Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A top-10 at Ironman Lake Placid

A hearty and huge congrats and NICELY DONE to Marist Running Alum Chris “Chomps” McCloskey for his incredible Ironman Lake Placid finish on Sunday. We were tracking his progress all day and it just kept getting better and better. Chris placed ninth overall (9th!!!!) and fifth in his age division with a time of 9:56:00. He texted me after the race to say the last half of his marathon was brutal due to the heat and humidity. But he got it done. For those keeping score at home, here are his monstrous splits:

2.4 mile swim: 1:04:11, 1:39 per 100 meters
112 mile bike: 5:16:09, 21.26 mph
26.2 mile run: 3:27:53, 7:53 per mile
Swim to bike: 4:53
Bike to run: 2:54

Although it has been pointed out before, it is worth mentioning again here: Chomps was a record-setting middle distance runner during his years at Marist (and also at John Jay High School, where he ran for our good pal, coach Steve Perks). And during his time at Marist, he never really took a liking to distance running during cross country season (side note: I am being very kind here; he hated it!). So to see him develop into an incredible endurance animal is incredibly rewarding. It used to be surprising, but it is not anymore, as he has clearly established himself in this area. Good stuff.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Deedy on top of the world!

Congrats to Marist Running Alum Deedy (Pat Deedy) for his successful hike on the John Muir Trail in California, culminating with reaching the summit of Mount Whitney in California -- for those keeping score at home, Whitney's summit is at 14,505 feet (4,421 meters), and is the highest point in the lower 48 states. Notice in the photo, which I poached from Facebook, that Deedy is proudly displaying his old-school Marist singlet. And for those alert followers out there, you'll notice that Deedy is wearing his Marist track winter hat under all those layers. Speaking of poaching ... here is Deedy's FB post on his accomplishment: Over 200 hundred miles (16 days; 180 miles on the JMT) later with 50 lbs. on my back and I've reached the highest point in the original 48 states. Mt. Whitney at 14,505 ft...some of the most beautiful and breath taking miles I've ever completed. Still doing them post-Marist! Thanks Nick Briggs and Sue Ellen Briggs for inviting me on this incredible journey

Home at last

Thoughts on the team BBQ on Saturday: Always great to see everyone in the middle of the summer. The family atmosphere of the program lends itself to heartfelt hugs and reunions, even in our Social Media Age where teammates and close friends can stay connected on a minute-by-minute basis, 24-7. However, I guess there is no replacing good old-fashioned face-to-face contact. We would have loved to see more of our track brothers and sisters, but alas schedules did not permit it to occur this time around. There was a smattering of recent alums, and as always we welcome them all. Special thanks to Mr. Edsall for working up a serious sweat and manning the grill so our athletes and families could enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken.

After the team departed, the tables and chairs were broken down, and all the leftover food was packed away, there were just a few of us lazily hanging out by the river on a pleasant summer evening. The clouds rolled in, a welcome relief from the stinging summer sun, and no one was in any rush to leave. In particular, a handful of recent alums were wistful in their longing for this old school home. Indeed, after a few years away from the shores of the Hudson, they felt they were, in the words of the classic SteelyDan song, “Home at Last.” Sometimes it takes the lens of a few years’ away to realize how special it is to be a member of a close-knit collegiate team, and to long for those days of yore. Hopefully, our current athletes can realize this, and cherish every moment of their relatively short time together – like a midsummer afternoon in the sun with some food and drink and a lazy river in the background. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Deja vu all over again

In the "some things never change" department ... here is a wonderful photo taken by our friend Bob Kopac from Friday night's Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club track series out at Arlington High School. Coach and athlete, through the decades. Pictured is Mr. Bucket ("David Swift") racing the 1,600 meters (As he often reminds us: "I'm a miler, you know") at the track series, with his old coach in the tube socks yelling out splits. Just like it was 1993 or something. The only difference! We are both much older, slower and grayer. But! I'm still coaching (so is he!) and he's still racing reasonably well -- in this race, he outkicked a hotshot Mid-Hudson Athletic League runner who is about one-third his age. Seems like yesterday that Swifty was our lead runner for the Running Red Foxes at the NEC meet down at Clove Lakes State Park when some unnamed alum (we'll call him MARTY) handed him an Adult Beverage at the finish line (unbeknownst to me, until later). Ah. Those were the days. Nowadays? Mr. B is prepping for some masters nationals races. A lot older, a little heavier, but still chasin' it after all these years ...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Red Fox Trot 5K will not be held

