Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring Break notes: Why I like Buck Showalter

Buck Showalter, up close, at spring training in Fort Myers on Friday.
It's dangerous to make value judgments of famous people. We don’t know them. We can pretend to know them, based on what we see on TV, what we have read about them and what other famous people have said about them. But it’s always best to not get too heavily invested in people in the public sphere, as we just don’t know that much about them.

Despite that one paragraph disclaimer, I must say I admire longtime baseball manager Buck Showalter, now of the Baltimore Orioles. Buck’s first Major League managerial job was with the New York Yankees in the early/mid-1990s. After more than a decade of overspending ineptness, Buck was a welcome change for us Yankee fans. Oh sure, he was serious. Oh sure, he could be boring. And Buck, what’s the deal with wearing the long-sleeve warmup jacket, even on the hottest midsummer days?

I grew to like Buck Showalter, like any fan, because of his managerial style led to a different and better way of play for the Yankees. They cared more, they tried harder, and yeah, they won more games and emerged from it in the postseason in 1995 for the first time in 14 years. Buck left the Yankees after that season, mostly due to the late impulsive owner George Steinbrenner, who thought it would be neat to fire some of Buck’s coaches because they lost that epic playoff series to Seattle. My wife and I were bummed out and pissed off at The Boss for letting it happen, for letting Buck get away on the verge of some great things. And then The Boss hired Joe Torre, a career loser as a manager! What was he thinking? Well. We know how the next 12 years turned out now, don’t we?

As we Yankee fans basked in the glory of the Core Four, the Torre Era, the Championships, the yearly trip to the playoffs, the calm leadership of Saint Joe. Despite all that, I will admit to never forgetting about Buck. I followed his career, with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Texas Rangers, in and out of TV assignments and eventually back to the American League East now with the Orioles. I loved listening to him talk baseball; I loved watching him manage baseball. He has a reputation as an obsessive micromanager who sweats every detail on his ball club. You know what? It seems to work.

So anyway, on Friday afternoon, it was with a fan’s enthusiasm that I witnessed Buck Showalter up close and personal as he exited the Jet Blue Park field after an exhibition game with the Red Sox. My nephew Riley was able to secure a Buck autograph for me (“Mr. Showalter, Mr. Showalter, over here, Mr. Showalter”). Here’s a short list of reasons why I like Buck, traits that I think he exemplifies:

--He’s prepared. I’ve always heard about how Buck arrives at the ballpark around lunchtime for a night game, how he sometimes would sleep in his office, how he would obsess over the slightest details of making out a lineup card. He was mocked in some circles for this, but I always thought it was cool. The guy was obsessed about preparing his team? The guy is dedicated to his job and works really hard at it? That’s a bad thing? Not in my book.

--He’s serious. That sort of preparation shows great effort on his part to be the best manager he can be. As a coach, the two qualities I strive for every day, and that I expect in return every day from our athletes, are preparation and effort. I gotta believe Buck is right in line with that. My guess is the players that who love playing for him see that, respond to that and work hard for them. Again. I’m not na├»ve. These guys are getting paid millions of dollars to play baseball. But Buck’s seriousness of effort does not go unnoticed and he is recognized as a top manager as a result of this.

--He’s loyal. It’s one of the main reasons he walked away from the only job he ever wanted in baseball, as manager of the Yankees. The Boss threatened to mess with his staff. He wouldn’t tolerate that. He is the same way with the players on his team. Loyal, sometimes to a fault. He has been accused at times of “playing dirty” in order to protect his players. Old-school baseball. Gotta love that.

--He’s honest. Because of his pinpoint attention to detail, he never blinks at a question from the news media. Baseball managers are in the business of making decisions and value judgments each and every day. Those decisions are scrutinized every day. One thing you know with Buck, whether the decision was agreeable or not, he checked out every angle before reaching his conclusion.

--He’s not flashy. Modern-era sports – at all levels -- is all about drawing attention to yourself. Even the coaches and managers can become celebrities; most don’t shy away from that. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get the sense that Buck seeks such attention. If that is the case, I like and respect that.

--He’s consistent. I get the sense that Buck Showalter has a sense of beliefs, values them with his convictions, and never wavers from his process despite the never-ending gimmicks that have come about with the advanced metrics in baseball. Here’s the thing, though: Buck’s not close-mindedly old school. I’m certain that he utilizes as much of the “new statistics” as possible as a way to prepare himself to lead his team.

Speaking of the new baseball metrics, there are ways that they can gauge the impact a manager has on his team’s performances. Ultimately, it is a player’s game. The most successful managers generally have pretty strong rosters. But as a longtime coach, there is much that I can take from and admire with Buck Showalter’s approach. The autographed baseball I have from him will now sit proudly in my home office.

