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CPTC Women Take The Cup

Yeah, still rolling out the Mayor’s Cup coverage. Here we have the top women from the Central Park Track Club, fresh off their team victory at the Mayor’s Cup. Featured here are birthday girl Rolanda Bell (5th, 17:36), Catherine Beck (6th, 17:39), Jane Vongvorachoti (8th, 17:43), and the Secret Weapon: Erin Koch (10th, 17:51).

Catherine and Jane went on to run quite well at the Dash to the Finish 5k in NYC. They ran 16:56 (22th) and 17:10 (24th), respectively.

Beginning to think I should’ve edited out the ‘mom and pop’ line at the end. Why not embrace the weird? It’s what separates us from the pack.

Mayor’s Cup: Women’s 5k

Stilled mired in some technical difficulties, but we were able to get one video done before the mayhem ensued. Jennifer Bergman of Mizuno DC won the competition in 17:10. This was a talented field that drew from much beyond the borders of Boston. Just behind Bergman was Sarah Groff of NYAC in 17:13. Jillian King (17:18) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (17:23) of New Balance Boston were first of the locals to represent and they finished 3-4. In 5th and 6th were a couple of members from their ‘sister club’, Central Park Track Club: birthday girl Rolanda Bell (17:36) and Cat Beck (17:39).

Mayors Cup start Mason

From the start, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Although Katrina Spratford isn’t exactly a local, she is newly representing the region (and Legion?) as one of the newest members of NE Distance. The Shippensburg alumn finished 7th in 17:43.

As you can see, lots of visitors in the race. A cross country race that bring out the best in your area and from outside the region…why would’t you want to compete there? Anyway, here’s some raw footage from the women’s race:

Ritchie Second in NYC

Tim Ritchie (BAA) ran quite well at the 34th Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park on Monday night, placing second. I have to admit I was a little shocked to see Tim at the front of the field in a big race yet again. The shock wasn’t him being at the front, it was mainly because he was doing it so soon. Last I heard, he was taking a week off after XC Nationals to recover. He came out of that recovery period like a raging bull.

Ultimately, Christian Thompson (NJ-NY Track Club) won the race, but it wasn’t easy. It was a battle throughout and only near the end was he able to put some space between himself and Tim. Check out this article from David Monti for the full story:

“I came around the last turn and I saw that he (Ritchie) was just behind me,” Thompson, a University of Colorado alumnus, explained. “Right when I made the turn, everybody just kind of started cheering, so I thought he was making a big move. So, I just tried to go as fast as a I could.”

Christian ran an 18:49 and Tim was five seconds back with his 18:54 (which is roughly 4:43 pace…damn). There’s also a little bit of video on it:

There’s not a lot of race footage there, but at the 47ish second mark you can catch a glimpse of the BAA gold uni approaching the finish line. If you’re a fan of fireworks than this video is for you! It’s pretty cool to see the start and finish blow up like that, but I can’t help thinking that people are about to have their hair and/or clothing go up in flames. Nothing makes you get off the line faster than fire raining down from the sky!

Also of note, Rolanda Bell placed 9th in the women’s race with her 22:14. It says ‘unattached’ for her club affiliation, but just recently I know she was running for the Central Park Track Club. Delilah DiCrescenzo (NJ-NY Track Club) won the women’s race in 21:07. Delilah had a more comfortable 17-second cushion over second place Frances Koons (New Balance).

Note: cover image courtesy of the NYRR.

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