Several folks in the Marist Running world have asked what the date of the Red Fox Trot 5K will be. Well. Here’s the thing! The Red Fox Trot 5K will not be held this year. Several members of the race committee – including the race director -- decided not to return to the committee, and at this late date there was not enough time to hustle together a new organizing committee for the race. So, there will not be a Fox Trot. We are extremely appreciative to the Red Fox Club for formulating the race idea and for hosting this race for the past several years. It has been a great tradition. As stated last month, we are hopeful to really boost attendance and participation in the new Walkway races in June, which start and finish down at the Marist Riverfront. Perhaps that will be our new racing tradition down at the river. Again, thanks to the Red Fox Club for all they do for our program and all of athletics.   

Team BBQ set for next Saturday

Our annual summer team BBQ will be Saturday, July 25, along the Marist Riverfront at the historic Cornell Boathouse. We’ll get things started around 4 p.m., due to a huge Dragon Boat event being held down at the river the same day. If interested, get down there early and check out the Dragon Boats – it’s a pretty cool scene. Hope to see you at the BBQ.

Wedding season

In between the two ballgames in three days, we had a wonderful wedding to attend, as Marist Running Alum Colleen Ryan got married last Friday night in the Marist Chapel – the same venue where Heidi and I got married 20 years ago. Here is a group picture of the Marist Running contingent at the wedding reception at Locust Grove, as well as Coll with her old coach. We wish Colleen and Nick a lifetime of happiness.

Put it in the books! 2 ballgames in 3 days

Due to the generosity of friends, my son James and I were able to go to two Major League baseball games in three days last week. Last Thursday afternoon, we went to Yankee Stadium to see the Bombers beat the Athletics. On Saturday afternoon, we went to Citi Field to watch the Mets slug their
way past the Diamondbacks. James has become a bit more of a Mets’ fan than Yankees, but he likes both teams. His favorite player is Lucas Duda, and he was thrilled to see Duda go deep on Saturday. Equally thrilling was a chance meeting with the radio voice of the Mets, Howie Rose (pictured above with us). Howie is a true pro -- whether it is calling hockey games on TV, baseball games on the radio, or even taking calls on WFAN back in the day – and he was very gracious with us. As Howie would say: “Put it in the books!” Two fun games on warm summer days.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July: Congrats to Kell and Bill

A wonderful day for Marist Running at the 26th annual Firecracker 5-mile race in Wall Township, New Jersey, on the 4th of July! The results were great but were secondary to the post-race fireworks, when Billy Posch proposed to Kelley Gould at the finish line. She said yes and we are THRILLED for the happy couple and their impending nuptials. As far as the race goes, Ken Walshak won it, Billy was second on the men's side; in the women's race, Katie Messina won it and Annie Gould was third. But again, the headline of the day (literally: check this link!) was Kelley and Billy. NICELY DONE!

4th of July: A fast-moving flag

My son Joey is 15 and turning 16 soon. He’s at the age where questionable decisions and debatable judgment are the norm. And so it is with a smile that I report that he used unusual and questionable judgment by racing a 4-miler in Saratoga Springs on the 4th of July wearing a full-body stars and stripes morphsuit. It’s full body, as in, covering his head and face. His vision was impaired to the point of barely seeing in front of him. Fortunately, it was not too hot and humid, but he admitted to being less than comfortable in that not-very-breathable suit. When I saw him with about 50 meters to go and implored him to start kicking, he said, “oh, where’s the finish line?” Uh. Yeah. But again, I type this with a smile. If these are among the worst head-scratching choices of my soon-to-be 16-year-old, we’re doing OK at this point. For those keeping score at home, Flag Boy cracked the top 100 (99th out of 3,205 finishers and 27th of 217 in the 15-19 division) and ran 24:31, an average of about 6:08 per mile. Not bad for a moving flag.

Emptying the inbox: Joe T in Argentina

Emptying the inbox, part 2: Marist Running Alum Joe Tarantello checked off another continent on his round-the-world marathon quest by completing the La Bandera Marathon in Argentina. Here is Joe T’s email: Buenos Tardes from Rosario, Argentina. Just thought I would let you know that I completed the La Bandera Marathon this morning. I am still pursuing my crazy goal of a marathon on every continent; continent #4 is complete. I was extremely nervous and scared coming into this. I’ve been battling ongoing issues with my leg and have been unable to exceed an hour of running since my last marathon in November. Best case scenario I was thinking 3:30 and worst case just finishing under the 6-hour deadline. I exceeded expectations and ran 3:28:40 and didn’t have to walk. My legs are done but I’m glad I was able to get through. I had to cancel this trip in 2012 due to injury. You would love the climate here. It’s the start of winter, at race time it was in the 70s and humid. People are wearing full length spandex pants and long sleeve shirts. We’ve seen people walking around with scarves, fur coats, etc. Apparently, winter here is nothing like winter at home. Anyway, just want to let you know I sported the MART gear and finished another marathon and continent. Hope all is well!

