, it doesn't appear as though the weather is going to cooperate. This persistent rain we have had all week seems to be peaking today and tonight. So if you are coming? Bring your rain gear and an umbrella, and maybe a hot coffee for the old coach. Here is the schedule of events for events in which we have athletes competing.

5:10 p.m., 3,000-meter steeplechase: Nicki Nesi (unattached)
6:20 p.m., 400-meter hurdles: Alexandra Hernandez
6:30 p.m., 800-meter run: Shannon Gildea, Lauren Traina, Catherine Ferreri
7:05 p.m., 1,500-meter run women: Jackie Bunce, Shannon Gildea
7:15 p.m., 1,500-meter run men: Stefan Morton, Steven Rizzo, Palmer Weimann, Joe Miller, Ricky Willi, Eamonn Beers, David Swift (Marist Alumni Racing Team/Middle Aged Machines)
7:30 p.m., 5,000-meter run women: Annie Gould (unattached), Taylor Mueller, Kelley Gould (Marist Alumni Racing Team)
7:50 p.m., 5,000-meter run men: Conor Shelley (NYAC/Marist Alumni Racing Team), Billy Posch (Marist Alumni Racing Team), Omar Perez, Patrick Hickey, Will Duggan, Dan Hillman

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yale Invitational: Men's results

Again, sorry for the lack of splits, other than the 4x400 relay (thanks to Coach Horton). Speaking of that relay, don't get too excited about the first-place finish. We were the only team in the race. Yeah. It was so cold and nasty and raw that all the other teams opted for an early exit rather than a few extra laps on the soaking wet track. Gotta love outdoor track in the Northeast ...

Yale Springtime Invitational
Sunday, May 1, 2016
200-meter dash
14. Hakim Cunningham 23.29
400-meter dash
5. Hakim Cunningham 52.11
800-meter run
11. Josh Siegel 1:58.83
15. Nate Lungarini 1:59.58
21. Anthony Colasanto 2:04.73
25. Jon Coogan 2:06.03
1,500-meter run
13. Dan Hillman 4:16.62
17. Eamonn Beers 4:27.59
18. Pat Hickey 4:31.88
5,000-meter run
8. Johnny Lee (unattached) 15:34.69
10. Mike Kennedy 15:46.46
15. Will Duggan 16:08.52
16. Dom Fortino 16:09.01
3,000-meter steeplechase
2. Mark Valentino 9:42.84
3. Riley Hughes 9:49.97
1,600-meter relay
1-Marist (Anthony Colasanto 55.6, Zach Berzal 52.2, Josh Siegel 53.9, Nate Lungarini 52.8) 3:34.66

Yale Invitational: Women's results

May is not supposed to be roaring "in like a lion" -- but alas, it was another in a series of nasty, raw, chilly, rainy spring days (thus, no recorded splits, sorry). Obviously a partial squad, as we round the bend toward the finish of outdoor track.

Yale Springtime Invitational
Sunday, May 1, 2016
200-meter dash
8. Ericka Stewart 28.05
12. Ashley Haynes 28.55
13. Emma Schweitzer 29.07
400-meter dash
8. Olivia Jaquith 1:02.14
13. Ericka Stewart 1:05.59
15. Emma Schweitzer 1:06.48
800-meter run
16. Molly Weeks 2:25.15
17. Alyssa Hurlbut 2:26.10
19. Bryn Gorberg 2:26.86
20. Jenna Robinson 2:27.49
26. Shannon Gildea 2:35.60
33. Lauren Traina 2:47.34
34. Catherine Ferreri 2:47.40
1,500-meter run
14. Jenna Robinson 4:55.32
16. Roxy Novo 4:59.37
22. Kerri-Anne Flynn 5:15.08
25. Jackie Bunce 5:20.69
3,000-meter run
11. Bianca Luparello 10:58.04
12. Lizzy Peper 11:02.61
400-meter hurdles
2. Courtney Cartwright 1:10.33
4. Alex Hernandez 1:15.43

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Penn Relays: Racewalkers shine

Our program’s day started early at Franklin Field with the racewalk events at 8 a.m. It was well worth the early wakeup call for our walkers and for Coach Chuck, as Kristi Licursi notched a personal-best time and Katie Miale punched her ticket to USATF Juniors in June. We are proud to have these ladies representing Marist at the Penn Relays racewalk. Nicely done!

