Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Road and Cross Wins Highlight More October Action

NBSV athletes continue to find success on the roads and the cross country course as fitness builds through the fall.

The weekend of October 18 and 19 featured two individual wins for the team.  Justin Marpole-Bird took home the individual title in the invitational section of the Santa Clara Bronco Invite.  Making a late move to the finish, Marpole-Bird covered the 8K course on the Sunnyvale Baylands in 23:38.  

The following day, Annie Beck took control from the start to earn the victory at the Santa Monica Run Fest 5K.  Her time of 16:39 represents a very solid road PR in one most traditionally fast 5Ks in southern California.

Sarah Milby also represented the team at the Nike Women's Half Marathon on
Milby on the move in SF
the 19th, earning 12th overall, and 10th among women on the scenic San Francisco course.

The following weekend, several athletes took to the cross country course.  Courtney Heiner bested a mostly collegiate field to win the Fullerton Titan Invite in southern California on Friday, October 24, outleaning Jen Owen of UCLA by less than a second.  

Jesus Romo entered the standings for the first time this fall with a runner-up finish at the second annual Let's Go 510 10K.  Dipping under 31 for the first time, Romo earned a road personal best as well.

Beautiful scenery for the Aggie XC Open
Seven athletes also contested the Aggies' home cross country meet in Martinez.   Led by a strong third place from Dawson Vorderbruegge, NBSV men finished in12th (Terrance Ellis), 14th (Dale Taylor), 17th (Nick Scalfone), 21st (Billy Mateker), and 29th (Sam Yount) with official team scoring to come. On the women's side, Lauren Schultz and Marina Vorderbruegge earned 26th and 30th respectively.

This weekend, look for the purple at the Race Against PH on Stanford campus, the Phil Widener Open XC in Santa Rosa, the Dinosaur Dash 5K in Tustin, and the Morgan Hill Half Marathon.

Results for the Santa Clara Bronco Invite can be found here.

Results for the Santa Monica RunFest 5K can be found here.

Results for the Nike Women's Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational can be found here.

Results for the Let's Go 510 10K can be found here.

Results for the Matt Yeo Memorial Aggies XC Open can be found here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Second Cross Win for Centrowitz and 33:36 for Legg Leads Weekend Results

Lauren Centrowitz broke the tape for the second time in two weeks, winning the John Lawson Tamalpa Challenge on Sunday, October 12.  With a time of 24:55 over the hilly 4.25 mile course, she outlasted Nicole Campbell of West Valley by 10 seconds, and took home her second consecutive PAUSATF Cross Country Grand Prix victory.

On the men's side, Nick Scalfone earned another top 10 finish in a PA race, at 7th in the Tamalpa event.

On Monday in Boston, Kirsty Legg represented the team at the Tufts Health Plan 10K, earning a 33:36 in her debut road 10K for 24th place in a fantastic and deep field.  Although her first effort, the time puts her in the top 15 for British women in 2014.   

Out in the windy city, Dena Evans finished her 11th marathon, coming across in 3:05.  

Look for the team in a variety of events over the weekend, including the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational and the Santa Monica Run Fest.

Results for the John Lawson Tamalpa Challenge are found here.

Results for the Tufts Health Plan 10K are found here (gun time).

Results for the Chicago Marathon are found here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Big Weekend Impact for NBSV in the Bay Area and Beyond

Purple jerseys were out in full force this weekend as the team had success on the trail and road in several competitions.

Becque cruises past the 7 mile marker 
Among several victories this weekend, Claudia Becque's fifth place finish at the USATF Marathon Championships, hosted by the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, marked a particularly outstanding return to form.  With several 2:43 performances in the bag, Becque finally had the chance to enjoy the sub 2:40 run she has been working toward.  With a fabulous 2:39:12 mark and personal best, Becque secures her spot in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, and posted the second NBSV top 5 finish in the USATF Marathon Championships in the last two years (Annie Bersagel, 1st, 2013).  

The team was also busy setting the pace in a variety of venues back in the Bay Area.  Lauren Centrowitz won her first cross country race of the year, taking the Presidio Cross Country Challenge by more than 20 seconds over the hilly and challenging San Francisco course.  Dena Evans won her third straight OktobeRun 5K in Redwood City, and Nick Scalfone won the Brazen Racing season long trail half series, secured by a third place finish at the Rocky Ridge event.  

On Saturday and Sunday morning respectively, Andrew Lesser and Justin
No one in sight as Marpole-Bird heads for the tape
Marpole-Bird each won the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll San Jose 5K and 10K events in unassailable fashion, as each slipped on a jersey for the first time this fall. Lesser torched the field by two and a half minutes, and Marpole-Bird even secured a club best over the road 10K distance (30:36) in only his third race for the team.   This, despite being physically stopped by race officials because he was so far ahead of the main field and they feared he was off course from the half.

Tackling the longer and more traditional Rock 'n' Roll distance, several NBSV athletes contested the flat San Jose half as well.  Jake Shoemaker led the men's group in a very deep and competitive field, taking 23rd in 1:09:26, with Ben Mears joining him in the top 30.  Matt Lenehan took a conservative race plan after illness earlier in the week to maintain a spot in the top 40, just ahead of Justus Meyer. On the women's side Elle Pishny again turned in a good performance on the San Jose course, earning 12th in a sub 6:00 pace 1:18, with Elisa McCarthy falling prey to aggressive racing early on to hold on for 1:22.