Emptying the inbox: Marist alums at Mt Washington

Emptying the inbox, part 1: I got this email and photo from Tom Lipari almost a month ago and I’m finally getting around to posting it. Pretty cool that: a. these guys have remained so close (a bunch of them got together over the recent holiday weekend for some revelry); b. they have remained fit enough to scale Mount Washington. Anyway! Here’s Tommy’s email:

This past weekend a couple of Marist Track alum made the climb to the peak of Mt.Washington in New Hampshire which is the highest peak in the northeast (6,288 ft!). It is also known to be
the most windy place on the planet with recorded wind gusts of up to 254 mph! Overall, up and down it took about 7.5 hours. (We are still in shape!) We were able to see some amazing scenery along the way as the weather was perfectly clear. (Although it was 35 degrees at top). Needless to say I am still sore 4 days later but it was well worth the trip! Next stop, Everest!

Pictured are Tom Lipari, Kyle Havard, Tom Devaney, Ryan Brown.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy New Year, July style

Sorry for the long gap in posts. There are several posts in the hopper that we'll get going with soon. Still digging out from the mound of emails in my inbox. Even with a smartphone, where I can check the emails, they still pile up while on vacation. That's because I tend not to reply or send emails from my phone. Change comes slowly to this old guy. I've said it before, but this time of year has the feel of New Year's in the three-season world of our program. The outdoor track season concluded with the championships, culminating in USATF Juniors. Now, our full focus is on the fall XC season and the beginning of preseason training for XC (in August) and track (in mid-September). Both are still a fair amount of time in the future, but it will be here before we all know it.

Also! "Summer" in my world tends to be split in two parts: The first phase after our athletes leave campus for home (but my own kids are still in school); the second phase (now), where our athletes are still away but my own kids are out of school. This second phase has an odd busyness to it, with no rhyme or reason to each day and each week. So if there are some gaps in posts, that is why; I literally don't know whether I'm coming or going at times.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

USATF Juniors: Farewell to Tracktown USA

The last time we were in the San Francisco Airport -- on Wednesday en route to Eugene -- we were being delayed by a canceled flight. This time, right now as I post this, it is a normal layover as we await our final flight home to Newark. It was a great several days in Oregon. Deet enjoyed every minute of the trip -- savored every second, actually. A certified track geek, he soaked it all in. Most importantly, he ran tough and repped the program well. We saw some great racing out here -- the men's 1,500 final yesterday was riveting stuff. And oh, did I mention how hot it was out here? Well. It was REALLY HOT. OK! Farewell to Tracktown USA. We hope to be back again in the future.

Programming note: I will be away on Lake George vacation next week. Not sure about Internet access, so this may be the last post for a bit. OK!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

USATF Juniors: 10th place for Dietrich Mosel

First things first: Kudos to USATF and meet management for moving this race to 10 a.m. Conditions were still far from ideal – 80 degrees and extremely humid – but there was cloud cover and it was not nearly as dangerous as it will be at 6 p.m., when forecast highs are close to 100 degrees. Put it this way: Friday at 6 p.m., we were sitting at Hayward Field watching the meet, and it was 98 degrees in the shade. Yikes.

Dietrich ran well. He wanted to do better. But he ran well. Start with the finish: Superb! His last lap was in an eye-popping 67.87 seconds, vaulting him into 10th place out of 14 entrants. The early pace was very slow, then very fast. Deet got gapped by most of the field, and settled into an 82-83/lap pace. He had some slow laps toward 8km, but then rallied for a strong finish.

This meet is about representing the program well on a national level. Dietrich did that. And for that, we are proud of him. Nicely done.

