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Washington teams at XC Club Nationals

Sorry it has taken me so long to post this, but due to the snow I haven’t been at my computer very much (I don’t have a computer at home). Washington teams had a pretty strong showing at the USATF XC Club Nationals in Spokane on December 13th. Below is a list of how each of those teams did. Hopefully these teams will continue to enter different events (XC, track, road relays) throughout the year so maybe we can start to build up some friendly team competition within the State. Please let me know if I have missed anyone or need to make any corrections.

Masters Women (40+)


Place    Points           Team

   1           23        Club Northwest-A

Points        Name            Time

   2        Susan Empey      24:21 

   9        Karen Steen         25:08

  12       Alyssa Tower        25:24 

  20       Christina Ashby    26:08


Place    Points           Team

   3           34       Seattle Running Club 

Points        Name                Time

   3        Alysun Deckert         24:23 

  13       Mary Hanna              25:34

  18       Amber Cruzan           26:05 

  30       Heather Nugent         27:34

  32       Kristy Maraveller       27:53


Place    Points           Team

   4           49          Eastside Runners 

Points        Name           Time

   1        Liz Wilson          23:55 

  17       Francie Faure      26:03

  31       Brenda Carter      27:44 

  33       Molly Hurd          27:56


Place    Points           Team

   5            56         Club Northwest-B 

Points        Name           Time

  15       Regina Joyce      25:40 

  16       Kelly Kruell         25:43

  25       Gail Hall             26:41


Place    Points           Team

   8           91           Hard Core Runners Club 

Points        Name               Time

  14       Lisa Garcia             25:37 

  38       Carol Stuhley          28:42

  39       Donna Nettleship    28:43 

  43       Ilene Gerardi           29:18

  46       Rosanne Bacon      30:51


Masters Women (50+)


Place    Points           Team

   5          153     Road Runner Sports-Seattle

Points        Name               Time

  50      Phyllis Nelson          32:03 

  51      Joy Cordell              32:07

  52     Sherri Prather           38:38


Masters Men (40+)


Place    Points           Team

   5          128         Club Northwest

Points        Name               Time

  12       Michael Lynes        34:55 

  16       Tony Young            35:15

  31       John O’Hearn          36:31 

  32       Keefer Whan          36:37

  37       Paul Abdalla           36:55 

  48       Sean Messiter        37:19

  49       Carl Winter             37:24

  64       Kevin McGinnis      38:20

             Ian Brown              39:00

             Loren Hill               40:51


Place    Points           Team

  12          374        Eastside Runners

Points        Name                  Time

  50       Tony Hawkes             37:29 

  67       Lance Logan              38:37

  82       Jeff Sowards              40:04 

  85       David Treadwell          40:12

  90       Christopher Michaels  40:49 

  94       David Eddy                41:23

 102      Mark Steen                43:03


Place    Points           Team

  13         428        Fleet Feet Running Club

Points        Name                 Time

  63       Lance Docken           38:17 

  75       Scott Drennen           39:16

  86       Kevin McCrabb          40:16 

  97       Daryl Montgomery     41:38

 107      Tim Campbell            43:48


Place    Points           Team

  14         430            EMDE Sports

Points        Name                 Time

  74        Kevin Swaim            39:07 

  77       Jeffrey Rahn              39:40

  83       Tim Haugan              40:08 

  95       Troy Nelson              41:30

 101      John Townley            42:53 

 103      Michael Lauffer          43:04

 109      Paul Suter                44:31


Place    Points           Team

  16         468           Fairhaven Runners

Points        Name                 Time

   70      Kendall Townsend      38:52 

   87      Steven Wade             40:18

   88      Stephen Roguski        40:34 
  110     Charles Dooley           45:40

  113     Anthony Cava             48:42

            John Schick               48:14 


Place    Points           Team

  17         487         Fleet Feet Running Club-B

Points        Name                 Time

  89       Patrick Kenworthy      40:44 

  91       Zachary Willis            40:53

  96       Paul Morrison             41:38 

 105      Richard Nelly              43:18

 106      Chris Blair                  43:38


Masters Men (50+) 


