2016 Roadrunner Invitational
The Denver Track Club was full of anticipation prior to the 2016 Roadrunner Invitational. We had a very strong performance at Colorado College, and planned to do the same this weekend until the top-ranked University of Colorado (CU Buffs) showed up.
Our goal for the women’s 6k was to disrupt the lead pack of CU runners, and deny them from sweeping all of the top positions. This effort was led by Kirsten Lake who was the Colorado College Invite champion three weeks ago. Kirsten fought hard but began to fade early on from a spell of dizziness, and was forced to retire. Fortunately we had Meghan Curran who quickly took over and led the team with a 6th place finish in 22:17.6. Next to finish was Sophie Galleher who ran aggressively in our battle with the Buffs. Her aggressive strategy paid off because she was able to beat Samantha Barela of Johnson & Wales University for the first time (23:54)! Amy DeSeyn made a huge improvement since our last 6k! She improved her time by three seconds while her previous competitors all slowed down (24:47)! Kate McLaughlin made her DTC debut in 26:14 which put her within striking distance of her 800m peers. Adrienne Boyd and Jacquelyn Myrin both made great progress at the Roadrunner Invitational by improving their pace by 10 seconds per mile (26:47 & 27:26 respectively)! Our newcomer Kelly Stritzinger ran this meet as a time trial, but was able to beat 7 college athletes during our outing (32:49)! Overall our women placed second in the non-Division II category behind the University of Colorado.
Our men’s team has been through a lot this year, but we are back in the game! The men’s effort was led by Naamn Tewelde who had command of the race during the first three miles, but retired early because of chest pain. Josh Stewart raced cross country for the first time this weekend and placed 10th in the non-Division II category (28:24)! Behind Josh Steward was Dylan Anderson who complained of dizziness during the course and was also forced to retire. Ryan Parker ran a smooth race that concluded with an impressive sprint to the finish that closed the gap between himself and a faster group of competitors (29:02). Andrew Halverson and Solomon Argaw both started the race at blistering paces, but later settled into a slower rhythm (29:38 & 30:47 respectively).
Although many of things did not go as planned, with three scratches and three DNF’s, we are more than impressed with the progress that our athletes are making. Great job Denver!
DTC Shines at Colorado College Invitational
Colorado College Invitational:
Our men’s team consisted of Jake Borel of Colorado State University and Dylan Anderson. Borel finished the 8k in 52nd overall in 28:13, and Anderson finished 79th in 30:15
On the women’s side we had Seven Finishers! Kirsten Lake took the overall win in the 6k with a time of 22:22! Meghan Curran placed 5th with a time of 22:45. Sophie Galleher 9th at 23:26. Amy De Seyn 33rd at 24:45. Jenny Riat 53rd at 25:53. Zoe Pagonis 57th at 26:05. Adrienne Boyd is racing herself back into shape after a mild injury–72nd at 27:26. Jacquelyn Myrin experienced a few problems during the race but toughed it out and finished the race–78th 28:02.
Joe Vigil Open Cross Country Invite:
Kenny Rennick represented the DTC at Adams State University this weekend. Rennick finished his 8k in 29th in 28:24.
Lehigh Valley Marathon:
Michelle Kluz jogged her way to an easy Boston Marathon qualifying time during today’s marathon. Kluz reported that the course had some unexpected surprises for her; at one point she was stuck at a train crossing for four minutes. Despite all of the challenges she managed to finish her first marathon bettering the BQ standard by 12 minutes!
Way to go DTC!
Early Spring Race Recap
The Denver Track Club has long-avoided road competitions since it’s creation in 2012 because of a complicated sponsorship. With a new sense of independence, our mission was to become a part of the Denver road racing community. We believe that we have reached our goal during the 2016 Cherry Creek Sneak!
10 Miler: Ian Butler and Yianna Antonopoulos took 1st in the men’s and Women’s 10 Miler! Danielle Schmieder placed 4th (1st AG), Andrew Halverson (2nd AG), and Dyami Rolen placed 5th in his age group!
1.5 Mile Sneak Sprint: Mesfin Ferede established a new course record of 6:46 while averaging 4:30 per mile!
5k: Liz Fassel, Kelsey Desjarlais, Jenny Riat, and Megan Derschang all finished in the lead pack with an impressive 1-2-3-4 finish (respectively) in their Age Group!
