Wednesday, October 07, 2015
UMD Women fourth. MSU Moorhead 27th, and Winona State tied for 31st#NCAAD2 Women 1 @HillsdaleTrack 2 @ASUGrizzlies 3 @GVSU_XC_TF 4 @UMDTFCC 5 @ChicoStateTrack http://t.co/Cp9eOc4lU2 pic.twitter.com/nJEM0Oc0VD— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) October 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Coach Mark Wetmore was asked what impressed him he said: “Immediately, Ryan Forsyth comes to mind. He looked really good. He would have not been a contender for our top seven a year ago and he looked like it today. The two freshmen that ran unattached, Johnny Dressel and Joe Klecker looked good enough that we’ll have a difficult decision on their redshirts. Connor Winter made a big step. Of the returning varsity guys, he came down almost 30 seconds from year ago.
Better organized HERE.Team titles for both squads at Victoria Lions. Good thing they're fast, they can't even organize for a picture pic.twitter.com/vj58ourQLP— Edina Cross Country (@EdinaXC) October 7, 2015
You are looking at 5 guys ranked in the top 10 racing against each other in Chaska. The big showdown is in a month. pic.twitter.com/uvFtRtwc8R— Lance Elliott (@LanceRunsALot) October 7, 2015
St. Olaf first, St. Thomas fourth, St. John's sixth, Gustavus seventh, and Carleton eighth in men's.ICYMI Check out the newest #NCAAD3 XC Regional Rankings that came out earlier today! MORE: http://www.ustfccca.org/2015/10/featured/trio-of-new-no-1-teams-in-latest-ncaa-dii-regional-rankings pic.twitter.com/Du1YenZk5i— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) October 7, 2015
Women's: Carleton first, St. Olaf second, St. Thomas third, St. Ben's fifth, and Carleton eighth
MSU Moorhead tenth in the men's Central Region rankings.New #NCAAD2 XC Regional Rankings are out! Check them out here: http://t.co/acCE1wSJtu pic.twitter.com/LmxrYHw4uR— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) October 6, 2015
UMD 1, U-Mary 4th, MSU Moorhead 4th, and Winona State 8th in women's.
|Mason Ferlic NCAA DI male Athlete of the Week|
NCAA DIVISION I MEN – Mason Ferlic, Michigan
.@mndailysports heard from @LizBERK & @JamiePieps to recap the #Gophers' race at Louisville. http://t.co/w8XQGcVdPj pic.twitter.com/jhY7wfb308— Minnesota W TrackCC (@GopherWCCTF) October 6, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Gopher women second, men sixth in Midwest RegionTONS of movement in newest #NCAAD1 XC Regional Rankings. FOUR new No. 1 teams! MORE: http://t.co/NgRG3Fj6eS pic.twitter.com/tmoPEdYMpt— USTFCCCA (@USTFCCCA) October 5, 2015
2. Michael Mitchell Blake
3. Michael Schwinghamer Mora
4. John Roth Lake Crystal WM/N
5. Carl Kozlowski Lake City
6. Alec Sanbeck Mora
7. John Hall Milaca
8. Mike Suda Pipestone Area
9. Hunter Kjelshus Perham
10 Matt Steiger LaCrescent
11 Jake Paron CookCounty/TwoHarbors
12 Kurt Tebeest Montevideo
1. Grace Ping Cotter
2. Anna Donnay Eden Valley-Watkins/K
3. Hannah Truninger Watertown Mayer
4. Morgan Ritcher Breck
5. Madison Schandelmeier Luverne
6. Erika Fox Car lton
7. Rebecca Wilkin Trinity of River Ridge
8. Brynan Covington Perham
9. Elizabeth Schlafke Annandale
10 Allie Bodin Holy Family Catholic
11 Brook Wedin Mora
12 Ellie Nelson Roseau
Sunday, October 04, 2015
The first runner off the starting line was the only one to take down a record. In the 10-Mile, the women start first and the men took off about six and a half minutes after the women. The first runner who crosses the finish line in front of the State Capitol wins their gender category and the "equalizer bonus." Late entrant 2012 Olympian Molly Huddle bolted off the starting line determined not only to win the race, but to make sure that none of the men starting later could make up the "handicap."
|Molly Huddle said her strategy for winning the equalizer bonus was to get so far ahead|
that the men chasing her could not see her on the horizon in front. Douse any incentive they
might get from seeing her up ahead. Photo by Gene Niemi
Track fans who watched this year's 10,000 meters or the endless replays afterward of Huddle raising her arms in celebration of the bronze medal she was going to earn for placing third. Huddle didn't realize that by slowing down with the premature celebration she allowed another American, Emily Infeld, to pass her to take away that medal.
