WRC Women 2nd at Cherry Blossom; Hosford, Stratton Both Set PRs;Boys Prepare for Boston Marathon on April 17th; Jim Wadsworth and Adina Siegel Engaged; Russ Crandall Beats Newsweek to the Punch
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.”
T.S. Eliot – The Wasteland
You tell ‘em brother. The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 10th was cruelty incarnate – 34 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds. This is the second year in a row that miserable conditions prevailed, creating no-shows, and forcing many runners to use pack tactics. Thoughts occuring to runners during the race included
- “Where is global warming when you need it?”
- “these conditions are utterly absurd“
- “ten dollars that Tony gets plugged on the Sopranos tonight“
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, April 9th
In team competition that demonstrated the depth and strength of Howard County Striders and Montgomery County Road Runners, WRC held its own. Our club placed fourth in the Open Men’s category, third in Master’s Men and second in Open Women. Howard County men are especially impressive (both open and masters), dominating the race as they have for the past couple of years.
Below are the team results.
1. HOWARD COUNTY STRIDERS A
52:32 53:24 55:13 ( 57:33) = 2:41:09
MARK GILMORE, CHRIS CHATTIN, DAVE BERARDI, JON SUSHINSKY
2. MCRRC BIG DOGS
53:29 53:35 55:41 (1:01:18) = 2:42:45
MATT GREEN, ROB MAGIN, RICK KERN, BOB PRICE
3. ANNAPOLIS RACING TEAM
54:56 55:19 55:46 ( 56:15) (1:00:45) = 2:46:01
GREG SHUTE, ROBERT MARINO, GARY SULLIVAN, JEFF WALCOFF, DAVID WEBSTER
4. WRC OLD GUARD
54:30 57:25 59:02 = 2:50:57
GARY ODONNELL, ANTHONY BELBER, TODD MARTIN
5. HOWARD COUNTY STRIDERS B
58:29 58:50 1:00:46 (1:01:37) = 2:58:05
TREY CASSIDY, PAUL KEATING, DAVID BRIGHTWELL, RAYMOND FRANKEWICH
1. FLEET FEET WOMEN I
58:06 1:00:56 1:01:55 (1:07:17) = 3:00:57
ALISA HARVEY, PATTI SHULL, KIRSTEN BLACK, FIONA BRANTON
2. WRC’s QUICK TO THE MARK
1:01:42 1:02:04 1:08:15 (1:10:42) (1:14:18) = 3:12:01
PATTY FULTON, DONNA MOORE, ROBIN OSWALD, DARCEE ODONNELL, MARIE DAVIS
3. HOWARD COUNTY STRIDERS FEMALE
1:02:36 1:04:35 1:09:31 = 3:16:42
VANESSA COX, VICKI LANG, JULIE DEUTSCHMANN
4. VA RUNNER WOMEN
1:05:34 1:06:29 1:09:38 = 3:21:41
DEBI BERNARDES, CAROL KRILL, LIZ SPEEGLE
5. FLEET FEET WOMEN II
1:03:58 1:06:17 1:11:41 (1:13:03) (1:13:03) = 3:21:56
KRISTIN FARAGUNA, ERIN FLEMING, JENNIFER RAGONE, ALLYSON SCHINDEL,
1. HOWARD COUNTY MASTERS
56:31 57:00 57:05 (1:02:00) = 2:50:36
ANTHONY BASILE, TOM BOWMASTER, JIM CLELLAND, BOB BURNS
2. BRRC STUDS THAT WAS
56:23 1:05:19 1:05:34 (1:11:23) = 3:07:16
JAMES PRYDE JR, RICK BINGHAM, LONNIE RICHMOND, TOM LUBY
3. WRC’s MASTER BLASTER
1:01:48 1:03:58 1:09:04 (1:11:57) (1:14:34) = 3:14:50
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, PRASAD GERARD, ROBERT TROST, DAVID KEATING, JAMES
4. MCRRC KENTLANDERS
1:07:10 1:07:59 1:13:14 = 3:28:23
BRIAN RUBERRY, HAL DANOFF, JEFF LOWE
5. GNATS MEN
1:08:59 1:09:18 1:10:29 (1:28:48) = 3:28:46
CHAN ROBBINS, GEORGE MYERS, DICK HIPP, GARY GLUECKERT
Individual Results from club members are as follows:
Gary O’Donnell 54:28
Anthony Belber 57:20
Dan Wallace 58:13
Eric Rodkin 58:40
Todd Martin 58:57
Jeff Stratton 59:17
Roberto Rodriquez 61:44
Jay Wind 61:56
Prasad Gerard 63:44
Tom McCarthy 63:48
Ron McGraw 64:34
Terry Fry 64:46
Jon Thoren 65:46
Bob Platt 69:45
David Keating 71:41
James Scarborough 74:12
Patty Fulton 61:37
