Rachel Ward took to the track to compete in the 10,000m at the US Track and Field Championships held in Sacramento, California. With heavy favorite, Shalane Flanagan, scratching the day of the race, the pace early on lagged as no one wanted to lead. Ward took to the front to keep the tempo respectable for the rest of the field. Once the pace picked up, Ward hung on as the top six women separated from the rest of the field. Ward finished as strong as she started, running 32:49.45 for fifth place. The race was another step in the right direction for Rachel in terms of development and experience in championship-style races. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 US Championships – Women’s 10,000m
Sean Keveren flew out to Portland, Oregon to compete in the highly competitive Portland Track Festival. The 5000m race entrants included many elite runners, one of them being double Olympic champion, Mo Farah, competing for the first time since his debut marathon. The weather was perfect for racing, and Keveren took advantage of it. Sean blew away his previous personal best of 13:48 from two years ago by running 13:39.26 for 5th place.
Since May 10th, Keveren has been consistently dropping his 5000m 2014 best, running 14:10, 13:56, 13:50, and now 13:39. The auto standard for the US Championships is 13:32, so his chances of qualifying will be dependent on how many runners USATF decides to take in the 5000m. Nonetheless, the race was a nice breakthrough after two years of injuries and surgeries that hampered Keveren’s progress but not his determination.
Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Portland Track Festival
Rachel Ward flew out to Stanford, California to compete in the prestigious Payton Jordan Invitational. Ward lined up in the 10,000m against an elite field that included many top foreign runners such as Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego and top Americans Molly Huddle, Jordan Hasay, and Kim Conley. Unphased, Ward mixed it up with the best of them and came away with a big PR, running 32:15.85 for 12th overall and 4th American. Her time bested her previous personal best and RMR club record by 24 seconds set back in 2012 at the US Olympic Trials. Her time all but guarantees her a spot at the US Championships this summer. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Payton Jordan Invitational Women’s 10,000m Section 1
Back in Charlottesville, Dave Hryvniak set out to defend his title at the challenging Montalto Challenge 5k. The all-uphill course ascends Montalto rewarding those brave enough to run all of the way up with a breath-taking view of Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. Even though he had some competition early, Hryvniak was able to capture his third straight king of the mountain title in a time of 19:57. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Montalto Challenge
Also in Charlottesville, Sarah Breevoort competed in the Olympic distance of the Monticelloman Triathlon at Lake Monticello. Despite getting a flat tire on the bike costing her 20+ minutes, Breevoort was still able to place 3rd overall in the collegiate division in a time of 2:45:17. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Monticelloman Triathlon
Melissa Rittenhouse took the train up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to race in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Despite being sick for over a month, Rittenhouse was able to run 1:04:25 for 44th overall. Searchable results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Blue Cross Broad Street Run
Thomas Adam traveled to Rockville, Maryland to compete in the Pikes Peek 10k. Adam used the net downhill course profile to his advantage by running a personal best of 30:44 for 9th. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Pikes Peek 10k
Amy Martin traveled to Massachusetts to compete in the Boston Marathon. Martin fought through some stomach issues that hurt her time but not her spirit. Martin finished 280th in a time of 3:07:47. Results can be found below.
Coach Harry Landers competed an impressive double by running Boston only a week after finishing the London Marathon. With his London finish, he has completed all five major marathons.
Results: 2014 Boston Marathon
On Friday evening Rachel Ward and Sean Keveren traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia to compete in the Colonial Relays. The weather was far from ideal, in the high 70s and windy. Ward ran the 5000m and battled with a William and Mary duo for much of the race. In the end, Ward finished third in a time of 15:59.19, a ten second improvement from Raleigh Relays last week. Keveren was also coming off of a race at Raleigh Relays and competed in the 5000m. Keveren finished 10th in a time of 14:30.99. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Colonial Relays
Charlie Hurt and Melissa Rittenhouse ran in the Cherry Blosson Ten Miler in Washington, DC, which doubled as the US 10 Mile Championships. Hurt ran really even, running 26:45 for his first five miles and finishing in 53:27. His effort placed him 49th overall. Rittenhouse also was a metronome on the course, running 32:26 for the first five miles and finishing in 1:04:33. Rittenhouse placed 65th overall. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Cherry Blossom Ten Miler
RMR harriers competed in three different races this past weekend.
Rachel Ward and Sean Keveren traveled down to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete at Raleigh Relays. Conditions were sub-par as rain fell most of the evening. For Ward, it was the first time on a track in two years. That did not intimidate Ward as she led for part of this race. Ward finished 5th in a time of 16:09.65. Keveren ran the 10,000m, the last event on the track on Friday evening. Keveren finished 26th in a time of 30:13.54. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Raleigh Relays
Back in Charlottesville, Dave Hryvniak and Sarah Breevoort toed the line in the 39th annual Charlottesville Ten Miler. While it did not rain during the event, the rain from the night before left behind wet roads and high humidity. Hryvniak battled with RMR summer intern Greg Jantzen over the first six miles before having calf cramps the second half of the race. Jantzen went on to win the race in a time of 55:07 and Hryvniak finished runner up in a time of 56:16. Breevoort won her age group in a time of 1:09:25. Other RMR contributors that ran were Dana Thiele who was second in her age group and Harry Landers, who was fifth in his age group. Dr. Wilder volunteered at the event, heading up the medical tent at the finish. Thomas Adam, Bert Jacoby, and Charlotte Browning helped out at the corner water stop as well. Results and an article on the race written by Rachel Ward can be found below.
Results: 2014 Charlottesville Ten Miler
Article: Jantzen runs to victory in Charlottesville Ten Miler
Last but not least, Charlie Hurt and Melissa Rittenhouse competed in nearby Richmond, Virginia in Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. Unfortunately Hurt experienced a runner’s nightmare prior to the race. Prior to warming up, Hurt put his bag near the start so it would be close by for the start of the race. When he returned, his bag was gone, his flats and jersey included. With no bib number and no racing flats, he was unable to compete. Rittenhouse was able to race and ran 39:28, good enough for 19th place. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
Rachel Ward and Charlie Hurt competed in the TowneBank 8K and Melissa Rittenhouse and Amy Martin competed in the Anthem Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The conditions were not ideal as parts of the course were described as wind tunnels. Ward finished as the 6th female, running 26:54 while Hurt placed 9th in a time of 26:29. Rittenhouse ran 1:24:12 for 12th place and Martin ran 1:26:29 for 27th place. Results can be found below.
Results: 2014 Shamrock Marathon Weekend
Charlotte Browning competed in the mile at the Hilton Garden Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Feeling a bit under the weather, Browning pushed through and ran 4:456.92 for 5th place.
Results: 2014 Hilton Garden Invitational
Charlotte Browning competed in the BU Terrier Invitational in Boston, Massachusetts. It was an elite mile field that included high school phenom Mary Cain, multiple time NCAA champion Abby D’Agostino, and Jordan Hasay. Browning ran tough in the small field and posted a very good opening performance of 4:33.80.
Results: 2014 BU Terrier Invitational
Sean Keveren opened up his 2014 indoor season at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at the Unversity of Kentucky. Keveren won the 5000m convincingly in a time of 14:16.18.
Results: 2014 Rod McCravy Memorial