Spring Break notes: Exposed skin

As we fly back from our very brief trip to southwest Florida to visit family, I can reflect on the incredible warmth we felt. Oh sure, I’m talking about the weather, which even by their standards was a bit hot – mid to upper 80s in the afternoon – for March standards. But also, I’m talking about the natural flow of uniting with family that we see far too little of throughout the years.


I thought it was hilarious this morning, at my nephew Riley’s Little League game, when folks on the bleachers were reaching for light jackets and sweatshirts. There was a slight breeze. In the shade, it was 68 degrees. Really. Are you kidding me? I was wearing long pants, only because we were headed to the airport right after the game and it didn’t make sense to wear shorts for just a few hours. But otherwise, in our brief few days down there, it was shorts and T-shirts every second of the stay.

Oh. So THAT’S what my arms and knees look like! Other than the brief few minutes in the shower every morning, and I do mean brief, every centimeter of potentially exposed skin has been covered during the past several months of the winter that won’t quit – yes, I know, it snowed back home while my son James was getting sunburned knees at Jet Blue Park watching the Red Sox vs. Orioles in the midday heat. The sun felt SO good. My brother-in-law Mark, a very light-skinned dude, was always scurrying from the direct rays. I was basking in it. No sunblock needed. It felt soooo good.

Now we are back. The flannel lined pants will be located, as the temperatures this week look to remain chilly. But for a few days, we could dream of the warmth that we will eventually feel up here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ready or not ... here comes outdoors!

After a winter that droned on forever, it’s difficult to fathom that the outdoor track season is upon us. But alas … it is! And once it starts, it buzzes by in a flurry of six weeks. Oh sure, the “championship season" continues into May and hopefully June, but the reality is that our season as a complete program culminates at outdoor MAACs, which is ridiculously early at May 2-3.


Saturday, March 28: Monmouth Season Opener Invitational, West Long Branch, NJ
Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4: Colonial Relays, Williamsburg, VA
Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12: Bucknell Invitational, Lewisburg, PA
Saturday, April 18: Wolfie Invitational, Stony Brook University
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 23-25: Penn Relays, Philadelphia
Sunday, April 26: Yale Springtime Invitational, New Haven, CT
Friday, May 1: Vassar Twilight Meet, Poughkeepsie, NY
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3: MAAC Outdoor Championships, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: May 15-17: ECAC/IC4A Championships, Princeton, NJ (qualifiers only)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 28-30: NCAA East Regional, Jacksonville, FL (qualifiers only)
June 25-28: USATF Junior Championships, Eugene, Oregon (qualifiers only)

Modified track coaches

The phone call popped up on my cell at a usual busy time during practice a few weeks ago, from area code 631. Figured it was a coach or student-athlete looking for information about our school and our program; we get those calls all the time. It was not. It was a high school Athletic Director, calling for a reference about one of our beloved former athletes. She was applying for the modified track coaching position in her old school district.


I told the dude to put away his questions, because I had two words for him: Hire. Her. Well, maybe three. Now! Because he is a diligent AD, he went ahead and asked me the reference questions that he had to ask. I gave him over-the-top glowing answers, not because I wanted our girl to get the job, but because I really meant it. I’m assuming she got the job, but because I’m not sure, I will continue to talk in generalities about that.

I will not talk in generalities about the modified track coach at my daughter’s middle school. Natalie is doing modified track at Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park. Her coach is Ms. Gould. We couldn’t be more thrilled. Ms. Gould (Kelley) remains a loyal Marist Running Alum who clearly knows a thing or two about track. She coached Haviland modified last year.

Many times, modified track coaches do not have a lot of track or running qualifications; it happens at the middle school level. We are fortunate and blessed that our daughter and her friends are getting a relatively new but very competent coach in Ms. Gould. Just as a bunch of seventh and eighth graders down in 631-country are getting an equally upbeat and enthusiastic runner to lead them in their first steps in our sport.

Changing the clocks

My parents’ home in northern New Jersey is small and modest, a perfect setting for an elderly, retired couple. It is not the noisy house where I grew up as the youngest of four children during the 1960s and 1970s. That house was large, with lots of stairs, lots of noise, lots of people, a few pets, and a labyrinth of rooms befitting a home that raised four kids and housed various old Italians in the latter stages of their respective lives.


Now, my parents are in those latter stages, and the challenges are many, numerous and seemingly coming at us on a daily basis. I’ve been down there many times over the past two weeks, with many more trips planned and unplanned around our busy schedule over the next few weeks. When summer arrives, even more frequent journeys down there will be made and will be needed. They need care and lots of it, probably more than me and my siblings can offer. Challenging times indeed.

You notice simple things. The calendar on the kitchen wall, the one my wife gives to them lovingly every Christmas, was on February well into March. A few of the clocks in the house – the ones that are not automated, like the cable boxes -- still haven’t caught up with the “spring ahead” from a few weekends ago. We need to change them, and we will change them, but doggone it if I can figure out the damn stove clock!

