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Napper Tandy’s Top Flyer: Andrew Holmes

The Napper Tandy Flyer 4 miler was over just after it started. Andrew Holmes took off from the line on Thursday night like a man possessed. Andy was finally back at it after quite a stretch of down time due to some IT band issues. Once out front, he didn’t relent. Holmes crossed the line in 21:56, well ahead of his nearest competition.

Stephen Curley was next in 23:07, followed by Michael McGrane in 23:27. McGrane, who was also the top masters runner, was back at it only a couple of days after running the Falmouth Road Race. Crazy. Maybe he’s a fierce competitor who can’t resist the urge to put on the racing shoes and duke it out, or the allure of a couple of free beers was too much to ignore. We’ll never know.

The next three gentlemen were all HFC Striders. Holmes led the HFC charge with his win, and then Tom Vossen, Corey Hofmann and Chris Kelly sealed the team win with by sweeping spots 4-6.

The men took the first eleven spots, but then after that the ladies came roaring in. Erin Callahan was the winner in 27:18, followed by Allison Cherry (27:37) and Catherine Albright (28:08). Including those three, the women took 5 of the last 9 spots to close out the top twenty. Carol Chaoui was the top masters finisher in 30:45.

Here’s our interview with winner Andrew Holmes:

Alexander Hit Next Level



It’s in the rearview mirror now, but between Matty P’s tweet and the USATF releasing the Team USA roster for the 25th Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race today, we figured it was a good time to put up something on club nats. The big story, as some of you already know, is that Sam Alexander was selected for the team.

Before we get into the races, I wanted to say that I was looking through Rod Hemingway’s photos (two of which appear below) from the races and I couldn’t believe how many people hit the ground during the race. It looked like staying on your feet was quite the challenge. Anyway, on to the races:

The Men

Joe Gray ran a 31:05 to win the 10k championship, but it’s hard not to focus our attention the Sam ran. What can we say, we’re partial to the Legion. Sam ran a 31:27 and finished in 9th place. Joe Moore, Max King, Nick Arciniaga, Alan Webb…just a couple of names from the long list of runners finishing behind Sam. Those guys are no slouches, either. Sam’s BAA team ended up finishing 12th place. Due to some archaic rule, Sam wasn’t allowed to score for the BAA because he lives in CT which is technically outside of our New England region. No doubt the BAA would’ve been a few slots higher had Sam been allowed to score for them. The BAA had a couple of other guys up there though, with Eric Ashe coming in 28th and Brian Harvey finishing 43rd.

Ryan Bak, a graduate of Trinity College, finished 7th overall and led his Central Oregon Running Club teammates to a 24th place finish. Ryan will be joining Sam on Team USA for the BUPA race.

12. Boston Athletic Association
19. Garden State Track Club (A)
27. New Balance Boston
36. Greater Boston Track Club
38. GSTC (B)
42. GSTC (C)
48. HFC Striders

Team USA Roster
Ryan Bak
Joseph Gray
Brendan Gregg
Richard Medina
Maverick Darling
Robert Mack III
Samuel Alexander
Christopher Derrick
Gregory Montgomery

For the masters, the BAA squad didn’t disappoint. Led by Harry Stants (20th, 35:59), the Unicorns bunched up nicely and finished in about as tight of a pack as can hope for. Close behind were Keven O’Neil (22nd), Peter Hammer (26th), and Chris Magill (27th). Although the Greater Springfield Harriers weren’t the highest placing team from the region, their presence was felt. Sandu Rebenciuc finished 6th (35:01), leading the team to a strong 11th place showing.

40+ Teams
3. BAA
11. Greater Springfield
19. HFC

50+ Teams
7. Greater Lowell Road Runners

The Women

The 1-2 punch of Jillian King (20th) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (22nd), who ran 22:36 and 22:44 respectively, led the New Balance Boston ‘A’ squad to a 5th place finish. Katie DiCamillo (86th) and Joanna Murphy (59th) had off days and didnt run quite as well as last year (19th and 28th, respectively), but they still ran well enough to push the team into the upper echelon of the field. That’s a deep team.

