West Chester, OH
Claire posted the third fastest 6k of all time for the women’s team, and Gina cracked the top 50 in the race to post a solid finish as well! That’s some damn fine running by our girls! The weather at Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio was formidable for all the athletes. There were frigid temperatues and hardened grass, which can certainly do a number on a runner’s calves. Not only that, but the fields for nationals this year were exceptionally large, boasting 32 teams and 235 runners. Yet Claire ran another great race, finishing 37th overall in the national championships and ran 21:48 (this performance only trails the races at last year’s edition of the same race run by Gina and Claire herself!)! Gina’s performance will be placed just behind Claire’s run from this day in the top ten!
The men’s race had an even large contingent – with 50 teams and an astounding 422 runners! In addition, the senior men’s race is always the last one of the day, which means the ground has been thoroughly chewed up by the four races that were held before this one. Pat Ward continued his big leaps in racing on this day, clocking 35:09 over the uneven ground. Meanwhile, Drew Nesbitt laced up his PRTC spikes for the first time! Admittedly, the race did not go well for Drew on this day, but Drew seems to embody the PRTC spirit, which means he will be back to fight another day.