JT Sullivan and Jake Petralia, both debuting in uniform for New Balance Silicon Valley, competed on Saturday, February 4th at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Held indoors at the famed 168th Street Armory, better known now as the New Balance Track & Field Center, the meet primarily catered to college athletes, with a few open sections in the middle distances.
In his first professional race following the conclusion of collegiate eligibility last fall, JT Sullivan took third in the Men's 1500 with a time of 3:45.53, a couple of equivalent seconds away from his indoor Mile personal best of 4:00. Jake Petralia, following a long lay-off in 2011 with plantar issues, crossed the line in 8th at 3:50.57, a step in the right direction toward a successful outdoor season. After being caught on the back side of the gap when the pace opened up a couple laps in, JT did well to essentially win the group over the final 250m. Both athletes will stay on the east coast in advance of joining teammates Brian Glynn and Robbie Reid to contest the Club Championship Distance Medley Relay at the Millrose Games on Saturday February 11th.
Back at home, Sam Yount churned out a solid even split mile to hit his target time and fourth place, and a significantly negative split 2 mile to win the event at the Los Gatos All-Comers series. Sarah Boyden, this time arriving with only minutes to spare before her race, ran 2:17 essentially as a warm-up and then came back with Sam in the mile for a women's win. With examination of the photo and consultation with the timers of last week's mile, it appears she actually ran 4:59 for the full mile (which would eclipse Kris Paaso's outdoor Mile mark of 5:01), but the official timing cannot be verified, leaving her with the task of running faster in weeks to come.
On Sunday, Dena Evans took the racing singlet out of the drawer for the first time in 2012, running 1:24 for the half and 3rd in the 35-39 at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, in what she characterizes as an exploratory effort in prep for a spring marathon.
In addition to the men in action at Millrose next weekend, NBSV will send a women's team to the USATF Cross Country Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Other athletes (TBD) will also make their way back to Los Gatos for another all-comers meet. A live webcast of the cross country meet will be available on Runner Space at 7:45am Pacific time, while the Millrose Games will be shown live on YouTube. (Men's Club Championship DMR will be at 1:15pm Pacific).
For NB Collegiate Invite results, please click here.
Video footage of the meet, including the Men's Open 1500m at ~3 hours and 55 min in, can be found here.
For Los Gatos All-Comers results (eventually), please click here.
Results for the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon can be found here.