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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.
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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.
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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 Talltreeclassic.com. 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.