Place    Points           Team

   1          48            Club Northwest

Points        Name                 Time

   1        Rick Becker              36:42 

   2        Michael Smith           36:51

  11       Mark Billett                38:51 

  13       David Cannon             39:11

  21       Frederick Motteler      40:21 

  24       Michael Allison          40:55

  31       Jerry Zyskowski         42:34


Place    Points           Team

   5          133         Seattle Running Club

Points        Name                 Time

   8        Henry Wigglesworth   38:23 

  26       Kent Sizer                 40:59

  27       Win Van Pelt             41:15 

  35       Mark Drangsholt         43:45

  37       Scott Serpa               45:09 

  44       Tony Myrie                48:28


Place    Points           Team

   6          185         Eastside Runners

Points        Name                 Time

   3        Joe Sheeran              37:14 

  42       John Swenson           47:20

  45       Wes Pitman              49:30 

  46       Norbert Geer              49:37

  49       Jim Buckley              50:22 

  51       Osamu Yamamoto    51:04

  57       Hon-wah Chan          52:50


Place    Points           Team

   8          219         3 Rivers Road Runners 

Points        Name                 Time

  39       Dana Ward                45:44 

  40       Jeff Huth                    46:26

  43       Stuart Kretzschmar    48:11 

  47       Steven Wisness         49:48

  50       Ronald Melton           50:25


Masters Men (60+) 


Place    Points           Team

   4          27            EMDE Sports

Points        Name                 Time

   3        Jeff Corkill                 42:25 

   9        Joe Machala             44:33

  15       Scott Melville             48:43


Place    Points           Team

   5          30           Eastside Runners

Points        Name                 Time

   5        David Longmuir          43:41 

  11       Frazer Mann              45:11

  14       Patrick Dwyer            47:20 

  19       James McGill            50:12

  22      Charles Crouse          51:06


Place    Points           Team

  7           73            3 Rivers Road Runners

Points        Name                 Time

 21        Bill Voiland                50:45 

 25        Kenneth Kniveton       52:56

 27        James Peterson         53:58 

 28        Jon Neely                  54:38

 29        John Butterfield          1:16:20


Masters Men (70+) 


