PRTC Weekly: 10/21/2019 (Double Edition and More)

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Race Results

Chicago, IL: This year's Chicago Marathon brought a deep dish worth of PR's and strong performances across the board for PRTC.

Matt Herzig lowered his PR to 2:17:01 for 37th place as the Olympic Trials quickly approach. We can't wait to see him appear in Atlanta! Craig Eppler followed Matt with a PR of his own as he ran 2:47:13 for 549th while Ben Nieto recorded a 2:49:37 for 701st.

Bethany Clark achieved her long-held goal of breaking 3 hours as she raced alongside her husband Sean. Her 2:58:41 broke the mark by a sizeable margin and earned her 178th place. Jess Smith claimed a PR as well as she ran to a 3:08:54 finish for 343rd. Becca Nichols (racing for two!) ran a 3:49:15. Congrats to all our Chicago finishers!

Matt Herzig: 2:17:01 (37th) *
Craig Eppler: 2:47:13 (549th) *
Ben Nieto: 2:49:37 (701st)

Bethany Clark: 2:58: 41 (178th) *
Jessica Smith: 3:08:54 (343rd) *
Becca Nichols: 3:49:15 (3,435th)

Full results here. * = PR

Hartford, CT: Jason Ayr traveled to New England to take on the Hartford Marathon. He ran a very even race hovering around the low 5:20's throughout. Jason's time earned him 6th overall and he took 1st in the 30-34 age group. Nice work!

Jason Ayr: 2:21:12 (6th)

Full results here.

Schenectady, NY: While the world was consumed with Kipchoge and discussion of Chicago, Zach Smith, Josh Hibbs and Sam Roecker ventured north to test their fitness at the Mohawk Hudson Half Marathon.

After a scenic drive through what can only be described as idyllic fall foliage in the Catskills and the distinct odor of Hemp farms, they landed in the Empire State’s capital. Tempted by the breweries they had inadvertently planned their lodging near, they abstained (mostly) and remained vigilant to the task at hand.

Race morning brought a welcome chill to the air with near-perfect race conditions. Despite projections of a relatively slim competitive field, they were met with an unexpectedly large contingent of familiar Garden State TC members and knew they were in for a race. After a slow, strange and winding first mile through a local park, they were after it.

True to description, the course was fast and scenic. Josh was able to hold onto 3rd place in his fastest half since 2016 in 67:46. This all while ‘training through’ for CIM and capping off a 100 mile week.

Zach came looking to improve on his PR and didn’t disappoint. He came through in the front of a pack of 1:14 guys with a shiny new PR (1:14:30) for 14th.

Sam Roecker, in her usual fashion, made it look easy and dominated the women’s field, winning by nearly a minute and breaking her own course record in the process (1:16:58).

Josh Hibbs: 1:07:46 (3rd)
Zach Smith: 1:14:30 (14th) *
Sam Roecker: 1:16:58 (1st)

Full results here. * = PR

Philadelphia, PA: The Jack Saint Clair Invitational was held on Belmont Plateau per tradition and PRTC showed up in force. With Club XC Nationals travel money on the line, the team fielded two full squads and took care of business.

Chris Mateer battled for the overall win and led the way for the men as he arrived 1st across the line for PRTC. He was quickly followed by Alexis, Kevin, David, and Alex who all scored points in the team competition, which PRTC won handily.

After much last-minute cajoling, PRTC's women formed an excellent XC squad just in time to take the USATF Mid-Atlantic XC Championship title. Christine Eisenberg won the meet in 23:16 followed by Jess, Lauren, Maura, and newcomer Emma Lonlewski who all played a huge role in us securing the win and the all-important funding. Many thanks to all!

Post-race PRTC reaped the rewards of winning both the USATF and team competitions along with a few age groups. This resulted in an abundance of prizes including a trophy, coffee cups, and water bottles.

Chris Mateer: 27:32 (3rd)
Alexis Geslin: 27:45 (4th)
Kevin Brandon: 27:47 (5th)
David Choi: 27:55 (6th)
Alex Predhome: 27:58 (7th)
Cody Amengual: 28:22 (12th)
Joe Binder: 29:13 (23rd)
Max Krall: 30:59 (47th)

Christine Eisenberg: 23:16 (1st)
Jessica Fragola: 24:53 (9th)
Lauren Kelly: 25:32 (14th)
Maura Ryan: 26:35 (29th)
Emma Lonlewski: 28:16 (48th)

Full results here.

