Sunday, October 19, 2014

News: Mankato Marathon; Blankenship; Pennel;

Mankato Marathon weekend results for 10K, half marathon, and marathon are HERE.  5K results are HERE.

Ben Blankenship to run in the Kansas Road Mile on November 9, 2014 HERE.
Interview with Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 2014 men's champion Tyler Pennel HERE

Boy's HS Class A XC Rankings

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION
CLASS A RANKINGS
October 20
TEAMS                         
1.       Martin County West                        
2.       Glencoe/Silver Lake                  .
3.       Holy Family Catholic                    
4.       Perham                                    
5.       Mora                               
6.       Waseca                                    
7        Holdingford                               
8.       Lake City                                  
9.       Minnehaha Academy                          
10.     LaCrescent                     
11.     St. Cloud Cathedral                                   
12      Jordan                                      

INDIVIDUALS
1.      Shane Streich,12,        Waseca 
2.      Ephraim Bird , 12,        Minnehaha Academy
3.      Isaac Overmyer,12,     Park Rapids
4.      Evan Ferlic,12,            Mound Park Academy
5.      Connor Schank,11,     Howard Lake/Waverly/W
6.      Andrew Zachman,12,   Holdingford
7.      Mike Destache,12,      St. Paul Academy
8.      Zack Emery,10,          LaCrescent
9.      Billy Bessman,12,         Perham
10.    Ben Burgett,12,            Willmar Community Christian
11.    Jonah Mayo,12,         Martin County West
12.    Reed Melicher,12,       Eveleth-Gilbert


                   

Girl's HS Class A XC Rankings

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION
CLASS A RANKINGS
October 20
TEAMS                    
1.       Trinity of River Ridge            
2.       Annandale                            
3.       Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB                      
4.       Perham                              
5.       Waseca                                    
6.       St. Paul Academy                  
7.       Dover-Eyota                                      
8.       Fairmont                                   
9.       Lanesboro/Fillmore Central          
10.     Holdingford                               
11.     Belle Plaine   
12.     Martin County West           

INDIVIDUALS
1.       Emily Donnay,12,                   EdenValley-Watkins/K
2.       Theresa Mueller,12,               Trinity of River Ridge
3.       Madison Schandelmeier,10,   Luverne Area  
4.       Alaysia Freetly,12,                 Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB
5.       Mary Naas,12,                      St. Paul Academy
6.       Beth Stevermer,9,                 United South Central
7.       Janessa Meulener,12,             Belle Plaine
8.       Anna Donnay,10,                  Eden Valley-Watkins/K
9.       Tierney Winter,11,                WEM-JWP
10.     Elizabeth Schlafke,11,            Annandale
11.     Marissa Carlson,12,               Bagley/Fosston
12.     Jessica Christoffer,9,             Jackson County Central

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oshkosh AAE Invitational Results; UMD 2nd in Team Race, Rivard 3rd Individual

UMD women take second in the 6K team race, Samatha Rivard third in individaul race in 20:59.  Team scores are HERE, DIII team scores are HERE. Individual race results are HERE.

In the men's race, Hart Horner lead Carlton to a thirteenth place finish(ninth among DIII teams) by placing ninth in 24:47.1.  Men's 8Koverall team results are HERE, DIII team scores are HERE. individual results HERE.

Mac's Kimber Meyer 4th, Winona State 2nd in Team Competition at Tori Neubauer Invitational

Macalester's Kimber Meyer finished fourth in the individual race and Winona State took second in the team competition at the Tori Neubauer Invitational on Saturday in Ettrick, WI.  Full results are HERE.

Wintheiser 3rd, Gopher Men Win Team Title at Jim Drews Invitational

St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser finished third and the University of Minnesota men won the team title at the Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday.  Full results are HERE.

Battle Creek Challenge 8K XC Early Results

Top 22 at Battle Creek


Eric Johnson(first Master on left) and Stephanie Price(on the right) finish
the Battle Creek Challenge 8K.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sportsmanship

Yesterday's news bits had the story of the high school runner, Melanie Bailey,  who carried another runner, Danielle LeNoue, during a race because LeNoue was injured.  More on the story plus video is HERE.