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Olympic development 5,000-meter racewalk
7. Kristi Licursi 26:44.91
Junior women’s 5,000-meter racewalk
6. Katie Miale 28:10.67

Penn Relays: 4x800 relays

Our 4x800 relays didn’t go as well as planned, but it was a great experience for our relay teams – both of which featured three freshmen each. Drew Burns’ leg was the highlight of the late afternoon. And for all of them, you cannot beat the thrill of racing in front of nearly 40,000 fans packed into Franklin Field.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Saturday, April 30, 2016
College men’s 3,200-meter relay
20. Marist (Brian Henderson 1:57.99, Drew Burns 1:55.15, Tanner Senius 2:00.90, Nestor Taylor 1:59.31) 7:53.33
College women’s 3,200-meter relay
24. Marist (Shea Bohan 2:21.95, Emily Burns 2:20.56, Jenn Horner 2:24.43, Kerry Gaye 2:24.18) 9:31.10


Friday, April 29, 2016

Penn Relays: Stefan Morton breaks 15:00 for 5km

Stefan Morton became the 24th runner in track school history to break 15 minutes for 5,000 meters. He did it in tough, bruising fashion at Penn. He was in the second section, which was probably too fast for him. He hung tough and made moves early when he had to. After a relatively slow 74-second lap, he responded by lowering the pace and passing a few runners, and then he hung on with a solid last 800 meters in order to dip under the mark with a 14:58.19. Congrats to Stefan for joining this elite club. The updated list is below, and the splits below were taken from the finish line of the race.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Men’s 5,000-meter run
61. Stefan Morton 14:58.19
34, 1:46 (72), 2:57 (71), 4:07 (70), 5:18 (71), 6:30 (72), 7:43 (73), 8:57 (74), 10:09 (72), 11:22 (73), 12:35 (73), 13:47 (72), 14:58.19 (71.19)
Updated sub-15:00 all-time list
Girma Segni, 14:18.42, 2009*
Will Griffin, 14:23.43, 2013 **
Arquimedes DelaCruz, 14:29.82, 2013
Adam Vess, 14:33.41, 2008
Peter Pazik, 14:35.84, 1986
Matt Flint, 14:37.45, 2010
Ken Walshak, 14:37.53, 2011
Michael Melfi, 14:42.36, 1998
Justin Harris, 14:42.88, 2007
David Raucci, 14:42.92, 2006
Michael Nehr, 14:45.61, 2001
Dietrich Mosel, 14:49.74, 2016
David Swift, 14:50.24, 1995
Zak Smetana, 14:50.39, 2011
Kirk Dornton, 14:50.89, 2002
Nick Webster, 14:52.54, 2009
Conor Shelley, 14:52.67, 2008
Joel Moss, 14:54.57, 2012
Greg Salamone, 14:55.79, 2000
Tim Keegan, 14:56.45, 2009
Mark Valentino, 14:56.77, 2016
Stefan Morton, 14:58.19, 2016
Ryan Scrudato, 14:58.43, 2013
Spencer Johnson, 14:58.46, 2015
* indoor school record and fastest overall time in school history for the distance
** outdoor school record holder
Bold indicates current team member