Nobody was going to surprise Huddle on Sunday. Huddle said after winning the race and the equalizer bonus that she thought running faster than Kara Goucher's course record of 53:16 would win the woman's race and the equalizer. She also believed she was capable of running 52 minutes plus. Her first miles were 5:15 and 5:10 up the steepest hill on the course.
She "negative split" the race running 26:01 for the first five miles and 25:43 for the second, averaging 5:11 per mile to break Goucher's record by a minute and 32 seconds with a time of 51:44. That is the fastest 10 mile ever run by an American, but it won't count as an American record because the TC 10-Mile course is laid out "point-to-point" going from a higher elevation to a lower one thus it is not "record eligible" because it has more downhill than uphill, which means the performance could be deemed aided by the advantage given by the downhills.
The other hurdle to getting a record ratified is that the runner who ran a record eligible time must be drug tested soon after the race. So, a testing crew was notified and was going to meet her at the airport to get a test done, just in case something was overlooked and further examination of the course reveals it to be record eligible and her time would replace Cathy O'Brien's record of 51:47 set in 1989.
There was no ambiguity in the men's or women's TC Marathon. The only woman who had a fast enough PR to challenge Semenova's course record, Kenya's Sarah Kiptoo(2:26:31 PR), couldn't match or run faster than her best on Sunday and finished fourth in 2:35:25. In front of her were two Ethiopians and a Kenyan, none of whom had broken two hours and 30 minutes for the marathon.
After the race, the woman's winner, Serkalem Abrha, from Ethiopia, sat on a chair in the press tent her head in her hands. She wasn't weeping in disappointment, but with joy as not only had she won the three woman battle for first between her and runner-up Jane Kibii of Kenya, and Ethiopia's Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel, Abrha had run a personal best of 2:31:40, four seconds faster than Kibii and a minute four second gap to Yeshanbel.
Yeshanbel could no longer keep up with Abrha and Kibii by mile 25 and lost all that time between her and the other two in the last 1.2 miles. Kibii hung on until the final meters of the race despite a dodgy hamstring and late in the race, a pain radiating from the bottom of her left foot. Kibii thought that the foot pain came from favoring her tight hamstring, and she felt she needed to wait until the very last strides of the race to make any effort toward passing Abrha.
By then Abrha had already started her kick and opened a gap that couldn't be closed.
In the men's marathon three Kenyans had run faster than Coppess' record: The two Grandma's champions, 2014 winner and course recordholder for Grandma's, Pius Dominic Ondoro, and his training partner, this year's Grandma's winner, Elisha Kiprop Barno, and Abraham Chelanga. Neither Ondoro or Barno were willing to push the pace from the start out of fear that if they spent too much energy early in the race, they would pay for it later.
So the pace languished through the half marathon that the trio reached in 1:07:12. Knowing that was 2:14 marathon pace, Ondoro went from running 5:04 miles to 4:52s. They maintained the 4:52 pace up the hills from the transition from the East River Blvd. to Summit Avenue. Chelanga was far back in the rear view mirror and when Ondoro cranked off a 4:36 for mile 23 he broke away from Barno and the race for first was over.
Despite a huge negative split on the second half of the race (1:04:04) and a 29 minute plus last 10K, Coppess' record survived another year. As Ondoro was resting after the race in the press tent he was asked if the delicate looking necklace with a crucifix on it was his good luck charm. "Yes, I am Catholic," thus his first two names, Pius Dominic. Maybe he needs to say a few more prayers next year. With their success at Grandma's and Twin Cities, both Ondoro and Barno spoke enthusiastically about running both Minnesota races again and taking another shot at the record.
Hussein set both of his other US Masters records at Twin Cities. He's won the open men's title twice, and the US Masters title five times, also all at Twin Cities. The only thing that kept him from number six was a great performance by a new Master, 40-year old Coloradan Clint Wells. Sweat pouring off him in the press tent after the race Wells acknowledged that it took everything he had to hold to off Mbarak by eight seconds.
"I was dying," said Wells. "All I was trying to do was get to the finish."
"You ran the whole race by yourself," Hussein said to Wells as the pair did a postmortem on their races. Wells had opened a 48 second lead on Hussein by halfway and that lead expanded to one minute and eight seconds by 21 miles. The lead was still a minute and one second by mile 24. Those last two miles were agony for Wells and a realization by Hussein that he wasn't out of the battle for first.