USATF Junior Championships
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Hayward Field, University of Oregon
10,000-meter run
10. Dietrich Mosel 33:39.87
83, 2:48 (85), 4:04 (76), 5:19 (75)
6:36 (77), 7:52 (76), 9:07 (75), 10:26 (79)
11:44 (78), 13:04 (80), 14:25 (81), 15:47 (82)
17:09 (82), 18:32 (83), 19:55 (83), 21:18 (83)
22:41 (83), 24:05 (84), 25:27 (82), 26:54 (87)
28:20 (86), 29:44 (84), 31:08 (84), 32:32 (84)
33:39.87 (67.87)
5km: 16:28; second 5km: 17:11.87
1600m splits: 5:19, 5:07, 5:21, 5:31, 5:36, 5:38

Here are the official results:

Cerake Geberkidane
Oklahoma St.
1 (1)
Chase Weaverling
1 (2)
Connor Hendrickson
1 (3)
Kyle Gronostaj
1 (4)
Benjamin Kendell
1 (5)
Jose Macias
Portland St.
1 (6)
Daniel Lathrop
1 (7)
Austin Post
1 (8)
Cody Drisko
Azusa Pacific
1 (9)
Dietrich Mosel
1 (10)
Faris Sakallah
William & Mary
1 (11)
Dray Carson
Wichita St.
1 (12)
Duncan Reid
Caleb Webb

Thursday, June 25, 2015

USATF Juniors: Some 10km history

Dietrich Mosel is the 15th Marist men’s distance runner to have qualified for this meet in this event. Here is a list of previous qualifiers by year and where the meets were in those years.

Past USATF Junior qualifiers, 10,000 meters
1998: Greg Salamone, at Richmond
2000: Jamal Padgett, at Denton, Texas
2003: Justin Harris at Stanford
2004: Mark Fernandez at Texas A&M
2005: Mike Rolek at Carson, CA
2008: Tim Keegan at Ohio State
2009: Matt Flint at Oregon
2010: Arquimedes DelaCruz and Mike Nicoletti at Des Moines
2011: Isaiah Miller and Nick Hughes at Oregon
2013: Johnny Lee and Ryan Colabella at Des Moines
2014: Spencer Johnson at Oregon

USATF Juniors: How he got here

Rising sophomore Dietrich Mosel’s path to USATF Juniors was hard-earned. He ran three 10,000-meter races during his freshman outdoor track season. Here is his progression.

Monmouth Season Opener, March 28: 32:37.48
Bucknell Bison Invitational, April 11: 32:19.46
MAAC Championships, May 2: 31:38.07

What is most interesting about this progression – other than the fact that he got faster each race, which is awesome – is that each race represented past or current USATF qualifying marks. I’ll explain. For many, many years, the USATF Junior standard in the 10km was 32:45.00. Deet’s time in the first meet at Monmouth exceeded that; unfortunately, that is not the 2015 standard. In 2014, the standard was lowered to 32:20.00 – you may remember that Spencer Johnson qualified by less than a second to get here in Oregon last summer. Deet’s second 10km, at Bucknell, exceeded that time, barely, but he did it; unfortunately, that is not the 2015 standard. The 2015 standard is 32:05.00. Fortunately for Deet, he crushed that with his excellent race at the MAAC Championships. And so! We are here. Pretty neat.

Reminder! His race is now on Saturday at 10 a.m. (local time) instead of 6 p.m. 

USATF Juniors: Lights are still on

In the "deja vu all over again" category ... we arrived at the Motel 6 in Springfield, OR, at about 1 a.m. Thursday ... after a long and nightmarish day of travel. Yes. Motel 6 still left the light of for us. Just like last year: This is eerily reminiscent of our trip out here last July, when we arrived at the same hotel at the same time of day/night/morning. One programming note: Because of the forecasted extreme heat, the Junior 10,000 race was moved to 10 a.m. on Saturday, up from the scheduled 6 p.m. start. Smart move by USATF. It will still be warm at 10 a.m., but not nearly as blazing as the afternoon. OK! Time to turn the lights off now ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

USATF Juniors: Greetings from Gate 85

Other than hearing the hole-by-hole account of someone’s golf game, is there anything more tiresome than listening to travel woes from weary, flight-delayed friends? Probably not. But! Consider yourself warned, as our trip out to Oregon has taken some dips and dives. Hint: We’re not there yet. We are currently in San Francisco (Luke Shane would be proud). Unfortunately, we are here a lot longer than we were supposed to be. Our connecting flight to Eugene was canceled, due to mechanical issues or whatever. United was nice enough to book us on another flight – three hours later, and to Portland instead of Eugene. We land in Portland at 9:25 p.m. (our bodies will register that as 12:25 a.m. tomorrow, and our day started many, many hours ago). We will then be rewarded with a two-plus hour drive (for those keeping score at home, and I know you are, it will be 121 miles) from Portland to Eugene. By the time we get there, it will definitely feel like tomorrow … because it WILL be tomorrow. Lovely!

