Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NBSV Continues Run of Good Results Through April, Pun Intended

Over the past two weekends, the purple has produced a sizable haul of good results.  

This family looks good in purple!
On Saturday, April 12, Megan Deakins and brand new NBSV'er David Roche took to the trails at the Mt. Tam Wild Boar Trail Half Marathon and emerged with matching wins, with Deakins actually earning the second spot overall amongst all competitors.  Also lighting up the trails, Kimberly O'Donnell earned another long distance victory by winning the Woodside Ramble 50K in a course record time, covering the course with 4750' of climb in 4:25 on Sunday, April 13.  Running slightly less distance, April Montgomery earned runner-up honors in the seeded section of the 1500m at the Chico Twilight Invitational, after making a strong move to contend midrace.  Sarah Milby was a welcome sight at the Presidio 10 Mile race where she has finished well before, this time earning a podium finish with a strong tune-up for an upcoming marathon in May.  Finally, Tiffany Hall earned another south bay victory with a 5K win at the Wildflower 5K run in Morgan Hill.

Post-Tall Tree festivities at Fleet Feet Menlo Park
Midweek, the team was pleased to host our second Tall Tree Classic at Palo Alto High School, powered by Fleet Feet Menlo Park. A fun time was had by all, with Jesus Romo and Stephanie Dinius showing particularly well in the 3K as they laid plans for races to come this spring.  Thanks to all who helped put on the event, we look forward to building on it in future years!

Zippy people at the Brisbane Health and Wellness 5K
On Friday the 18th, Annie St. Geme and Kaitlin Gregg got the next weekend off to a great start with strong performances on the track.  St. Geme improved her 1500m mark to 4:22 in the packed field of heat 1 in the Open sections.  Gregg dueled in a tactical 5K in the Showcase Section of the Jesse Owens Track Classic at Ohio State, equalling her PR at 16:12.   Although Andrew Lesser had hoped to improve his season best in his heat of the 5K at Mt. Sac, he rebounded well on Saturday at the Long Beach Invite, where he earned the win by a full three seconds in a personal best from heat 6. At Long Beach, Justin Marpole-Bird also debuted for the team, taking 6th in heat 1 of the steeplechase.  Back at home in the (formerly Zippy) Brisbane Health and Wellness 5K, the men's team posted what appears to be another podium finish in team competition, led by Jesus Romo in third.  He was followed to the line by Billy Mateker and Dale Taylor in 9th and 10th, along with Nick Scalfone in 15th and Pete Trudelle to complete the scoring effort.  Kris Paaso took her 2014 bow in style, earning a very solid 17:36 for the Brisbane course and an individual runner-up finish among women, while Lauren Schultz notched a top 25 result as well.

On Monday the 21st, emotions ran high for all as the Boston Marathon was contested for the 118th year from Hopkinton to Copley Square.  NBSV had a strong presence at the race, led by Patrick Reaves, who crossed the line in 2:29, a personal best.  He was followed closely by Chris Mocko in 2:30, Adam Tenforde in 2:43, and Tom Parise in 2:44.  With a team score of approximately 7:42, the NBSV men look to have placed well amongst men's open teams in our first squad effort at the event.  On the women's side, Elle Pishny broke 2:50 yet again, finishing in 2:49 to earn 49th place overall.

The upcoming two weeks include many great opportunities for team members as we progress through the spring.  Several athletes are slated to compete at the Brutus Hamilton Open / Challenge at Cal on Friday and Saturday, while others are slated to compete on the roads, including at the Great Race 4 Miler on Sunday.  Next weekend, the schedule is highlighted by the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford on Sunday the 4th, while earlier in the day, we will enjoy cheering team members on at the BMO Vancouver Marathon, north of the border.  May 10, we will host the third annual Pacific THERx 5K4Play in Portola Valley - Join us and register today

Results for the Mt. Tam Wild Boar Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Woodside Ramble 50K can be found here.

Results for the Chico Twilight Invitational can be found here.

Results for the Presidio 10 Mile can be found here.

Results for the Wildflower 5K can be found here.

Results for the Tall Tree Classic can be found here.

Results for the Mt. Sac Relays can be found here.

Results for the Jesse Owens Track Classic can be found here.

Results for the Long Beach Invitational can be found here.

Results for the Brisbane Health and Wellness 5K can be found here.

Results for the Boston Marathon can be found here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tall Tree Classic - Results!

Thanks to all who came out and supported or ran in our little meet last night!  We hope to continue to build it into a competitive offering, and appreciate the support of our friends at Fleet Feet Menlo Park in making it happen, as well as Palo Alto High Athletics and our USATF Officials.  Races were co-ed, but separated by gender below...

Full recap of event as well as NBSV race recaps from last two weekends to come soon.

