Thanks to Kate Reese for putting together these results!
Mayor’s Cup Joe Dare battled muddy conditions and stiff competition to finish 32nd (25:48) in the prestigious Mayor’s Cup XC race at Boston’s Franklin Park Fellow LaSalle alum and Puma athlete Sean Quigley would go on to win the race in an exciting sprint finish. Chicago Marathon Ted Callinan capitalized on cool weather, cloudy skies and a fast course to run 2:24:58 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Callinan’s time was only a few minutes off of his 2:21:22 personal best.
Topsfield Cross Country Festival On Sunday, October 4th the PRTC women took second place at the Topsfield Cross Country Festival in Topsfield, MA. The festival, hosted by the Greater Boston Track Club and Puma, drew clubs from New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Long-time PRTC member Claire Duncan continued her recent stretch of racing success with a second-place finish behind Riadha’s Kristin Anderson. Duncan completed the challenging 5K course in a time of 18:17, fully 40 seconds ahead of the third place finisher and 30 seconds faster than the previous year’s winning time. PRTC’s second runner, Kate Reese, finished fifth overall in 18:55, while PRTC newcomers Erin Fisher, Heidi Bretscher and Erinn Kimm finished 11th, 14th, and 16th, respectively.
Philadelphia Distance Run On September 20th, 2009 Philadelphia hosted the 32nd annual ING Distance Run, and PRTC had an extremely strong showing in both individual and team scoring. Tom Haxton (1:07:58) and Ted Callinan (1:07:40) finished 19th and 22nd overall, while the men’s team (comprised of Pat Ward, Mike Daigeaun, and Fran Coyne) finished 1st in the Club Open division. Ward (1:09:41), Daigeaun (1:12:30) and Coyne (1:17:09) finished 29th, 63rd and 126th, respectively.
Claire Duncan was the first female Philadelphia finisher, completing the course in 1:17:58. Duncan finished only a minute ahead of PRTC newcomer Emily McGregor, whose 1:18:41 was good enough for a 15th place finish in the women’s division. In team scoring the PRTC women placed second, as Erin Fisher, Laura Onderko and Heidi Bretscher all posted strong finishing times (1:23:06, 1:24:47 and 1:25:32).
The Belmar Five On Saturday, July 11th three PRTC runners competed in The Belmar Five. Ryan Fennelly finished third overall in a time of 24:57, while Patrick Ward placed 9th overall with a time of 26:21. Laura Onderko continued a strong season of racing, as her 29:01 ensured a second place finish in the women’s division.
Media 5 Mile Run On June 19th Ryan Fennelly, Laura Onderko and Fran Coyne participated in the 30th Media 5 Mile Run. Ryan Fennelly finished second overall with a time of 25:47, while Fran Coyne finished 24th with a time of 29:10. Laura Onderko was the sole representative from the PRTC women’s team, finishing first among women with a time of 30:10.
Broad Street PRTC had a strong showing from both the men’s and women’s teams at the 30th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Ted Callinan was the first PRTC male to cross the line, finishing 12th overall in a time of 51:05. Callinan edged teammate Tom Haxton, whose time of 51:11 secured 13th place. Joe Dare faded to 17th after running an aggressive first few miles; Dare was followed by Ross Martinson, whose 52:07 signaled his continued recovery from a recent injury.
On the women’s side, Laura Onderko finished 8th overall with a time of 1:00:02. She was followed by longtime PRTC standout runner Abby Dean; Dean finished 18th overall in 1:02:23. Recent Elizabethtown graduate Erin Fisher also finished in the top 25, completing the ten-mile course in 1:03:29.
5th Annual Teal Ribbon 5K Race Against Time PRTC runners Ryan Fennelly, Tom Haxton, Laura Onderko, Abby Dean and Kate Reese all competed in the 5th Annual Teal Ribbon 5K held on May 23rd. The race, which started and finished at the Carousel House in Fairmount Park, boasted a fast and scenic course. Fennelly and Haxton took first and second, finishing in 15:22 and 15:28, respectively. Onderko, Dean and Reese swept the first three places in the women’s division, running 17:54, 18:23 and 18:28.
Boston Marathon Four PRTC members competed in the 113th Boston Marathon held on April 20, 2009. Laura Onderko and Kate Bowser each ran 2:58:46 to finish 57th and 58th; remarkably, the two did not race together and discovered their identical finishing times only after completing the race. On the men’s side, Ross Martinson finished with a solid time of 2:30:23, while Fran Coyne ran a tough race and ultimately completed the challenging course in 2:55:29.