Wisconsin adidas Invite: Men

The Gopher men finished 20th with 486 points.  Aaron Bartnik placed 30th 24:11, Adam Zutz was 83rd in 24:31, Blaine Dulian was 108th in 24:41, Christian Skaret 134th in 24:51, Obsa Ali in 145th in 24:57, Charlie Lawrence 186th in 25:15, and Alex Brend 224th in 25:57.  Gopher summary is HERE.

Mason Ferlic(Michigan/Mounds Park Academy) finished 12th in 23:59. Michael VanVoorhis(Wisconsin/St. Paul Central) was 13th in 24:02.

Edina grad Will Burke(Michigan/Edina) placed 24th in the men's B race in 25:14.   Zack BenningWisconsin/Hastings) was 43rd in 25:47. Michigan photo gallery is HERE.

Men's  "A" race results HERE. B race HERE.
Start of the men's race

Wisconsin adidas Invite: Women

Results from the women's 6K have the Gophers finishing 15th with 462 points.  Liz Berkholtz was 35th in 20:34, followed by Becca Dyson in 58th in 20:47, Kaila Urick 77th in 21:02, Danielle Anderson 114th in 21:24, Haley Johnson in 178th in 21:55, Jamie Piepenburg in 190th in 22:02, and Kate Bucknam 225th in 22:29.Gopher summary is HERE.

Boise State's Emma Bates finished 6th in 19:47.  Griak champ Shelby Houlihan was 3rd in 19:41.

Women's results are HERE. NOTE:  There seems to be some confusion in the results scoring.  Another set of "Official" results is HERE.  The times don't change, just the places and it says that no team scores were kept.  I'm sure they'll sort this out eventually...

In the women's B race the Gophers were 7th with 161 points in preliminary results.  Bailey Ness finished 22nd in 21:40, Taylor Mikkalson was 50th in 22:15, Madeline Strandemo was 57th in 22:19, Stacey Swatek 70th in 22:33, Chelsea Pettit 78th in 22:55, Rebecca Rethwisch 85th in 23:05, Megan Bailey was 95th in 23:18,  Andie Zeman was 101st in 23:33, and Anne Ferguson 105th in 23:49. Full women's B race results are HERE.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

News: Hyytinen; PP AOW; Gophers; HS Results; Sportsmanship

Strib story on Farmington's Justin Hyytinen HERE.

Centennial's Reed Kurak and Blaine's Sarah Olson are Pioneer Press Athletes of the Week HERE.

Minnesota Daily story on the Goper teams prior to this weekend's meets in Wisconsin HERE.

Duluth News Tribune partial results for Proctor Invitational are HERE.

Perham Focus report on Perham sweep of the team titles at the Park Rapids Invitational is HERE.

Northfield News on Northfield HS results at Big 9 XC Championships HERE.

Waseca County News summary of Waseca HS teams' performances at the Big South Championships HERE.

Worthington Daily Globe report on the Big South Championships HERE(girl's) and HERE(boy's). Reports on the Red Rock Conference Championships are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Red Wing Republican Eagle report on The Hiawatha Valley League Championships HERE, and the Big 9 Conference Championships HERE.

Shakopee Valley News report on Shakopee HS performances at the South Suburban Championships HERE.

Girl's Hornet Mile TT results are HERE

Strib story on North Dakota HS runners and sportsmanship is HERE.






News: NXN

Running Times reports that NXN is moving from the oft muddy horse track to Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland.  Story is HERE.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Drone's Eye View: the Future is Here?

If you've read newspapers or watched/listened to the news on TV/Internet/radio, you know that drones being touted as the next "big thing."  Well they've arrived in running as the video below shows.


St. Olaf Invitational from Tom Daymont on Vimeo.

Tom Daymont, son of St. Olaf coaches Chris and Dick Daymont, created the St. Olaf Invitational drone video.

A discussion of the potential for the technology as well as the issues that will need to be addressed before and/or if the technology allows more close up coverage HERE that includes another drone video of a XC race in Maryland.

In a comment on the drone videos  Garry Wilson said there was talk of trying a similar experiment at the Griak Invitational.  There are a host of legal, security, and liability issues that have to be worked out before the use of such devices gets beyond this aerial panorama view coverage to  actually being the technology for video coverage of not only cross country, but road races as well.  As the incident at the recent Serbia, Albania soccer match illustrated, some uses of drones can and will create problems (See CNN article HERE)

Right now, companies, such as FloTrack, film races from the back of golf carts.  Video cameras on motorcycles provided coverage for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  Imagine what could be done with advanced drones with the equipment to get wide angle and close up views of a race as it unfolds. Drone technology, like the internet, was developed by and for the military.  The military has the "deep pockets" to do the necessary developmental work on these products.