Add in my recent fall from grace on a run – still trying to sort out those injuries, some of which may be very serious and long-term – and there has been a “piling on” effect to life since the calendar turned to March. It’s arbitrary, but it does seem that the month has coincided with a lot of “stuff happens” moments in lives close to mine.

All of which makes me feel guilty about feeling burdened by a long-ago/brief spring trip to Fort Myers, Fla., where my youngest son James and I are visiting family. The trip down here was long (in fact, I am writing this during the journey and am posting it upon landing, settling in and getting Internet). JFK, the fifth busiest airport in the world according to the Flight Captain, apparently is down to one functioning runway? Are you KIDDING me? So our trip was delayed. I’m hobbled. I’m preoccupied. Mostly, I want my son to have a swell time with his cousins in the warm weather, and maybe we can watch some baseball in short sleeves and a T-shirt. That would feel real nice now, wouldn’t it?

Please understand that I am not looking for sympathy or empathy in posting here, but rather as catharsis for what has been a challenging few weeks. My writing goes in spurts. I have not had the desire to expound of late; the spirit has not moved me and quite honestly I’ve been driving around a lot. But here I am now, on a JetBlue plane with a laptop and some ideas and some time, and all I can think about are the clocks that I need to fix back in New Jersey.

NYC Half Marathon

Congrats to Marist Running Alum Ryan Fitzsimons for his fantastic finish at the NYC Half Marathon on Sunday. Fitz is training for Boston so this finish bodes very well for him. He ran 1:15:20, placing 103rd overall and ninth in his age group. His splits were even and he closed with a vintage, track-like finishing kick over the final .1. Nicely done.

Also, a huge shout-out to Ginny Townsend, mom of Marist Running Alum Brian Townsend, for her first-ever half marathon finish. Ginny ran 2:10:18, even splits and strong from start to finish. She made her coach (Brian) very proud. We look forward to seeing her later in the spring to congratulate her in person.

Signs of spring, part 2

This is the view of the front lawn at my parents' house in northern New Jersey. We still have a lot of snow on our lawn here in the mid-Hudson Valley, but clearly it's fading fast.

Sorry for the lack of posts. It is Spring Break, so not much is going on. Also, I have been dealing with a nagging injury after taking a nasty fall while jogging last week. The injury is not progressing well and the pain is persisting, so I have been in a crabby mood and not all that motivated. My youngest son James and I will be traveling to Florida to visit family for a few days, and hopefully the warm weather will be a salve for my woes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Signs of spring

For the first time this calendar year, on Wednesday I did not wear flannel-lined pants. Yes, it has been that cold for that long. And yes, it was that warm yesterday. Our women's distance runners did a fartlek workout on campus in short and T-shirts. Tino arrived from student teaching and promptly changed into shorts and singlet for his run.

The snow is melting rapidly, but there is still a lot of it. We are over the hump, but we are not through with the cold weather completely. As we head into Spring Break, here's hoping we will be able to see the bright red of track surfaces for the first time in three months.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ECAC Championships: Sunday's result

Kristen Traub had a tough race in the 3,000-meter run this afternoon. Alert followers of the program may have noted that she did not race at the MAAC Championships. That was due to illness, which was later diagnosed as the flu. She has been trying to recover from the effects of her illness, and she fought gamely today in an extremely competitive race, but it caught up to her over the final kilometer. We are proud of her toughness and going for it today, but it just did not work out. Onward to outdoor track!

ECAC Championships
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Boston University
3,000-meter run
23. Kristen Traub 10:06.51
37, 76 (39), 1:54 (38), 2:33 (39), 3:12 (39)
3:50 (38), 4:28 (38), 5:08 (40), 5:47 (39), 6:26 (39)
7:05 (39), 7:47 (42), 8:31 (44), 9:17 (46), 10:06.51 (49.51)
Kilometer splits, according to Lancer Timing:
3:11.969 (3:11.969)     6:26.390 (3:14.421)    10:06.510 (3:40.120) 

ECAC Championships: Record-setting stride

Thanks to Lizzy Peper for sharing this photo of Michelle Gaye's record-setting run last night. We have one race left in the indoor track season: Kristen Traub in the ECAC 3,000-meter run this afternoon.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

ECAC Championships: Michelle Gaye runs 16:41.89, places 4th

First the splits, then the commentary.