Other travel highlights so far:

--For some reason, our flight from Newark boarded an hour early. We were rewarded for our punctuality by sitting on the runway an extra hour. Nicely done!
--We hit multiple bouts of “weather” (airline pilot vernacular for turbulent, bumpy travel). We were WARNED of this “weather” with jarring pronouncements in our headphones. In particular, this annoyed Dietrich, who was sitting in the aisle seat across from me trying to watch movies. OK! WE GET IT!
--In a fun way to pass the time, I played a computer in backgammon on the screen in front of me on the plane. I went 36-1 against the feckless computer. Take that. Ha!
--Deet and I had dinner at a Chipotle-style airport restaurant called “Andale” (which, I believe, loosely translates to “let’s go! in Spanish”). Funny, that. The cash register malfunctioned and it took the staff about a half hour to fix it. No really. That long. It’s amazing how much patience you have for burritos when you have NOTHING ELSE TO DO FOR THREE HOURS. So, we just stood there waiting. When they finally figured it out, one person said it was “on the house” because we waited so long. How nice. The other person said we owed $33.21 … and waited for payment. So, I paid for dinner. I guess it was “on my house,” huh?
--Thanks to Hild for sending me the link to Alberto Salazar’s War and Peace length rebuttal of all the allegations made against him and the Nike Oregon Project. Again. When you have THREE HOURS TO KILL, this makes for great reading. Only, it’s mostly “war” and very little “peace.” Wow! Coach Alberto went into attack mode, big time. Lots of he said/she said/he said going on here … I’ll let the smarter, more informed folks in the blogosphere sort it all out.

In the meantime, we’re still here at Gate 85. We’re plenty early. They are calling for boarding to Kona, Hawaii, now at the gate. Perhaps we should go there? Might be cooler than Eugene later in the week. OK! Looks like a beautiful night outside in San Francisco …   

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

USATF Juniors: Oregon bound soon

We leave on Wednesday afternoon for TrackTown USA for the USATF Junior Championships, where Dietrich Mosel will compete in the 10,000-meter run on Saturday. With USATF (Senior) National Championships there, Deet is very much looking forward to watching the pros race for a few days at Hayward Field, before he takes to the track himself for 25 scorching laps. I say “scorching” because record heat is forecast for Eugene for later in the week – approaching 100 degrees. This is far from ideal weather for 25 laps on the track, much less anything else. If the forecast holds up, it will be the third consecutive year that our athletes will have to deal with hot conditions – 2013 in Des Moines, 2014 in Eugene and this year back at Hayward.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Walkway Marathon: A marathoner is born

As stated previously, I was NOT in favor of rising senior Ricky Willi running the full marathon on Saturday. With a "long" run of 12 miles, and the fact that he is early in his XC training buildup, in fact this made zero sense. However! Ricky got through it, running the first half (too fast, I might add) with Mr. Bucket, before fading over the second half but still having an enjoyable experience. He said already he is looking forward to the marathon next year, when he will be a newly minted graduate. Running marathons in college, when you are trying to be a competitive collegiate runner, is not a smart thing -- if your goal is to be a competitive collegiate runner. Trust me. I know what I'm talking about. But! I think Ricky is no worse for the wear, and hopefully he will springboard this into a positive and memorable senior year. Thanks to Ricky's mom for sharing these photos of Ricky running and of his celebrating his 26.2-mile accomplishment. Nicely done. No. Really!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Walkway Marathon: Photo and future

For those non-Facebook types who did not see this: A nice photo of Coach Chuck and several recent alums (and future alum Annie) from Saturday's race. As he said in his FB update, we are hopeful to make this a go-to event for alumni next year and in the future, looking to get a HUGE turnout of past and current runners. Maybe we'll even do our team BBQ in the afternoon, with the alumni and current team getting a chance to cross paths. With the exception of a few inaccurate mile markers (oh so common in road races; and, with most runners having GPS watches, mile markers are becoming almost irrelevant these days?), I have heard nothing but positive feedback about the Walkway Marathon event. OK!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Walkway Marathon: Official results, more notes

Well, yeah. We did forget some folks in the previous post. Shame on me! First off, my good pal and Coach Emeritus Phil Kelly had a great run in the half marathon, finishing in 2:16:14. I haven’t seen age-group results, but I’m guessing that got Phil some hardware in the 70-plus division. And also! Rising sophomore Will Duggan ran the half marathon in 1:27:53. Great job to both.