Place    Points           Team

  1            6            Snohomish Track Club

Points        Name                 Time

  1         Ben Grevstad             52:32 

  2         Bill Iffrig                     55:41

  3         Larry Wright              58:38 

  4         Melvin Preedy           1:06:50


Open Women 


Place    Points           Team

  6           153          Club Northwest

Points        Name                 Time

 15        Rose Wetzel              22:32 

 22        Vanessa Hunter         22:49

 26        Megan Johnson          22:57 

 44        Lauren Matthews        23:26

 46        Lia Slemons              23:26 

 50        Kristi Houk                23:32

 78        Linn Schulte-Sasse    23:53

118       Diane Martineillo         25:17


Place    Points           Team

 11          284         The Spokane Swifts

Points        Name                 Time

 19        Johanna Olson           22:43

 35        Janet Collar               23:14 

 48        Jodi Suter                  23:29

 84        Rachel Jaten              23:59 

 98        Haley Cooper             24:26

106       Amber Hamilton         24:46

107       Annie Warner             24:51

115       Heather McLaughlin    25:04


Place    Points           Team

 19          562         Eastside Runners

Points        Name                 Time

 38        Susan Ashlock           23:20 

121       Andrea Garvue            25:21

123       Erica Pitman              25:30 

131       Jennifer Bolibol           25:55

149       Tami Curtis                28:22 

152       Susan Pevovar           29:48


Place    Points           Team

 21          659          The Spokane Swifts-B

Points        Name                 Time

117       Heidi Bresson             25:10 

125       Lori Buratto                25:41

136       Adrianne Campbell      26:19 

140       Lora Jackson              26:38

141       Sarah Ranson            26:38 

142       Lanaia Severino          26:48

145       Eve Nelson                27:02

150       Libby Fisher               28:43


Open Men


Place    Points           Team

  6           216        Club Northwest

Points        Name                 Time

 12        Joseph Gray              31:33 

 20        Mikhail Sayenko        31:50

 39        Mark Mandi               32:22 

 68        Brett Winegar            33:16

 77        Sean Sundwall           33:23 

 88        John Timeus              33:30

134       Scott Halliday            34:19

152       Jeremy Park              34:38

240       Jeff Hashimoto           34:54


Place    Points           Team

 14          479         Bigfoot Track Club

Points        Name                 Time

 49        Mark Curell                32:45 

 64        Andrew Fuller             33:08

 85        Eric Burck                 33:28 

 97        Ty Axtman                 33:38

184       Sean Coyle                35:25


Place    Points           Team

 18          576          Eastside TC

Points        Name                 Time

 73        Eric Griffiths               33:19 

107       Sean Williams            33:53

118       Rusty McCrea            33:59 

132       Michael Anderson       34:17

146       Patrick McCurry         34:33 

186       Timothy Riley             35:30


Place    Points           Team

 22          673          Seattle Running Club

Points        Name                 Time

 98        Ben Mangrum            33:40 

119       Travis Boyd                33:59

138       Destry Johnson          34:22 

143       Gregory Crowther       34:28

175       Chris Charles             35:09 

196       Ben Sauvage              35:50

204       Aaron Ladd                36:02

219       Mark Davies               36:45

            Adam Lint                  37:22


Place    Points           Team

 32          937           Brooks ID

Points        Name                 Time

 81        Michael Bresson        33:24 

155       Steve Dekoker           34:40

182       Josh Hadway             35:24 

250       Gregory Gallagher      38:37

269       Matthew Cusack        45:52


Place    Points           Team

 38          1101       Fairhaven Runners

Points        Name                 Time

129       Chad Portwood           34:14 

207       Peter Ellis                  36:08

245       Steve Grichel              38:21 

254       Jason Gulley              39:01

266       Sam Brancheau          43:16


Place    Points           Team

 39          1107       EMDE Sports

Points        Name                 Time

194       Thomas Pileggi           35:47 

202       Evan Sims                  35:59

231       Michael Bergquist       37:28 

236       Ryan McIntyre            37:44

244       Kenneth Linder           38:20 

258       Sam Picicci               39:53

264       Charles Toillion          41:15


Place    Points           Team

 40          1115        Eastside Runners

Points        Name                 Time

122       Jonathan Murray         34:04 

209       Cullen Cantwell           36:12

249       Travis Adams              38:34 

267       James Johnson           43:32

268       Jeff Mataya                 43:35



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Cold, Windy Day of Racing at the 2008 USATF XC Club National Championships

Men's masters race

Men's masters race

While the 7 – 11 inches of snow that was predicted for race day in Spokane, WA never quite materialized (there was just a dusting of snow on the course at race time), the wind and cold temperatures were definitely a factor. By the time the races began on Saturday the temperature was about 20 degrees with winds around 30 mph (that makes it feel like its about 0 degrees out).

Seattle teams had a very strong showing taking 4 of the top 5 places in the women’s masters (40+) race. With Club NW (A) getting the win followed by Fleet Feet Boulder, Seattle Running Club, Eastside Runners and Club NW (B), respectively. In the men’s masters (40+) race it was team Fluffy Bunny winning over Fleet Feet Boulder, Bowerman Athletic Club, Dirigo R.C. and Club NW, respectively. The Boulder Running Company/Adidas won the open women’s race with New Balance Boston, the Boston Athletic Association, New York Athletic Club and Run Ohio-Second Sole Racing Team rounding out the top five. For complete results visit the USATF XC Club Nationals site.