Wells was running 5:54 miles for the last 2.2 miles of the race, while Mbarack could see that he was gaining with almost every step. Hussein averaged 5:29 for those final 2.2 miles, and as he was gaining, he said to Wells while chuckling: "I was saying 'don't turn around.' Then you turned around."
"Yeah," Wells said. "I knew you were coming. I could hear the crowd clapping and cheering and the cheers were getting closer, so I knew somebody was coming." In the end, Wells held it together and Mbarak ran out of real estate. "I didn't have confidence in my fitness," said Hussein. Wells may have had an inflated view of his, but was still able to "grind it out" as top tennis players often say when their game is off yet they still manage to win the big points and the match.
|Mbarak Hussei and Josh Metcalf passing from Lake Harriet|
Photo by Gene Niemi
Just as impressive was the fact that Masters runners took five of the top twelve in the Open men's race. Wells led the group to the finish in eighth overall, followed by Hussein, Josh Metcalf, Steven Muturi, and Jason Ryf.
Hussein is not only aware of what's happening in the Masters. When the Griak Invitational was mentioned during a casual conversation at the TCM expo, he said how amazed he was to read the stories about 7th grader Grace Ping winning the High School girl's Gold race. "A 12 year old winning that race, setting World Records," he said. Ping's exploits impressed him, probably as much as his own would impress Ping.
|Masters men's winner Clint Wells heading for the finish. Photo by Gene Niemi|
|Mbarak Hussein trying to catch Wells. Photo by Gene Niemi|
|Third place Masters finisher Josh Metcalf|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Jessica Monson(127) and Liz Turner|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Men's winner Pius Dominic Ondoro showing|
the strain of a blzing fast last 10K.
Photo byGene Niemi
|The race is on for first between Kenya's Jane Kibii(108) and Ethiopia's|
Serkalem Abrha(132) Photo by Gene Niemi
|Abrha won the final sprint to the line by four seconds.|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Molly Huddle in flight to a new course record in the TC 10.|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Kara Goucher finished 11th|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Meghan Peyton(20122)on her way to 17th place.|
Photo by Gene Niemi
|Tyler Pennel(center) tries to break away from Sam Chelanga(20004)|
and Dathan Ritzenhein(20001). Photo by Gene Niemi
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Life is good for Hanna Grinaker, She has a great new job that she likes. Her relationships are good, and she has friends and family who care about her.
"I'm in a good place," she said, which may sound strange since she hasn't run for nearly a month, and a hip injury that did not respond to rest and treatment forced her to scrap her plans to debut in the marathon in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday.
There will be other marathons," she said while watching the runners flow through the finish chute at last weekend's Griak Invitational. And she's overcome setbacks like this before.
|Hanna Grinaker at the 2015 Griak Invitational|
|Grinaker running in Foot Locker in High School.courtesy of Photo Run|
|Grinaker after the finish of the2013 Fargo Half-Marathon|
Photo by Jill Ockhardt
5K Results are HEREWhat weekend off?! @EricColvin1 wins the TC5K (@tcmarathon) with six #Gophers in the top-10. http://t.co/hDcbOacm3J pic.twitter.com/ACO3BT7ZDk— Minnesota M CC/TF (@GopherMCCTF) October 3, 2015
10K results HERE
Top 20 boys and girls finishers at today's Willmar Glacial Lakes XC races. Hopkins boys and Marshall girls take 1st pic.twitter.com/5KWkuvpc8U— Willmar Athletics (@cardsathletics) October 3, 2015
Friday, October 02, 2015
About five days a week, Shannon Bergstedt gets dressed in her running closes and heads out through San Francisco's Presidio. The Hopkins High School stand out takes different routes, one has her going over and back on the Golden Gate Bridge with it's breathtaking view of the bay.
|Bergstedt(192) climbing a hill at the front of the pack in high school.|
A quick shower and breakfast, then it's into the car for the hour commute to Menlo Park in Silicon Valley, to the offices of Evidation Health, a health tech start up. Bergstedt was the second employee hired by the company that is backed by GE Ventures and Stanford Health Care. In the past year as the company was getting ready to launch, she has worked in operations, payroll, marketing, and sales, to name a few "real world" tasks necessary for transforming a dream into a "living, breathing" enterprise.
Though it's demanding, it's also a welcome shift from mostly academic pursuits. The road she took to get to Evidation. Five years of under grad and grad school at Stanford, plus another two years getting her MBA at Harvard. Mixed in with that was a stint at Cardio DX, a cardiovascular genomic diagnostics company where Bergstedt was an associate product manager.
