Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Latest Edition of the Spiked Shoe Society Newsletter
You should have now (or will today) receive the latest newsletter from the Spiked Shoe Society. It is put together entirely by volunteers and paid for with donations to the track/xc team. We do need more volunteers, though. If you are interested in helping with fundraising, please e-mail kenhalla@gmail.com. To donate click on one of the tabs to the right of this post and you can give electronically.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Party at the Hawthornes
Thanks to Shelby Hawthorne for all the party pictures.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Coach Davis Is Back
Emil Davis is back to video taping. Here are some of the CNU performances starting with Katie Guevel in the 55H, Emily Jeremiah in the PV, Dan Klazkin in the SP, Doug Zimmer in the PV and above is Nicole Kazuba in the pole vault.
CNU Holiday Invitational
Hot off the wonderful cross country finish, the team had a number of great performances at the CNU Holiday Opening.

On the women's side six qualified for the ECAC and ten personal records were set. Qualifying in the 5K were Meghan Burns (17:06), Kayley Byrne and Sallie Ford, Nicole Kazuba(12-3.4) in the pole vault and Ashley Williams and Carly Morse in the shot put. Much More

The men almost matched the women with five IC4A marks led by All-Americans Jon Grey in 14:05 and Colin Leak in 14:26 for the 5K. Zach Gates and Tom Burke also qualified for the 5K with Chris Tyson meeting the mark in the mile in 4:13. Much More

Making Cookies for Randy and Shelby's Annual Party

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Entire Men's Race from Versus
Above is the first part of the race.  If you want to see the rest of it, to parts 2 and 3.

The Men's NCAA Race
This is pretty good and shows some nice up close shots.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Patterson Interview
Listen here to hear All-American Wilhelm Patterson talking about this afternoon's meet. Sorry about the background noise, but we taped it as the team was driving back from the airport (the marvels of modern technology!).
Daily Press Article
Well I counted three mistakes and it's only a few paragraphs, but at least they have something.

Interview with Wilhelm and Woodward
W&M 5th Overall
The men's team ran a super race and became the second best W&M team EVER (after the 4th in 1974). The team ended up with three All-Americans starting with Jon Grey (finishing above in 17th), Wilhelm Patterson (34th) and Colin Leake (40th). The team order was 1) Oklahoma 2) Oregon 3)Alabama 4)NAU 5)W&M ...10) Stanford. More later. (Picture from today's NCAA race thanks to Tim O'Dowd and technology! Go here, here and here for more pics)

Men's Individual Results Team Results
Gibby Wins Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Gibby receiving the Southeast Regional 2009 Cross Country Coach of the Year Award from MONDO USA's Ed Gorman at the NCAA Div. I XC Banquet on Saturday.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Live XC Coverage
The NCAA meet will be streamed live by the NCAA here (look the upper right hand corner where it says "video") or you could watch it on television on Versus. The men's coverage starts at noon on Monday.

Gibby Talks To Flotrack

Preview of the NCAA Course
Above is a preview of the course the men will running on at 12:08 pm EST.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

W&M Ranked Sixth in Last Poll
I believe Letsrun.com called it perfectly. If W&M can get out, they will be 6th with no one in the top 25. It will mean that Wilhelm and Grey are in the second half of the All-American crowd.

Live Prediction Show
If you are so inclined, you can watch the live prediction show on Flotrack at noon on Sunday. Just come back to this site and you will be able to watch it from "here."

Friday, November 20, 2009

This article gives the men's team a chance "for the podium" if they can get their number one in under 30 and have the 30-45 second spread they have maintained all season long. Also Let'sRun picks the men to finish seventh.

Here is the link to Flotrack which will be covering the meet live. The race itself will start at 12:08 PM EST.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jon Grey Talks About the Season and Mondays' NCAA Meet
Jon Grey who transfered from Oklahoma two years ago has been running #1 or 2 all season and is looking to get his first All-American title on Monday. With a 28:55 in the spring he and Patterson Wilhelm will hopefully help the team to another top ten performance. Listen to him here.
Jason Schoener
Jason is a fairly recent (hey I graduated in '86 so most people are "recent") grad of W&M who has continued racing and has coupled that with dentistry school. We also like him because he is now one of the people working on our next newsletter which is coming out in a few weeks. Here is an article on him.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Women Do Not Qualify
Unfortunately the women did not qualify, either as individuals or as a team for the NCAA meet next Monday. Please come back later for links to the live feed and results.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Women's Race at Southeast Regionals
The top video is the halfway point and has a good shot of the top two W&M runners and you can see them again on the bottom video.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Women Finish Fourth in Region
Now the women will have to wait until Tuesday to know if their finish is good enough to go to the NCAA meet. Meghan Burns led the Tribe in 15th in 20:56 followed by Emily Anderson in 17th with a 21:01, then Sallie Ford in 33rd, Kayley Byrne in 35th and Betsy Graney in 45th. More
For what it's worth, Flotrack, predicts that the women will NOT make it to the NCAA meet as you can see in the video above (and the site was 100% correct last year). The video does say the women are one of the ones who will be close.

