Men 10th at USATF
XC National Champs
Izewski Leads Way to Second Best Team Finish in Club History
The open men had an outstanding day at the biggest USATF team event of the year, the USATF Club XC National Championships. An ever-growing race both in size and competition, the men finished 10th overall out of eight-eight teams. With the first seven teams comprised of mostly semi-professionals or professionals who run for a living, finishing in the top ten is always a big accomplishment.
As expected, it was a super-tight team finish. The Georgetown Running Club, who finished 8th, and the Cal Coast Track Club, who finished 13th, had just sixty-five seconds separating them.
As he has all year, Josh Izewski led the way for the team, finishing 36th overall in 30:49. Izewski may have finished a bit higher, but he had some bagging pains after several races in the latter month of the season. Matt Gillette, the club’s #2 man for the third year in a row who qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon in 2016, finished 45th in 31:06. The third man was big Aaron Leskow, in his first club nationals, who finished a very respectable 70th in 31:50.
Tim Ball was the big surprise finished, as he rolled to a 92nd place as the 4th man in 31:35. Ball, with excellent PRs from Notre Dame and Portland, only started training in late September. The final scoring finisher was Kyle Price, who came in at #141 at 32:41. How do you define team dedication? It might best be explained by Price catching a 5am flight from Boston the day of the race and, hours later, finishing as the team’s #5 man.
B Team Finishes 39th
Rathbun Paces Group to Big Finish
|Jon Sewnig (second to left) brings “awkward bedhead backward lean” to a whole new level.
The men’s B Team continued a long-standing tradition of excellence, as for the sixth straight year, the GSTC has entered a competitive second team at the national cross country championship.
While 42nd place out of eight-eight teams may not seem too impressive, consider they beat Philly’s best team (Breakneck TC), Seattle’s best team (Seattle RC), New York City’s top team (Dashing Whippets), and Pennsylvania’s traditionally top team (Wold Creek TC), one may have a deeper appreciation for this team performance.
Leading the way was club vice president Steve Rathbun, who perhaps had his finest race of the year, finishing in 175th in 33:10. Just behind him were teammates Evan Ward, Darrel Gooding, and Jon Sewnig, who finished 180th, 207th and 216th, respectively. Will Appman was the team’s final scorer in 252nd, covering the 10k in 34:27.
Women Finish 26th
Fifty two teams toed the line at the USATF National XC Club Championships out in Lexington, and the GSTC ladies finished exactly in the middle, at 26th place with 610 points.
In her first club championships, Kate Scott cracked the top 75, finishing in 22:00 despite not a full season of training. Aimee Chegwidden was just a few spots behinf, in 97th place, finishing in 22:22, while Emily Rosario capped her PR-filled season as the #3 runner in 22:42.
Nicola Hallenborg and Shannon McKenna ran 23:58 and 24:13, respectively, to finish as the 4-5 scorers of the team.
Masters 40s Finish 16th
The GSTC masters 40s team, plagued by injury and aging joints, finished 16th at the USATF National Championships. The old adage, “No team finishes well when Chuck is the #1 man” continued to ring true, as the team slipped from the two top-ten finishes earlier this year in the 5k road and 5k XC masters national championships.
After Chuck’s 37:07, Jason Timochko was the #2 at 37:47 with the ageless wonder, Gary Leaman, coming in at 38:15. Dave Ferruggia, making a very last minute decision to fly out to Kentucky, was the 4th man in 38:33. Joe Pawlish (40:33) and Chris Rinaldi (41:50) were the final two finishers for the crew.
This marks only the second time the club has competed a 40s team at nationals. In 2014, the group finished 15th at Lehigh. Also of great significance is that, with this defeat over Jason, Chuck now brings their exciting, career rivalry to a 3-3 tie.
Masters 40s Finish 8th
in USATF National Team Grand Prix
Forty-five masters 40s team competed in the 2017 USATF National Masters Grand Prix, and the GSTC finished eighth overall thanks to a 3rd place in Syracuse, 6th place in Boston (pictured above), and a 15th place in Kentucky.
Top 10 Standings: USATF Men’s 40s National Grand Prix
410 Cal Coast
330 Central MA Striders
300 Atlanta TC
290 Boston Athletic Association
290 Willow Street
270 Bowerman TC
260 TNT International
140 Garden State TC
100 Genesee Valley Striders
100 LRC Racing
2018 Club Nationals:
It won’t be as sunny and warm as Tallahassee, but it will be one heckuva adventure come race day on
Club XC nationals is an event open to all runners, but we recommend men (16:30 5k) and women (20:00 5k) be able to run these standards to fit in with the race.
The more people the better…start planning today!
GSTC History at
USATF Club XC Nationals
The GSTC finished its 7th consecutive year at club cross country nationals two weeks ago. After making its first trek to Seattle in 2011, we will return to the great state of Washington in 2018 for the event in Spokane, WA.
2011: Seattle, WA.
Open Men: 15th
2012: Lexington, KY.
Open Men: 20th, 32nd
Open Women: 14th
2013: Bend, OR.
Open Men: 19th, 38th
Open Women: 21st, 34th
2014: Bethlehem, PA.
Open Men: 19th, 31st, 38th, 56th, 63rd
Open Women: 13th, 28th
2015: San Francisco, CA.
Open Men: 7th, 30th
Open Women: 15th, 33rd
2016: Tallahassee, FL.
Open Men: 14th, 26th
Open Women: 23rd
2017: Lexington, KY.
Open Men: 10th, 39th
Open Women: 26th