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.

Monday, March 3, 2014

NBSV Competes at 408K, Napa Marathon, and Snowshoe Nationals; Bersagel Named to US World Half Team

Who can predict where NBSV'ers will turn up next?

Bersagel heads to Copenhagen
Annie Bersagel, our long-time team member currently residing in Oslo, Norway, will represent the United States in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 29 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.  Bersagel, the 2013 USATF Marathon Champion, will be competing for her second World Half Team (2006), and will hope to translate a great year of training and winter acclimatization into a strong result for Team USA.  She'll be joined by Lauren Kleppin, Caitlin Comfort, Wendy Thomas, and Carla Santucci on a strong and in form American squad. 

This weekend, team members competed at the 408K in San Jose, the Napa
Romo heads for the line in a solid second place
Valley Marathon and the Dion National Snowshoe Championships.  Along the "Mariachi Mile,"  six NBSV men competed, with five finishing among the top 10.  Jesus Romo turned back all comers, save 2:10 marathoner Brett Gotcher, for a club best and personal record of 24:08 over the 8 kilometer course.  Billy Mateker broke improved 40 seconds from last week's Juana Run to break 25:00 in fourth place, followed directly by Frank Corrigan in his 2014 rust buster. A hard charging Dale Taylor and Patrick Reaves (with a PR) both earned top 10 spots as well in 8th and 9th, with Peter Trudelle finishing things for the men in 19th.  Melinda DiNapoli earned her first 408K victory, narrowly besting friendly neighborhood rival Lisa Renteria for the win in 31:10.

In wine country on Sunday, two time Napa Valley Marathon Chris Mocko required an extra measure of grit to finish in second place this year, after hamstring problems forced him to surrender the lead in the late stages.  With plenty of good training under the belt and plans for the rest of the spring on the table, hopefully Mocko will bounce back quickly.  Kimberly O'Donnell also earned 12th place in a training run effort as she works her way back from winter injury toward top flight competition in 2014.  

Out in Woodford, Vermont, Nick Scalfone enjoyed a second straight top 10 finish at the Dion National Snowshoeing Championships.  With the east coast setting providing a much deeper field, Scalfone was still successful maintaining his spot among the top crop of showshoers in the US. Is "snowshoers" a word?

Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming Pacific THERx 5K4Play on May 10 as well as our Tall Tree Classic on the track, April 17.  See you out there!

The USATF release naming Team USA for the 2014 IAAF World Half Championships can be found here.

Results for the 408K can be found here.

Results for the Napa Valley Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Dion Snowshoe National Championships can be found here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NBSV Races Well at NACAC, Double Road Race, and Juana Run

NBSV's reach extended 5000 miles this weekend as several athletes enjoyed success.

From the cold of Scotland
to the humidity of Tobago!
photo credit:  Mike Scott
Stephanie Dinius competed in her second international race in two months, contesting the NACAC (North American, Central American, and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships in Mt. Irvine, Tobago for the United States team.  Over the hilly course on a humid day on the tropical island of Tobago, Dinius helped the US earn the team gold over Canada in the senior women's race (16-25), taking an individual fifth place.  Kellyn Johnson was the individual victor, while Carrie Dimoff earned third and Corrie Conner rounded out the US team scoring in seventh.  With the additional international experience under her belt, Dinius will next feature in the USATF 15K Championships at the Gate River Run on March 16th in Jacksonville, Florida.

Kemp, smiling as usual
Back on home turf,  Chandler Kemp and Tania Morimoto commuted down to San Jose for the San Jose Double Road Race.  Over the 10K and 5K distances (with a break in between), Kemp emerged victorious by nearly two minutes over the next competitor, completing the 15K in 48:23, while Morimoto earned a consistent runner-up finish in 56:03.  

At the 18th annual Juana Run in Palo Alto, Billy Mateker finished top two for the third time in four years, coming in only seconds behind winner Cheyne Inman for a solid 2014 opener over 8K.  Lauren Schultz produced a solid winning time and road PR as well over the 1 mile event as she finished first among men, women (and children)! Dena Evans was also 8th for women in the 8K.  

NBSV'ers also took part in an NB photo shoot last week -
watch for their images this summer!
This weekend, Chris Mocko and Kimberly O'Donnell will contest the Napa Valley Marathon, and several athletes will compete at the 408K in San Jose. Nick Scalfone also heads east for the national snow shoe championships in Vermont.

Don't forget to enter the Pacific THERx 5K4Play (Saturday, May 10) today and keep the Tall Tree Classic, powered by Fleet Feet Menlo Park on your April 17th calendar!

Results for the NACAC Cross Country Championships are available here.

Results for the San Jose Double Road Race are available here.

Results for the Juana Run 8K, 1Mile are available here.