Thursday, August 31, 2017

July/August 2017

The Striders Racing Team began July with the one-time Columbia 5.0 Mile Race hosted by the Howard County Striders. The race was part of the Columbia 50th Birthday celebrations held throughout 2017. Runners were met with the hot and humid conditions that are typical for an early July race, but still performed well against the competition. Amanda Beal and Rachel Collins took first and second overall respectively while Eric Schuler and Kevin Ford took second and third overall on the men's side. All other racing team members who competed took home an age group award.

Columbia 5.0 Mile Results:
Women's Results
1Amanda Beal32:20
2Rachel Collins37:10
4Tammy Liu38:121st Master
6Tiffany Hevner38:571st 35-39
Men's Results
2Eric Schuler27:27
3Kevin Ford29:04
6Mark Landree29:561st 45-49
7Jason Tripp30:092nd 45-49
11Tunde Morakinyo31:241st Grandmaster
12Adam Wytko31:262nd 35-39
14Brian Shadrick32:022nd 40-44
19Yasuo Oda33:551st 55-59
John Chall34:041st Senior Grandmaster

The other big summer race for the Racing Team was the Annapolis Ten Miler at the end of August. Runners enjoyed cooler than usual temperatures on what is usually a hot and humid weekend. Julia Roman-Duval took 1st place overall while Eric Schuler led the men's team, taking 5th overall. In the unofficial team scoring (top 3 on each team scored), the women's team took 1st place and the men's team was the runner up to their rivals in the Georgetown Running Club.

Annapolis 10M Results:
Women's Results
1Julia Roman-Duval1:00:03
4Beth Hannon1:05:411st 30-34
5Amanda Beal1:05:441st 35-39
7Noel McCracken1:07:332nd 30-34
9Stephanie Caporaletti1:08:022nd 35-39
Men's Results
5Eric Schuler55:471st 20-24
9Andrew Madison57:33
26Adam Wytko1:00:45
28Jason Tripp1:01:231st 45-49
33Kent Werner1:02:27
47Tunde Morakinyo1:04:193rd Grandmaster
65Ed Wilson1:06:272nd 55-59
105John Chall1:09:101st 60-64

Racing team members at the Annapolis Ten Miler

Here are some of the highlights from the rest of the summer:
  • Several racing team members kicked off the 4th of July festivities at the Arbutus Firecracker 10K: Eric Schuler (34:42, 3rd overall, 2nd AG 20-29), Mark Landree (37:54, 8th overall, 3rd AG 40-49), and Brian Shadrick (41:19, 14th overall).
  • At the Howard County Striders Meet of Miles (1M race on the track), Carlos Renjifo was the top finisher in 4:37 while Brian Shadrick took 3rd place in 4:53
  • Brian Shadrick continued his busy summer racing schedule at the Baltimore Road Race 5K, running 17:48 and taking 4th overall and 1st Master. In August, he ran the Coolest Mile on Main Street in Sykesville, placing 2nd in 4:42. The following week he won the Survivor Strong 5K in a time of 18:29. While training for all these races, Brian also had time to organize the Howard County Striders Centennial Mile series!
  • Beth Hannon was the top female finisher (and 5th overall) at the Lisa Wade 5K in a time of 19:23. A few weeks later, she finished third at the Frederick Women's Distance Festival, running 19:08.
  • Craig Lebro travelled down to the Crystal City Twilighter 5K. He ran 17:09 and finished 37th.
  • Amanda Beal and Mark Landree went to Anne Arundel County to run the Dog Days 8K cross country race. Amanda was the top female finisher in 32:41 while Mark ran 29:52 to finish 7th overall and 1st in his age group. The Dog Days 8K is part of the RRCA Maryland Grand Prix race series. In the standings, Mark has a comfortable lead in the 45-49 age group and needs one more race to qualify for an award. Amanda is currently in a close second place in her age group category and also needs one more race in the series to qualify for an award.

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