Here are official times and places of those mentioned in the previous post, as well as some others who weren’t mentioned but are worthy of note here.

Mr. Bucket: Put a shirt on, will ya?
2nd place: Mr. Bucket (“David Swift”), 3:00:40; I was wrong in the previous post, I thought he was third. If the race were a little longer, he might have gotten third because …
3. Adam DiCaprio (son of Marist VP of student affairs Deb DiCaprio), 3:00:57 … was chasing the shirtless Bucket down, but ran out of real estate
7. Ricky Willi, 3:10:36. Post-race text: “Went out in 1:29:45 and died but I can’t complain at all. Fantastic experience and I hope we can get more guys next year.”
51. John McKee (Middle Aged Machine friend and Bucket training partner) 3:49:13
68. David Walker (Junk Yard Dogs pal and serial marathoner, it’s his seventh already this year) 3:56:02
77. Colin McComb (Phil Kelly’s son-in-law and ultra runner) 3:59:54  
89. Krys Wasielewski (Junk Yard Dogs stalwart and loyal blog follower) 4:07:41
105. Cammie Jones (formerly of the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement at Marist) 4:13:25 in her first marathon
149. Tim Murphy (one of James’ Little League coaches; he showed up at the playoff game around the fifth inning, staggering around and muttering the word “pain” repeatedly; it was his first marathon and he did great with it) 4:32:44
173. Steve Sansola (Marist administrator and good friend of the program) 4:42:20
Half marathon
1st place: Will Griffin, 1:11:40
2nd place: Jamie Stroffolino, 1:14:07. Will ran with him for much of the race; afterwards, Jamie, one of the best local runners around, went and got married. Nicely done!
4. Billy Posch, 1:15:42, a nice spiffy PR for Bill
5. Ken Walshak, 1:17:58
7. Omar Perez 1:18:17
8. Keith Strudler (Marist professor, friend of the program and elite triathlete/masters runner) 1:18:53
9. Luke Shane, 1:19:18
10. Chris “Chomps” McCloskey, 1:21:23. Chomps continues to impress in endurance events, having won the Pawling Triathlon last week; he is doing Lake Placid Ironman next month
16. Will Duggan, 1:27:53
21. Deirdre Dwyer, 1:32:32 (Spackenkill grad, coached by Bucket, now in the midst of successful collegiate career)
30. Anthony “Fast Tony” Ferreri, 1:35:24
38. Annie Gould, 1:37:22
43. Billy Hild, 1:38:07 (solid effort after horrific long drive from suburban DC on Friday night; would have been fun to see him have to hold off a kicking Mr. Dwyer, but it was close nonetheless …)
46. Terrence Dwyer, 1:38:26 (dad of Deirdre and Siobhan, strong age-group runner in his own right)
52. Cheryl Fil (Marist Running Alum), 1:39:05
62. Kelley Gould, 1:41:32
77. Dayna McLaughlin, 1:42:51
84. Siobhan Dwyer (Spackenkill and Iona grad, coached by Bucket), 1:43:29
111. Lizzy Peper 1:46:10
Bucket and Lurch
141. Lurch (“Todd Coulson”) 1:48:16
168. Chris Gould 1:50:21
265. Tom Sanford, 1:57:15 (Marist crew coach, trading his oars for running sneakers for a day)
305. Erin Duggan (Duggans’ sister), 1:58:59
384. Aarti (Kapoor) Comstock, 2:02:50 (Marist Running Alum from the early days of our regime)
524. Elna Sanford (friend of ours, wife of Tom, new PR, nicely done) 2:09:27
526. John Peper (Lizzy’s dad) 2:09:35
657. Lindsay Moreau 2:15:12
671. Phil Kelly, 2:16:14
793. Colleen Ryan, 2:22:48
1st place: Steven Rizzo, 15:41; said some nice things in Pok Journal video, which initially had him as a “Marist graduate” … let’s not rush things!
17. Catherine Ferreri 22:08 (third in women’s race)
Marist Track Alum (and school record holder) Peter Van Aken commandeered the traffic control in the Fairview section of town, a very important job.
Our good friend Artie (Eric Gross) was the lead cyclist for the half marathon. When I told him the day before that Will would be running and he better be ready to pedal fast, he got real nervous. But alas, he did beat Will, and most importantly performed a vital race task, as did Peter.