Monday, August 18, 2014

Another Good Summer Weekend on the Roads and Trails for NBSV

NBSV team members were in competition across the US this weekend.   
To the victors go the rubber chickens!
On home turf, Justus Meyer, Elle Pishny, and Catha Mullen took on the Angel Island 12K trail run.  Meyer and Pishny brought home wins and course records, while Mullen enjoyed a successful return to racing for the first time in 2014, finishing second among women and fourth overall.

Becque back in purple!
In San Diego, Claudia Becque took a good first step toward a future marathon with a 7th place finish in a strong field at the America's Finest City Half Marathon, breaking 1:20 after only a few weeks back training.

Pete Trudelle represented the team down in Santa Cruz for the first race on the PAUSATF Cross Country circuit, finishing the hilly course in 42nd.

Back east, Nick Scalfone and Kaitlin Gregg Goodman contested the Falmouth Road Race seven miler for the first time, with Goodman highlighting results with a top 20 overall, top 12 US finish as she transitions to her new environs in the northeast.

Never ones to miss a weekend of results, Megan Deakins and David Roche finally tied the knot in Colorado over the weekend. Congrats!

Don't forget!  Join us for our 2nd annual golf tournament at Emerald Hills!  Register today!

Results for the America's Finest City Half Marathon are available here.

Results for the Angel Island 12K are available here.

Results for the Santa Cruz XC Challenge, when posted, are available here.

Results for the Falmouth Road Race are available here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Racing Continues for NBSV With Wins Aplenty

Over the last few weeks, NBSV'ers have continued to mount the podium stairs as they have enjoyed success on the roads and trails.

On the weekend of July 26-27, the team had a busy day at a variety of distances, with athletes competing at the San Francisco Marathon / Half Marathon, the Wharf to Wharf 6 Miler, and the Siskiyou Out and Back 50 Miler, and the Almaden Quicksilver Trail Race.  In San Francisco, newcomer Matt Lenehan was awarded third place in the full marathon.  Despite covering the hilly, challenging course in 2:32:21 chip time, only 15 seconds behind the winner, he was given third place due to his gun time of 2:34:23.  Either way, a very strong performance.  Ben Mears also ran well in his first race for the purple.  He recorded 1:10:22 in the second half marathon division to also earn the bronze, while Justus Meyer made the leaderboard with a 1:14 clocking for 10th place overall.

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On the trails, the last weekend in July was also very productive for the team.  Kimberly O'Donnell ran 7:39 for third place overall, first woman, and a new club best for 50 miles at the Siskiyou Out and Back run, while competing in honor of her late grandfather.  Back in the Bay Area, Megan Deakins and David Roche also earned wins and course records at the New Almaden Trail Run at Quicksilver over 14.5 miles.

Lauren Centrowitz also took a step in the direction of a solid fall with a top 15 placing at the Wharf to Wharf six miler in Santa Cruz, always a deep local event with some international flavor. 

Diane, looking very sustainable
after the win
Winning the prize for the most "mixed messages" awards of the year, Stephanie Pancoast and Nick Scalfone both took home top honors at the Sausage Fest 5K on August 2nd, which prides itself as "Finally a race for the men....but women are welcome too."  

Also in the obscure, but true file was the first annual Sustainable Race 11K, won by Diane Heiser in San Francisco.  Automatic PR and club best with the rarely run distance!

Wrapping up the La Sportiva Mountain Cup Series titles with wins and course records at the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase, David Roche and Megan Deakins continued apace toward their upcoming wedding and trip to the World Mountain Running Championships in September.  Megan also made the cover of Endurance Magazine this month, which features a lengthy piece on the dynamic duo.
Wait a sec, that's Megan Deakins
on the cover!

Upcoming events for the team include potential participation in the first PAUSATF Cross Country event in Santa Cruz, the Angel Island Trail Race 12K, as well as competition in the Giant Race Half Marathon / 10K / 5K and the Golden Gate Cross Country Open in early September.

Results for the San Francisco Marathon / Half Marathon can be found here.

Results for the Siskiyou Out and Back 50 Miler can be found here.

Results for the New Almaden Trail Run at Quicksilver can be found here.

Results for the Wharf to Wharf 6 miler can be found here (pending correction). 

Results for the Sausage Fest 5K can be found here.

Results for the Sustainable Race 11K can be found here.

Results for the Jupiter Peak Steeplchase can be found here.

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.