RCC Tiger Invite: SISU Tops GBTC in Relay After 5,000m “Warm Up”

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The Roxbury Community College utilized their on-campus facility well last weekend and hosted a low-key open meet. Several USATF-NE athletes toed the line and the meet went off without a hitch. Highlights in the middle distance and distance events include (but are not limited to) the following:


  • Bridgewater State freshman Angie Martinez (running unattached) takes the win in 5’17.23 over Lauren Robinson and SISU Project’s Amanda Wright.
  • GBTC sweeps the men’s race as Mike Carlone wins it in epic fashion, kicking down the field over the last 4 laps with a 2’08 closing 800m for a 4’27.33.


  • Emerging Elite high schooler Emma Frazier takes down a field of collegians and post-collegians with a time of 2’35.01.
  • After rabbiting the first 1200m of the mile, GBTC’s Nikos Crist doubles back and takes the win in 1’59.87 with Ben Ossoff and UMass Boston’s Cameron Chase hot on his heels.

3000m (women)

  • A close race would unfold between NAPS Caroline Ascheri, Julie Craig, and Robyn St. Laurent. Ascheri would come out on top with a 11’32.40.

5000m (men)

  • 35 people were crammed on the track for this. Jonathan Charlesworth (GBTC) would pull off a solo time trial in 15’16.18 to win it with Wentworth runners Dan McSolla and Patrick Hopkins 2nd and 3rd.

This 5k even included a little friendly competition. The SISU Project men challenged the GBTC to toe four guys to the line of the 5k, then those same four run a 4x400m relay with the fastest 4×4 team being the winners. With it being mostly marathoners, this was the tasty race of the evening as only two runners between the two teams ran a sub 60 second split. Details and videos below:

GBTC 5k  4×4 Split SISU  5k  4×4 Split
Shaun Dever 16’09.81  60.x Mike Griffin 16’00.92  61.x
Rob Bond 16’08.45  64.x Dan Button 16’30.87  61.x
Eric Mendoza 16’18’87  61.x Mike Grasela 17’13.31*  61.x
Manny Gonzalez 15’49.30  59.x Joe Rand 17’10.78*  56.x

*Rand and Grasela inadvertently stopped a lap short, then continued on when realizing they had done so. Or maybe this was a planned 1x4800m, 1x200m off of ~20 second rest to conserve that extra ounce of energy needed to perform well in the relay?

GBTC may have had the faster guys on the line for the 5k, but the relay counted more in this challenge, giving “the crown” to the blue team!

Check out the full meet results here.

View the rest of Mike Giberti’s meet videos (mostly GBTC athletes) here.

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