Louise Knudson took advantage of ideal conditions at the Boston marathon today by running a personal best of 2:42:42, crushing her previous best set in December by over five minutes. With her performance, Knudson has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in January as her time was well under the ‘B’ standard of 2:46. Knudson accomplished this amazing feat by getting into a groove early and holding pace the entire race (half splits: 1:21:22, 1:21:20). Louise’s progression in the past two and a half years to get to this point is very impressive as she has run a personal best in her last five marathons and has dropped 15+minutes during that time. Congratulations on such a phenomenal achievement!
Searchable Results: 2011 Boston Marathon
Donnie Cowart traveled down to High Point, North Carolina to compete in the mile at the HPU VertKlasse Meeting. Cowart won comfortably in 4:05.80 with second place four seconds back in 4:09.91. This was Donnie’s last tune up race before heading out to California to run the steeple at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational May 1st.
Results: 2011 HPU VertKlasse Meeting
Macklin Chaffee and Sallie Ford traveled to Walnut, California to compete in the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.
Chaffee took advantage of being seeded in the invitational heat and was able to run a personal best of 3:41.14 placing 8th overall. This improves upon his previous best from two years ago by three seconds and builds upon his sub four minute mile performance indoors. A video of the race can be found below.
Mt. SAC 1500 Invit Elite
Ford competed in the third section of the 5000m and placed 24th in her heat, running 17:01.44. Ford struggled a bit with heavy legs but she competed well and was only four seconds off of her personal best. Full results can be found below.
Results: 2011 Mt. SAC Relays
Mike Smayda ran the 800 at the Mason Spring Invitational held in Fairfax, Virginia. The race went out fairly hard in ~25 seconds before slowing down the second 200 and turning into a more tactical race. It was a very tight finish as 2-8 were all within 1.03 seconds of each other. Smayda finished 7th in 1:50.99, a good opener to begin his outdoor campaign.
Results: 2011 Mason Spring Invitational
Macklin Chaffee opened up his outdoor season by winning the Furman Blue Shoes Elite Mile held in Greenville, South Carolina. The race was tactical due to the heat and humidity. Chaffee sat back patiently until 300 to go then took the lead and never looked back, running 4:03.37 for the win.
Results: 2011 Furman Invitational
There are many big races this coming weekend for RMR as Chaffee and Sallie Ford head out to California to compete in the Puma Mt. SAC Relays Invitational Distance Carnival, Donnie Cowart heads to VCU for a fast 1500, and Seth Hutchinson, Louise Knudson, and Alec Lorenzoni head to Massachusetts to compete in the Boston Marathon.
Nicole Kelleher traveled down to Miami, Florida to compete in the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. Kelleher placed 2nd overall in 2:02:35, splitting 22:04 for the 1.5K swim, 1:01:30 for the 40K bike, and 36:30 for the 10k run. This comes three weeks after a previous successful weekend in Miami when Nicole placed 4th in the Miami International Triathlon.
Results: 2011 Nautica South Beach Triathlon
Melissa Rittenhouse traveled to Washington, D.C. to run in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. Rittenhouse placed 15th overall, running 1:01:40, which was three minutes faster than what she ran the Charlottesville Ten Miler in the week before.
Chris Post and Ann Mazur competed in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k this past weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Post finished in 19th, running a 50 second PR of 32:56. Post accomplished this by running nearly even splits, hitting the first 5k in 16:31 then coming back in 16:25. Mazur was on pace for her goal through four miles (6:15), but faded a bit the last two miles with the Charlottesville Ten Miler just last week weighing her legs down a bit. Mazur still finished in 39:39, good enough for 26th overall.
Results: 2011 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
Sallie Ford and Thomas Adam traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia to compete in the Colonial Relays put on by Ford’s alma mater, William and Mary. Ford placed 16th in the 5k, running 17:15.53. Despite running a 10k last weekend, her time was only two seconds slower than last year. Ford’s next race will be a 5k at Mt. Sac in two weeks. Adam ran the 10k and placed 6th overall, finishing in 30:52.40. It was great weather for this evening race and Adam just sat in the pack and ran even, splitting 15:29 and 15:23 for the 5ks. This was a 56 second PR for Adam, with his previous best dating back to 2007.
Results: 2011 Colonial Relays