|Jacques Sallberg sprints along the Missiion Bay side of the Cross Country Course on his way to the win in the |
|Eric Blake #212 creating a 5 meter gap back to David Angell on his way to the Men's 40-44 Division win at |
|Jesse Barragan dictating the pace with Colin Olson trying to keep pace; Barragan took the final podium spot in the Men's 40-44 Division at |
|John Gardiner, in ' no man's land' along Mission Bay, keeps it going to take 3rd place in the 45-49 Men's Division at the |
|From Top to Bottom, Craig Godwin, Christian Cushing-Murray, and Matt Farley who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 50-54 Men's Division at the|
|From Top to Bottom, Marisa Sutera Strange, Kimberly Hazard, and Rosalva Bonilla, who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 55-59 Women's Division at the|
|From Top to Bottom, Nat Larson, Kevin Zimmer, and Iain Mickle, who finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 55-59 Men's Division at the|
|Top Panel Suzanne Cordes, who finished 3rd; Bottom panel shows Nancy Simmons #141 and Mo Bartley #104, who finished 1-2 in the Women's 60-64 Division at the|
|Three Hundred Meters into the Men's Race and Joe Sheeran #329 is leading his Division out, with Dan King right on his heels at the|
|Sara Cohen claims 2nd in the Women's 65-69 Division at the|
|Top panel-John Hirschberger #266 who finished 3rd; Bottom panel Jack Pottle #314, who finished 2nd in the Men's 65-69 Division at the|
70-74 The top 4 runners from the October 5 Km Championships in October were back.
|Jane Treleven leads her teammate, Jeanette Groesz as they go 1-2 in the Women's 70-74 Division at the |
|Top to Bottom Jan Frisby #255, Gordon Lutes #292 (about to pass Jim Reynolds) and Len Goldman finished 3-2-1 respectively in the Men's 75-79 Division at the|
|Top panel- Richard Williams, who took 3rd and Bottom panel-Andrew Sherwood red singlet and Roland Cormier white singlet, who took 2nd and 1st, respectively in the Men's 80-84 Diuvision at the|
|Gunnar Linde starts out on his way to victory in the Men's 90-94 Division at the |
|Gwendolen Twist #146 of the Janes holds off Kristen Reyes of the San Diego Track Club taking 4th and 5th places in the Team Competition at the |
|John Foster #253 and Juan Morales #303 battle in the trenches for their teams, Boise and Cal Coast in the Men's 40+ Team Contest at the |
M60+ In a Rocky Mountain showdown, Athletics Boulder [AB] was going toe to toe with the Boulder Road Runners [BRR]. AB had taken 4th at Lehigh to BRR's 9th but BRR was bringing a stronger team to San Diego. A depleted Shore Athletic Club [Shore] hoped to fend off the local Jamul Toads [Jamul] who took the Masters 5 Km title on this mission Bay course the previous October. Shore's top runner, Reno Stirrat, needed to focus on his final Marathon prep, and keeping an uncooperative hip in flex; he is one of a handful of runners going for 6SDS3, running a sub-3 hour marathon in each of 6 different decades. He runs in Phoenix on the 9th of February-Go, Reno! Harold Leddy joins Kevin Dollard and Scott Linell as 'next man up!' With top 60's runners, John Holcomb and Keith Witthauer fighting health problems, and Brian Nelson not available, Cal Coast brought a reconstituted 60's team and would also take a swing at landing on the podium.