Just as in elite level track and cross country, the life of an entrepreneur can be all consuming. Bergstedt feels she's at a time in her life when she could absorb those demands. "No family to support. Not tied to one place. Able to take the risks of embarking on a new venture in that part of the US that is the incubator for those willing to take that journey,
She brought her road bike to California, as well as a wet suit in case she wanted to take a dip in the Bay. Sports/exercise have always been her release. Running is easy, you just step out the door and there is a world to explore. And she likes to compete. "I started racing in 7th grade," Bergstedt said.
Running has taken on a new role now. It isn't a competitive outlet now, it's for fun. A series of stress fractures quashed any thoughts of staying with high level competition. Former Stanford coach Dena Evans had coached a Team USA type group that Bergstedt was a part of for awhile, but her body couldn't handle it. Serious racing was not an option.
|Running with the Stanford pack.|
Doing a marathon some day remained a goal, however. The stress fractures left a fear that she couldn't do the training, the long runs necessary to make that 26.2 mile journey a comfortable challenge, rather than an exercise in pain management. During the two years in Boston at Harvard, Bergstedt was able to watch the Boston Marathon. She had been in the finish line area on the day of the bombing.
Bergstedt left that area about 15 minutes prior to when the bombs went off. She became aware of what had happened when she started getting messages from friends asking where she was and was she OK as she rode in a cab back to the Harvard campus. Some day, she does want to run Boston.
Her choice for attempting a first marathon though was Twin Cities. Her parents and grandparents are in the area and will be out on the course to cheer her on. "The goal is to finish," Bergstedt says. "Finish and feel good and want to run another one when I can train a little more seriously. Maybe run Grandma's or Chicago(flatter courses where getting a qualifying time for Boston is more likely)."
|Bergstedt in corporate mode|
Thursday, October 01, 2015
|Hannah(left) and Iris Borowsky strolling in Zion National Park|
|The 2011 Hopkins 4 by 800 team psyching up before the final|
|Borowsky runs 2:12.13 in the open 800 heats, edging eventual|
champion Haylie Zenner of Fergus Falls. Hannah was third in the final
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|McKenzie Melander(left) and Lindsey Anderson Solheim(right)|
Like many of the male athletes who were her contemporaries, Melander began running in high school as a way to stay in shape for her first choice of sports, hockey. She had the desire to be hockey player, but not the physique. She was too small and by her junior year at Eastview HS she began to blossom in her second sport.
Melander finished third in the MSHSL cross country championships that year and went on to win a Big Ten championship in the 5K at the University of Iowa. That caught the attention of Team USA Minnesota, who asked her if she was interested in joining their group. She was intrigued about exploring the "professional runner" option, but was also committed to preparing for a more traditional work career.
|Melander running in high school|
When Pat Goodwin of Team USA Minnesota approached her about the possibility, Melander started to consider the about life as a pro runner: "Maybe this is an option," she said, Shortly after joining the team Merlander qualified to run as a member of the US team that ran the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Team Challenge in January of 2013. That turned out to be the high point of her brief experiment at juggling a Masters degree program and the training/racing demands of an elite runner.
"Unfortunately with school I just had too much on my plate," Melander said. Something had to go, and it really wasn't that tough a choice. Masters degree or taking a chance on the "starving artist" route available to any aspiring Olympic athlete. High school standouts, such as Alan Webb and Mary Cain, could parlay their athletic talent into a contract big enough to pay for college and potentially beyond if they blossomed into Olympians and future Olympic and/or World Championship medallists Even for them, however, the risk was high and the payoff minimal.
If you won an NCAA individual championship, as did Elk River and Boise State's Emma Bates did in the 10K, the most one could expect is a spot in a training group and maybe a shoe company willing to invest for a short period of time in your athletic future. Melander didn't fit either of those profiles. Faced with a choice Melander took the traditional career path, but didn't abandon running.
"My goal was not to run as much, but to do other things to keep myself fit," she said. Yoga, bar classes, augmented with running, accomplished that. She had a "training partner" in former Iowa teammate Lindsay Anderson Solheim, who wasalso completing a Master Degree in speech pathology. The pair lived near Lake Calhoun. "We could walk out and watch the marathon," Merlander said. " We did a lot of running around the Lakes, so we're familiar with that part of the course."
In July they signed up for the race. "It's something different," said Melander, who was primarily a 5 and 10K runner in college. She has a training plan set up by her boyfriend. She's run three long runs(one 22 miler, the other two 20 miles each). Melander has set a target time of around three hours, but she's not running for time, but rather to enjoy the experience.