Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Penn Relays schedule for our athletes

We will have athletes competing on Thursday and Friday at Penn Relays at the following times.

Thursday
Men's steeplechase, college championship, 7:30 p.m.: Ken Walshak
Men's steeplechase, Olympic Development, 7:50 p.m.: Mark Valentino
Women's 3,000, college championship, 8:30 p.m.: Kristen Traub
Women's 5,000, college championship, 8:40 p.m.: Michelle Gaye
Friday
Men's 4x100 meter relay: 12:30 p.m.
Men's 4x400 meter relay: 4:15 p.m.
Men's sprint medley relay: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, a worthy spring day to observe the beauty of nature and conserve our resources. The world's best coffee shop/convenience store, Stewart's, gave free coffee all day to those who entered with a refillable mug. I found my refillable mug. It was a wonderful day.

Foul mood?

Anytime you can combine my two favorite sports -- baseball and track -- is a good day for me. So it was at the Vassar Track this morning, when we arrived the homestanding Brewers were playing a baseball doubleheader with St. Lawrence. The sound of baseball. The smell of cut grass. An empty track, awaiting an interval workout. A warm breeze. What a great morning ...

Until the ping of the aluminum bat yielded a foul pop behind home plate and into the track area, nearly giving Gregg a concussion. Yikes. Time to move our backpacks and our bodies closer to the start/finish line. Play ball!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Boston Marathon: Matt Szymaszek (2:45:22) conquers the race

Matt Szymaszek's race report, via email: "I was with Joe T this morning and we both had out of body  experiences considering how little work we put in prior to this race. This was my first Boston and it was truly was an incredible experience. Starting residency last July and adding a terrible winter on top it it has severely impacted any chances of a regular running schedule. I'm not sure how much more running I'll be able to squeeze into my schedule because Lindsey and I are expecting the birth of our first child in October! In any case, could not be more pleased with these results and I look forward to having another chance at it in the future.'' 

Boston Marathon: Kara Lightowler, all smiles at the finish

Kara Lightowler, 3:04:29, 203rd in the women's field

Boston Marathon: Joe T. and his awesome cheering squad

 Joe Tarantello, proud Boston finisher, proud to have him on the Marist Alumni Racing Team. Nicely done!

Boston Marathon: CT sizzles ... just what the doctor ordered!

Thanks to Walsh and Rolek for updating me on another Boston Marathon result from today. Matt "CT" Szymaszek powered to a tremendous time of 2:45:22 and placed 608th overall in the race. Unless I am otherwise notified, he is the fastest male finisher among Marist Running alums.

Also, this from Rolek: Apparently, due to the terrible winter for training, both CT and Joe T. (2:51:48) had subpar training for today's race. And lest we forget, CT is now a doctor, so he's a bit busy as well (not that Joe T., a teacher and a coach, is living the life of leisure either! ... all these guys are busy). So for both of these guys to run as fast as they did ... it is remarkable and worthy of our continued praise. Nicely done, men!

Boston Marathon: Kara LIGHTS it up with a 3:04:29!

Marist Running was well-represented today at the Boston Marathon:

--Leading the way was Kara Lightowler (Class of 2012), who placed 189th in the women’s race in an amazing performance of 3:04:29. She went through the half marathon split in 1:30:03. Great, great job by K-Lights!
--Very proud of my Marist 1986 classmate Pete Pazik, former school record holder at 5,000 meters. Pazik proved he’s still got it as he approaches the big 5-0 later this year. He was 80th in his division and 1,408 overall in 2:54:33 – an even-paced effort, too, with a half split of 1:27:06.
--Joe Tarantello had another solid marathon effort, 2:51:48. He just texted that it was his best marathon EFFORT considering his subpar winter training. Great job, Joey Tat!
--Ryan Fitzsimons was close behind in 2:57:01, a remarkable performance given his training was curtailed by an Achilles injury for most of the winter.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Perfectly normal

The weather geek in me finds this volatile April weather fascinating from a statistical point of view. The track coach in me finds our recent run of excellent meet-day weather to be just perfect. According to my National Weather Service radio data report, Saturday's mean temperature was the exact norm for the date. At the sun-splashed Wolfie Invitational at Stony Brook, though, the "normal" felt absolutely glorious: Warm sunshine, cool breezes. After a brutal and endless winter, "normal" sure seemed abnormally nice.

Add to that the fantastic tailgate, organized by Louise and Tom Valentino and provided by our loyal parents and alumni, and it was a perfect afternoon of track and field on a holiday weekend. Here's hoping all had a great Easter Sunday, and now it's full steam ahead with the final weeks of the outdoor track season.