Men's 1500

Place ID # Name School Mark

1 1506 Diego Blanton () 4:18.30

2 1505 Zachary Weinstein () 4:31.80

3 1509 Pete Trudell () 4:33.35

4 1502 Alex Prushynskyy () 4:47.90

5 1504 Matt Layten () 5:03.63

6 1503 Gordon Zhu () 5:17.76


Place ID # Name School Mark

1 1501 Allie Sibole () 5:01.93


Place ID # Name School Mark

1 3005 Jesus Romo () 8:39.81

2 3006 Tom Kloos () 8:44.13

3 3009 Sean Sketch () 9:28.99

4 3004 Zachary Weinstein () 9:29.12

5 3007 Diego Blanton () 9:41.38

6 3008 Mark Schramm () 9:53.48


Place ID # Name School Mark

1 3002 Stephanie Dinius () 9:28.81


Heat: 1 Wind:

Place ID # Name School Mark

1 POwn3rd tc 11:28.47

2 Fleet Feet - B 12:01.83

3 Fleet Feet - A 13:41.16

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dinius Runs US 2014 10,000m Leader, Strong Sactown 10 Showing and RnR San Francisco Wins Lead NBSV Weekend Results

NBSV had one of our strongest weekends of the year to begin April, with team members active and competing well on the track as well as on the roads.

50 solid laps right here!
At the Stanford Track and Field Invitational, several NBSV'ers competed well as outdoor season heats up around the country.  Stephanie Dinius and Kaitlin Gregg ran well in the women's 10K, both moving well through the field to finish 4th and 8th respectively.  Dinius broke 33 minutes for the first time, finishing at 32:59, a 19 second personal best in her first track race in three years, and the top American time so far this year (Jip Vastenburg of the Netherlands, UK athlete Elinor Kirk of University of Alabama Birmingham, and national marathon record holder Lanni Marchant of Canada finished in positions 1-3). Kaitlin Gregg enjoyed her best competitive effort of the year with a well executed 33:14 negative split showing and great momentum heading into the rest of track season.

At the shorter distances at Stanford, the team enjoyed an exciting performance from Annie St. Geme, very nearly winning her 1500m heat in her first official track race in 8 years.  Moving well even after a 2:21 opening half, St. Geme put herself squarely in the mix for a promising season with a 4:25 clocking.

Dylan Ferris, another young grad enjoying a post-collegiate return to form, earned the victory in his heat of the 800m, running a new club best of 1:51 in his debut effort.

Andrew Lesser, eyeing an eventual 10K attempt later in the season, moved his PR to 14:32 in the 5000m, before doubling back to set the pace for a heat of the 1500m later in the evening. Jesus Romo dipped his toe into the waters of the fast heat of the steeplechase, and came away with his first ever sub 9 season opener and plenty more in the tank.

Up the road at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday the 4th, Lauren Schultz and April Montgomery represented the team in the 10,000m and 1500m respectively.  Although hoping for a personal best, Schultz still hit a Club Nationals qualifier while Montgomery unleashed a vicious kick to pass the majority of the field in the final 500 meters to earn fifth place in Heat 4 in her second fastest time ever.

Fueled by pre-race meal at "Hot Italian"
On the roads, the NBSV men contested the PAUSATF 10 Mile Championships, hosted by the Credit Union Sactown 10 Miler in Sacramento.  Racing effectively with the chase pack, Billy Mateker smashed his previous personal best over 10 miles by nearly a minute, running 51:20 to lead the team with a new club best.  Also under the previous club best were Frank Corrigan at 51:26 and Chandler Kemp at 51:33.  Dale Taylor snuck into the top 20 at 18th, with Patrick Reaves concluding scoring at 24th place and Sam Yount just behind at 26th.  Maggie Conley competed for the women's team, finishing 12th.

What can we say?
Finishing with his signature limbo move under the tape, Chris Mocko tuned up for Boston with his second straight Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco Half victory, followed by Elle Pishny, another Boston entrant who also earned her second straight comfortable victory in this race.

Coming up,  April Montgomery is scheduled to compete at the Chico Twilight meet on Friday the 11th, while several athletes are preparing for Boston, Mt. Sac Relays, the Zippy 5K, and of course, our Tall Tree Classic, powered by Fleet Feet Menlo Park on Thursday, April 17.  If you want to join us for an all-comers middle distance race, and/or  put together your own community 4x4 team, enter today at  After the event, we'll head over to Fleet Feet for a post-meet food, drink, and shopping.  Don't miss out!

Looking for a great local 5K?  Look no further than the Pacific THERx 5K4Play on Saturday, May 10!  Beautiful course for a pre-mothers day event!

Results for the Stanford Track and Field Invitational can be found here.

Results for the SF State Distance Carnival can be found here.

Results for the Sactown 10 Miler can be found here.