ECAC Championships
Boston University
Saturday, March 7, 2015
5,000-meter run
4. Michelle Gaye 16:41.89 *school record, All-ECAC, highest point scorer in school history
37, 77 (40), 1:57 (40), 2:36 (39), 3:17 (41)
3:57 (40), 4:37 (40), 5:16 (39), 5:57 (41), 6:37 (40)
7:18 (41), 7:59 (41), 8:40 (41), 9:21 (41), 10:02 (41)
10:42 (40), 11:23 (41), 12:02 (39), 12:42 (40), 13:22 (40)
14:02 (40), 14:43 (41), 16:02 (39), 16:41.89 (39.89)
Kilometer splits: 3:17, 3:20, 3:25, 3:20, 3:19

The race went out hard. Really hard. Through the first kilometer, Michelle was in the back pack (there was a lead pack and the back pack, and there was a chasm between both) and was hanging on for dear life at a very fast pace. She was battling and running in lane 2 much of the time. 

Once she broke clear of that pack, she began to make up ground on the lead group, which was starting to splinter. Each athlete that she caught and overtook, she did so with decisive moves. She ran her usual, methodical pace. And while the closing kilometer splits look simply steady, they were BOLD and DECISIVE laps in which she was hard-charging about as fast as anyone in the race. As Coach Chuck said afterwards, if the race were 6km she might have won!

Where does this race stack up there in the lore of the distance running program? Oh, it's up there, baby. Probably the finest single performance by a women's distance runner. And definitely in the pantheon of Vess/Griffin/Segni/DelaCruz of recent memory. Put it this way: To break 17 for the first time, and do it by 20 seconds? Words in a simple blog post won't due it justice, so we'll just let it stand alone in its amazing greatness. 

ECAC Championships: Michelle Gaye's race for the ages

Senior Michelle Gaye ran one of the greatest races in school history on Saturday night at Boston University, placing fourth overall in the 5,000-meter run in a school-record time of 16:41.89. It is the first time the 17-minute barrier has been broken, and she exceeded her two-week-old school record by 25 seconds. Tremendous effort. Photo above is of Michelle and a proud Coach Chuck post-race. More details to follow ...

IC4A Championships: Men's result and splits

Freshman Steven Morrison raced at the IC4A Championships this afternoon at Boston University. He gained valuable experience at the trials-and-finals nature of the meet. There were two sections of the 1,000-meter run. He was in the first section, which turned out to be far slower and more tactical than the faster section. He placed fifth out of 10 in his section in 2:29.98. He raced well and competitive in his section. The only problem: His section was by far the slower of the two qualifying heats. The second section was so fast that seven of the nine runners in it qualified and will move on to Sunday's final.

Tactically, Steven ran pretty well. It just wasn't fast enough. He probably should have made a big move early in the race to ensure at top-2 finish. But that sort of hindsight is easy; making such a split-second decision at top speeds is not easy. So we chalk it up to a good learning experience and luck (or, in this case, unluck) of the draw.

IC4A Championships
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Boston University
1,000-meter run
13 out of 20 (5 out of 10 in first section
Steven Morrison, 2:29.98
28.7, 59.2 (30.5), 1:30.0 (30.8), 2:00.4 (30.4), 2:29.98 (29.58)

Here are the heat results, if interested, courtesy of lancertiming.com

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                              
  1 Gil, Ryan                 SO Georgetown             2:27.68Q   
  2 Taylor, Lester            SR Fordham                2:28.00Q   
  3 Cooper, Charles           FR Georgetown             2:28.60    
  4 McCormack, Phelan         SR Cornell                2:29.49    
  5 Morrison, Steven          FR Marist                 2:29.98    
  6 Biler, Mitchell           SR Lehigh                 2:30.19    
  7 Timmerman, Parker         FR Connecticut            2:31.56    
  8 Keith, Stephen            SR Lehigh                 2:32.48    
  9 Trimble, Chris            JR La Salle               2:35.47    
 10 Daly, Patrick             SR Boston College         2:39.51    
Heat  2 Preliminaries                                              
  1 Garcia-Garrison, Andrew   SR Bucknell             L 2:24.99Q   
  2 Westwood, John            JR Bucknell               2:25.59Q   
  3 Tejidor, Francisco        JR Holy Cross             2:25.98q   
  4 Belcher, Sam              SR Cornell                2:26.94q   
  5 Amazan, Bradley           JR Stony Brook            2:27.22q   
  6 Annelli, Jonathan         SR Fordham                2:27.34q   
  7 Kelley, Cameron           JR Umass Lowell           2:28.40q   
  8 Frering, David            FR Bucknell               2:29.08    
  9 Thomas, Ryan              FR Columbia               2:34.33    


Next up is Michelle Gaye in the ECAC 5,000-meter run later this afternoon.

Friday, March 6, 2015

What's next: ECAC/IC4A Championships

We head up to Boston today for the weekend and the ECAC/IC4A Championships. We have a small contingent of athletes. Here's the schedule.

Saturday, 11:50 a.m.: IC4A 1,000-meter trials, Steven Morrison
Saturday, 5:40 p.m.: ECAC, 5,000-meter run, Michelle Gaye
Sunday, 1:40 p.m.: ECAC, 3,000-meter run, Kristen Traub

Check back for results and splits ...