Donna Moore 61:59
Kim Robinson 62:59
Robin Oswald 67:47
Darcee O’Donnell 70:10
Marie Davis 72:37
Becky Orfinger 73:10
Liz Hosford 83:40
Margo Kelly 84:57
Kudos to all who ran. Special recognition to Jeff Stratton and Liz Hosford who both ran personal bests.
We trust by now that all are experiencing full feeling in both hands and feet.
News of the Club
We regret that two of our good friends will be leaving DC soon. Marie Davis will be departing June 1st for medical school.
And Paul Neimeyer has accepted a position at Temple University Health System as Associate Counsel. This will be a true loss. Paul has been instrumental in organizing our speed workouts, and has an outstanding work ethic that is an example to us all. We shall miss him. We expect to fete both these members proper at the next happy hour.
This Particular Philadelphia Runner is Excited that Paul is Returning
And on happier news, we are delighted to report that Jim Wadsworth and Adina Siegel are engaged to be married. Wedding will be sometime in 2001. Adina points out that “JIm did not ask me UNTIL I broke 44 minutes for 10K!!!” Sounds like reasonable criteria to us.
All the best to the happy couple.
Adina and Jim in New York City. This is a very rare New York photo, as Donald Trump is nowhere to be seen
Tales from the Other Colombia
Finally we have word from Russ Crandall in Peru. Russ is still plagued by a bad knee, and is resting. Dr. Crandall sends regards to one and all.
One of the things that Russ was telling us back in December is now being reported in the wider press (our new motto ClubNews – investigative cutting edge journalism). Russ (a foreign policy expert by trade) explained that American policy in Columbia is partially driven by the desire of U.S. helicopter manufacturers to sell their wares. Russ observed that we are now introducing helicopters not because helicopters are a solution to the drug problem – but because it benefits American helicopter manufacturers.
Newsweek Magazine pick up on this theme a couple of weeks ago in detailed article. It seems that the 1.3 billions dollar aid package we gave the Columbia represents in large part a U.S. Government purchase of helicopters manufactured by Textron and United Technologies. Not surprising, Textron and UT gave money to the Democrats, totaling $125,000.
What is so dubious is that factions of the Colombian military is in cahoots with the drug lords. The helicopters will do little to solve the drug problem, but will certainly help the bottom line of Textron and U.T., while exacerbating an already lethal civil conflict.
Imagine if the U.S. Government introduced armaments to either side in the Irish conflict- there would justly be uproar. This deal is arguably as bogus. In any event, Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut has another black mark on his record.
Russ who is both a smart guy (and a fast one to boot) saw this coming before anyone. Kudos to our favorite international analyst!
Okay, ClubNews is getting off its soap box, and resuming its normal programming.
Best of luck to our boys who are running the Boston Marathon next week. Their number includes Paul Neimeyer, Kevin Ryan, Prasad Gerard, Erik Carpenter and Dave DeSchryver. You will some fierce competition up there to contend with. Be valiant, speed well, and all the best. Reports will be posted here next week.
And best of luck to our friend Keith Moore who is running the Bull Run 50 Miler next week.