Wilmington, DE: The Delaware Distance Classic 15k was held on a new course this year and brought with it some fast times.

Dylan Gearinger scored a PR and new club record with a nice solo effort of 45:34. Simon Voorhees followed in 47:41 for 2nd with Ethan Rissel and Jake O'Donnell next in at 51:13 and 51:15, respectively. Evan Skalski ran 56:17 for 12th place as all of our runners recorded PR's on the day. Lauren Kelly placed 3rd overall in the women's field with a smart 57:13. She was joined by Bridget Gottlieb who ran 1:02:48 for 14th. Nice work, everyone!

Dylan Gearinger: 45:34 (1st) * +
Simon Voorhees: 47:41 (2nd) *
Ethan Rissell: 51:13 (5th) *
Jake O'Donnell: 51:15 (6th) *
Evan Skalski: 56:17 (12th) *

Lauren Kelly: 57:13 (3rd) *
Bridget Gottlieb: 1:02:48 (14th) *

Full results here. * = PR + = Club Record

Philadelphia, PA: Blair Biggin ran the classic Yards Brewery 5,000 Yards Dash. His time of 16:02 was good for 3rd overall and a new PR at the "unusual 5,000 Yard distance". Congrats Blair!

Blair Biggin: 16:02 (3rd) *

Full results here. * = PR

Warminster, PA: Paul Matuszak sent in an "obscure race result" from the Jacksons Hero's 5k in Warminster. While supporting the high school team he coaches (Archbishop Ryan) he jumped in the 5k. Reports indicate he, "chilled at 5:00 for the opening mile before cranking it up a little." He completed the race in 15:08 for the win. Nice showing!

Paul Matuszak: 15:08 (1st)

Full results here.

Philadelphia, PA: Ethan Hermann won the inaugural Mummers 4 Mile Run organized by our good friend Chris Naimoli. For context, Ethan's time of 19:49 is a very high 85.3 age-graded score. His sub-5 minute pace bodes well for the remainder of the season. Congrats!

Ethan Hermann: 19:49 (1st)

Full results here.

Wayne, PA: Meredith Unger represented PRTC at the Dan's Down Dog 5k. Meredith covered the hilly course in 19:45 as she enjoyed great weather and pace support from some familiar training partners. Her time marked a jump in fitness from previous races and earned 2nd place and 1st female master. Great work!
Meredith Unger: 19:45 (2nd)
Full results here.
North Wales, PA: Daryl Santiago took on the Laurel House 5k Against Domestic Violence as a follow up to his fall marathon. Daryl's 19:09 won the event and he successfully proved his post 26.2 mile fitness and helped a great cause in the process.
ResultsDaryl Santiago: 19:09 (1st)
Full results here.
Ocean City, NJ: A trio of PRTC women took on the Ocean City Marathon and Half this past weekend with great success.
Margaret Vido scored some local press as she ran one last marathon before taking on the Olympic Trials in Atlanta. "It was exciting to win,” said Vido, a 28-year-old resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania. I’ve been to Atlantic City a few times, but I never ran here before. The Boardwalk didn’t feel too different from the road (the race moves to the road in Margate and Longport). It was nice to have the half marathon at the same time because there were more people around. A couple of the girls from my track club (the Philadelphia Runner Track Club) were in that race.” Margaret won the women's race by more than 24 minutes and recorded a PR of several seconds. Great race!

Stephanie Fulmer also took to the boardwalk, but in the half marathon distance. She too claimed an overall win. Her 1:22:34 was nearly a new PR at this still-early point in the season. A great result from all the work she's put in!
ResultsMargaret Vido: 2:42:46 (1st) *Steph Fulmer: 1:22:34 (1st)
Full results here. * = PR

Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races

Tuesday: 6:15 PM warm-up at Franklin Field. Workouts start at 6:30 PM. Check Slack for pace partners!

Sunday: Long run at 9:00 AM from Lloyd Hall.


November 3rd, 2019Marshall Half Marathon (Huntington, WV)
November 3rd, 2019New York Marathon (New York, NY)
November 3rd, 2019Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge (Camden, NJ) *
November 23rd, 2019Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 23rd, 2019Rothman 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 24th, 2019Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2019California International Marathon (Sacramento, CA)
December 14th, 2019USATF Club XC Nationals (Bethlehem, PA)
February 29th, 2020US Olympic Team Trials - Marathon (Atlanta, GA)

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