Last Week Was Team Results…
This Week Is Some Individual Results
We apologize for not having everyone’s results here. We used what we found and what we were sent. Please email us what you do with pictures, times, and details!
Stavrou PRs in Brooklyn HM
Diana Stavrou ran 1:51:32, a thirty-eight second personal best, at the Brooklyn Half Marathon this spring. She also raised
$4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the NJ Marathon.
Goose Wins Women’s D-Fest
Shelby Goose crushed the Women’s Distance Festival weeks ago, rolling to an easy win in 17:26. She’s such a beast!
Have Great Day at NJ Marathon
Dov Gertzulin, showing off his GSTC pride post-NJM, was one of many GSTC’ers who crushed a race at the NJ Marathon in late April. DG, who recently turned a masters runner, rolled to a 1:26:32. Other teammates in the half marathon included Brendan Conway (1:17:46), Jessica Redden (1:34:12), Aya (1:35:34), and Eric Redden (1:43:18).
In the marathon, Erika Meling was 6th in 3:18:46, while teammates Danielle Shannon (3:23:23), Kim Chriscaden (3:24:41), and Evan McKiernan (3:29:23) followed behind her.
Is Gary Leaman Deep State?
Elliott Frieder Returns from Injury,
Dominates 5k in NC
After not racing for four months due to a small back injury, Elliott Frieder tested his fitness in early June down in North Carolina. The above picture says it all, as the 47-year-old won the hilly Healthy Achievement 5k in downtown Charlotte in 17:15, with second place about ninety seconds behind him.
Previous to his injury, Frieder was the 40s #1 man down in Tallahassee when the crew won the club’s first national team title.
Aya & Karl:
Always Making GSTC Look Good
Niky Mateescu won the Belmar 5 weeks ago as she builds up toward a big half marathon this fall. The South Brunswick graduate crushed it, finishing in an impressive 28:25. Several of her teammates ran including Aaron Leskow (3rd/26:07), Sean Donohue (4th/26:12), Kyle Clonan (27:58), Brendan Conway Conway (27:58), Marquis Cox (29:17), masters John Jankowski (30:16), Chris Campagnola (30:16), Mike Kennedy (31:28), Corinne Fitzgerald (31:58), Jarrett Dewelde (32:18), Eric Davis (32:24), and ShannonMckenna (33:05).
Counts Them All on His Fingers
Heck PRs in 24:29
Hannah Heck ran an all-time 5k PR at the Legal Runaround 5k in Somerville with a time of 24:29. Above she is shown finishing the Lager Run, weeks prior, in 25:14. What a big improvement!
Trio Runs Red Bank Classic
Meling, Speranza Finish 1-2
Three GSTC ladies had a blast at the Red Bank Classic 5k, as Erika Meling, center) won it in 18:42. Teammate Adrianne Speranza, far right, was second in 19:17. Hannah Heck, left, was the fastest Heck in the race, as her 25:08 topped a Susan Heckman’s 35:12!
GSTC “Farm Team” Action
Several Qualify for Nationals
The GSTC youth squad had an incredible day at the USATF Regionals, resulting in a legion of athletes qualifying for the USATF National Youth Championships.
For the 8 and under boys, Bray Brown (100m), Jack Guiton (1500, 800), and the 4×400 (Brown, Thatcher Brown, Xavier Lake, Josh Canton) all qualified. In the 9-10 age group, there were a brigade of qualifiers: William Van Etten (1500, 800), Justin Bullock (LJ), 4×400 (Andrei Nitulescu, Tyler Burns, Van Etten, Bullock), and Gabby Ball (100m).
In the 11-12 age group, there were two individuals who punched their ticket (Kennan Byers 1500/800; Matt Califano 3000) along with four relays: boys 4×400 boys (Alex Pelov, Aidan Byers, Alex Califano, Kennan Byers), boys 4×800 (Matt Califano, Alex Califano, Aidan Byers, Alex Pelov), girls 4×400 (Cassidy Kidd, Gabby Fraser, Selah Williams, Olivia Lake), and the girls 4×800 (Cassidy Kidd, Selah Williams, Olivia Lake, Krista Purnell).
One We Missed Last Week:
Teigen Leads M40s to National Bronze in MA 10k
Despite three great efforts from Sam Teigen (33:22, below and middle above), Jonathan Frieder (33:36, right), and Aaron Cooper (36:10, left) over the hilly James Joyce Ramble in Dedham, MA in late May, the group finished 3rd overall in an uber-competitive USATF National Grand Prix team race.
Although just nineteen seconds behind 2nd place BAA, the CMI team won by a bit more than a minute. With a win at the Michigan Mile in mid-August, the GSTC M40s can clinch the team title.
Although the lowest finish for the M40s this year, they still finished a spot ahead of the Atlanta Track Club, the club they are fighting for the 2018 overall team title. Teigen and Frieder, both national class masters athletes, have been a part of every GSTC team this year competing in the national USATF Grand Prix.
What a Spring Racing Season:
Terruso Crushes Three PRs
Imagine a world where almost every time you race you PR. What a magical world that must be, and that’s been the type of season Mike Terruso has had this spring.
After qualifying for Boston in the fall, he has crushed all of his lifetime PRs this spring; 4 miles (26:50, Our House), 5k (19:44, Teterboro Airport 5k), and 10k (41:22, Ridgewood Run).
