Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Half of PAUSATF Season Concludes with Solid Road Mile Team Result

As the team makes the turn and heads toward summer and eventually fall training, several athletes provided strong performances to close out the first "half" of the year.

The men initially topped the leaderboard on the last team-scored short course PAUSATF Grand Prix race of the year at the 415 Miracle Mile in San Rafael.  However, revised results show a narrow loss to Aggies by a mere 7 seconds over four runners.  Leading the group were Jesus Romo and Dylan Ferris, closing solid track seasons with one final team effort for 4th and 7th place.    Ferris completed the road mile less than 48 hours after running the USATF Club Track & Field Nationals, where he earned our second highest finish ever as the 800m runner-up in a blanket finish.  In his first full post-collegiate season, Ferris looks to build upon his 2014 consistency with and even stronger 2014-15 campaign.

Also putting the final touches on spring training was Billy Mateker, who earned 17th place for the NBSV men and will turn his attention back to longer races in the fall.  Nick Scalfone enjoyed a resurgent 14th place in the under distance event, and will continue his efforts on the trail over the summer.  Jim Notwell made his bow in an NBSV uniform, earning a very solid 20th in his first competitive post-collegiate effort.  Pete Trudelle also represented the team in 36th.

On the women's side, Kris Paaso again provided an exciting performance, winning the separate 40+ heat before returning to take third in the open women's race as well.  Amazing.  Diane Heiser toed the line in her first PAUSATF Road Mile event, taking a very solid 7th as well.

Out on the trail, the families that race together....race together!  Megan Deakins and David Roche earned another set of wins and course records at the Table Top 27K in Stinson Beach, as they attack the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Trail Series.  Maggie Conley and Sam Yount produced matching wins as well at the Golden Gate Trail 30K, while supporting Maggie's twin sister Maureen, who won the marathon distance while in town for the weekend.  Conley actually set the course record while 22 weeks pregnant.  Even Alysia MontaƱo would be impressed!

Across the pond, Tiffany Hall had another great opportunity to compete at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge World Championships in her capacity with Sports Basement.  Following previous success in South Africa in previous years, the women's team took third!

Next weekend, we will have athletes in competition at the SF Marathon as well as the Wharf to Wharf road races as many begin to prepare for fall competition. Several NBSV athletes are also serving as counselors at the fourth annual Bay Area Running Camp this week.

Mark your calendars for our second annual golf tournament, Friday, September 19.  Hole and BBQ sponsorships are available, and if you'd like to know if you are as good at golfing as a fast runner or two, now is your chance.  Register today!

Results for the USATF Club Track & Field Nationals can be found here.

Results for the 415 Miracle Mile can be found here.

Results for the Golden Gate Trail 30K can be found here.

Results for the Table Rock 27K can be found here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

National Championships Yield Strong Performances

Over the last 10 days, NBSV athletes have enjoyed several breakthroughs at the national level.

Romo runs the final in
near triple digit temps

Photo credit:  Spencer Allen
In Sacramento over the last weekend of June, Stephanie Dinius and Jesus Romo represented the team at the USA Outdoor Championships.  Dinius capped a superlative 2013-2014 year, earning 7th place and a new personal best of 32:56 in the 10,000m.  Her time was just off Annie Bersagel's club best of 32:54, set at the 2011 USAs, the last time Dinius competed at the meet herself, taking 18th.

Jesus Romo not only qualified for his first USA Outdoor Championships, but acquitted himself very well in the prelims of his favored event of the steeplechase, earning a spot in the final with a near PR 8:49.  Although he did not improve his time in the final, Romo was able to demonstrate the steady improvement he has enjoyed in his post-collegiate career to date.

Roche and Deakins - on to Worlds!
On July 6, Megan Deakins and David Roche capped an outstanding spring with an ascent of Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire, home of the 2014 USATF Mountain Running Championships.  With some absolutely crazy inclines (even the average slope for the courses were 9 and 7 percent,  respectively), Deakins competed well against a stacked field including many former US team members on a approximately 5 mile course, shorter than her preferred distances.  With a fourth place finish to the top, she earned her USA vest as a member of the team that will contest the World Mountain Running Championships in Casette di Massa, Italy.  Joining her in the men's race will be David Roche, who finished an impressive sixth place himself among another decorated field on the men's side.  Deakins and Roche, following their wedding in August, will head to Worlds to compete against the best from around the world in mid-September.

With these outstanding performances, NBSV athletes have now qualified for five US teams so far in 2014, including Stephanie Dinius in the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country and NACAC Cross Country events, and

Steph D not far from the finish at USAs
Annie Bersagel in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Also competing over the 4th of July holiday were Melinda DiNapoli, taking first in the Pacific Palisades Will Rogers 10K in southern California, Nick Scalfone in second at the Morgan Hill Freedom 5K, Pete Trudelle in eighth at the Redwood City Parade Run 5K, and Billy Mateker, who nearly cracked the top 50 at the Peachtree Road Race 10K, which also served as the USATF 10K Championships.