God's headlamp

Based on the forecast and the calendar, I would like to think that this morning was one of the last truly frigid runs for this seemingly endless winter (3 degrees at the finish). If so, we went out with a bang with perhaps the best ice beard of the season (thanks to running partner Ken Schneider for taking this photo of me after a chilly 8-miler). Although we will lose it with the clock changing, it was nice to run in mostly daylight this morning. Before the sun poked through, though, our frigid morning was illuminated by a gorgeous full moon. It was so bright that we were actually able to click off the headlamps, something we'll be able to do for many months really soon.

Notes from New Paltz: It's 1991 again

One of the New Paltz indoor practices this week was so small that we were able to fit our entire practice squad into one van. Eight athletes, one coach.

It harkened me back to the spring of 1991, when I started coaching at Marist with Phil Kelly and you could count on both hands the number of athletes we had on the team. We have come a long way since then, but it was nice to be able to focus on one small group and give them every split from every interval. Kind of like 1991 -- when all of our athletes (except Kenny, who is the old man of the team) weren't even a thought yet.

Notes from New Paltz: Need a lift?

This post is a few days' overdue, and it is inspired by a freshman mid/distance runner whose identity we will protect so as to avoid embarrassment (however, if you want to guess, his first name rhymes with "Bami" ... ).

After a fantastic workout on the Big Blue Oval, our unidentified freshman did his cooldown jog and then proceeded to the vans. However, unlike most of us who actually walked down a few flights of stairs to the exit floor, our unidentified freshman elected to take the elevator down one story. The elevator! Really? Come on man ...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bridging the gap

We had one of those humanity-affirming moments today on the van ride home from yet another indoor track practice at SUNY New Paltz. As we got to the toll booth at the Mid-Hudson Bridge, I handed over the two dollar bills for the $1.50 toll and reflexively asked for the toll receipt with the 50 cents' change. The friendly toll booth worker handed me the receipt AND the cash back (no change, just the two bills), informing me that the car in front of us -- we did not know them and they sped off down the hill toward the bridge -- paid our toll us.

Nicely done! I've never seen it, but I had heard of a movie called "Pay It Forward" that has to do with this subject. Upon returning to campus, I told Coach Horton and Cuesta this story; they were in the other van. Cuesta said, "now coach, you have to do something nice for someone to keep it going." I'd like to think that's my standard operating procedure, but it was a nice reminder from Cuesta -- and more importantly, from the random act of kindness of a stranger -- that quietly doing good deeds for others makes the world a better place in which to live.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In like a lion ...

Just because the calendar flipped to March, it doesn't mean anything has changed around here. It was 4 degrees when I woke up early to go jogging. At a little past 9 a.m., it started snowing. It hasn't stopped. Forecast is for 4-6 inches. After a brief respite, another storm takes aim on Tuesday, with a mixed bag of precipitation. March has marched in, like a lion, right on schedule.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The view on February 27


This is not the surface of the moon or Mars. This is the Hudson River, Marist College riverfront, February 27, 2015, a little past 9 a.m., temperature 4 degrees. You think we got it bad? Imagine the crew team, which is supposed to be rowing on this river at some point in the "spring."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A team with heart

Thanks to Katie Mac for sharing this photo of a cross-section of our team that took part in the Heart Association walk this afternoon on campus. Thanks to Hakim Cunningham, Alexia Santiago and other upperclass leaders on the team who have been so proactive and persistent in our team's community service ventures this year. Their efforts are appreciated.

Transition

I promise this post will not turn into yet another weather rant. However, it cannot go unnoticed that the low temperature on Tuesday morning in these parts was anywhere between 10-below and 14-below zero, depending on where you were and what thermometer you were reading. Really? On February 24?

OK. Now that that's out of the way ... we are in a transitional period between the indoor and outdoor track seasons. The indoor track season continues for our three athletes fortunate enough to have qualified for the ECAC and IC4A Championships: Kristen Traub (1,000, mile, 3,000), Michelle Gaye (3,000, 5000) and Steven Morrison (1,000). Those athletes will compete next Saturday and Sunday at Boston University. For the rest of the team, we begin (or continue) preparations for the rapidly approaching outdoor track season. Once outdoors starts, it buzzes by quickly in a 6-week blur of practices and competitions.

Our sprinters have had the past three days off, as a way for that group to heal and recharge, mentally and physically. I will say that the middle of the day has been a void without our sprinters practicing in their usual 12:30 p.m. slot. It will be great to have that back at it starting on Thursday. Our distance runners took a very brief break, or none at all, as they continue to build base for the upcoming outdoor season.