AB did what it needed to do over the first loop; at the first timing mat, Dan King was in 1st and they held 7th and 11th for 19 points and an 8-point lead over BRR. Dan Spale was in 4th for BRR and then they had 9th and 14th. Chuck Smead was having an off day but hung in gamely for the first two loops before he had to withdraw. Michael Lebold gave Jamul a 2nd place at that point, along with an 8th and 24th for 34 points. They would need their 3rd or 4th runners to move up if they were to challenge BRR for 2nd. Cal Coast was in 3rd, three points ahead of Jamul, thanks to a 5th place position from John Araujo. The Kansas City Smoke [Smoke] was tied with Jamul for 4th with 34 points. Shore was 8 points back but had a pretty tight pack at 12-13-17. Over the 2nd loop, Rick Bruess and Kevin Cooper both moved up 2 spots to drop AB's score to 15. Jay Littlepage moved up 3 spots and Jack Pottle two to lower BRR's score by 5 points to 22; now they were 7 points behind AB. The 2nd loop was tough for Cal Coast as they dropped 5 positions winding up at 36, now 3 points behind the Smoke and only two points ahead of Shore. Shore's Dollard had moved up from 12th to 10th, and Scott Linnell from 17th to 15th. The 3rd loop saw AB and BRR both fall a point to 16 and 23. Jamul inched closer to BRR by lowering its score on the course to 33. Cal Coast's John Araujo fell from 11th to 12th but both Tomas Rodriguez and Bill Amor held their positions; with 37 points Cal Coast was now tied with Shore and both were 3 points ahead of Kansas City. Dollard had continued to move up, now holding 8th. The podium looked to be set, barring last minute heroics, but the race for 4th was hot from there to the finish! Cooper moved up 2 spots to drop AB's final total to 14; BRR's Spale moved up to 2nd, so BRR wound up in 2nd at 21. Jamul fell back two points to 35 but edged the 4th and 5th place teams, Shore and Cal Coast, tied with 38 points. The current tie-breaking rule is that the team with the highest place from their last scoring runner is awarded the better finish. That put Shore 4th and Cal Coast 5th. The Kansas City Smoke were 5 points back in 6th, followed by the San Diego Track Club
Athletics Boulder D King, R Bruess, K Cooper 33:22 avg 14 Boulder Road Runners D Spale, J Littlepage, J Pottle, C Smead/DNF 34:21 21 Jamul Toads M Lebold, J Ruland, D Wilson 36:24 35
M70+ The San Diego Striders, the Boulder Road Runners and the Ann Arbor Track Club had a real showdown at the Masters 5 Km Championship on this course in October. San Diego took the honors with Tony Marshall and Ron Wells leading the way. Boulder and Ann Arbor were 4 points back, with Boulder awarded 2nd on a tie-breaker. At Club Cross, Ann Arbor got their revenge on the Striders, taking first. Boulder did not send a complete team. Ann Arbor was skipping this Championship so it looked like there would be a shootout between Boulder and San Diego. That did not materialize, however, as Marshall was out, apparently due to health reasons, and Wells had some transitory reason that forced him to miss the event. As a result, the real struggle would be between San Diego and the Atlanta Track Club for 2nd and 3rd. By the end of the first loop, Boulder was in control, with Rick Katz leading the way in 1st, but their 2nd-4th scoring runners crossed the timing mat 4-5-6 for 10 points and a 9 point lead, which is huge over three scoring runners. Jerry Learned and Dave Glass were running tight in 2nd and 3rd for Atlanta. Their third runner, Andrew Sherwood, now in the 80-84 division, would not be able to contribute very much to the cause; what he had at this point was enough. His 14th place gave Atlanta 19 points and a 5 point lead over San Diego which had Gordon Lutes, Daniel Diehr, and Steve Doyle running as a tight pack in 7th, 8th, and 9th, for 24. The Shore Athletic Club was 12 points back in 4th. When Jeffrey Dumas moved up to 3rd for Boulder, that increased their lead to 9-20, as Atlanta fell back to 20. With San Diego and Shore holding steady, things were tightening up. Boulder stayed consistent through to the finish line, taking the win with 10 points. The big change was due to a major move by Lutes; he started the loop in 7th and finished it in 4th, lowering San Diego into a tie with Atlanta. Lutes and Glass had an epic battle over the last 2 kilometers, with never more than a second separating them. Try as he might, Glass could not get past Lutes, and try as he might, Lutes could not drop Glass. Finally the finish line was in sight, both had given their all, Lutes took 4th to Glass's 5th by a mere 0.8 seconds. That saved the tie score for San Diego and the tie-breaker rule favored San Diego. Shore finished 4th with 37 points.
Boulder Road Runners R Katz, J Dumas, D Dooley, (J Reynolds, J Frisby) 39:55 avg 10 San Diego Striders G Lutes, D Diehr, S Doyle 42:33 21 Atlanta Track Club J Learned, D Glass, A Sherwood 45:36 21
M80+ At the Masters 5 Km XC Championship in San Diego last October the San Diego Striders had to beat off a challenge by the San Diego Track Club. They took care of that 6-15. This time there was no opposition, and it was another perfect 1-2-3, 6 point score for the Striders!
San Diego Striders Richard Williams, Warren Osborn, James Kurtz 1:04:19 avg