The big question is, indeed: does he have a permit to carry those guns, above?
and Thus the 7:05 Pace Runs Commence in Sayreville
Roberts Qualifies for
World Ironman Championships
Wins Age Group & Finishes as Top Amateur
Leah Roberts won her age group and finished as the top amateur woman at the 2018 Ironman Lake Placid last week. After finishing third in her age group at Ironman Texas in March, thus missing a Kona qualifier by one spot, she took one final shot months later in Lake Placid to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
After finishing the 2.4 mile swim in 56:50, she averaged 19 miles per hour for 112 miles for the bike portion, and followed that with a 3:35 marathon, or 8:14 pace, to finish in 10 hours, 37 minutes. Her overall time put her 11th overall, beating three of the fourteen pros in the race, and her age group win qualifies her now for Kona in October.
Masters National Champ Jonathan Frieder
Not Impressed with Your Run Today
“You could have run longer, faster, or both,” he says.
The GSTC always has big results at the Swarthmore Last Chance, but this, by far, has been the best one in club history. Alfredo Santana absolutely crushed it in the elite 1500m race in late May, finishing in 3:39.17. This was him minutes afterward. The guy runs a monster PR, easily breaks 4:00 for a mile, and he isn’t even sweating!
Ashley Wins Final Two Races
Kate Ashley topped off a solid 2018 racing season with two wins this spring. The first, the Providence Rhode Races 5k on May 6, misdirected the field at the half way point, thus REALLY giving 5k folks their money’s worth. She won the race, shown above, more like a 6k, in 22:22.
The next weekend, she won the Summit Area 5k in 19:17. Thankfully that race was able to figure out how to map out and execute a 5k course.
Masters Medal at Shepherd Lake 5k
Three GSTC masters men hauled in some nice hardware at the Shepherd Lake 5k in early May. Brian Harris was 11th overall in 20:40, winning the 50s age group. Peter Auteri also won his 60s age group with a 23:05, while Fran Beideman ran 24:04 for 2nd in his age group.
Katz Crushing It
GSTC masters Stephen Katz has enjoyed a solid summer of racing thus far, between triathlons and road races. His two most recent ones include an age group win at the NYRR R-U-N 5k, whereas the 51 year old mustered a 20:29 for the AG gold. He also finished 3rd in his age group at the competitive Woodcliff Lake Run for Education 10k.
GSTC’ers Welcome Summer at
Spring Lake 5 Miler
A bunch of GSTC’ers competed in the Spring Lake 5 Miler, including Aaron Leskow 26:02, Sean Donohue 26:02, Steve Rathbun 27:38, Kyle Clonan 28:31, Niky Mateescu 29:45, Rich Osifchin 30:10, Dave Ferruggia 30:44, Mike Kennedy 32:09, Suzanne Forlenza 32:28, Shannon McKenna 32:40, and Heather McDermott 34:41.
Although they are 1-2 in the picture above, Leskow and Donohue finished 2-3, respectively. Mateescu was second overall.
Masters Compete at
Two GSTC masters athletes competed in the USATF-NJ track meet. Sarvesh Gowda ran 13.26 (100m/5th) and 27.48 (200m/6th), while Lee Mooney threw the javelin 94-03 to win the 50s age group!
McKennas Medal in Escape the Cape Tri
Shannon and Maureen Mckenna finished 1st and 5th in their age groups, respectively, at the Escape the Cape Triathlon. In case you didn’t know…they both have been beastly swimmers since elementary school.
Byrnes Has Big Spring Season
Consequently, Masters Women Have Strong Spring
The masters women have had some big success this spring, and a big reason for that is the fine running of Jessica Byrnes. A member of the club since 2012, she has had two children over the last few years…yet she still finds a way to crush it. She BQ’ed in Boston with an impressive 3:40:11, finished 2nd in her age group at the hilly Our House 4 Miler, running 26:43, and she ran an all-time 10k PR at Ridgewood in 41:05. Wow!!!
She also sells products at beautycounter.com/jessicabyrnes
I’m lucky if I remember to shower and brush my teeth, but Leah is a big fan and orders consistently from it. Clean, safer skincare and beauty…guys, your lady would love a random gift that says you care about her!
Boston Marathon Results
Since most folks had a miserable experience running in the 100 year’s storm up in Boston, it’s probably best if we don’t recap this one in detail so as to not bring up any post traumatic stress. The club had seventeen runners in the race, and they all finished! Above is an actual representation of the starting line up in Boston this year. Bad.
Schneekloth Wins 800m & 1500m National Titles
Chuck Schneekloth won his second 800m USATF national title this week, winning the 40-44 age group race in 2:02.57. In third at the bell lap, above, he negative split the race for the win. The championships are held in Spokane, Washington, whose biggest claim to fame is to have founded Father’s Day. Look it up…this is a fact!
Two days later, he ran his final lap in 64.75 to win the 1500m in 4:17.27.
GSTC Duo Conquers NJ State Triathlon
Chelsea Stachura (left) and Stephanie Zottoli both completed the NJ State Triathlon weeks ago. It was Steph’s first Olympic distance tri, as she’s done shorter, sprint ones over the last year. Chelsea finished 5th AG in the Double Down Challenge, as she competed in both the sprint and Olympic distances in the back-to-back weekends.
Rathbun, Price Crack 50 in BM15k
After years of trying, GSTC vice president finally did it: he broke 50:00 at the challenging Boilermaker 15k up in Utica, NY.
Thanks to training partner Kyle Price, left, they worked together over the hilly course and dipped under, with a few seconds to spare, in 49:48. A huge race with a big purse for pro runners, the duo finished as 4th and 5th non-pros in the event.
What is Mr. Rathbun eyeing next in his bright running future as he sips on a cold one? Only time will tell.