Princeton, NJ; Frazer, PA
On Good Friday, many athletes made their way to one of the nicest track facilities in the tri-state area, Princeton University. Princeton’s indoor facility is a fine track, but is bested by its own outdoor facility constructed just a few years ago. Princeton’s outdoor track is so good that the cold temperatures and strong winds did not seem to hinder the runners on this Friday night as much as people would think.
The conditions certainly didn’t hinder the efforts of Renee Gunning, who ran at a metronomic pace, running even splits the whole way and winning the women’s 5000m in 16:27.86! Her time broke the women’s club record established by Gina Lucrezi at this same meet last year! Claire Duncan ran her first race of the outdoor season and finished 14th overall in a time of 17:24.18.
In the men’s 10,000m, Pat Ward was returning to racing from an even longer layoff, having not raced since the American Express Philadelphia Marathon. “I knew it would be painful,” Pat said afterwards, “but now I know where I stand.” Pat wanted to race the Princeton meet so that he had a race in his legs before toeing the line at the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Pat was caught alone for many laps during this race, but he gutted out a time of 32:31.01.
On Saturday morning, Bart had to deal with the same cold Spring temperatures that his teammates contended with the night before. Bart ran a 5k on the roads to shake off the heaviness incurred by racing the big ten miler in D.C. He said it was a rolling course. Bart found some stiff competition at this small road race, finishing 4th in a time of 15:37. His time was “not as fast as I wanted, but as fast as i could [run].” Based on the performance, Bart determined that he needed to go “back to the track for more speed.”