Men Win!
The men won the Southeast Regional and are heading back the NCAA meet for the 13th straight time. Finishing order, W&M (49 pts), NC State (99 pts), Louisville, Duke, UVA, and UNC. For the women, Duke won followed by UVA. Patterson Wilhelm led the men finishing 4th with Jon Grey in 5th (30:07, 08). Leak was 9th, Gates was 11th and Sklodowski in 20th to round out the top five with a 45 second spread. Still haven't seen results on the women.

Friday, November 13, 2009

NCAA Qualifying Race is Tomorrow
The question isn't whether the men will make it back, but will they win the region again. Also, how high up will the women, who are ranked 5th in the region, finish? The men are at 10 and the women at 10:45 and you can check here to see the results.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Flotrack Preview of NCAA Qualifier Meet
Coming this Saturday is the NCAA qualifier. Here is a preview for the women and here is the men's one. You need to toggle down the page to near the bottom for both previews.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Women/Men Win CAA Meet
Emily Anderson defended her CAA title and scored her second career XC win.  Meghan Burns was 2nd and the rest of the scorers followed in 7, 11 and 12th places.  More and More

The men's team scored their 10th straight CAA victory even though their top five was missing. The team was led by Brian Sklodowski who earned his first career victory.  The team had five scorers in top seven finishers.  More

Friday, October 30, 2009

CAA Championships
Go here on Saturday for the race results.  The men are at 10 and the women at 11.  Look for the men to field only a small part of their top seven as they gear up for the national qualifying race in two weeks. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

W&M Women's First Cross Country Team
Now that W&M's women have been to the NCAA meet a number of times and had a number of All-Americans, it is hard to believe that the first team started in 1977 and was coached by Randy Hawthorne (with help from Baxter Berryhill). Listen here for my interview with Randy and come back in a few days for some pictures. The sound gets better about 30 seconds into the interview. Above are some of the earliest members of the women's xc team from 1977: Laura Sardo Fleming Jeanne Hopke and Joy Kelly Stiles.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Men Still Ranked Ninth
The men remain 9th in today's poll. Stanford, coached by W&M grad Jason Dunn is the top ranked program in the US. 

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tribe Open
There were no scores at the home meet, but those not at the Pre-Nat meet ran on the W&M home course. The men had five of the top six places with Tom Burke leading the way. More

Brittany Sevachko and Kelsey Budd finished in 9th and 10th. More

Men on top and the women on the bottom.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Women 15th at PreNats
The women were 15th in the white race at pre-nats with Emily Anderson leading the way in 29th. Race video will be up later.
Men's Results
The men's race is done and three finished in the top 25, but Massam was back. Jon Grey was 5th overall and the men were 4th overall with Oregon running away with the team title. More coming.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Massam Talks to Flotrack
Here is a nice interview with Ben Massam '10 and Flotrack.  Come back tomorrow to see how he and both teams do at the Pre-Nat meet. (Photo from Flotrack.org)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pre-Nats on Saturday
The new poll came out and surprise, the men are still ranked #9. On Saturday the men and women will be on the NCAA course and looking to improve on their impressive races from two weeks ago. Flotrack will be there and the results will be here. The men will race at 11 and the women at 12:55.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Many New Polls
Okay, let's see if I can get this straight. The USCCCA Association agrees with Letsrun.com and ranked the men's team 9th in the US in their rankings that came out today. The men are also ranked 1st in the region. The women are unranked nationally and are 5th in our region.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Letsrun.com Ranks Men #9
The rather well visited site, LetsRun.com today ranked the men 9th in the US (still waiting for their women's poll). Ranked #1 was Oklahoma and #3 was NAU which was only 7 points ahead of the men's team at the Jamboree meet. W&M has had several teams in the top 10 at the NCAA meet including a high of 4th in 1973. The pre-national meet in two weeks will tell if this ranking can continue further in the season. A week ago the coaches' association ranked the team 13th.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cowboy Jamboree
The men are on top and below is the women's race from yesterday. (note the men's race will say "5K," but it is the 8K)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Men 2nd and Women 3rd at OSU Invitational
Both teams put together a great race at the OSU Invitational with the men beating #2OSU (albeit without their #1 and 2 runners). The men also came close (7 pts.) to NSU that is ranked #5 in the nation. The spread between 1 and 5 was under 30 seconds with Jon Grey leading the charge followed by Wilhelm Patterson and Colin Leak. More

