Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Washington Running Report

The March/April edition of Washington Running Report is now available.  It includes -- among other things -- a recap of the US Olympic marathon trials , a cool article on the top local finisher (Ricky Flynn), and "Best of 2011" rankings.  Check it all out here: http://digital.runwashington.com/ .

Congratulations to the following Striders for being ranked in the 2011 overall standings:

Best of 2011 Men
Carlos Renjifo (32nd, Open Men)
Mark Buschman (41st, Open Men)
Jason Tripp (15th, M35-39)
Mike Colaiacovo (3rd, M40-44)
Doug Mock (9th, M40-44)
Peter Keating (2nd, M45-49)
Dave Berardi (3rd, M50-54)
John Chall (17th, M50-54)
Bob Burns (15th, M55-59)
Mike Fleming (12th, M65-69)
John Elliott (2nd, M70-74)

Best of 2011 Women
Kara Waters (9th, Open Women)
Julie Gessler (4th, F19 & Under)
Becky Gessler (7th, F19 & Under)
Amy Gessler (11th, F19 & Under)
Robyn Humphrey (3rd, F45-49)
Janeth Scott (17th, F45-49)
Lisa Fichman (19th, F45-49)
Pat Wilkerson (4th, F50-54)
Dorothy Beckett (12th, F50-54)

Also, congrats to Marsha Demaree for getting her photo posted!

Monday, February 27, 2012

RRCA Challenge 2012


This past weekend, the Howard County Striders hosted the annual RRCA Challenge in their home turf of Columbia, MD.  In addition to posting the highest ever number of finishers in the history of the event (680), the competition was arguably the best the race has ever seen.  44 men finished the hilly course in under an hour and 22 women finished inside of 70 minutes.

The Striders finished 2nd in all categories (male, female, coed) to a dominant Falls Road team that nearly swept the top 10 in the men's side and put 4 women in front of the Strider's first finisher.

Racing team member performances included:

Carlos Renjifo (3rd, 53:20, PR)
Andrew Madison (11th, 56:18)
Kevin Ford (24th, 58:03, PR)
Kent Werner (27th, 58:07)
Mark Buschman (29th, 58:09)

Keith Levasseur (39th, 59:39)
Conrad Orloff (40th, 59:41)
Peter Keating (41st, 59:42)
Jason Tripp (42nd, 59:43)
Adam Wytko (49th, 1:00:34)
Phil Lang (68th, 1:02:22)
John Chall (128th, 1:06:11)

Caroline Bauer (11th, 1:07:36)
Robyn Humphrey (12th, 1:07:42)
Pat Wilkerson (14th, 1:07:56)
Janeth Scott (40th, 1:14:15)

The teams also got strong support from a few other Striders.  On the women's side, Unsong Ostrowski (7th, 1:05:30, top Strider woman), Perla Rodriguez (15th, 1:08:07), and Mary Rzegocki (23rd, 1:10:13) ran great races to round out the female scoring.  For the men, Filagot Dinku (12th, 56:59), Andrew Parlette (13th, 56:59), Tom Williams (15th, 57:22), Seth Geoghegan (26th, 58:07), and Craig Lebro (33rd, 58:33) contributed to the scoring.

Full Results: