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Lone Gull 10k: Duncan Finds His Rhythm

Sean Duncan (WMDP) and Olympian Steph Reilly continued to tear up the USATF-NE Grand Prix series with their wins at the Lone Gull 10k on Sunday in Gloucester. Both runners shot out to the lead early and held it, but ran a little conservatively and weren’t quite sure of what to expect in terms of competition.

Sean knew there were runners in the field that were capable of giving him a run for his money, especially with Nate Jenkins lurking somewhere out of sight. When he felt a presence coming up on him later on, there was some surprise to see that it wasn’t Jenkins but instead newcomer Nick Karwoski (Whirlaway). Nick surprised a few people that day, including many Whirlaway teammates who didn’t see a welcome email but were shocked to see an unknown giant in a Whirlaway singlet chasing down Duncan at the end of the race. The element of surprise wasn’t enough and Nick wasn’t able to reel in Sean. Sean’s 30:50 was good enough for a seven second cushion, and added even more points to his series total.

With only two series races left (30k & marathon), Sean appears to be in command. In fact, coupled with his win the prior week at the WMDP XC Festival, he now leads in two series (road and xc). It appears that 2013 is Duncan’s year. It’s not over yet and it may be premature to celebrate, but I think it’s okay to start the celebratory dancing. Just a little bit. Maybe for 16 seconds or so.

Steph Reilly also has a commanding lead in the grand prix standings and further asserted her dominance on Sunday. Reilly cruised through the streets of Gloucester and comfortably ran a 34:58. Her next closest competitor was Jess Minty of New Balance Boston, who ran a 36:27. Steph is more focused on coaching her Bryant University team right now and is just trying to get through this phase unscathed. You wouldn’t know it from the way she’s racing.

Binney Mitchell (GMAA) and Christen Doneski (Whirlaway) were the top masters. As far as teams go, Central Mass Striders took the titles in both men’s open and masters. Having Jenkins and Dan Vassallo finish 3-4 is a great way to start the day. The New Balance Boston women claimed the open team title, while Whirlaway was able to score the masters team title.

For more on this event, check out:

Race pics by Ted Tyler
Race pics by Krissy Kozlosky (featured image on the main page is hers)
Full results

*Sorry for the video quality. For some reason YouTube isn’t uploading it in HD. We hope you can enjoy the dancing and the interviews without that video quality. We’ll try to fix and re-upload later.

Awards and a Dance Clinic

The USATF-NE held their annual awards banquet last night. The big awards were Male and Female Athletes of the Year and the Club of the Year. Nominations were accepted online and ultimately the voting was done online for these honors. The winners:

Male Athlete of the Year: Ruben Sança (formerly of GBTC, currently of Whirlaway)

Female Athlete of the Year: Lindsay Willard and Abbey D’Agostino…a tie!

Club of the Year: Whirlaway and Western Mass Distance Project…another tie!!

Everybody dressed up nicely for the evening, so I guess it’s no surprise that ‘Tie’ was the unofficial theme.  It was incorrectly stated a couple of times that Lindsay Willard was second to Helen Dinan n the Grand Prix series, but she also tied for the lead in that. Lindsay was the Grand Prix women’s open co-champion along with Helen.

Lindsay Willard and Tim Ritchie, heavily vested in the evenings activities.

In other news, Bolt made an appearance:

Hammond getting down, courtesy of Sarah Prescott.

Wait…I think that’s Paul Hammond. The dance party portion of the evening didn’t exactly come to fruition, but that didn’t stop Jason Ayr (Wester Mass Distance Project) from putting on a clinic:

That, my friends, is how it’s done.

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