For the second week in a row, several RMR harriers tested their fitness in various races. Kent Pecora, Rachel Ward, Sallie Ford, and Louise Knudson headed to Williamsburg, Virginia to compete in the Colonial Relays. Pecora ran his first steeple of the year in a competitive field that produced two sub nine minute performances. Pecora started out conservatively in the back of the pack and finished strong, running 9:05.53 for third place. This is another good sign that Kent is getting fitter every week and is gearing up for bigger and better things in the coming weeks.
As for the women, Ward and Ford competed in heat 1 of the 5000m while Knudson competed in heat 2. In her 5000m track debut, Louise started off in the middle of the pack and slowly moved up the field. By the end she was able to move into second place and finished in a time of 17:19.68. In heat 1, Rachel took the lead and set an aggressive pace from the gun. After battling two other ladies in the closing laps, Ward came up just short of the victory, finishing second in a time of 16:05.81 in her 5000m track debut. Her debut performance is impressive considering Ward ran a fast 10k on the roads just six days before. Also in heat 1, Ford battled tired legs, running 17:09.58 in a solid effort. Results and videos of the races can be found below.
Results: 2012 Colonial Relays
Videos: Men’s 3000m steeplechase, heat 1
Women’s 5000m, heat 1
Women’s 5000m, heat 2
Cowart in mid flight (photo by Andrew Rigler)
Donnie Cowart opened up his 2012 outdoor campaign at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia. Cowart used this opportunity to get a steeplechase under his belt before he heads out to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational in a few weeks. Cowart led the entire race and lapped the entire field, winning in a time of 8:50.21. Donnie’s next race will be the Furman Blue Shoes Elite Mile in Greenville, South Carolina next weekend. Results from Liberty can be found below.
Results: 2012 Liberty Collegiate Invitational
Finally, Ann Mazur hit the roads of Charlottesville for the second weekend in a row, competing in the Bad to the Bone 8k Run. Mazur cruised to victory, running 31:12 on the hilly course. Results can be found below.
Results: 2012 Bad to the Bone 8k Run