2006 Midyear Highlights

Well, for the first half of 2006, PRTC was not able to keep up with the Web site as well as normally would be expected. But that’s because the team was busy tearing up the trails, road, and track! So to get you completely up to date, we have compiled a quick recap of highlights through early June. The recap is categorized by month and team (men vs. women). Here we go:

January

Women’s Team

The month of January found the women excelling on more than one surface. Claire Duncan put together a nice double at the armory in New York with times of 5:00.1 and 2:18.0.

Men’s Team

Perhaps the fastest performance on the men’s side for January came from Ryan Fennelly, who ran a solid 8:59.1 for two miles at the small Thursday night races in New York. Other strong performances came from Garrett Ash, Brian Crispell, Tom Haxton, and Jay Wassell.

February

Women’s Team

A new sticky on the Winter racing calendar for many athletes is the NYU FasTrack Invitational and this was the third year that PRTC send runners to this meet. Shannon Markley took advantage of the great facility to run 11:07.32. In the same city, but on a different surface, Gina Lucrezi finished a fantastic 20th place at the Winter Cross Country National Championships. Gina finished in 13:23! This marks the highest placing by a man or woman for PRTC in either the Fall or Winter editions of the Cross Country National Championships!

Men’s Team

On the men’s side, Jay Wassell really found a breakthrough that lasted throughout the Spring. Jay posted a club record 37:26 for 12k at the Winter Cross Country National Championships. Garrett Ash and Brian Crispell posted the only two cross country 4k performances ever for the men’s team. At NYU FasTrack, the men’s team posted some fine double finishes, with Ryan Fennelly and Jay Wassell running the 3000m (8:16.78 and 8:20.31 respectively) and Mike Hatch and Tom Haxton running the 5000m (14:31.60 and 14:34.03). Ted Callinan ran a Winter Marathon, placing 2nd overall at the Bank of America Tampa Bay Marathon in 2:27.01.

March

Women’s Team

Both the men and women took to the road in early March to contest the very competitive Bancroft 5k. The girls ran spectacular races, finishing 2nd, 3rd, 19th, and 20th overall! Both Gina and Michelle cracked 17 minutes for 5k on the road. That’s nothing to sneeze at. In preparation for her late Spring/early Summer marathon, Amanda Parrish rolling Caesar Rodney Half Marathon. Amanda posted a promising twelfth place finish, running 1:30.26.

Men’s Team

The men took the team title at Bancroft, taking six of the top ten finishes in the race! In a finish that surely pleased the crowds, our guys blazed towards the finish on Kings Highway in Haddonfield, with Mike Hatch leaning past Jay Wassell in the closing steps. Hatch’s 14:39 road 5k broke Ted Callinan’s 14:41 record. As an unusual addition to the team, Matt Collins made his 400m hurdle debut, winning his first race for the team in 55:00 at the Danny Curran Invitational in Chester, PA.

April

Women’s Team

There were many great performances for the month of April, but Michelle Lillianthal’s Boston Marathon performance tops all. Michelle took advantage of the cool and overcast conditions on her maiden voyage at the distance to post a blistering 2:40.23! Michelle was the third American in the field and 13th overall. Moreover she became the third member and first female of the PRTC to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials! The big performances didn’t stop there: Claire Duncan and Gina Lucrezi went 1-2 in the Olympic Development women’s steeplechase at the Penn Relays! Duncan, a Penn alumna, posted a club record 10:41.87 and earned her first Penn Relays watch!

Men’s Team

Garrett Ash came within seconds of setting a new 5000m PR at the Widener Invitational. Garret finished this annual Penn Relays tune-up in 15:08.14. Hoping a race at the same distance would give him perfect preparation for May, Tim Callinan had an excellent showing at the USATF 10 Mile Road Championships, finishing 22nd overall at Papa John’s on a hot and humid day. Matt Collins also came up with a big race at the Penn Relays, finishing 6th overall in a quick 53:86. Seann Mulcahy returned from injury in this month and scored a win in the Penn Relays Distance Classic 5k.

May

Women’s Team

The month of May began at the famed Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 7th. As a team, the ladies earned a third place finish! The 2006 Philadelphia Marathon Champion, Emily Kroshus, ran to a cruising 3rd place finish with a time of 54:48. Fellow teammates Clarisse Mesa (47th 1:05.34), Shannon Markley (53rd 1:07.17), and Amanda Parrish (57th 1:07.38) all ran relatively close; motivating each other to the ten mile finish. The following weekend brought nothing but blue ribbon perfection to Emily Kroshus and Michelle Lilienthal. On May 13th Kroshus ran a controlled-comfortable pace to win the Sally Mae Saturday in the Park 5k (17:55) in Atlantic City. Teammate and 2:40 marathoner Michelle Lilienthal, also raced to a first place finish on May 14th. Lilienthal took the lead from the gun, and finished in 16:52 at the Philadelphia edition of the Komen Race for the Cure 5k. Clarisse Mesa finished 6th at the Medved Lilac 10k on May 22nd with a time of 40:59. Amanda Parrish competed at the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon on May 28th. This first time marathoner finished 30th in 3:25.24.

Men’s Team

The men’s team blistered the already fast course and won its second road team title of the Spring at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. The men totally rewrote the all-time performance list with spectacular races by Ross Martinson (48:58), Tom Haxton (49:09), and Tim Callinan (49:48). Though there were others that PR’d for 10 miles at this race, including Ted Callinan, Mike Hatch, Garrett Ash, and Seann Mulcahy, Tim’s race put a punctuation mark on the day, as he PR’d by some two minutes!

June

Men’s Team

Jay Wassell book-ended the month at two big open meets. Jay came up with the number ten time on the all-time 10,000m list, running 30:25.91 at Hanson’s Midwest Distance Solution. More importantly, Jay came up with the number one time on the all-time 5000m list, running 14:14.30 at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tennessee! It was a great first half of the year for PRTC, and while the team keeps changing, the goal stays the same: to have as many people run as fast as they possibly can. The team is about to set in to heavy Summer training, and then the guys and girls will see what they can produce in the Fall.

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