Though with the proper perspective it is hard to have a bad day.
Let’s start with the long distance first. Over in another capital city, Jason Schmaderer took advantage of great weather in Des Moines to complete his second marathon in a PR of 2:57:13. Qualifying him for Boston, placing him in the top 40 overall and second in his age group. Darn fine work Jason!!
Back in Lincoln the team was winding up the “official” Lincoln Track Club race series at the Bryan Health Capital City Classic. With a late afternoon start and 15k/5k menu it’s a great way to test fitness heading into the remaining fall marathons, half-marathon, or cross country season.
LRC Racing came up with a double win in this event. Mary Noel gapped the field by almost 12 minutes in her tune up for the Good Life Halfsy, hitting the tape in just under 59 minutes (58:37, new LRC Team Record!). Johnny Rutford continued his torrid racing performances over recent history and is staring down the final weeks of training before CIM. Crossing the finish line in 48 flat he pushed himself well (another new LRC Team Record!). Third in the men’s race (1st Master) was Ryan Regnier. Coming off an injury plagued year he has rounded into shape patiently and has his eyes set on some goals upcoming. Charles Smith was not too far behind in 4th (2nd masters). Brett Daugherty snuck into the top 10 and 1st in AG.
In what can be a pretty fast 5k, LRC Racing once again showed their depth winning the men’s, women’s open and masters races:
Women (ladies first)
Erica Doering, 17:48, 1st OA
Sarah Fowler, 18:41, 2nd OA/T-5th on Top 10 Charts
Tonya Beach, 20:47, 1st Master/4th on Masters Top 10 Charts
Andrew Jacob, 16:14, 1st OA (possible road PR)
Mark Abrams, 16:18, 2nd OA
Parker Schoen, 16:49, 3rd OA
Jay Oligmueller, 16:55, 4th OA
Kyle Clouston, 17:21, 6th OA
Brian Wandzilak, 17:52, 10th OA
Darin Schlake, 19:32, 1st Master
Craig Christians, 19:40, 1st AG
Kevin Burke, 21:20, 3rd AG