PRTC Weekly: 05/15/2018 Last Chance, Down the Shore, and More

Recent Race Results

This week's race results are partially brought to us by Colin McGrath. He authored our Swarthmore recap as I drove some of the team back from the track around 12 AM. Thanks for the great write up Colin!

Swarthmore, PA: Greetings friends,

Summer is drawing near, and the track is hot baby!  PRTC took a Monday night journey down to Swarthmore for its season-closing invitational meet.

Christine Eisenberg ran a commanding race, winning the steeple chase, and closed with a blazing 76 second last lap to bring home a new club record of 10:28.12! She took down Claire Duncan’s long-standing, 12-year old record of 10:41.887. Sorry Claire!

Colin Leak was next up. He stepped down to the 1500, running 3:58 with strong last lap to take second in his heat. He was supported by Coach Juli Benson, Philadelphia Runner extraordinaire Liz Pagonis, and his new 10 week-old puppy along with PRTC. 

Lauren Kelly ran a season best of 18:09 in the 5k. She ran a courageous race, hammering the early laps, coming through 1600 at around 5:30. She realized afterwards that the first mile was “too quick,” but she held on to finish strong.

Honorary mention to the Lil’ Bear Track Club, represented by Kent Pecorra, who rocked an 8:45 in the steeple. Kent won by a nail-biting margin, edging his opponent by one second. Kent also performed some highly appreciated pacing work in the men’s 5k that soon followed, helping to carry Colin McGrath and Chris Mateer through 3200 at a fine clip.

Speaking of Colin M. and Chris, Colin ran a 5k best of 15:13. Chris ran 15:37. The two CMs stared out strong, and worked together to roll through 1600 in 4:45, and 3k on their target pace of 8:59ish. The humidity soon took its toll, and the pair fell off pace soon after.

Jeff Young followed in the next heat of the 5k. He wowed the spectators by running a smart race, dropping a 20-second PR of 15:45. He started out patient, settling into the back of the pack, and held steady as the jackhammers up front started dropping off mid-race. It was certainly a day where the spoils went to the wise!

The night ended with pizza that the team ranked at 2 to 2.5 stars at best, though Chris found the cheese chicken rather remarkable, rating it a solid 4.5 stars (and best of the Philly region)! Kevin’s chicken salad sandwich drew snickers and chortles, but he stood by his selection, reporting that it was “quite good.”

Up next: Colin M and Steve Hallman run the Buffalo Marathon, and much more! Stay tuned.

Christine Eisenberg: 10:28.12 (1st / 3k Steeplechase)
Colin Leak: 3:58 (49th / 1500)
Lauren Kelly: 18:09 (25th / 5k)
Colin McGrath: 15:13 (41st / 5k)
Chris Mateer: 15:37 (67th / 5k)
Jeff Young: 15:45 (78th / 5k)

Full results here.

Cape May, NJ: Breandan Lyman and Josh Hibbs went "Down the Shore" to race the 39th Annual Great Cape May 5k & 10k. They each won their respective races. Josh took first in the 10k with a 31:57 finish while Breandan claimed the 5k title in 17:24. The dual wins were good for a bit of prize money. Hard to beat a paid trip to the beach! Nice work guys.

Josh Hibbs: 31:57 (1st / 10k)
Breandan Lyman: 17:24 (1st / 5k)

Full results here.

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Upcoming Runs, Events, & Races

Tuesday: 6:30 PM at Roxbourgh HS if track work is needed. Email workout lists to coordinate run with other club members. Franklin Field is unavailable due to Penn's graduation.

Wednesday: Run to Mayor's Cup Pep Rally & Early Registration. Event is from 5:30 to 8:30 at Philadelphia Brewing Company. First 50 attendees will receive a free beer. All who register for the race on-site will earn a $5 discount.

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

May 17th, 2018Widener Last Chance Track Meet (Chester, PA)
June 2nd, 2018Scott Coffee Run (Moorestown, NJ) *
August 11th, 2018Mayor's Cup (Philadelphia, PA)
August 26th, 2018The Philly 10k (Philadelphia, PA)
September 9th, 2018Main Line Run (Wayne, PA) *
September 29th, 2018Paul Short XC Invite (Lehigh, PA)
October 6th, 2018Jack Saint Clair XC Invite (Philadelphia, PA)
October 7th, 2018Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
November 4th, 2018Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k (Camden, NJ) *
November 17th, 2018Philadelphia Half Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 17th, 2018Rothman Institute 8k (Philadelphia, PA) *
November 18th, 2018Philadelphia Marathon (Philadelphia, PA) *
December 8th, 2018USATF Club XC Nationals (Spokane, WA)

* Denotes USATF Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix Event