If, however, companies, such as Amazon and others who are already investigating the feasibility of using drones in their businesses, creates a market for affordable drones, then the drone could be a "game changer" for many industries.  Will be interesting to watch how this evolves.  As these videos illustrate using the technology is already on the "radar" for those who want to do more creative things.  When creativity combines with the potential for making lots of money, new industries are created.   

News: High School; NCAA Rankings; MSHSCA Coaching Awards; Wisconsin adidas Invite Preview; Goucher

Eden Prairie News story on the Lake Conference meet is HERE.

NCAA DII national rankings are HERE, DIII HERE.

MSHSCA  Coaches of the Year selections were awarded last weekend.  Listing of the coaches by sport is on page 10 of MN Prep Coach George Haun Award Winner on page 26, Assistant Coaches of the Year on page 32 HERE

Wisconsin adidas Invitational preview from USTFCCCA is HERE. Gopher men's(includes participation of osome team members running in Jim Drews Invitational) preview HERE, women(includes information on Tori Neubauer Invitational) HERE.

Part 2 of FloTrack's Kara Goucher documentary HERE.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

News: HS Results and Photos; Tufts 10K, NCAA Rankings; MIAC AOW; NSIC WIR/AOW; Kenyan/East African runners; Wottle/Pre

St. Paul City Conference results are HERE(girl's) and HERE(boy's)

St. Paul Suburban East team results are HERE, individual girl's results are HERE, boy's HERE.

Big South Conference meet boy's results are HERE, girl's HERE.

Metro East Conference results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Central Lake Conference results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Big Nine Conference results are HERE.

Hiawatha Valley League Conference results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's).

Three Rivers Conference Championship results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Tri Metro Conference results are HERE.

Granite Ridge Conference results are HERE.

Mississippi 8 Championship results are HERE.

Wright County Conference results are HERE.

Chaska Herald on Chaska HS's sweep of the team titles at the Metro West Conference Championships and Joey Duerr's return to XC competition is HERE. Full results are HERE.

Shakopee Invitational results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

New Prague 3K meet results are HERE.

Dundee Invitational results are HERE.

Watertown Invitational results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's).

Lakeshore Valley News story on Wayzata sweep of Lake Conference team titles is HERE.

Prior Lake American on Prior Lake High School's boy's team HERE and girl's team HERE results from the Southwest  Suburban Conference Championships(SSC). Prior Lake boy's photos HERE, girl's HERE.

Facebook Photos of the Burnsville girl's HERE and boy's HERE at the Southwest Suburban Conference Championships.

Shakopee Valley News on Shakopee HS results at the SCC Championships are HERE.

Eden Prairie News on Eden Prairie HS results at the Victoria Lions meet are HERE.

Chanhassen Villager story on the team's results at the SCC meet is HERE.

Jordan Independent story on the Jordan boy's team win and girl's results at the Minnesota River Conference Championships is HERE.

Savage Pacer story on Burnsville's   Faysal Mahmoud is HERE.

Mid State Conference Meet results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Park Rapids Enterprise report on the Perham Invitational HERE.

Tufts 10K results HERE  Look at places 60 and 61
Finishers 61(left) and 60(right) in Tufts 10K

MIAC Athletes of the Week HERE(women) and HERE(men)

NSIC Week in Review and AOW HERE(men) and HERE(women).

NCAA DII regional rankings HERE, DIII  HERE.

Sports scientist Ross Tucker on Kenyan runners, the sub-two hour marathon HERE.

Wottle vs Pre in 1973 in Eugene HERE.

Monday, October 13, 2014

News: HS Results; Espeland; Shuck/Dorset; Caty's Run Results; the Mile

Chaska boy's and girl's champs of Metro West Conference
Metro West Conference results are HERE.

Sharon Espeland inducted into Concordia Moorhead Athletic Hall of Fame HERE.

MSU Mankato Coach(34 years as XC coach, 15 T&F) Mark Shuck and track athlete Foster Dorsett(1972-76) selected for the MSU Hall of Fame HERE.

