Breaking news, via the magic of SMS/MMS:
Emily Buzzell: first place team coed division at Caesar Rodney! Go WRC!
Nine decorated WRCers, standing in front of the equestrian statue of Caesar Rodney at Rodney Square in Wilmington, DE. Like our runners, the horse is depicted in full gallop.
Emily Buzzell: Everyone is having fun here!
Emily Buzzell: Rachel and Ben did AWESOME (1:26, 1:19)
Team captain, Emily Buzzell, also sez:
Washington Running Club brought home first place in today’s Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington, DE!
Bolstered by good competition, close to perfect running weather (low 40s, overcast, breezy), and the promise of pizza and cupcakes after the race, WRC turned out some fantastic performances this morning. Ben Stutts led the way with a 16th place showing and his first sub-1:20 in a half marathon. Drew Killian ran close to his PR for 42nd place, and Rachel Clattenburg wowed with a 4th place finish among women. Particularly impressive about Rachel’s performance were her negative splits and the way she dropped the hammer during a long, challenging uphill climb between miles 6 and 9. Emily Buzzell ran a very evenly paced race to finish as the 7th woman. The team scoring was rounded out by Laura Jennings, who ran a 5-minute PR and finished in the top 100. Race organizers only allowed for scoring of the top-5 runners, but Jesse Frantz, Kendall Tucker, Carla Freyvogel (in her bold WRC singlet), and Claire Tsoukalis all ran stellar races as well.
WRC drove away from Wilmington, DE, today with some nice hardware, and we hope to return next year and do it all over again!
Citizens Bank Caesar Rodney Half Marathon
March 23, 2014, Rodney Square, Wilmington DE
Individual Results, Team Results
16 Ben Stutts 1:19:28, 16th overall
42 Drew Killian 1:24:43, 42nd overall
50 Rachel Clattenburg 1:25:56, 4th woman
60 Emily Buzzell 1:27:16, 7th woman
98 Laura Jennings 1:31:24
256 Jesse Frantz 1:41:27
469 Kendall Tucker 1:51:19
658 Carla Freyvogel 1:59:09
764 Claire Tsoukalis 2:04:08
Winning Co-ed Team, Averaged 1:25:46.
WRC budgeted $100 in travel money, to send its members to race together. Talk about a return on investment!