Next up, NBSV will have athletes in attendance at the 415 Mile / PAUSATF
Billy employs some subtle Peachtree imagery
Road Mile Championships on Sunday, July 13, while Dylan Ferris will represent the group at the USATF Club Championships in Tacoma, Washington.  Tiffany Hall is also headed to London to represent her employer, Sports Basement, at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge World Championships!

Results for the USA Outdoor Championships can be found here.

Results for the USATF Mountain Running Championships, when posted, can be found here.

Results for the Pacific Palisades Will Rogers 10K can be found here.

Results for the Morgan Hill Freedom 5K can be found here.

Results for the Redwood City Parade Run 5K can be found here.

Results for the Peachtree Road Race 10K can be found here.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trail Wins Provide Highlights as NBSV Heads Towards National Competitions

NBSV has shown great strength on the trails all year, and enjoyed another productive period in mid June.

Megan Deakins continued her torrid streak of success, winning both the Leadville Trail Series Heavy Half, a 15.5 mile challenge ranging in altitudes up to 13,000 feet (read that again), and the XTERRA Poconos Trail Half over the past two weeks. Both victories included course records, conquests over some excellent competition, and great momentum heading into the USATF Mountain Running Championships on July 6 in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Joining Megan on July 6 will be David Roche, who set a course record of his own while breaking the tape at the XTERRA Poconos event and is riding his own wave of positive momentum heading into New Hampshire.

Carving out a sizable niche on the local Brazen trail series, Nick Scalfone took home another blue ribbon at the Trail Quake Half in Saratoga on June 14, and looks to contend for top honors with only one race remaining in the series.

Meanwhile, several athletes continue to make left turns on the track.  Dylan Ferris, Stephanie Dinius, and Jesus Romo made the trek to the Portland Track Festival on Sunday, June 15.  Ferris did not enjoy the breakthrough season best he had hoped for, but stayed consistent at 3:44 for 1500m, while Dinius posted her fastest 5000m since 2011 with a 16:07.  Romo set a small lifetime best, while improving his 2014 time by four seconds in the steeple (8:48).   Dinius (10,000m) and Romo (steeple) are set to compete at the USA Outdoor Championships this week in Sacramento, while Ferris will next target the USATF Club Championships in Tacoma, Washington on July 11.

Results for the Leadville Heavy Half can be found here.

Results for the XTERRA Poconos Trail Half can be found here.

Results for the Brazen Trail Quake Half can be found here.

Results for the Portland Track Festival can be found here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Strong Times for NBSV in May

The second half of May produced more than a few strong performances for NBSV athletes.

Dylan Ferris, Annie St. Geme and Jesus Romo represented the team at the Oxy High Performance meet in a hazy, fire-impacted, and hot environment in the greater Los Angeles on Thursday, May 14.  Ferris took a competitive second place in his heat, although not improving his season best of 3:43 in the 1500m. St. Geme enjoyed a lifetime best and three second improvement from her previous season best to take 8th place in Heat 3, running a club record 4:19.  Jesus Romo took 8th in Heat 2 of the men's steeplechase, building a portfolio of consistency over the course of the season.

At the always entertaining Bay to Breakers 12K, Steph Dinius led the purple charge with a top 10 and #1 Bay Area woman finish with an 8th place effort.  Elle Pishny was second in the Bay Area division and 11th overall, Chandler Kemp finished 20th in his first foray into the elite division at this event, and Justus Meyer snuck into the top 60 among a deep and competitive field.

Later on the afternoon of the 18th, the Stanford Running Club hosted their first all-comers meet, and several NBSV athletes took part.  Annie St. Geme earned the win for women in the 3200meters, with Lauren Schultz and April Montgomery doing the same in the 1600m and 800m respectively.  Nick Scalfone won the 3200m and took third in the 1600m, while Pete Trudelle also made the podium in the 800m.  

On Memorial Day weekend, David Roche and Megan Deakins ran, won, and set course records at the China Camp Trail Half Marathon, and men's and women's teams contested the Marin Memorial Day 10K in Kentfield.  Led by Steph Dinius's runner-up controlled finish, both the men's and women's team finished third.  All five female scorers were in the top 25 with Jesus Romo and Andrew Lesser earning top 10 results, Billy Mateker in 13th.  In Midwest action, Kaitlin Gregg took second at the Eagle Run 5 Mile on May 24 in Cleveland.

With only the 415 Mile and the Turkey Trot remaining on the Pacific Association Grand Prix schedule, NBSV has five men in the top 13 individuals, with Kris Paaso in second on the open table, 1st among 40+ athletes.  Melinda DiNapoli joins her in the top 10 in 8th for 40+ with six men again in the top 32 for the long course, along with Maggie Conley in 7th overall.

Starting June off well, Nick Scalfone was back in action, taking the Dream Mile 5K overall title.  A handful of athletes also took part in the PAUSATF Track & Field Championships.  Lauren Schultz won her first PA title in the steeplechase, while Diane Heiser returned to the track after a long layoff to earn 8th in the 1500m, just ahead of April Montgomery in 9th.  Jesus Romo doubled for 3rd place in the 1500 and 8th in the 800m, while Pete Trudelle earned 13th in the 800m

Also, on June 1, Elisa McCarthy accomplished a big PR at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon, running 1:20, and on Saturday, June 7, Sam Yount defended his previous victories in the Portola Valley Zots to Tots 2 mile road race.