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

Spencer Johnson notched a painful PR and Dietrich Mosel had a tough return to racing, as the two men carried on a long tradition of Marist runners in the 10,000-meter run late at night at Penn Relays. Spencer was on pace for a monster PR before a stomach cramp slowed him down considerably during the second half of the race. He was able to battle through it and earn a two-second PR and another IC4A qualifier, but he was upset at not being able to run a sub-31:00 and a much bigger PR. Dietrich has battled a foot injury since mid-March and this was his first race back. I believe he is in better shape than this, but the fast early pace was too much for him to handle. After what has been a great sophomore year for Dietrich, this was a bummer of a race. We’re hoping for a strong, bounce-back effort at the MAAC meet next week.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Men’s 10,000-meter run
20. Spencer Johnson 31:01.77 *IC4A qualifier (personal record)
74, 2:27 (73), 3:40 (73), 4:52 (72)
6:05 (73), 7:17 (72), 8:31 (74), 9:44 (73)
10:57 (73), 12:11 (74), 13:26 (75), 14:39 (73)
15:53 (74), 17:07 (74), 18:21 (74), 19:36 (75)
20:52 (76), 22:08 (76), 23:24 (76), 24:41 (77)
25:57 (76), 27:14 (77), 28:31 (77), 29:49 (78)
31:01.77 (72.77)
5km split: 15:17
1600-meter splits: 4:52, 4:52, 4:55, 4:57, 5:05, 5:08
26. Dietrich Mosel 32:00.66
75, 2:29 (74), 3:43 (74), 4:55 (72)
6:08 (73), 7:22 (74), 8:38 (76), 9:54 (76)
11:10 (76), 12:26 (76), 13:34 (78), 15:02 (78)
16:22 (80), 17:43 (81), 19:03 (80), 20:19 (76)
21:39 (80), 23:00 (81), 24:20 (80), 25:39 (79)
26:59 (80), 28:17 (78), 29:35 (78), 30:52 (77)
32:00.66 (68.66)
5km split: 15:45
1600-meter splits: 4:55, 4:59, 5:08, 5:17, 5:20, 5:13

Penn Relays: Women's distance races

Our two women’s distance runners had solid performances on Thursday night Nicki Nesi, who is redshirting this outdoor season, improved on her time from Bucknell two weeks ago (10:57.79), raced well by moving through the field and finished in 10:51.58. Kristen Traub battled through a lot of traffic, made strong and powerful moves throughout the race and finished in 9:57.00. Neither time is a PR, but the effort was great on a cold and damp evening at Franklin Field. Note that my splits here were taken from the finish line.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Olympic development
6. Nicki Nesi (unattached) 10:51.58
44, 2:08 (84), 3:36 (88), 5:03 (87), 6:32 (89), 8:01 (89), 9:28 (88), 10:51.58 (83.58)
Women’s 3,000-meter run championship
13. Kristen Traub 9:57.00
39, 1:59 (80), 3:17 (78), 4:37 (80), 5:57 (80), 7:17 (80), 8:38 (81), 9:57.00 (79.00)

Penn Relays: Women's 4x400 relay

Even in the best of circumstances, the relays at Penn Relays are challenging for relay participants. You are huddled in the pre-race corral for a long time, then herded onto the track to race with little or no warmup. On Thursday evening, the women’s 4x400 had to endure not only that but also cold and rainy conditions. Considering those circumstances, their effort in heat 7 was admirable – with a strong, third-place finish. We are proud of them all, with a special nod to anchor leg Debbie Boerke, who did double duty on the day after her strong 400 hurdles race in the morning.

Penn Relays
Franklin Field, Philadelphia
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Women’s 1,600-meter relay
51 of 81. Marist (Danisha Craig 60.5, Molly Weeks 60.5, Jenn Horner 60.5, Debbie Boerke 59.0) 4:00.51 (third place in heat 7)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Penn Relays: Debbie Boerke in 400 hurdles

Thanks to Molly Weeks for sending me this awesome photo of freshman Debbie Boerke at Penn Relays this morning. Debbie did great, placing a close second in section 6 of the event. She was 21st out of 52 competitors in the event, in a time of 1:02.06 -- just a little slower than her school record from Bucknell a few weeks ago. Debbie will return later this afternoon in the 4x400 relay with her teammates. Nicely done, Debbie!