Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More W&M Invitational News

On Saturday, the weather was not on our side as we had to call the meet short as most teams were weary of having their athletes compete in such rainy conditions.  Before the weather became too bad, we had several strong performances. In the discus, Natalie Baird won the event with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 45.47 meters (149-2).  Natalie now owns fourteen of the top sixteen throws in school history. Baird came back to take second in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.12m (154-7).  Erin Challis took eighth at 38.99m (127-11), a personal-best by 7.5 feet.  Baird finished off a full-day when she placed second in the shot put at 12.87m (42-2.75).

In the triple jump, Lynnie Bresnahan PRed with a jump of 11.33m (37-2.25) to take third.  She is now sixth on the all-time athletes list.  Grace Oxley was fourth with another PR of 11.14m (36-6.7) to put her ninth in school history.  Freshman Sydnee Pierce ran 12.60 seconds to take third in her first collegiate 100m dash.  She is now tied for 10th in school history.  Also moving herself into tenth all-time was Maggie Gutierrez in the 400m dash.  She took fifth in 57.97 seconds.  In the 1500m, we had three women finish in the top five.  Katie Buenaga led the way in second, running a PR of 4:36.94, Michelle Britto PRed to take third place in 4:38.45, and Avery Mattingly took fifth in 4:45.36.

On the men’s side, Ben Katz had an outdoor PR in in the long jump at 6.96 meters (22-10) to take the win.  He is now ranked eleventh in school history outdoors.  In the 100m dash, freshman Michael Monti ran 11.52 seconds to take second overall, and Ben Katz was right behind him in 11.54 for third.  David Gunnerson won the 1500m run with a time of 3:58.17 and freshman Ian MacFawn took fourth in 4:03.03.  As the track began to flood with rain, we backed off and controlled the men’s effort in the 3,000m run.   Zach Tennant, Jack Anderson, Josh Mercado, and Andrew Ryan all came through at 9:30. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tribe Invitational Starts w. Two Fast 10Ks

The men got off in a big way with two sub 30 10K times.  In the 10,000m, sophomore Josh Hardin ran a career-fast 29:28.07 for the win and junior Alex McGrath was third in another career-best, 29:51.31.  Both men came in well under the IC4A-qualifying standard for the event (31:08), and are currently ranked first and third, respectively, in the NCAA this spring, well ahead of the 30:16 that had been the top collegiate time coming into the weekend.  

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Moran 17th at NYC Half Marathon

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Ed Moran got into a very deep 1/2 marathon running 1:02.51 for 17th place at the NYC Half Marathon. The entire race is above. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

New Way to Get E-mailed Updates

I am making some behind the scenes changes so if you have been used to getting e-mail from me from the Spiked Shoe Society site, please go there now and put your e-mail in the new slot on the right side of the page.  Thanks for the minor nuisance. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ben Malone Wins National Champs in 1:49

John Malone's (1981) son won the national championship this week in 1:49 which is the #2 time in US indoor history behind Robby Andrews (who he is also behind in the 1000 meters).  Above is an interview with him.  Malone also set a meet record 4:11.66 to win the 1,600 at the Meet of Champs, ran a 1:49 x anchor for the third place place SM team on Saturday that ran 3:27.11, No. 2 in state history, and he ran a 9:12.02 2 mile at Easterns. More (Picture from Tim O'Dowd '80)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Christo Landry Runs to 2nd at US 15K Champs

It is so nice to see Landry running so well.  After this 13th at the NCAA XC a few years ago he went through a couple of very tough years and now seems to be better than ever.   His second place time was 44:37

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hardin Wins IC4A Title

Josh Hardin won the IC4A title in the 5000 meters in 14:04 to become the 10th fastest in W&M history indoors while Alex McGrath finished in 2nd with a time of 14:07.  Also earning All-East honors was Chris Tyson who finished the mile in 4:06 in 3rd place.   More

At the ECAC meet, three members of the women's team also earned All-East honors.  Elaina Boularis finished 8th in 17:11.46 for eighth place while Christina Lee ran 2:52 in the 1000 meters to finish 7th.  The 4x800 team of Maggie Guiterrez, Olivia Hardin, Katie Guenaga and Michelle Britto also finished 7th in 9:11.  More and more

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Two Earn All-East Honors in the 3K

It has been a while since two W&M runners ran this fast on the same day, but at the IC4A3,000m Run Alex McGrath and Rad Gunzenhauser each ran a lifetime-best to earn All-East honors.  McGrath crossed the line in 8:10.41 for fourth place, the 12th-fastest performance ever at W&M while Gunzenhauser was right behind him in fifth, running 8:10.64 for 13th on the College's fastest times list.  On the all-time athletes ranking, the pair are now eighth and ninth, respectively.  In the mile prelims Chris Tyson led his heat from the gun and won in 4:10.66 to qualify for Sunday's finals.  More

Friday, March 2, 2012