The women were more spread out, but Emily Anderson showed the strength she gained from running 5Ks in the spring finishing 11th overall followed by Kayley Byrne and Meghan Burns in 20th and 23rd. Even more importantly the women beat the #15th team in the US and are hopefully thinking of going back to the NCAA meet for the first time in many years. More

Friday, October 2, 2009

Opps! Inter-Regional
The men and women finished 2nd at the Inter-Regional LAST week (sorry about that). Kayle Byrne finished 2nd with All-American Emily Anderson in 3rd and Sallie Ford in 8th. More For the men, Skeeter Morris was 5th with Max Werner in sith and Chris Tyson in 10th. More

Tomorrow the men's and women's team will be at the Cowboy Jamboree which will have video coverage here at 10:10 am and the men at 10:45 am (EST).  Above is a video look at the course. 

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deb Boykin
For those of you who ran in the 1980, you will well remember coach Jim Goggin (who is still teaching in Williamsburg).  Well, his wife, Debbie Boykin, is featured in this month's alumni magazine. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Men Ranked 15th in Pre-Season Poll
Yes, that's right, pre-season since most of the teams have not let their top runner get in a race yet. 

Friday, September 11, 2009

Women's Recruits
Here are the XC women that Coach Newberry recruited.
Men's XC Recruits
Gibby was hard at work last year getting all the new XC recruits which you can read about here.
Men's Recruits
Gibby has been hard at work getting new runners. Here are the XC ones. More

Saturday, September 5, 2009

XC Season Begins
Gibby and Newberry who traditionally wait until late in Sept to start the season actually let a few of their athletes run today in an XC meet. The men were second to URichmond (enough said about how many athletes didn't run) and the women were second as well. Come back in a few days for the bios on "the new kids" and a few days later we'll have an interview with the coaches. Leading the way were Alex McGrath and Liam Anastasia-Murphy for the men and Brittany Sevachko and Robin Vanneman for the women.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August Newsletter
In a few days you will be receiving our semi-annual newsletter. If you want read it digitally, please click here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Christopher McDougall>
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorHealthcare Protests

Born to Run, part II
Normally I wouldn't plug something twice, but the book, Born to Run, still is on the NYTimes bestseller list. I have to admit, I didn't think I would enjoy a book about ultra running, but it is GREAT even though you won't agree with everything in it. The interview above is from one of my former classmates, Jon Stewart Lebowitz!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

16 Make the Quarter Century CAA XC Team
Of the 25 people who were selected for the first quarter century team for the CAA, 16 came from W&M.
  • Mike Brown – Virginia Beach, Va. -Earned All-CAA honors and was part of championship teams during all four seasons at W&M -Selected as the CAA Rookie of the Year in 1994 -Placed in the top five at four consecutive CAA championships, including third place in 1995.
  • Jacob Frey – Oakton, Va. -Earned All-CAA honors in 2000, 2001 and 2002 after top 10 finishes at the CAA Championship -Honored as a member of the All-Southeast Region squad in 2000 and 2002 -Competed in the 2007 Pan-American Games
  • Sean Graham – Stillwater, Minn. -Two-time All-Southeast Region selection who was the NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year in 2001 -Selected as the CAA Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2001 -Earned the individual title at the 2001 CAA Cross Country Championship (24:25) More

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Moran London Update
Ed Moran sprained his ankle and did not run in the London 5K.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Moran to Compete at London
Here is the field that Moran will be competing against tomorrow. If you want to watch it live go here Friday afternoon at 12:45 for the start of the meet which you can see on Universal Sports. Ed's race will go off at 2:34 EST. If you want more on the meet go here and here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Moran 16th at Peachtree
Coach ed Moran was 16th at the Peachtree 10K in 28:50. Results.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Moran at Peachtree
Ed Moran, just off his 5th at the USATF meet is running on Saturday at the Peachtree 10K. 