Dena Evans also represented NBSV as a member of the team staff for the United States team at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas on May 24-25.

Coming up, NBSV will be in action at the Portland Track Festival on Sunday, June 15 and a variety of road and track events over the next couple weeks.

Oxy High Performance Meet results can be found here.

Bay to Breakers 12K results can be found here.

Stanford Running Club All Comers results can be found here.

Eagle Run 5 Mile results can be found here.

China Camp Trail Half Marathon results can be found here.

Marin Memorial Day 10K results can be found here.

Dream Mile 5K results can be found here.

PAUSATF Track and Field Championships results can be found here.

Zots to Tots results....let's just say they haven't been posted.....

Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon results can be found here.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

NBSV Starts May Impressively on the Roads and Track

The first two weekends of May began with several outstanding performances from all over the map.

Gregg and Dinius at Payton Jordan
(credit: Ryan Bickerstaff)
On the track last weekend, NBSV'ers competed at the always outstanding Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford's Cobb Track & Angell Field.  Club and season best performances were recorded by Dylan Ferris, as he inched closer to his lifetime best with a 3:43 clocking out of Heat 3 of the men's 1500m.  Andrew Lesser weathered the quick pace to earn his first club best in 30:33 from Heat 2 of the men's 10,000m.  Jesus Romo braved the afternoon wind to take fourth in Heat 3 of the men's steeplechase, stopping the clock at 8:52, while Stephanie Dinius, Kaitlin Gregg, and Annie St. Geme all ran within striking distance of their season bests in the 10,000m and 1500m respectively.

Tania enjoys her Vancouver debut
(credit: Kathi Kaplan)
That weekend on the roads, Tania Morimoto, Sarah Milby, and Maddie O'Meara ventured north to Canada to contest the BMO Vancouver Marathon.  In her first marathon, Morimoto earned fifth place overall in 2:56.  While the final miles proved difficult from an initially more ambitious pace, the experience will undoubtedly prove valuable in future attempts over the next couple years.  Sarah Milby battled foot issues to finish within a minute of her lifetime best at 12th place and 3:02, and O'Meara enjoyed strong second half splits to finish in 15th at 3:06.  

On the trails, team members are making a big impression in a number of venues and distances.  Over the first weekend in May, Kimberly O'Donnell won the Armstrong Redwoods 50K in Guerneville, California, finishing in course record time, while Nick Scalfone continues his demolition at the Brazen Racing series, winning the Western Pacific Trail Half Marathon in Fremont.   
Solid 5K4Play showing for the team!

Just a few days later, the team hosted the the third annual Pacific THERx 5K4Play in Portola Valley.  This fixture on the PAUSATF short course Grand Prix was held in beautiful weather and yielded fast times.  Jane Kibii of SRA Elite set the course record in a winning effort of 16:37, just surpassing Annie Bersagel's mark of 16:45 from 2012.  Anthony Solis of Skechers also tied Giliat Ghebray's mark of 14:48 in his victory.  For the team, Chandler Kemp finished well to lead three straight NBSV finishers at 7-8-9 with Andrew Lesser and Billy Mateker.  Nick Scalfone in 11th and Dale Taylor in 14th completed a solid scoring effort, with Sam Yount earning 24th.  For the women's team, Kris Paaso again led the squad, improving her time from 2013 with a 17:06 finish for second.  Maggie Conley and Elisa McCarthy followed up in 12th and 13th place, with Melinda DiNapoli in 20th (and third 40+), Lauren Schultz in 25th, and Diane Heiser returning after a long layoff in 26th.  As usual, official USATF scoring will be available later in the week.

Other Saturday action included Megan Deakins and David Roche in Helena, MT for the Don't Fence Me In 30K. This traditionally deep field was no match for Deakins, who powered away for the win and course record.  A bonky last few miles for Roche still allowed him to manage 6th place overall.  This week, Running Times also featured the duo in a profile, as their trail performances continue to impress in races across the country.  Meanwhile, another dynamic pair, Elle Pishny and newcomer Justus Meyer, broke course records in victory at the Mt. Diablo Trail 8K in Clayton, California.

Dylan Ferris again featured on the track, moving his 2014 800m mark down to 1:49.73 in a victorious effort at the USF West Coast Last Chance Open in San Francisco.  April Montgomery also competed in the 800 and 1500, but did not improve on season bests.

Next weekend, look for NBSV athletes competing against the nation's best at the Oxy High Performance meet in southern California, as well as the Stanford Running Club's all comer's meet at Paly, and the historic 102nd Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco.

Results for the Payton Jordan Invitational can be found here.

Results for the BMO Vancouver Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Armstrong Redwoods 50K can be found here.

Results for the Western Pacific Trail Half Marathon can be found here.

Results (chip time) for the Pacific THERx 5K4Play can be found here.

Results for the USF West Coast Last Chance Open can be found here.

Results for the Mt. Diablo Trail 8K, when posted, can be found here.