Either way, the persistent cold weather is more than annoying. It is delaying the melting of the snow on the tracks that we would like to use for training. So in the meantime, we continue to stay in winter mode, while the clock is ticking loudly on our upcoming outdoor track season. Global warming, anyone?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

MAAC Indoors: Incredible splits

Thanks to my Loyal Mountain Correspondent, who pointed out to me that my spiral notebook and pencil method of taking splits has been overtaken by the high-tech Armory results machine. If you want to see split times for every lap of every race run at the famed oval, go to this link. If you have a few spare minutes/hours, you can compare the cameras eye's accuracy to that of this old coach trackside with the dollar-store reading glasses. Wow. Good stuff.

MAAC Indoors: Results updated with splits

The previous two posts have now been updated with splits for all relevant races. I tried to get them done early this morning but I literally fell asleep at the keyboard (far less dangerous than falling asleep at the wheel!). As I said in the previous post, if you spot any errors, let me know. Some of the 5km splits for men and women were lost due to the excitement of the races among coaches and split takers (Tino was my go-to guy at this meet). It is, after all, a championship.

I'm not sure if the splits are viewed much by this blog readership. I would hope so. Although! One freshman male distance runner asked me repeatedly for his splits after a recent indoor meet and I kept telling him to go to the blog and he acted as though he didn't know what I was talking about. Regardless, it is a form of record-keeping, so I will continue to do it as long as I am able, and as long as I have the help.

MAAC Indoors: Women's results and splits

SUNDAY UPDATE: Splits now included. Still sleep deprived so if there are discrepancies, let me know ... Here are the numbers from the meet. As stated in previous post, it was a long afternoon, evening and now early morning. Will try to update this post later.

MAAC Indoor Track Championships
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Women’s results and splits
60-meter dash
10. Danielle Asaro 7.95 *ties school record
15. Ashley Haynes 8.17
20. Alexia Santiago 9.03
200-meter dash
6. Danielle Asaro 26.04
20. Ashley Haynes 27.01
22. Meaghan Gillespie 27.59
23. Alex McCahill 28.49
27. Alexia Santiago 31.40
400-meter dash
16. Molly Weeks 1:00.89
17. Courtney Cartwright 1:01.58
22. Cassandra Iacono 1:03.95
800-meter run
23. Bryn Gorberg 2:27.31
33.5, 70.1 (36.5), 1:47.9 (37.8), 2:27.31 (39.61)
24. Olivia Lappas 2:28.26
34, 71 (37), 1:49 (38), 2:28.26 (39.26)
25. Kim Schwartz 2:28.73
34, 70 (36), 1:48 (38), 2:28.73 (40.73)
26. Catherine Ferreri 2:28.88
35, 72 (37), 1:50 (38), 2:28.88 (38.88)
Mile run
11. Marissa Porter 5:21.62
40, 78 (38), 1:57 (39), 2:38 (41), 3:19 (41), 4:00 (41), 4:42 (42), 5:21.62 (39.62)
16. Roxy Novo 5:30.96
41, 81 (40), 2:01 (40), 2:42 (41), 3:24 (42), 4:07 (43), 4:50 (43), 5:30.96 (40.96)
17. Mariah Christian 5:31.12
40, 80 (40), 2:00 (40), 2:41 (41), 3:23 (42), 4:06 (43), 4:50 (44), 5:31.12 (41.12)
18. Jaime Durso 5:32.37
42, 81 (39), 2:02 (41), 2:44 (42), 3:26 (42), 4:10 (44), 4:52 (42), 5:32.37 (40.37)
20. Lizzy Peper 5:36.73
42, 81 (39), 2:02 (41), 2:44 (42), 3:26 (42), 4:10 (44), 4:54 (44), 5:36.73 (42.73)
3,000-meter run
9. Mara Schiffhauer 10:34.07
Note: Mara lost one of her shoes during the race and ran the last kilometer with one foot barefoot.
40, 83 (43), 2:06 (43), 2:48 (42), 3:27 (39)
4:09 (42), 4:50 (41), 5:32 (42), 6:13 (41), 6:56 (43)
7:38 (42), 8:23 (45), 9:06 (43), 9:51 (45), 10:34.47 (43.47)
Kilometer splits: 3:27, 3:29, 3:38.47
20. Bianca Luparello 11:34.63
41, 86 (45), 2:09 (43), 2:52 (43), 3:36 (44)
4:22 (46), 5:08 (46), 5:54 (46), 6:43 (49), 7:32 (49)
8:23 (51), 9:10 (47), 9:59 (49), 10:48 (49), 11:34.63 (46.63)
24. Allison Dellicarri 12:06.06
42, 87 (45), 2:10 (43), 2:55 (45), 3:41 (46)
4:28 (47), 5:16 (48), 6:06 (50), 6:57 (51), 7:49 (52)
8:41 (52), 9:34 (53), 10:26 (52), 11:18 (52), 12:06.06 (48.06)
Kilometer splits: 3:41, 4:08, 4:17.06
5,000-meter run
3. Michelle Gaye 17:05.92 *school record, old record, 17:24.14, Liza Grudzinski, 2003; ECAC qualifier
40, 81 (41), 2:01 (40), 2:42 (41), 3:22 (40)
4:03 (41), 4:44 (41), 5:25 (41), 6:07 (42), 6:48 (41)
7:29 (41), 8:10 (41), 8:51 (41), 9:31 (40), 10:12 (41)
10:54 (42), 11:35 (41), 12:17 (42), 12:59 (42), 13:40 (41)
14:20 (40), 15:01 (41), 15:41 (41), 16:23 (42), 17:05.92 (42.92)
Kilometer splits: 3:22, 3:26, 3:24, 3:28, 3:25.92
14. Elizabeth Wasserman 19:03.91
Kilometer splits: 3:36, 3:42, 3:54, 3:57, 3:54.91
16. Brianna Freestone 19:27.50
Kilometer splits: 3:38, 3:48, 4:01, 4:05, 3:57.50
60-meter hurdles
12. Meaghan Gillespie 10.08
13. Alex McCahill 10.18
1,600-meter relay
5. Marist (Danielle Asaro 63.56, Courtney Cartwright 63.35, Molly Weeks 62.14, Olivia Jaquith 60.8) 4:09.84
Distance medley relay
6. Marist (Jenna Robinson 3:48.9, Marissa Porter 65.6, Janelle Solviletti 2:23.03, Christine Coughlin 5:18.7) 12:36.87
Jenna Robinson: 36, 75 (39), 1:54 (39), 2:33 (39), 3:11 (48), 3:48.9 (47.9)
Marissa Porter: 31, 65.6
Janelle Solviletti: 33, 68 (35), 1:45 (37), 2:33.03 (38.03)
Christine Coughlin: 37, 75 (38), 1:54 (39), 2:34 (40), 3:15 (41), 3:56 (41), 4:37 (41), 5:18.7 (41.7)
High jump
9. Fallon Quigley 1.55 meters (5 feet, 1 inch)
Team standings
1-Monmouth 166.5, 2-Rider 105.5, 3-Quinnipiac 104, 4-Manhattan 99.5, 5-Iona 79, 6-St. Peter’s 47.5, 7-Marist 16, 8-Canisius 5