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not Natalie Baird
Yes, this is video of the young lady who won the USATF junior discus, but isn't it great that we have any video at all of a discus competition, much less the other ones below?! Baird, remember, was 5th in this competition.
Moran After His 10K
Baird 6th at USATF Juniors
Natalie Baird finished a spectacular frosh season by coming in 6th in the discus at the USATF junior meet.
Newberry 11th at USATF 10K
Above is part 1 of Newberry's 11th place at the USATF meet and here is part 2.
Track and Field Videos on Flotrack

USATF Men's 10K
I've been away from a computer for a few days, so this may all be old to you, but nonetheless. Above is the 10K where Ed Moran was 5th .

Friday, June 12, 2009

Anderson 9th in the 5K
Emily Anderson finished 9th in 16:42 in the 5K earning her second All-American title this year and third in her collegiate career. Results are here
NCAA Results
So far here are the results from the NCAA meet. Ian Fitzgerald finished 21st in 14:17 in the 5K, not making it out of the heats. Brandon Heroux was 19th in the initial heat in the javelin with a 208-7 throw. More Jon Grey was 20th in the 10K in 29:51. More

Emily Anderson finished 5th in her heat in 16:27 to advance to the finals while Betsy Graney ran 10:46 for 24th in the steeplechase, thus not making it out of the heats. More

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NCAA Meet Starts on Wed.
Here are the names of the six W&M athletes competing at the NCAA meet and the times that they are competing. If you want to watch the meet live, go here on Wed, here for Thur, here for Friday and here for Sat.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

As I find meet information on the NCAA meet which starts on Wednesday, I will add them here. For now, here is the official meet site. Here is the Flotrack site and here is the NCAA site for Runnerspace.com.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Born to Run
When I was at W&M, Randy Hawthorne and one of my college roommates, Scott Douglas (who is now the online editor of Running Times), used to go off and run ultra-marathons. I thought they were crazy! While this book has nothing to do w. W&M (unless you count the fact that it mentions Vin Lananna who ran for Roy Chernock prior to his coming to W&M), it is a great read and does ask some very interesting questions. You won't agree with all of it (if you are hurting, then you are running too fast & 98% of runners should not wear shoes when running ), it is a great story - albeit partly about ultras and the joy of running. Amazingly it is now 16th on the NYTimes Bestseller list and a quick read. Here is Bill Rodgers' review of it and the WashPost (June 21st).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Two More Going to NCAA Meet
Jon Grey was selected to the meet in the 10,000m run after timing 28:55.48. Brandon Heroux also made the championship meet as expected in the javelin, after taking seventh in the East Region Championships last weekend. His career-best throw of 227-5 (69.33 meters) to win the CAA title in April was the top mark in the at-large pool, and Heroux is seeded 14th overall and Grey is 23rd.

Here are the men's and women's entries for the NCAA meet.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lots More Pics
When I was in school, Randy Hawthorne took a ton of pictures and taped them to the blackboard for us to take what we wanted. Now he takes them and Shelby puts them here, here, here and here (I fixed the link) instead!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Graney Qualifies for NCAA Meet
Betsy Graney's qualification for the NCAA meet with her fifth place at the NCAA regional in 10:22, brings the total to four who are going to the NCAA meet with automatic qualifiers. Harry Miller also was 16th overall in the steeple in 9:18 while Ashley Williams was 27th in the shot put.

Graney will join Fitzgerald, Anderson and Kazuba at the NCAA meet. There are several who are waiting for possible at-large bids: Jon Grey (5&10K), Katie Guevel (heptathlon), Brandon Heroux (javelin), Lynn Morelli (10K) and Cam Shriver (high jump).