Open men's 10K

Open men's 10K

The men’s open race was won by the McMillan Elite team, followed by the Bowerman Athletic Club, Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, Boulder Running Company/Adidas and Asics Aggie Running Club. The race for individual champion ended up being a great battle between Scott Bauhs and Andrew Carlson. In the end Scott Baughs out kicked Andrew Carlson to win by 2 seconds and claim his first national championship as a professional runner. I heard Bauhs even had to stop to tie his shoe once during the race. This guy is going to be a great runner. For a complete recap of all the races check out the USATF race review.

For more photos from the races check out the following websites:

Northwest Running and Racing flickr site

Club Northwest race photos

USATF photos

Baughs out kicking Carlson

Bauhs out kicking Carlson


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Fairhaven Runners Team heading to Spokane for XC Club Nationals

Today’s issue of the Bellingham Herald has an article about how the Fairhaven Runners Team and I are heading to the USATF XC Club National Championships in Spokane this weekend. Its always great to see local papers giving some space to covering running (especially when you are the top of the article). In case anyone is interested in reading about me and my team, here is the link to the article:


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2008 USATF XC Club National Championships

Saturday, December 13th, is the USATF XC Club National Champioinships in Spokane, WA. This is always a very fun race because it has such a wide range of runners, from Olympians to your average local runner. Plus, the emphasis on the team aspect of running is great.

The race will be held at Plantes Ferry Park in Spokane, WA on mostly flat, loop course that is all grass (course map: 10K course, 6K course). I have never run on the course myself, but friends who have run on it tell me it is a slow course. While there are no big hills, there are still lots of gradual ups and downs. But the main thing is the ground is very soft and sucks your energy right out of you. Based on the weather forecast for Spokane it looks like it should be a pretty muddy race. There is supposed to be on and off rain all week leading up to the race and then snow flurries on Friday and race day.

Last time I checked the list of entrants for the race it seemed like there should be a good turnout this year. For example, in the men’s open race there is currently about 375 runners entered. As far as teams from Washington State, there aren’t quite as many as I had hoped there would be but there still are 7 teams that I know of who are sending runners. Club Northwest, Eastside Runners, Fairhaven Runners and Seattle Running Club will all have both men and women competing in Spokane. Brooks ID and EMDE Sports will have men’s teams competing and The Spokane Swifts are sending a women’s team. If you know of any other WA teams that I have missed please let me know since I will try and post an update of how the WA teams did after the race.

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Great Day of Racing at the PNTF XC Championships

About 300 meters into the Master's Men's and Women's 6K race.

Masters Men's and Women's 6K

On Sunday, November 2, 2008 the PNTF XC Championships were held at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. The day consisted of a 4K comunity run, a 6K men’s and women’s masters race, a 6K open women’s race and a 10K open men’s race. The Lower Woodland Park course is a challenging 2K loop. While there are no large hills in the course, it is made up of constant ups and downs as well as some slick spots and a couple tight turns. Because of the constantly changing terrain you are never really able to get into a good rhythm, which makes for a difficult race. That being said, it is still a fun course that has a great, traditional XC feel to it. Especially on this day when the weather was perfect for racing.

Open men's 10K

Open men's 10K

There was a pretty good turn out this year for the meet with 90 runners in the combined masters men’s and women’s race, 21runners in the open women’s race and 47 runners in the open men’s race. However, there were only three clubs that fielded full teams to compete in the club competition. Hopefully, in the future more and more clubs will get involved in XC competition. In the club comptetion Club Northwest was the dominant team. Below are the top 10 finishers in each of the open and master’s races. Click here for full results. And for more race photos please check out the Northwest Running and Racing site.