MAAC Indoors: Men's results and splits

SUNDAY UPDATE: With splits. Note that some of the 5k splits were missing because my loyal split taker, Tino, went into the infield to scream his head off in an effort to get Spencer Johnson to join him in the sub-15:00 5km club. It worked. 

Here are the numbers from tonight/last night. The snowy weather made for some challenging travel both ways. With try to update with splits later today.

MAAC Indoor Track Championships
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Men’s results and splits
60-meter dash
11. Tyler Schwarz 7.25
12. Brandon Heard 7.34
16. Joe Cafaro 7.56
200-meter dash
15. Tim Johnson 23.40
16. Tyler Schwarz 23.65
17. Joe Cafaro 23.93
18. Brandon Heard 24.38
400-meter dash
19. Charlie Asaro 54.27
800-meter run
12. Nestor Taylor 1:58.91
27, 55 (28), 1:26 (31), 1:58.91 (32.91)
14. Kyle Heubner 2:00.03
26, 55 (29), 1:25 (30), 2:00.03 (35.03)
15. Josh Siegel 2:00.92
29, 61 (32), 1:31 (30), 2:00.92 (29.92)
18. Bryan Buttigieg 2:02.41
29, 59 (30), 1:30 (31), 2:02.41 (32.41)
Mile run
12. Charlie Ropes 4:26.56
34, 66 (32), 1:40 (34), 2:14 (34), 2:47 (33), 3:21 (34), 3:54 (33), 4:26.56 (32.56)
13. Kyle Hannafin 4:27.51
33, 66 (33), 1:39 (33), 2:14 (35), 2:47 (33), 3:21 (34), 3:55 (34), 4:27.51 (32.51)
17. Pat Rynkowski 4:33.24
33, 66 (33), 1:40 (34), 2:15 (35), 2:48 (33), 3:23 (35), 3:58 (35), 4:33.24 (35.24)
18. Pat Ginty 4:34.65
33, 66 (33), 1:39 (33), 2:14 (35), 2:48 (34), 3:23 (35), 4:00 (37), 4:34.65 (34.65)
3,000-meter run
8. Saad Baig 8:38.78
34, 68 (34), 1:42 (34), 2:17 (35), 2:51 (35)
3:26 (35), 4:01 (35), 4:37 (36), 5:13 (36), 5:49 (36)
6:24 (35), 7:00 (36), 7:35 (35), 8:09 (34), 8:38.78 (29.78)
Kilometer splits: 2:51, 2:58, 2:49.78
12. Stefan Morton 8:47.40
34, 68 (34), 1;42 (34), 2:17 (35), 2:51 (34)
3:26 (35), 4:01 (35), 4:37 (36), 5:13 (36), 5:49 (36)
6:24 (35), 7:01 (37), 7:37 (36), 8:12 (35), 8:47.40 (35.40)
Kilometer splits: 2:51, 2:58, 2:58.40
14. Spencer Johnson 8:51.19
34, 68 (34), 1;42 (34), 2:17 (35), 2:51 (34)
3:27 (36), 4:02 (35), 4:37 (35), 5:14 (37), 5:50 (36)
6:25 (35), 7:02 (37), 7:39 (37), 8:16 (37), 8:51.19 (35.19)
Kilometer splits: 2:51, 2:59, 3:01.19
18. Joe Miller 8:57.55
34, 69 (35), 1:46 (37), 2:22 (36), 2:57 (35)
3:33 (36), 4:09 (36), 4:45 (36), 5:22 (37), 5:58 (36)
