3 Years ago Roadkill Racing won the Pete Glavin XC Series taking 3 of the 5 races including the Championship race. Since then it has been rough going. We were shutout in 2012 and in 2013 we didn’t even have enough runners to field a team. But it has been a busy year and we returned to form at the first race of the 2014 season.
Just look at those faces. Do those look like the faces of runners who are messing around? OK maybe Kenny is messing around but Matt is serious as hell.
Seventeen Roadkill Racers competed in the opening race of the PGXC Series Sunday at Jamesville Beach. Seven open men, 5 masters men and 5 open women took on the challenging 5k course along with 140 other runners. It was the first time we had fielded a women’s or masters team.
Leading the way for Roadkill were a couple of old hands, Kenny and Pete but we had a number of runners making not only their cross country debut but also their Roadkill debut.
Josh Williams, Joe Haungs, Kraig Connor and Megan Ganskop ran their first of what will hopefully be many races for Roadkill Racing.
The open men finished 3rd and the open women finished 4th against stacked fields of Syracuse Track Club, Genesee Valley Harriers, Checkers Athletic Club, Cornell Running Club and High Noon. The masters men owned the day though, surprising the series old timers and taking home Beer & Glory!
One of our runners got a little too excited (Derrick) and dropped his beer. I am confident that we will be able to win another one for him before the end of the series.
As many of you know HBO (Heather Bailey Ostrander) recently kicked ovarian cancer’s ass. To help celebrate and to support women currently fighting the battle many on Roadkill Racing turned out for the 7th annual Ovarian Cancer 5k at MCC.
The women were led by Lisa Perks who finished 2nd overall and was followed closely by Ashlie Roberts 3rd overall. Lynn Gottfried finished 3rd in her age-group and Jamie Phillips ran a 5k PR of 24:39. HBO was taking it easy on her family and the 3 of them finished the race together.
On the men’s side it was a clean sweep 4 deep, led by Kenny Goodfellow who managed a 16:17 despite being in the middle of 247 mile week. He was followed closely by Matthew George the Dread Pirate Roberts who ran a certified road PR of 16:20.
Dave Rappleyea and Derrick Jones finished up the sweep in 17:01 and 17:06 respectively. This was Dave’s first race back since suffering a foot injury in the spring and Derrick is reminding himself why he prefers longer races. Still not too shabby for a 43 year old, I expect he’ll take 30 seconds off that time for the Masters National Championships in October.
Next up… cross country, where time doesn’t matter and the distances are made up.
Last weekend I got my first taste of the season. No I’m not talking about the pumpkin beer or even the Oktoberfest beer that began lining the shelves back in early August. I’m talking about the cross country season and the James B Francis / Andrea Kofahl Memorial 5k at Black Creek Park.
I’d never run this race before, and probably wouldn’t have given it a chance if it wasn’t directed by Paul Glor and part of the RROY series. I’m glad I ran it, as it was a ton of fun. The race uses the high school xc course at Black Creek park which features: two trips up the sledding hill, 2 laps (in opposite directions) around the pond, grass fields, grass trails, and wide dirt trails.
Josh Harter and I ran together for most of the race, with him holding the lead and controlling the pace most of the way. I tried a few surges mid race which he easily matched and it wasn’t until the second trip up the hill with about 800 meters to go that I was able to put any kind of gap on him. Josh will become a masters runner next March and I expect to be battling him often in races for years to come.The air was so think that we could get all the water we needed by osmosis. The win at this race moved me into first place in the RROY series. I’m hoping I can pick up a few more points at the Scare Brain Cancer Away race in October. Dan Serianni can easily catch me in the series if he runs any of the remaining races but at worst I will finish second, my best showing in 6 years of competing in the series.
Next up is the first race in the Pete Glavin XC Series on September 14th.
Early August marks the unofficial start to the Cross Country season with the Bergen 5k. This race serves as the USAF Niagara 5k Championship and race director Eric Boyce pulls no stops with putting together one of the fastest races in New York. The top-60 finishers ALL BROKE 17 MINUTES! This is nearly unheard of for a smallish (365 finishers) local road 5k. So how did the Roadkill racers fair?
The Bergen 5k was the ladies first scored team outing since formation, and boy was it a great debut! Not only were they able to field two complete teams (3-5 runners with the top 3 scoring), nearly everyone ran a PR! No small feat for an individual let alone an entire team. Leading the way was Molly Romano (20:09) followed by Erin Mahoney (21:42), Ashlie Roberts (21:43), Lisa Perks (21:45) and Lindsay Rynders (22:51) rounding out the first team. Team #2 was lead by newcomer Monique Golossi (22:13) followed by Lynn Gottfried (23:39), Lauryn Recchia (24:11), and Heather Ostrander (26:28). Congratulations to all the ladies on a successful debut!
Similar to the women’s team, the men had outstanding performances all around. The teams for the men are comprised of 5-8 runners with the top 5 scoring. Missing from the group due to injury were Kenny Goodfellow and David Rappleyea, as well as Brett Smith with illness and Mark Streb who had a prior engagement. These gaps were filled well by some new and young RkR members. Lead by Buffalonian and new member Dan Snitzer (16:08) the men finished 4th overall. The remaining top-5 of veteran Josh Perks (16:17), Mathew Roberts (16:25), newcomers Pete Gratien (16:34) and Adam Staveski (16:34) packed it in nicely fo a team average of 16:24. Andrew Caffrey (18:24) and Joe Williams (18:30) rounded out the team. The newest member, Andy Penner (17:08), finished well running his fastest 5k in quite sometime.
Looking forward to Cross Country as both teams seem poised for success!