Masters Men 6K
1    Michael Lynes                 Club Northwest               20:08.76
2    Tony Young                    Club Northwest               20:18.75     
3    Michael Smith                  Club Northwest               21:10.76       
4    Kevin McGinnis               Club Northwest               21:17.43       
5    Paul Abdalla                     Club Northwest               21:18.71     
6    Tony Hawkes                   Eastside Runners             21:18.71     
7    Joseph Sheeran                 Eastside Runners             21:20.96     
8    Keefer Whan                     Club Northwest               21:21.42       
9    Carl Winter                       Club Northwest               21:26.60       
10  Bob Brennand                   Club Northwest               21:30.21     
Masters Women 6K
1    Alysun Deckert                 Seattle Running Club         23:03.55      
2    Susan Empey                    Club Northwest               23:34.69       
3    Alyssa Tower                    Club Northwest               23:45.93     
4    Sally Bergsen                     Oiselle                            23:48.30       
5    Laurie Porter                     Club Northwest               23:55.65     
6    Susan Pappalardo              Eastside Runners             24:12.74      
7    Amber Cruzan                   Seattle Running Club        24:28.67      
8   Christina Ashby                  Club Northwest               24:32.75     
9   Regina Joyce                      Club Northwest               24:52.80      
10 Mary Hanna                       Seattle Running Club        24:54.44
Open Women 6K
1  Vanessa Hunter                    Club Northwest               21:52.30                 
2   Laure Mathews-Grossbard  Club Northwest               23:00.10                 
3   Kristi Houk                          Club Northwest               23:10.00                 
4   Lia Slemons                         Club Northwest              23:13.00                 
5   Marlene Farrell                    Seattle Running Club       23:18.00                  
6   Megan Johnson                    Club Northwest              23:37.00                 
7   Trish Steidl                           Seattle Running Club      23:40.00                  
8   Rose Wetzel                         Club Northwest             23:57.00                 
9   Susan Ashlock                      Eastside Runners           24:01.00                 
10 Sayaka Yoshinaga                Unattached                    25:18.00
Open Men 10K
1   Joseph Gray                          Club Northwest             31:50.00                 
2   Mark Mandi                          Club Northwest             31:56.00                 
3   Jon Murray                            Eastside Runners           32:06.00                 
4   Uli Steidl                               Seattle Running Club      32:55.00                 
5   Mike Sayenko                       Club Northwest             33:13.00                 
6   Angelo Baca                          Unattached                    33:26.00                  
7   Jeremy Park                          Club Northwest             33:41.00                 
8   Destry Johnson                      Seattle Running Club      33:42.00                 
9   Scott Halliday                        Club Northwest             33:43.00                 
10 Steve Dekoker                       Brooks ID                    33:54.00 

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What about a local club XC season?

Even though you always hear about the loneliness of the long distance runner, I have to say that one of my favorite things about running track and cross county (XC) in high school and college was being part of a team. Since I started running with the Fairhaven Runners it’s been great to experience that feeling of being a part of a team again, yet its still not quite the same. While we train together and go to races together, what is missing is the competition with other teams.


Having the USATF XC Club Nationals in Spokane this year has got me thinking about how there is very little club competition at the local level in the Puget Sound area in XC. In November we have the Pacific Northwest Association (PNTF) meet and the USATF Regional meet leading up to the Club Nationals in December. But other than that we have to find high school invitational meets that have an open race or college meets that allow open runners. What I would like to find out is if there are other runners, as well as clubs, out there who would be interested in putting together a XC season. If we could get maybe four or five meets and then finish up with the Association, Region and Club National meets we would have a very nice season of XC racing. There are quite a few very active running clubs in this area that could take turns hosting meets.


One thing I have noticed is that many adult runners I talk to seem to feel they are too old and/or too slow to run XC. They find the idea of running in a high school, college or championship (whether at the Association, Region or National level) meet too intimidating. But if we had club level meets these runners would be able to see that you don’t have to be school age or an elite in order to run XC.


I realize that there would be quite a few logistical issues that would need to be worked out to put this sort of thing together and I definitely haven’t touched on all of them here. But I just wanted to throw this idea out there and see if I can get a dialogue going. I’m sure ideas like this have come up before, hopefully if enough people get to talking about it maybe we can make something happen. Please let me know what you think about this topic and I will try to come back to it in this blog every so often so we can keep the discussion moving along.


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