Results for the Rock 'n' Roll San Francisco can be found here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bersagel Leads Team USA with 13th place at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Bersagel crossing the finish in Denmark (photo: Jim Estes)
Annie Bersagel turned in another superlative performance at the IAAF/ AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday, March 29th.  With a 1:10:10 finish, she crushed her standing personal best by nearly two minutes and led Team USA to a sixth place team finish.  Just ahead of Asics Mammoth Track Club's Lauren Kleppin in 1:10:16, Bersagel turned in what appears to be the 11th best time on record for a US woman.  She next turns her focus from her Oslo base to the Dusseldorf Marathon in four weeks, where she hopes to compete well in the wake of this outstanding demonstration of fitness.

Back in the states, Megan Deakins emerged from the gauntlet of her second quarter of medical school to win the Mile Run 13.1 Trail Challenge over 4000 feet of climbing (and apparently streams).  Future husband and Californian David Roche outstretched the field as well, as they both set course records along the way at the event, located according to the website somewhere in Pennsylvania at "Exit 199, Highway 80."  Only 2000 more miles or so and they'd be pulling into San Francisco....

Also on the race course was Nick Scalfone, burnishing his trail resume with another victory at the Lagoon Valley Trail Half Marathon in Vacaville.

This weekend, look for the purple at the Stanford Track and Field Invitational, the SF State Distance Carnival, the SacTown 10/ PAUSATF 10 Mile Championship, and the Spring Ahead 5K!

If you are looking to fill out your race calendar, don't forget to register for our third annual Pacific THERx 5K4Play on Saturday, May 10 as well as the Tall Tree Classic powered by Fleet Feet Menlo Park (now with Community 4x400m!) on Thursday, April 17.

Results of the IAAF / AF - Bank World Half Marathon Championships can be found here

Results of the Mile Run 13.1 Trail Challenge can be found here.

Results of the Lagoon Valley Trail Half Marathon can be found here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Club Bests and Across the Bay Win Highlight NBSV's Weekend

Steph and Kaitlin in Florida
NBSV took to the streets of the Bay Area as well as Jacksonville, Florida this weekend as the team contested the Across the Bay 12K / PAUSATF Grand Prix as well as the Gate River Run / USATF 15K Championships.

In Jacksonville, Stephanie Dinius led the charge, finishing 14th at the USATF 15K Championships, hosted by the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida.  With 20 women under 52 minutes, the women's field, led by American Record setting Shalane Flanagan in 47:00, appears to have been the deepest in history. Building upon her 8th place finish at the USATF Half Marathon Championships in Houston this January, Dinius notched a club best effort of 51:12, averaging 5:30 pace over the nearly 9.5 mile course in her 15K debut.  Kaitlin Gregg took a solid step forward, improving on her first effort at Gate two years ago with a 53:31 clocking for 24th place.  Only Dinius, Annie Bersagel, and Rachel Booth have run faster for NBSV at the race, and Gregg looks to turn to the track with a difficult winter of tough training in the bank.

Women's team at Across the Bay 12K
At home, Maggie Conley fended off tough challenges from top Aggie marathoners Jenny Kadavy and YiOu Wang to defend her Across the Bay 12K title, notching 43:42 for first place on the up and down course from Sausalito to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.  Chandler Kemp led the men's side with a superlative 4th place, clocking 37:36, a club best surpassing Scott Himmelberger's 38:11 from Bay to Breakers in 2012, and leading the men to what appears to be a strong podium showing in the PAUSATF Grand Prix event.
Most of the guys at Across the Bay 12K.  Solid race!

Backing up the front runners on Sunday, Tania Morimoto earned fourth place in a PR for the course as she builds for the Vancouver Marathon, while Jesus Romo and Chris Mocko notched top 10 spots as they prepare for track and the Boston Marathon respectively.  Billy Mateker and Frank Corrigan earned top 15 spots to conclude the men's scoring, with Patrick Reaves in 18th and Pete Trudelle following.   Elisa McCarthy had a strong day for 8th place, with Lauren Centrowitz (21), Lauren Schultz (22), and Maddie O'Meara (29) all enjoying a debut effort at the distance.

Tiffany Hall also won the Go Green St. Patrick's Day 5K in Los Gatos, where she appears to, ironically, have won a Sports Basement gift card.

Next weekend, the team will have athletes at the Johnny Mathis Invitational before we head to the SacTown 10 Miler and Stanford Track & Field Invitational.

Don't forget to register for the Pacific THERx 5K4Play on Saturday, May 10 as well as the Tall Tree Classic track meet, powered by Fleet Feet Menlo Park, on Thursday evening, April 17.

Results for the Gate River Run / USATF 15K Championships can be found here (there are two missing women in top 25).

Results for the Across the Bay 12K can be found here (official PAUSATF scoring to come later in the week).

Results, when posted, of the Go Green St. Patrick's Day 5K, can be found here.