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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.

Duncan, Rocco Win in Westfield

Sean Duncan and Alyse Rocco were victorious in the second annual WMDP XC Festival, which was held back on September 8th at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. Yeah, we’re a little behind in getting this out to the masses, we know. Early September still didn’t feel quite like cross country weather. The weather is a little cooler now, we’re that much closer to October, and now it feels right to start covering it. Plus it took a while to find time to do the video.

Anyway, the host team (Western Mass Distance Project) did a fine job of putting on the event and also in defending their home turf. The Wolf pack won both the men’s and women’s races as a team even with some of their key runners sidelined.

In the men’s 8k race, the Wolves were led by the one-two punch of Sean Duncan (25:18) and Kevin Quadrozzi (25:47) . Duncan looked to be in command the whole way and cruised to the win. Just behind the top two were Ryan Irwin and Charly Allan of GBTC, leading the GBTC surge that saw them place 7 of the next 12 scorers. It wasn’t enough to overcome the Wolves and GBTC just lost out by a score of 30-34.

Duncan gets to bask in the glow of victory (and possibly dance some more) as he’s been doing quite regularly lately, but he couldn’t quite avenge last year’s loss. Last year’s winner Brian Harvey was off racing his debut marathon at the Via Lehigh Valley Marathon, which he won in 2:31:33. We’ll have to wait a little to see them go head to head later in the season.

For the ladies, quality over quantity seemed to be an underlying theme on the day. There were only 29 finishers, but the top ten all went under 20 minutes for 5k. That theme can also be used to describe the training of winner Alyse Rocco (GBTC). At the time Alyse had only been running about 20 miles per week, which seems low but some people can excel on lower mileage. It’s not necessarily the mileage but what you do with it, and she must be making all of those miles count.

Alyse ran a 17:54 and went under 18 minutes for the first time. Second place was about thirty seconds behind (Julie McGilpin, 18:25.79). Once again the GBTC team would fall short, as they lost to the Wolves again, this time by a score of 25-34.

Included below are race highlights and interviews from the day’s races.

Another theme of the day seemed to be people posing for still shots when video was being taken. There was clearly some miscommunication and it was all in good fun. The first one I can say with certainty that the proximity to the speakers had something to do with it. The second one (as seen at the end of the video)…sure, loud speakers there too. Why not? I think I like these results better than had they come out as planned. It’s always spontaneous on the Level.

The next race in the series will be the Wayland XC Festival, to be held on October 13th in Wayland, MA.

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