Yeah, still rolling out the Mayor’s Cup coverage. Here we have the top women from the Central Park Track Club, fresh off their team victory at the Mayor’s Cup. Featured here are birthday girl Rolanda Bell (5th, 17:36), Catherine Beck (6th, 17:39), Jane Vongvorachoti (8th, 17:43), and the Secret Weapon: Erin Koch (10th, 17:51).
Catherine and Jane went on to run quite well at the Dash to the Finish 5k in NYC. They ran 16:56 (22th) and 17:10 (24th), respectively.
Beginning to think I should’ve edited out the ‘mom and pop’ line at the end. Why not embrace the weird? It’s what separates us from the pack.
Stilled mired in some technical difficulties, but we were able to get one video done before the mayhem ensued. Jennifer Bergman of Mizuno DC won the competition in 17:10. This was a talented field that drew from much beyond the borders of Boston. Just behind Bergman was Sarah Groff of NYAC in 17:13. Jillian King (17:18) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (17:23) of New Balance Boston were first of the locals to represent and they finished 3-4. In 5th and 6th were a couple of members from their ‘sister club’, Central Park Track Club: birthday girl Rolanda Bell (17:36) and Cat Beck (17:39).
From the start, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.
Although Katrina Spratford isn’t exactly a local, she is newly representing the region (and Legion?) as one of the newest members of NE Distance. The Shippensburg alumn finished 7th in 17:43.
As you can see, lots of visitors in the race. A cross country race that bring out the best in your area and from outside the region…why would’t you want to compete there? Anyway, here’s some raw footage from the women’s race:
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t get Universal Sports, the US Indoor National Championships were held this past Saturday. Of the 10 women lined up for the 3k, three of them have made appearances on the Level before. That makes for good watching!
Chelsea Reilly held on for a hard fought victory and survived a pretty brutal finish in the process. Lisa Uhl tried to pass on the inside and ended up taking both of them down. Uhl suffered the worst of it, as evidenced by the nasty bruise under her eye. See it for yourself here:
While the leaders were going down in a tangled mess, the rest of the field was battling it out on the final lap. Joanna Murphy of New Balance Boston (the 2013 New England indoor 3k champ) and Cat Beck of the Central Park Track Club held on to finish 7th and 8th, respectively. Murphy ran a 9:46 and Beck finished with a 9:50, both strong times considering it was at altitude.