The CPTC women came in 7th, led by Jane Vongvorachoti and her 35th place finish.

5. New Balance Boston (A)
7. Central Park Track Club
12. New York Athletic Club
19. GBTC
20. NBB (B)
21. GSTC (A)
34. GSTC (B)

Team USA Roster
Addie Bracy
Corey Conner
Karen Dimoff
Amy Van Alstine
Kellyn Johnson
Renee Baillie
Katie Kellner
Stephanie Marcy
Rochelle Kanuho

Hurtin’ For Certain

With the conclusion of the 2013 USATF-NE XC Grand Prix fast approaching (this Sunday at Franklin Park), it felt like a good time to put up our profile on the HFC Striders. HFC is well represented on the cross country circuit and even put on their own event. Here’s the profile about HFC by HFC’er Ed Groden:

It started with a question posed to a weary group of runners as they circled the track during a long interval session: “Dragging?!? Are you guys HFC? Hurtin’ For Certain?” And then the next interval began, but the question lingered as each of the runners pondered the existential question, “Am I HFC?” A spark was lit, though, as the runners asked themselves, “If I am HFC, what am I going to do about it?” The responses were decisive and telling, “I may be HFC. But I’m not slowing or quitting.” Hurtin’ For Certain never felt so good. Thus an ethos was born. And an identity: HFC Striders Track Club.

That was 1969. Social and political worlds were in upheaval. Long established institutions were falling apart. Enter some rebellious track kids who trained hard, raced hard, and did not want to give any quarter to the established order. The notion that the athlete should control and dictate his own training, racing and recruitment schedules, as well as gear and support was novel. Other Boston area start-up clubs at the time were wrestling with the same issues. The radical thought was simple: the runners should control their own futures; the runners should be surrounded by like -minded runners; the runners should be encouraged to pursue their own unique version of success.

Now in its fifth decade, the HFC Striders are thriving. Our 70 member roster includes a vast array of postcollegiate talent who compete principally as distance runners throughout New England and beyond. Our recent influx of 20-somethings blends seamlessly with our 30, 40, 50 and 60- somethings. Headquartered in the Boston suburbs, HFC seeks runners who love to compete and enjoy training in a group setting. Our group training sessions are organized with the notion that together we help each other get better.

You see HFC everywhere, competing on the track, on cross country trails, and on the roads. We compete at every distance, every age category and each gender. During the past few years, HFC has focused on the USATFNE cross country series, the Pub Series, the Boston Marathon, our own Grand Prix and many other prime events – Beach to Beacon, Falmouth, BAA Half Marathon, CVS 5K, to name a few. When we can’t find a race to suit our fancy, we’ll make one up to entertain our members, such as our annual handicap road mile or the agegrouped and age-graded 4 x 1600 relay, each providing opportunities to race under a fanciful format and grouse about seeding times.

HFC team shot
Some notable recent achievements for HFC include: Lee Danforth threepeats as the Pub Series Champion; John Sullivan three-peats as the Senior Champion at both the USATF 5K and BAA Half Marathon; TJ Unger places 1st and 4th open division and Jason Cakouros places 1st and 2nd masters division in the last two USATF-NE cross country series; Brenda Egizi repeats as Pub Series Senior Champion; Meaghan Scearbo wins Pub Series before maternity; Justin Renz wins the 2012 Bermuda Triangle Challenge; Kenny Rayner runs the Boston/Lincoln, NE Marathon double in less than a month, finishing in 2:37 and 2:35 respectively, the latter places him on the Massachusetts National Guard Racing Team; Dana DeIngenis wins a Braintree 5K outright, a rare achievement for a woman.

HFC is not a collection of dispirited iconoclasts, rather an engaged collec- tive dedicated to the propagation of the sport, fostering a life-long commitment to running. Our members are high school, collegiate and post- collegiate coaches; track and road race officials; serve on USATF-NE boards; organize and oversee many road races, each supporting wonder- ful initiatives. As an organization, HFC officially sponsors and directs two running events: MAD Scramble in Milton and Wayland Cross Country Festi- val. Each community-based event fea- tures a developmental kids’ race.