Caty's Run results are HERE.

Right now the hype and speculation surrounds when, who, and if somebody will run a sub two hour marathon, but 70 years ago the same hype was there for the sub-four minute mile.  This article interprets a study saying that running/training for a mile is just as good for your health as running/training for a marathon HERE.

Boy's HS Class AA XC Rankings

Boy's AA Cross Country Rankings Minnesota Coaches' Association
Week 7 (released 10/13/2014)

Teams
1              Wayzata
2              Hopkins
3              Stillwater
4              Edina
5              Minneapolis Washburn
6              Eden Prairie
7              White Bear Lake
8              Chanhassen
9              St. Michael-Albertville
10           Shakopee
11           Minnetonka
12           Rosemount 
Other Teams receiving votes: Robbinsdale Armstrong

Individuals
1              Connor Olson, Wayzata
2              Joe Klecker, Hopkins
3              Micah Mather, Highland Park
4              Ian Eklin, Wayzata
5              Jaret Carpenter, Wayzata
6              Faysal Mahmoud, Burnsville
7              Chase Cayo, Stma
8              Bailey Hesse-Withbro, Stillwater
9              Owen Hoeft, Hopkins
10           Alex Berhe, Rosemount
11           Sam Thomas, Edina
12           Eli Krahn, Stillwater
 Other Athletes receiving votes: Matthew Lundstrom, Detroit Lakes​

Girl's HS Class A XC Rankings

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION CLASS A RANKINGS
October 13

TEAMS                         
1.       Trinity of River Ridge            
2.       Annandale                            
3.       Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB                        
4.       Waseca                             
5.       Perham                                     
6.       St. Paul Academy                  
7.       Fairmont                                  
8.       Dover-Eyota                             
9.       Lanesboro/Fillmore Cent.   
10.     Holdingford                             
11.     Belle Plaine                               
12.     Martin County West                .  

 INDIVIDUALS
1.       Emily Donnay                  EdenValley-W atkins/K
2.       Theresa Mueller              Trinity of River Ridge
3.       Madison Schandelmeier  Luverne Area
4.       Alaysia Freetly               Lac Qui Parle Valley-DB
5.       Mary Naas                    St. Paul Academy
6.       Beth Stevermer              United South Central
7.       Janessa Meulener           Belle Plaine
8.       Anna Donnay                 Eden Valley-Watkins/K
9.       Kayla Huhnerkoch         Redwood Valley Area
10.     Tierney Winter               WEM-JWP
11.     Elizabeth Schlafke          Annandale
12.     Maria Eastman               Holy Family Cath

Boy's HS Class A XC Rankings

STATE CROSS COUNTRY COACHES’ ASSOCIATION CLASS A RANKINGS
October 13

TEAMS                      
1.       Martin County West                      
2.       Glencoe/Silver Lake                  
3.       Holy Family Catholic                    
4.       Mora                               
5.       Perham                                     
6.       Waseca                                    
7        Holdingford                     
8.       St. Cloud Cathedral                   
9.       Lake City                                  
10.     Minnehaha Academy                     
11.     LaCrescent                           
12      Jordan                                      

INDIVIDUALS
1.       Shane Streich        Waseca  
2.       Ephraim Bird         Minnehaha Academy
3.       Isaac Overmyer     Park Rapids
4.       Andrew Zachman  Holdingford
5.       Evan Ferlic            Mounds Park Academy
6.       Mike Destache      St. Paul Academy
7.       Connor Schank     Howard Lake/Waverly/W
8.       John Roth              Lake Crystal/WM
9.       Zack Emery           LaCrescent
10.     Billy Bessman        Perham
11.     Ben Burgett           Willmar Comm. Christian
12.     Zach Carlson         Royalton

                  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

News: Hussein; Photo Use in Ads;


Albuquerque Journal article on Mbarak Hussein details birth of son a week ago, Hussein's running feats and history, and coaching HERE.

Photo of  local runner taken at 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon used in advertising campaign. Story HERE.