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Anderson, Fitzgerald & Kazuba Qualify for NCAA Meet
Nicole Kazuba finished in 2nd to auto qualify in the pole vault. All-American Emily Anderson finished 3rd in 16:08 automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet as did Ian Fitzgerald who was also 3rd in 14:15. Both have gone to the NCAA meet in the 1500/mile so will have the advantage of having extra speed to wield against the distance types. Also Jon Grey was 8th, Colin Leak - 22nd and Christo Landry - 23rd. For the women, Lynn Morelli was 33rd and Kayley Byrne was 36th. Super frosh Natalie Baird was 18th overall, but still has the USATF Jr. meet to look forward to in a few weeks.
Heroux 7th at Regionals
First off, Heroux is ONLY a frosh and already the school record holder. Today he topped this by finishing 7th in the regional meet (although his PR would have put him 3rd). The top five automatically qualify and he still has a shot at going to the NCAA meet. He also will be going to the USATF Jr. meet and will be one of the favorites there.

In the 1500, Emily Schroeder was 9th in her heat in 4:31 while Brian Sklodowski ran 3:55 for 8th in his heat.
More to come later tonight.  Live results are here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Spiked Shoe Society on Facebook
For those of you who are new to this site or new to Facebook, we have a page under "Spiked Shoe Society." Kristin Shiring will give you regular updates and it is also a way to connect or re-connect with fellow alums.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jon Grey Talks to SSS
Ali Watson is back from having her first child in March and here interviews Jon Grey who ran 28:55 earlier this month to move to #3 on the all-time 10K. In this interview he talks about his future plans, the 10K and his regional goals.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Both Teams Finish 8th At IC4A/ECAC Meets
All-American Ian Fitzgerald finished 2nd and Brian Sklodowski, 8th and the 4x800 team (see above video) of those two as well as Liam Anastasia-Murphy and Jay Bilsborrow were 6th, all earning All-East honors. Overall the men's team finished 8th at the IC4A meet. More

For the women, All-American Emily Anderson was 3rd in the 1500 while Kelly McElroy was 8th in the 800 meters. Also earning All-East honors was Kayley Byrne who was 7th in the 3000 meters. Finishing 10th in the shot put was Ashley Williams and Carly Morse. More
More Titles at IC4A/ECAC
Nicole Kazuba came in 2nd in the ECAC pole vault where she has four times come in second. Natalie Baird also earned All-East accolades with her 6th in the discus. More on the women and men Most of the events have their finals today.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Seven Earn All-East on First Day
The W&M team started off the combined IC4A/ECAC meet with 7 All-East titles. Betsy Graney broke the school record in the steeplechase running 10:15.99. She is now ranked 22nd among NCAA runners and now is provisionally qualified for the meet. Sallie Ford also earned an All-East title in the 10K for 10th all time W&M. More

In the 5K, all three W&M athletes scored an All-East title with Jon Grey finishing 3rd in 14:03.64, Christo Landry in 4th (14:03.69) and Colin Leak in 6th with a 14:06 time (see above). All earning All-East honors were Zach Gates and Skeeter Morris in the 10K with times of 30:29 and 30:34 for 6th and 8th places. More

Friday, May 15, 2009

IC4A/ECAC Schedule
Here is the schedule for the two meets this weekend.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Fitz, Schroeder and Anderson Score NCAA Regionals
Ian Fitzgerald scored another NCAA regional qualifier with a 3:46 1500 followed closely by Brian Sklodowski in 3:49.02 More
The "Emilys," Anderson and Schroder ran 4:24.11 and 4:24.37 to join Fitzgerald at the NCAA regional meet. Both Anderson and Fitzgerald are already qualified in the 5K. Qualifying for the ECAC were Kelly McElroy in 2:11 (800m) and Heather Beichner in 4:30 (1500m). More

Sunday, May 3, 2009

George Mason Results
The rest of the team also did very well at GMU with Harry Miller returning to form with a NCAA regional qualifier in the steeplechase while Peter Dorrell also qualified for the IC4A meet in the same event. Chris Tyson, Cabell Rosanelli and Jay Bilsborrow all met the IC4A standard in the 1500 while Christo Landry is starting to get in shape again and also qualified for the 5K in the IC4A meet. Zach Jordan threw a 7th all time throw in the hammer. Much more

Natalie Baird threw a new school record in the discus which, as before, earns her a NCAA regional trip. Both Nicole Kazuba and Emily Jeremiah qualified in the pole vault for the NCAA regional meet. More

Other Races
On top is the 5K with Emily Anderson and below it is Jon's 10K.