Stony Brook: Final results posted

Previous posts have been updated with final official results, places and times. I hope everyone had a Happy Easter Sunday. We are preparing to plow into our busiest few weeks of the season, with Penn Relays, Yale, Vassar and MAAC meets all coming at us, rapid-fire.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stony Brook: Men's results and splits

Sunday night: Updated with final results and places.

Wolfie Invitational
Stony Brook University
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Men’s results and splits
100-meter dash
7. Tyler Schwarz 11.68
10. Joe Cafaro 11.74
200-meter dash
7. Matt Edwards 23.18
10. Tyler Schwarz 23.29
13. Tim Johnson 23.75
400-meter dash
3. Matt Edwards 50.91
11. Tim Johnson 52.62
14. Connor Dodge 53.97
15. Ty Gamble 54.35
800-meter run
10. Nestor Taylor 1:58.18 (first lap, 57.9)
11. Nate Lungarini 1:58.29 (first lap, 57.9)
17. Bryan Buttigieg 2:00.16 (first lap, 58.7)
1,500-meter run
4. Nick Salek 4:05.45
62, 2:06 (64), 3:13 (67), 4:05.45 (69.45 last 400 meters)
10. Kyle Hannafin 4:07.97
65, 2:13 (68), 3:20 (67), 4:07.97 (47.97 last 300 meters)
13. Stefan Morton 4:13.41
65, 2:13 (68), 3:21 (68), 4:13.41 (52.41 last 300 meters)
14. Charlie Ropes 4:14.80
66, 2:15 (69), 3:23 (68), 4:14.80 (51.80 last 300 meters)
16. Pat Ginty (unattached) 4:15.76
65, 2:15 (70), 3:25 (70), 4:15.76 (50.76 last 300 meters)
3,000-meter run
3. Saad Baig 8:46.84
69, 2:16 (67), 3:26 (70), 4:37 (71)
5:51 (74), 7:04 (73), 8:16 (72), 8:46.84 (30.84)
9. Nick Salamone 9:23.72
71, 2:23 (72), 3:37 (74), 4:52 (75)
6:08 (76), 7:25 (77), 8:44 (79), 9:23.72 (39.72)
10. Justin Tampellini 9:38.95
71, 2:23 (72), 3:37 (74), 4:54 (77)
6:15 (79), 7:37 (82), 8:58 (81), 9:38.95 (40.95)
5,000-meter run
8. Johnny Lee 15:48.19
71, 2:24 (73), 3:35 (71), 4:49 (74)
6:03 (74), 7:18 (75), 8:34 (76), 9:51 (77)
11:09 (78), 12:29 (80), 13:48 (79), 15:08 (80)
15:48.19 (40.19)
9. Eddie White 17:09.00
75, 2:36 (81), 3:56 (80), 5:18 (82)
6:39 (81), 8:02 (83), 9:26 (84), 10:51 (85)
12:18 (87), 13:45 (87), 15:10 (85), 16:32 (82)
17:09.00 (37.00)
400-meter hurdles
4. Zach Berzal 57.63
6. Joe Cafaro 59.61
1,600-meter relay
4-Marist A (Tim Johnson 53.3, Zach Berzal 50.5, Connor Dodge 52.6, Matt Edwards 51.3) 3:27.78
Long jump
4. Andrew Rokoszak 5.63 meters (18-6.75)

Stony Brook: Women's results and splits

Sunday night, updated with final results and places:

Wolfie Invitational
Stony Brook University
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Women’s results and splits
100-meter dash
8. Danielle Asaro 12.74
200-meter dash
10. Danielle Asaro 26.31
15. Molly Weeks 26.96
400-meter dash
5. Molly Weeks 59.38
9. Courtney Cartwright 1:02.15
800-meter run
11. Jackie Gamboli 2:23.62 (first lap in 70)
17. Marissa Porter 2:30.81 (first lap in 71)
24. Lauren Traina 2:45.40 (first lap in 77)
1,500-meter run
12. Allison Dellicarri 5:39.81
78, 2:52, 4:29, 5:39.81
13. Kristi Licursi 5:50.87
78, 2:53, 4:36, 5:50.87
3,000-meter run
12. Mariella Bilello 11:41.15
84, 2:53 (89), 4:28 (95), 6:05 (97)
7:44 (99), 9:23 (99), 10:58 (95), 11:41.15 (43.15)
100-meter hurdles
8. Meaghan Gillespie 16.68
400-meter hurdles
7. Courtney Cartwright 1:10.66
8. Meaghan Gillespie 1:11.62
400-meter relay
5. Marist (Gillespie, Asaro, Scicolone, Weeks) 50.88
Long jump
7. Nicole Scicolone 4.66 meters (15-3)