6:33 (35), 7:09 (36), 7:46 (37), 8:22 (36), 8:57.55 (35.55)
Kilometer splits: 2:57, 3:01, 2:59.55
22. Steven Rizzo 9:06.60
35, 69 (34), 1:46 (37), 2:23 (36), 2:58 (35)
3:34 (36), 4:11 (37), 4:46 (35), 5:23 (37), 5:59 (36)
6:36 (37), 7:14 (38), 7:53 (39), 8:31 (38), 9:06.60 (35.60)
Kilometer splits: 2:58, 3:01, 3:07.60
5,000-meter run
10. Spencer Johnson 14:59.73
36, 74 (38), 1:50 (36), 2:25 (35), 3:00 (35)
3:35 (35), 4:12 (37), 4:47 (35), 5:22 (35), 5:57 (35)
6:33 (36), 7:08 (35), 7:44 (36), 8:20 (36), 8:55 (35)
9:32 (37), 10:08 (36), 10:43 (35), 11:19 (36), 11:56 (37)
12:33 (37), 13:10 (37), 13:48 (38), 14:24 (36), 14:59.73 (35.73)
Kilometer splits: 3:00, 2:57, 2:58, 3:01, 3:03.73
17. Steven Rizzo 15:35.73
Kilometer splits: 3:02, 3:01, 3:08, 3:15, 3:09.73
19. Brian Edsall 15:42.65
35, 73 (38), 1:51 (38), 2:28 (37), 3:03 (35)
3:42 (39), 4:20 (38), 4:57 (37), 5:34 (37), 6:12 (38)
6:48 (36), 7:26 (38), 8:04 (38), 8:43 (39), 9:22 (39)
10:00 (38), 10:38 (38), 11:17 (39), 11:55 (38), 12:33 (38)
13:11 (38), 13:50 (39), 14:29 (39), 15:06 (37), 15:42.65 (36.65)
Kilometer splits: 3:03, 3:09, 3:10, 3:11, 3:09.65
20. Dietrich Mosel 15:46.83
3:02, 3:03, 3:12, 3:11, 3:19.83
22. Omar Perez 15:54.63
35, 73 (38), 1:51 (38), 2:28 (37), 3:04 (36)
3:42 (38), 4:20 (38), 4:57 (37), 5:35 (38), 6:13 (38)
6:49 (36), 7:27 (38), 8:05 (38), 8:44 (39), 9:22 (38)
10:00 (38), 10:38 (38), 11:18 (40), 11:56 (38), 12:36 (40)
13:17 (41), 14:00 (43), 14:38 (38), 15:18 (40), 15:54.63 (36.63)
Kilometer splits: 3:04, 3:09, 3:09, 3:14, 3:18.63
60-meter hurdles
9. Hakim Cunningham 8.31
1,600-meter relay
5. Marist (Hakim Cunningham 53.0, Tim Johnson 52.2, Zach Berzal 51.7, Kyle Heubner 53.0) 3:30.08
Distance medley relay
5. Marist (Steven Morrison 3:07.2, Mark Vuono 52.2, Nate Lungarini 1:57.8, Ken Walshak 4:23.5) 10:21.12
Steven Morrison: 30, 61 (31), 1:33 (32), 2:05 (32), 2:37 (32), 3:07.2 (30)
Mark Vuono: 25, 52.2
Nate Lungarini: 28, 56 (28), 1:26 (30), 1:57.8 (31.8)
Ken Walshak: 29, 63 (34), 1:35 (32), 2:09 (34), 2:43 (34), 3:17 (34), 3:51 (34), 4:23.5 (32.5)
Long jump
13. Andrew Rokoszak 5.63 meters
14. Brandon Heard 5.48 meters
Team standings
1-Monmouth 220, 2-Manhattan 126, 3-Iona 90, 4-Rider 85.5, 5-St. Peter’s 70.5, 6-Canisius 21, 7-Marist 9