Since we have been around a long time and collected a wide variety of talents, training methods and experi- ences, HFC has a vast reservoir of knowledgeable racers and teachers available to guide, chide and direct. Jimmy Fallon, a long-time fixture on the road racing scene, has replaced Rich Hart as the lead coach, respon- sible for devising a training program appropriate for the club’s racing goals.

Our credo has remained unchanged: Of the runner. For the runner. By the runner. So ask yourself “Could you be HFC?” HFC’s members know that Hurtin’ for Certain never felt so good.

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Duncan, Fitzpatrick Win in Wayland

GBTC Wayland

GBTC team shot from Wayland. Courtesy of Tom Derderian.

Sean Duncan and Sidney Fitzpatrick were the big winners at the Wayland XC Festival, which was held back on October 13th. That was the latest in the USATF-NE XC series.

Sean ran a 15:45 and Sidney ran 18:00 for their wins (full results here). The GBTC men topped the host HFC Striders squad by a score of 21-56. One of the victorious GBTC’ers, Caleb Evanter, contributed a solid write up about the event:

It was a fun race. It was very much a cross country race, in that the distance was relative and there were hills and turns and uneven footing. There was no pavement and no cars visible from the course. The first mile goes around some baseball and soccer fields and is flat after a hill at the very start. The second mile features a short steep uphill and a stretch on an undulating trail that seems better suited for mountain biking. The third mile is basically the first mile backwards. The finish is 300 meters on a track.

Sean Duncan took the lead from the start and had a gap on the field from the beginning. From my spot behind them in the race it looked like Justin Lutz and the rest of the chase pack let Duncan take it out and tried to make up the ground at the end of the race. Lutz probably gained some ground during the final mile, but not enough to make it a race. He was comfortably in second. My splits were about 5:13, 5:35 and 5:49 for the final 1.1. I moved up on a bunch of people in the final two miles so that shows that probably most people ran significantly slower over the more challenging second mile.

Ryan Irwin was considerate enough to not give me a go of it with a sprint to the finish. Men and women, open and masters all raced together. There were 10 and under and 11-14 races too. Before the race Sydney Fitzpatrick asked us about whether or not to wear spikes on the course. Given that she won, I assume she made the right decision. Finally the Wayland XC Festival was notable for having four Caleb’s run in it, two in the 11-14 race, one who came in 3rd in the 10 and under race and myself.

Although New Balance Boston didn’t field a team for the race, Sydney Fitzpatrick did her best to make sure the green & white was noticed. For her efforts, we got this from Sydney:

The goals Coach Green gave me was to just go out, compete, and remind my body about the feel of cross country racing again. I feel like I ran a very smart race, and knowing who Steph Reilly is, my goal was to conserve energy early on, work my way up to her, and put myself in a position to win. I felt really strong during the race, and was able to execute today. I am very optimistic about what myself, and my team can accomplish this fall at the upcoming invitationals (Mayors Cup, New England’s, Club Nats). Training has been great thus far this fall. NBB has some great depth this year, and I feel more than lucky to have so many teammates to workout with on a regular basis. We are all very motivated and looking forward to the rest of our fall season.

We weren’t lucky enough to get something so detailed from Sean Duncan, but he did take a break from one of his epic workouts to tell us: “The victory was quite satisfying. All I do is win. My ultimate goal is to win a race in every town in America, and now I can finally cross Wayland, MA off the list.”

Okay, maybe Sean didn’t say that. We just needed to squeeze one more quote in, real or imaginary. As far as the team scoring went for the ladies, the Millenium Running team led by Jennifer Mortimer took the title, followed by the WMDP and GBTC squads, respectively.

Next up on the circuit is the Mayor’s Cup, which will be this coming Sunday at Franklin Park. More to come on that one.

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