PRTC Weekly: 10/09/2019 (An OTQ, Many PR's, and More)

Jack Saint Clair

$1,000 in travel money for USATF Club XC Nationals is on the line this weekend at the Jack Saint Clair Invitational on Belmont Plateau. This race serves as the Mid-Atlantic Association's XC Championship meet. The winning men and women's team will each receive a $500 grant for use at Club XC Nationals in December at Lehigh. The overall male and female winners will be awarded $50.

We need to field two 5 person teams to win the money. There was talk of other Mid-Atlantic clubs showing up to compete, but that no longer appears to be the case. This makes things very easy. We are only required to have 5 men and 5 women cross the finish line at any pace. The men are all set with enough racers, but we are still seeking to field a scoring women's team. Please sign up (today, before online registration closes) if possible. Visit and search for Jack Saint Clair. Enter "Philadelphia Runner Track Club" before checkout. All grant money will go toward registration for USATF Club XC Nationals and travel/lodging needs.

Race Results

Minneapolis, MN: Jenny Goswami joined the ranks of PRTC's Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers with time to spare at the Twin Cities Marathon. Jenny's time of 2:43:00 beat the required mark of 2:45.00. Jenny placed 12th in the fast women's field as she negative split her way to a 4 minute personal best. Congrats, we'll be cheering for you in Atlanta!

Ivan Runchkin also ran Twin Cities where he had a strong race of his own. His time of 2:47:50 resulted in his second fastest marathon ever as he made his first appearance in the Twin Cities. Nice work!

Jenny Goswami: 2:43:00 (12th)
Ivan Runchkin: 2:47:50 (71st)

Full results here.

Bethlehem, PA: 21 PRTC members traveled to the Paul Short Invitational to get a preview of the USATF Club XC Nationals courses. Saturday had a true cross country feel to it as the runners enjoyed peak fall weather and a fast dry course.

The men's team set the tone for the day as they opened the invitational with the 8k. At least 6 PR's were recorded. Highlights included Greg Morgan's 10th place 24:35, Ryan Herilhy's 24th in 24:52 and 40+ second PR's from David Choi, Chris Hendry, and Chris Mullin. Chris Mateer, "went out like a banshee, splitting under 9:50 at the 2 mile and then held on for dear life." Meanwhile, David had a particularly impressive race and hit a, "Big PR despite a very slow first mile. Really hauled ass after that and just picked up people consistently. Split a 4:58 2nd mile to make up for lost time." The string of strong performances gave great confidence to the group as team goals for Club XC grow ever more ambitious.

After seeing the men record so many PR's, the women were excited to take on the 6k. Highlights from their race included: Carey Celata's top 10 finish in her first XC race in over 5 years. Her time of 21:13 earned 8th overall. Alana Jacaruso ran a stellar 21:52 for 22nd and Shannon McCarthy's 22:06 was good for 31st. Lauren Kelly determined she may actually like cross country as she PR'd with a time of 22:33. Christina Luptak and Faye Hellman partnered up for much of the race pushing Faye to a new PR by over a minute.

Those fortunate enough to have traveled to the race in Max's car then "won brunch" by paying a visit to People's Kitchen where the restaurant lived up to its name. The people shared pancakes, laughter, and even some tears, unsettling at least one waitress in the process.

Can't wait to see what we can do at Club Cross!

Greg Morgan: 24:35 (10th) *
Ryan Herlihy: 24:52 (23rd)
Chris Mullin: 25:03 (36th) *
Chris Mateer: 25:06 (40th) *
Simon Voorhees: 25:21 (58th)
Ethan Hermann: 25:35 (78th) *
David Choi: 25:41 (94th) *
Gavin Gibson: 26:20 (174th)
Greg Olenginski: 26:20 (176th)
Ethan Rissell: 26:23 (183rd)
Kevin Brandon: 26:35 (205th)
Cody Amengual: 26:45 (219th)
Jake O'Donnell: 26:57 (244th) *
Nick Scullin: 27:16 (281st)
Max Krall: 28:54 (444th)

Carey Celata: 21:13 (8th) *
Alana Jacaruso: 21:52 (22nd)
Shannon McCarthy: 22:06 (31st) *
Lauren Kelly: 22:33 (55th) *
Christina Luptak: 23:43 (134th)
Faye Hellman: 23:49 (142nd) *

* = PR

Full results here.

Corning, NY: Timothy Appman took on the Wineglass Half Marathon where he covered the point to point course in a time of 1:16:17. His 5:50 pace effort secured 5th place on an excellent running day. Nice job, Tim!

Timothy Appman: 1:16:17 (5th)

Full results here.

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.


October 12th, 2019Jack Saint Clair XC (Philadelphia, PA)
October 12th, 2019Hartford Marathon (Hartford, CT)
October 13th, 2019Delaware Distance Classic 15k (Delaware City, DE) *
October 13th, 2019Chicago Marathon (Chicago, IL)
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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