The 2016 Horsetooth Half-Marathon was held during a powerful snow storm that left many Coloradans stranded. Undeterred, Matthew Matuszak and Ruth Waller-Liddle braved the brutal conditions and finished in 2nd and third places in the men’s and women’s divisions!
2016 Runnin’ of the Green 7k & USATF Championships
The weekend of 11-13 March was our team’s biggest challenge to date. With the 2016 Indoor Track & Field Championships on the West Coast, the USA Track & Field 15k Championships on the East Coast, and the Runnin’ of the Green in Denver. This was an incredible opportunity for our team to test our mettle and make ourselves known at the local and national elite levels.
2016 USATF Indoor Track & Field Championships
Mark Husted was our team’s representative for the Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Mark started his 800 meter race from the inside lane. This was less than ideal because runners tend to make a bit of contact on the tight 200 meter tracks. In an attempt to prevent himself from getting tangled up with the other runners, he accelerated as hard as he could through the first turn. Despite his efforts to prevent contact, his competitors crashed into him at the breakline and forced him to make the decision to give up his position. Mark was unable to find an opportunity to pass throughout the race and was unable to advance to the finals.
2016 USATF 15K Championships
This year’s 15k Championships were hosted by the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida. Ian Butler had a great start to his 15k, he even carried the lead on many occasions! Although Butler has incredible talent as a runner, his lack of experience with running in the sweltering conditions found in the Eastern United States began to show. His pace eventually slowed but he kept fighting to the point where he nearly became oblivious to what was happening. Butler fought with everything that he had and finished in an impressive 47 minutes, and was 19th overall in the elite field!
The next day when we received him from the airport, his shirt was inside out with deodorant stains. this is further proof that he gave his all and we are proud of him!
2016 Runnin of the Green
The 2016 Runnin’ of the Green didn’t go quite as planned; our elite athletes had USATF Championship commitments and a few athletes were injured or unavailable. Although we had our challenges, our team of young runners all had top 10 finishes at a race that attracts 10,000 runners annually!
Jeo Mendez (4th overall/3rd Age Group)
Micah Dettmer (8th overall/4th Age Group)
Andrew Halverson (23 overall/7th Age Group)
Taylor Nowlin (7th overall/3rd Age Group)
Jen Riat (17th overall/ 6th Age Group)
Superbowl Weekend Race Report
Last weekend was a successful week for Denver’s sports teams; the Broncos won the Superbowl and the DTC had scores of wins and top finishes!
2016 Frank Sevigne Invitational (Nebraska)
Mark Husted placed third overall in an elite 800m race!
2016 Superbowl 5k (Denver)
Sophia Galleher cruised to an easy first place finish prior to hitting the track for 400m repeats.
2016 Super Half-Marathon (Colorado Springs)
Olivia Long is slowly getting herself back into race shape after a long bout with persistent injuries. Amazingly, she placed 14th overall overall! She’s back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
USATF Mid-America Regional Championships (Colorado Springs)
Although we are in the middle of our NCAA competition season, we could not pass up the opportunity to support our local track community; and get a good workout from it.
-800m: Mesfin Ferede opened up the meet for us with a turbine-smooth 800m and a clean win! On the women’s side, Ruth Waller took the win, Taylor Nowlin ran cautiously but still got third, and Rae Moreland fought off an aggressive Colorado College runner to secure 5th place.
-60m: This meet allowed athletes to do standing starts so Badger decided to see how well his 800m starting form would hold against sprinters in blocks. As the gun fired, his first step was predictably bad, but he eventually caught up to his rival and beat him!
-1500m: Ferede was back in action for another smooth win! Dan Spale won his Masters Age group with a blistering 4:48! Ruth placed first, Taylor second, and Rae finished in sixth!
-200m: Ferede took 2nd overall with a time that’s competitive with his outdoor efforts! It is going to be a great year for him!
-3000m: Taylor led the women’s 3000m with a great looking race, but we could tell that she was tired at this point. Jenny Riat was new to track and field and this was her first track event! She stayed strong for a mid-pack finish!
400m: Ferede again, of course… Up against some tough competition, Mesfin pushed as hard as he could, but was not able to defeat the well-rested runners at this point in the meet. Mesfin came in third place!
4x250m: Badger and Ferede could not find teammates to help them with the relay so they decided to try and win it with two people. After gaining a 30 meter lead, the team retired from P1. Our distance women did a great job holding off the female sprinters from Colorado College, but after a heavy day of racing the best we could do was 2nd place in the event.
DTC earned a total of 14 medals at this event! Great effort team!