Great Times at Peyton Jordan
Soph John Grey ran 28:55.48 which make him the 3rd fastest performer in W&M history. Even better I am the only person to break 29 before being a senior and no soph has ever done it. So perhaps Jon will continue his arc of improvement and nab the #1 time before graduating. His time is a provisional NCAA qualifier, but will certainly hold up for the NCAA meet. Emily Anderson ran the 2nd fastest time on the East Coast with her 16:10 which is a NCAA regional qualifier and the 2nd fastest in W&M history (performer wise). Finally Ian Fitzgerald also qualified for the regional meet with a 13:56 in the 5K which you can see above.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tarantino Runs 2:30 at London
Will Tarantino '05 (see the post a few days ago on him), while not happy with his results, still ran a 2:30.25 for 57th place at the London Marathon.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

4X800 Races & Heroux on Last Day of Penn
On top is the men's race and the women are below that. The men were 5th in 7:33 in the college division and the women were 4th in the championship heat (watch it as Tenn sets a world record) while Brandon Heroux was 4th and qualified for the NCAA regional and IC4A meets. You can see ALL the races by going here and toggling all the way to the bottom where it says "track races."

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Anastasia-Murphy Wins the Tough Guy Award!

Above is frosh Liam Anastasia-Murphy who here fell in the steeplechase at Penn and despite swallowing some water, still got up and qualified for the US junior champs. Above is an interview with him.

Woman's Penn Steeplechase
Here is the race where Graney was 4th. This is a video taken at the water jump each lap.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Great Start At Penn
Distance night at Penn proved to be a great success for the Tribe. Lynne Morelli ran the #2 all time for W&M in the 10K and provisionally qualified for the NCAA while Meghan Burns and Kayley Byrne both noted ECAC times in the 5K as did Heather Beichner and Betsy Graney in the steeplechase. Graney and Nicole Kazuba, in the pole vault also qualified for the NCAA regional meet. Natalie Baird broke her school record in the discus and qualified for the ECAC meet. More

For the me, Liam Anastasia-Murphy qualifies for the US Junior Champs in the steeple chase while Bryca Wilk qualified in the same event for the IC4A meet. Also qualifying for the meet in the 5K were Brian Sklodowski, Lewis Woodward and Colin Leak. More

Thursday, April 23, 2009

CAA Videos
It is hard to believe, but this blog site is already two years old and this is the 326th entry. Just 28 years to go and I will have caught up to Randy Hawthorne! Emil Davis took a lot of videos from the CAA meet. Above is Cam Shriver high jumping. Here are all of his other videos which include Katie Guevel hep events: 100mH, HJ, Shot, 200m, LJ, missed the jav/800m, Lynnie Bresnehan TJ (18th) and 400mH trials men and women (McIntosh/Heidman; Harvey)
Donating to W&M Track/XC
In the past few years, three individuals have stepped forward with tremendous donations. They are the Showker Family and the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg who funded the throwing circle, Pat Cousins who paid for the start line and Juan Conde who named the finish line after my coach, Roy Chernock and one of my teammates, Marlon Mattis (whose son is featured a few posts ago). If you go here, you will see a brochure on the many other naming opportunities. Obviously these are big ticket items. For $500, you can also buy a brick outside the stadium or you can make a contribution of any amount by going here (make sure you designate it for track or xc) or by sending a contribution to "Spiked Shoe Society," PO Box 399, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
Inspirational Story
In many ways this story on Will Tarantino '05 is very sad. He does have a malignant brain tumor and gave up pursuing a PhD because of it. On the other hand, he is not giving up on life will be running in the London Marathon this weekend. At W&M he was a 3:50 1500 meter runner and last year ran a 2:29 at the Boston Marathon (just off his PR of 2:26). Click here for his story. You can also go here to see his webpage where it tells his complete story and also is a fundraising source for brain cancer research. I'll follow up as soon as I know how Will does this weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Women's CAA Article by Rick Platt
In dominating fashion, the William and Mary women’s outdoor track team won its ninth Colonial Athletic Association team title in the past 11 years. It wasn’t close for the Friday-Saturday championship event, the 20th annual, as W&M scored 181 points to win by 59 points. The real battle came for conference runner-up honors, as UNC-Wilmington (122) edged Georgia State (120) and Northeastern (119 ½) for second. Far behind were George Mason (76 ½), Delaware (62), James Madison (57 ½), Towson (44 ½) and Virginia Commonwealth (36). More
Men's CAA Article By Rick Platt
For the third consecutive year, UNC-Wilmington came from behind to beat the William and Mary men’s outdoor track team for the Colonial Athletic Association team title. W&M had a huge lead after the first day, 84-44, thanks to their domination in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, but UNC-W parlayed strength in the sprints, hurdles, relays and decathlon to win the CAA trophy, 184-158, over W&M. Trailing in the team scoring were VCU (145), George Mason (106), Delaware (104), Northeastern (87) and Georgia State (26). The 2008 score was much closer, at 194 ½ to 190 for UNC-W. W&M has placed first or second 15 of the 20 years of the CAA championship meet. More