Girl's HS Class AA XC Rankings

Girl's Class AA Cross Country Rankings – October 13
Teams
1 Willmar                                                          
2 Wayzata 
3 Edina                                                                               
4 Minnetonka                                  
5 Forest Lake                                   
6 Eden Prairie                 
7 East Ridge                     
8 Lakeville South                           
9 Eagan                                                 
10 Marshall                                       
11 Bemidji                                                                         
12 Chaska                                                                           
 Others receiving votes:  Moorhead, St Michael Albertville, Duluth East, Totino Grace

Individuals
1    Megan Hasz, 11                                        Alexandria 
2    Bethany Hasz, 11                                  Alexandria         
3    Jenna Truedson, 12                                 Bemidji                               
4    Rachel King, 11                                          St Michael-Albertville  
5    Emily Covert, 8                                         Mpls Washburn        
6    Anna French, 12                                        Wayzata 
7   Jasmyn Armstrong , 8                              Red Wing                           
8   Tess Misgen, 10                                          Shakopee    
9   Emma Benner,  10                                     Forest Lake          
10  Annika Lerdall, 10                                   Wayzata                                       
12 Lizzy Heil, 10                                              St Michael-Albertville  
 Others receiving votes:  Claire Boersma, 10,  Marshall; Emily Betz, 12, East Ridge; Maria Berg, 11, New Prague; Hannah Oscarson, 11, Mpls Washburn; Michaela Keller-Miller, 11,  Wayzata; Lauren Peterson, 8, Farmington; Anna Van Wyk, 12, Eagan   

Saturday, October 11, 2014

News: Lake Conference; HS Results; Martin Luther College Invite; University of Tennessee; Road Race Volunteer's Lawsuit

News clip of Lake Conference champs top boy's and girls finishers(they call Joe Klecker "John") HERE.

Midwest Home School XC championship results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Great River Conference Meet results are HERE.

Martin Luther College Invitational results are HERE.

Controversy at the University of Tennessee as women scholarship athletes were cut from the team by new coach Beth Alford-Sullivan HERE.

Class Action lawsuit against Competitor Group, which puts on the Rock 'N Roll series, HERE

St. Kate's 4K Photo Album: Men

St. Kate's Invitational 4K: Men
Men's results are HERE.

St. John's team huddle. Photo by Jim Ferstle

St. Thomas team huddle. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Hamline running with the flag. Photo by Jim Ferstle

The leaders near the end of the first loop. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Out of the woods  on loop one. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Passing by the neighbors on the way to loop two. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Deep into the woods on loop two. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Deeper into the woods. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Spectator feeding the ducks after the runners have passed.
Photo by Jim Ferstle


St Kate's 4K Photo Album: Women


St. Kate's Invitational 4K: Women
Last weekend it was the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon showing off the beauty of the area this time of year. Today several MIAC teams got together on the campus of St. Catherine's to run a two loop course through the woods, around the Dew Drop pond, past tennis courts, a kid's playground, and a softball field on one of the most beautiful XC courses in the area. Full women's results are HERE.
Leaders at the end of the first loop.  Macalester's Kimber Meyer
leads St. Thomas' Erin Statz. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Front of the pack goes past the crowd on loop one. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Top finishers recover, congratulate one another.(L to R) St. Thomas' Alex Fossum,
Meyer, St. Ben's Manon Gammon-Deering, and Statz. Photo by Jim Ferstle

St. Thomas team debriefs and gets ready for a warm down. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Luther team warming down. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Hamline team gets a team portrait. Photo by Jim Ferstle

St. Mary's women on the warm down around the Dew Drop pond.
Photo by Jim Ferstle

St. Kate's team gets together after the race. Photo by Jim Ferstle

Friday, October 10, 2014

News: HS Results; PP AOW; Jimmie Invite Results; Gordon

South Suburban Conference Championship results are HERE(boy's) and HERE(girl's)

Wright County Conference Meet results are HERE.

IMAC results are HERE.

 Tartan's Sam Nofziger Pioneer Press XC AOW HERE.

Jimmie(Jamestown) Invitational results are HERE(women) and HERE(men)

Team USA Minnesota's Emily Gordon blogs on the TC 10-Mile, the Twin Cities Marathon weekend experience, school, etc.  HERE

Patience

In marathoning, as in life, patience is a virtue.  If you analyze the tactics in the elite races at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon this past weekend, it reveals the value of being patient.  Both men's winner Tyler Pennel and women's champ Esther Erb, as well as Masters winners Mbarak Hussein and Sheri Piers know that the key to the marathon is acknowledging that it is an exercise in energy management.