Next weekend, look for NBSV athletes on the cross country course up in Marin County at the John Lawson event, as well as at the Tufts Health Plan 10K for women and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Results for the USATF Marathon Championships / Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Presidio XC can be found here.

Results for the OktobeRun 5K can be found here.

Results for the Brazen Racing Rocky Ridge Trail Half can be found here.

Results for the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose 5K, 10K, and Half can be found here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Heats Up for NBSV With Strong Results

Several NBSV'ers were in action over the past couple of weekends with strong results.
Nick on the podium with
XTERRA top finishers!

On September 17, several team members took part in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge competition in San Francisco.  Over the 3.5 mile course, Jesus Romo took home a strong fourth, with Chris Mocko in sixth, Ben Mears in 16th and Tiffany Hall 40th.  

Vorderbruegge, Ellis, and Lenehan
after their XC opener
Just a couple days later, Nick Scalfone culminated a season of very hard work to score 5th place on the podium at the XTERRA Half Marathon Trail Championships in Utah, placing himself nicely among pros and Olympians also on the winner's stand.

Ladies in purple enjoying a 
beautiful day at Stanford
On the groomed fairways of the Stanford Golf Course, seven NBSV athletes contested the Stanford Cross Country Invitational on September 27, some of very few open athletes among a big collegiate field.  Kirsty Legg headlined results with a 6K personal best of 20:46 as she took fourth in a dead heat with the fading Alexa Efraimson.  Courtney Heiner and Marina Vorderbruegge put together their first cross country efforts of the year in 43rd and 68th, with Lauren Schultz following up behind.  On the men's side, Dawson Vorderbruegge produced a solid 8K opener of 24:38 for 41st, with Terrance Ellis and Matt Lenehan sandwiched around the 150 mark, both showing good early promise in a mid range event for the half miler and marathoner.

Hunt heads to the finish
 on the race track roadbed

Our South Carolinian correspondent, Heather Hunt, suffered through a few wrong turns and misdirects on the Bojangles Darlington Raceway Half Marathon course, resulting in second place as she works hr way into a marathon buildup.  She did get to finish on the race track, a fun aspect of that event. 

 This weekend, several athletes will run the Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, with others at the OktobeRun 5K in Redwood City.

Results for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge can be found here.

Results for the XTERRA Trail Half Marathon Championships can be found here.

Results for the Stanford Cross Country Invitational can be found here.

Results for the Bojangles Darlington Half Marathon, when posted, can be found here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NBSV is Off to the Races in September!

Early September featured as a busy time for the team as the fall season gets into full swing.

Women's team enjoying success at Golden Gate
In our first team cross country effort of the year, the NBSV women's team came home victorious at the 29th Annual Golden Gate Open on September 7.  Led by debutante Kirsty Legg's individual win and a strong runner up performance from Annie (St. Geme) Beck, the NBSV women included scoring from a solid 5th open / 1st 40+ finish from Kris Paaso, 12th from Catha Mullen in her first team race of 2014, and 30th for Diane Heiser.  When all was said and done, they scored 46 to outdistance an improving Strawberry Canyon TC squad by twenty with 66 points.  

On the men's side, three athletes ventured forth on the Lindley Meadow course.  Sam Yount and and Pete Trudelle were led by Billy Mateker in 26th place.

Earlier that morning, NBSV'ers made an impact out on the course at the Giants Race Half Marathon / 10K/ 5K. Finishing in AT&T park, top 10 finishes were enjoyed by Lauren Centrowitz, taking second with a significant negative in her first ever half, Chris Mocko in fifth, Dena Evans in 8th place.  Melinda DiNapoli earned 14th overall, 2nd in 40+ action.  In the 5K, April Montgomery took 4th as well. 

Lauren S and NBSV alum Rachel Booth
 in Arlington!
Lauren Schultz took advantage of a brief trip to the east coast to participate in the Arlington Police / Fire / Sheriff 9-11 5K in Virginia, finishing 4th, while Heather Hunt was back in her first action of 2014, traveling to alma mater Furman to finish 6th in the open "Blue Shoes" section of the Furman Classic Cross Country Invitational.

Some of our newcomers in the central valley have been busy getting ready for cross country season with some road racing.  Marina and Dawson Vorderbruegge earned 10K and 5K wins respectively at the Run to Color the Skies in Ripon, as well as twin wins at the Running of the Warriors 5K on the CSU Stanislaus campus.  

Many NBSVer will be in action this week, running with their employers for in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 17.  Nick Scalfone heads to Utah on the weekend to contest the XTERRA Trail Half Championships after a strong regional trail season this year.  Several athletes have plans to run the Stanford Cross Country Invitational on the 26th as well.

Results for the Giants Race Half Marathon / 10K / 5K can be found here.

Results for the Golden Gate Park Cross Country Open can be found here.

Results for the Arlington Police / Fire / Sheriff 9-11 5K can be found here.

Results for the Run to Color the Skies 5K / 10K can be found here.

Results for the Running of the Warriors, when posted, can be found here.

Results for the Furman Classic Blue Shoes XC can be found here.