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lots of CAA Pictures
Thanks Coach Davis for the pictures. Above are ones from the distance races. Here are ones celebrating the 1st and 2nd place team performances, the heptathlon, the jumps, mid-distance, sprints and the throws.

Women 1st, Men 2nd at CAA Meet
The women's team won the CAA meet for the 9th time in eleven years. Emily Anderson and Kayley Byrne 1-3 in the 5K and qualified for the NCAA regional and ECAC meets. Also qualifying for the NCAA meet were Sallie Ford and Sara Lasker who were 2-3 in the 10K. Nicole Kazuba won her 3rd straight pole vault while Emily Jeremiah was 2nd with both meeting the NCAA regional and ECAC standards. Ashley Williams was 2nd and in the hammer while Natalie Baird's toss in the event broke the frosh record. Ashley Madonick broke Uche Uwah's (one of my teammates in the '80s) 400 meter record for her 2nd place and ECAC qualifier. In the 800, Ariel Burbey was 2nd and became 9th all-time W&M with her ECAC qualifier. Anderson won the 1500 qualifying for both the NCAA regional and ECAC as Emily Schroeder's 3rd place notched a ECAC qualifier and is 6th in W&M history. Meghan Burns in 4th, also qualified for the ECAC meet. Improving her #2 all-time W&M performance was Dana Harvey in the 400 hurdles while Betsy Graney won the steeple in an NCAA regional and ECAC performance time. Matching those qualifiers was Ashley Williams who won the shot put. Baird and Carly Morse were 2nd and 6th in the discus, both qualifying for the ECAC meet. Finally Katie Guevel won the heptathlon in a NCAA provisional performance. More

For the men, Jon Grey was the work horse winning both the 5 and 10K (on the same day). Following him in the 5K were Ian Fitzgerald, Colin Leak and Zach Gates in 2nd, 6th and 7th, all of whom qualified for the IC4A meet. Also scoring an entry to the meet were David Adley, Skeeter Morris amd Max Werner who were 2, 5 and 6th in the 10K and Kiernan Lofland who was 2nd in the pole vault. Brandon Heroux broke both the school and CAA record in the javelin and meet both the IC4A and NCAA regional marks. In the 1500, four of the top five slots went to W&M, led by Chris Tyson while Bryce Wilk led W&M's five placers in the top eight in the steeplechase. Qualifying for the IC4A meet was Cam Shriver who won the high jump. More

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mattis Breaks NJ Record
Okay, this may open the flood gates, but so be it; send them to me if you have great performances from your offspring! Marlon Mattis '85 was one of my teammates (he used to spot me when we lifted by using one finger) who is now #3 on the all-time hammer throw. It seems that the hammer doesn't fall far from the tree as Sam Mattis set a NJ frosh record in the discuss with a toss of 169'6. See the video above of the throw and a short interview above.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Colonial Relays by Rick Platt
I'm still waiting for pics from Colonials, but in the meantime, here are a few more details on the Tribe victories last week thanks to Rick Platt and his article in the Virginia Gazette.

The William and Mary men’s and women’s track teams were not the most gracious hosts last Friday and Saturday at the ­­­44th annual Colonial Relays track meet, winning both team titles, showing exceptional strength in everything from the distance events and relays to the field events. More

Lou Onesty Invitational
There were several notable performances at the Lou Onesty Invitational starting withAshley Wiliams who tossed the hammer 156-3 which ranks as the 5th best W&M throw (although she already stands at 2nd and the all-time lists are done by people rather than by performance) and Natalie Baird who moved to 8th on the all time list with a 145-8 in the discus. Baird also broke her school record in the discus with a 152-10 throw and set a new frosh record in the shot put with a 43-9 throw. The discus throw qualified for the ECAC meet as did the performances of Nicole Kazuba and Ashley Madonick with their respective 12-3.5 pole vault and 55.95 400 meter runs. The women's 4x4 team ran a ECAC qualifying 3:50.93 with Madonick, Mallory Hogan, Katie Guevel and Dana Harvey. Harvey also placed third in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.76 while Kelsey Budd won the stepple in 11:45.34. Carly Morse was third in the shot and Ariel Burbey was 5th in the 800 meters. More