That's not to say that running any other distance, be it a mile or an ultra, doesn't reward that same diligence.  Training, resting, and apportioning one's stored reserves isn't only important in a marathon, but rather that the marathon perhaps best illustrates the necessity of properly managing your resources.  If offers the most temptation to make the common mistake of running too fast, too soon.

If you've trained well, are healthy and rested, the early miles of a marathon can seem easy, lull one into thinking that the 26.2 mile journey will not be that difficult.  The reality being that if you give in to the temptation use your energy to go fast in the beginning, you'll often pay a steep price to get to the finish line.

Pennel was a rookie.  Twin Cities was his first marathon.  He was the fastest in the field in terms of a half marathon time, so he could easily have adopted a strategy to separate himself from his competition earlier in the race, but his plan was to run relaxed.  To get to 20 miles expending the least amount of energy he could to stay in contact with the leaders.  If anything the early pace was too slow.

Pennel could probably have run a faster time on Sunday, but his main objective was to win the race, not run a fast time.  Hussein had a dual agenda going into the race. The 49 year-old wanted to take a shot at the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 2:18:00 and, first and foremost, he wanted to defend his US and TCM titles, win both for the fifth time.

To have a shot at a 2:18, Hussein knew he probably had to run the first half under 1:09, as the hills in the latter part of the race make negative splitting a daunting task.  Masters phenom at the shorter distances, Kevin Castille figured to be Hussein's main rival.  While setting Masters records at the shorter distances, Castille has not yet mastered the marathon distance.  He and Hussein battled last year with Hussein coming out on top.  This year Castille wanted to reverse that result.

Castille also wanted to take a shot at 2:18 and he went out faster than Hussein, who kept on his timetable of going under 1:09(he passed the 13.1 mile halfway point in 1:08:56).  "I could see the leaders up ahead," Hussein said.  "I thought I might be going to fast, but instead they were going too slow."  Indeed some were as they passed the halfway point a little more than a minute in front of Hussein in 1:07:48.

Pennel was in front of a pack of around a dozen runners that went past 10K in around 32:23.  Pennel wasn't pushing the pace, but rather keeping it "honest."  Others had told him that the race really started around 20 miles.  At that point the waiting was over, and Pennel would run the last 10K around 30:50, but he wasn't the aggressor at first. Instead third place finisher Scott Smith was antsy and decided to put in a "fast mile" in an attempt to break up the lead pack that had shrunk by only one runner since the half marathon mark.

Smith transformed the dash to the finish into a solo race as Pennel opened a six second gap by mile 21.  Smith may have gone a little too fast in his effort to break up the pack or keep up with Pennel when he made his move as he faded significantly in the last two miles after runner-up Jared Ward passed him.  Ward would finish 40 seconds ahead of  Smith. Pennel and women's race winner Erb both negative split the last half of the race, Erb running splits of 1:17:30 and 1:16:30, Pennel 1:07:48 and 1:05:44.

Women's runner up Heather Lieberg and third place finisher Brianne Nelson had pushed the pace from the beginning, going through the half in 1:16:49, 42 seconds up on Erb.  Erb went into the race focused on a seemingly odd single goal.  She wanted to run the last mile fast.  She didn't ignore the rest of the distance, but something she had learned in her prior attempts at the marathon was that, like Shalane Flanagan who failed in  her attempt to break the US marathon record in Berlin a week prior to Twin Cities, being able to finish strong was something they both had to work on.

Erb ran the TC race conservatively, and took the same approach as Pennel of focusing on the last 10K.  That almost ran into difficulty as Erb had to take a bathroom break around mile 20.  She didn't panic, however, or try and do too much too soon. She gradually began to catch Lieber and Nelson, gaining about 10 seconds a mile through mile 24.  Another ten second gain in that mile brought Erb even with the duo and then Erb ripped off a 5:31 last mile to pull away to a lead of eight seconds at the finish over Lieberg, who was still running strong, but not as strong as Erb.

What all this illustrates is that the marathon is not about instant gratification.  Good things come to those who are patient...And know how to manage their energy.  Patience isn't just holding back or waiting.  In running patience is, at least partially, a product of the accumulated knowledge one gets from training, racing, and coping with the various challenges the sport provides.  All runners learn lessons daily that define for each of them what it means to be patient.  Or to define the word another way patience is the ability to run not only fast but to run smart.