Three men earned fourth-place finishes Saturday, led by Chris McIntosh's 54.72 in the 400 hurdles, Glen Wright's 4th in the 3000 in 8:49 and Cam Shriver's 6-4.75 for fourth in the high jump. More

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tribe Wins Colonials!
For us old-timers, it seems odd to say "Tribe wins," as the meet has changed over the years. When I was in school in the 1980s it was the second biggest relay meet in the country spanning three days and included high school, college and post collegiate athletes. Now it is a very competitive meet where the tribe can show case its well rounded (esp on the women's side) team. Fifty-five athletes earned ECAC qualifiers and eight earned a ticket to the NCAA regional for the women and for the men 75 earned a trip to the IC4A meet while seven secured a place at the NCAA regional meet. Rather than rewrite a nice article, to see the women's story go here and here for the men's team. Great job by all. Come back later to see a mess of pictures as well as some interviews from Coach Davis.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Colonials Begin
A number of nice performances on day #1. Lian Anastasia-Murphy was 2nd in the steeple in 9:21.91 and qualified for the USA, jr. meet while Betsy Graney opened with a victory in the event which earned her a shot at the NCAA regional meet with her 10:47.46. In the 1500, Brian Sklodowski was 2nd in 3:48.64 and qualified for the IC4A meet while Katie Guevel ran 14.31 in the 100 hurdles for 5th and an ECAC time. The qualifiers continued with Kiernan Lofland earning an IC4A jump with a 4.80 in the pole vault as well as Lewis Woodard who also qualified with his 14:33.76 (that race was won by Ed Moran in 14:02) as did Richard Morris, Max Werner and Andrew Midland in the 10K. There were many other notable performances. More

World XC Final Part
If you have the url for the women, please put it in a comment. But here is the last part of Moran's race last weekend and it does show Ed finishing (8:44). Colonials is underway. Check out the link below this post.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Colonials This Weekend
Click here for live results on Friday & Saturday.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fred Hardy Invite Videos
Here are some nice videos from Coach Davis. First we have Chris McIntosh who ran 55.61 and Matt Heidman with a 57.52 in the 400 hurdles, Katie Guevel in the 100 meter hurdles where she ran 14.50, Lynnie Bresnehan in the triple jump, Cam Shriver in the high jump as he clears 2.00 meters and above is Brandon Heroux's winning javelin throw (and W&M).
Goggin Runs 2:25 at USA Masters
For those of you who ran in the late 80s, you well remember Jim Goggin, who was a middle distance coach and is still racing. A few weeks ago at the USA Masters Championships, he ran 2:25 on the victorious 4x800 team and then came back and ran 2:28 for 10th overall, beating a former world record holder Henry Rono. Last year the same team set an age group world record. More

World XC (from letsrun.com)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Baird's/Heroux School Records Set Early Outdoor Tone
Natalie Baird set a frosh and school record in the discus at the Fred Hardy with her 152-8 throw that also gets her into the ECAC meet. Katie Guevel won the 100 hurdles (14.50), Dana Harvey was second in the 400 (57.93) and Ashley Madonick was second in the 800 (2:13.93). Finishing in third place were Guevel in the jevelin in 119-5, Dana Harvey in the 200 (25.97) and Betsey Graney in the 1500 (4:41.25). More

For the men, Brandon Heroux broke his frosh javelin record with a todd of 221, mkaing him #2 all time at W&M and once again qualifying for all the post season meets. Lian Anastasia-Murphy also ran a 1:54.54 for second while Cam Shriver jumped 6-6.75 for 3rd.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Raleigh Relays
As a former 10,000 meter person, I love it when a W&M runners run great 10Ks and Jon Grey did just that last night in 29:25 which gets him to the IC4A and provisional NCAA . Colin Leak ran 29:43 in the same race. They now are 7th and 10th on the all-time W&M list. For the women, Lynn Morelli ran 16:49 and qualified for the NCAA regionals while Meghan Burns and Kayley Bryne ran 17:04 and 17:05.
Moran - 60th, Newberry 40th
Ed Moran finished 60th at the world xc race while Kathy Newberry was 40th.