The Janes were in full force yesterday at the 24th Annual Brea 8k Classic and, as usual, the Janes did not disappoint. The race this year was part of the Southern California USATF Grand Prix Road Racing Series and it also served as the USATF Masters 8k Championship. The Masters race, which was run before the open race, was filled with elite masters runners from across the nation. This year drew more masters than last year and it raised the competition level.
In the masters race, Tania finished second on gun time, but was officially third since the masters race was based on chip time and Tania started ahead of the second place woman. Ingrid, Kirsten and Darcy finished behind her respectively. Their placing was good enough for a first place team win in the 40 division!
In the open division, new Jane D’Ann was second overall followed by Erika, Julia, Maritza, Kryssie, Rachel, Kimmy and new Jane Demanjot.
For full results of all the races, click here.
The Janes are so proud to announce that Ena qualified for the USATF Indoor Championships this past Friday night running the 600 meters at the New Mexico Indoor Classic hosted by the University of New Mexico track and field team. The meet was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center on a state of the art, mondo surfaced banked 200 meter indoor track. Ena was second running 1:32.31. Ena will race in the USATF Indoor Championships February 27 – March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass. The first round will be at 4:21 pm (EST) on Saturday, February 28th and the final round will be at 4:31 pm (EST) on Sunday, March 1. NBCSN will be live from the event both days from 4-6pm EST and USATF.tv will be live showing some of the meet as well.
Here is Ena’s breakdown of the race:
“It’s been five years since I ran on a banked 200 meter track. The first few steps were very rocky as I almost fell. However, I managed to keep my head and focus together. I knew I needed to keep myself in the race to give myself a chance at having a good race.
I fell short of my goal for the first 200m and to make matters worse I was in fourth place. I picked up my pace for the next 200m, and coming into the turn after 400m I made an aggressive move to get into third place. With 150m to go I just opened up and went after the two girls ahead of me. Off the last turn something told me to go wide and I listened to myself even though I was not sure if I could pass them.
All I can remember after that move is finishing and realizing I had run 1:32.3 (qualifying for 2015 Indoor Nationals) and hearing the announcer say “what a great finish by Leufroy”. It wasn’t until I saw my dad taking a picture of the printed results that I realized that I was second and just missed the first place girl who posted a new meet record.
This race was a huge accomplishment for me. Indoors was never something I mastered in college. I have focused my training on the 800m all year and to switch my focus to the 600m two weeks ago so that I could reach my goal of running at National is extremely exciting.”
For complete results of the New Mexico Classic, click here.
Tania, Darcy and Kirsten ran in USATF Cross Country Championships in Boulder, Calif. this past weekend. The team finished fourth in the Masters Women division with a tough and great performance out front by Tania who finished sixth overall all while battling a bad cold. The course was run on the rolling Flinthills Golf Course on an unseasonably warm February day in Colorado. Of course, the Janes were grateful for the California weather but the altitude still kicked their rears. This meet was also the qualifier for the World Cross Country Championships for the open and junior races that were held later that day.
For complete results of the USATF Cross Country Championships, click here.
New and old Janes ran the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10k yesterday. The race was part of the Southern California USATF 10k Road Championships and the SoCal USATF Road Series as well.
Here were the places and times for all: Julia (2nd) 37:45, Rachel (4th) 38:44, Tania(5th) 39:12, Ingrid (6th) 39:16, Maritza (7th) 40:04, Kirsten (8th) 40:28, Krissy (11th) 40:47, Lilly (18th) 42:51.
For complete results, click here.
Every year, the USATF ranks the top runners in their age group. These rankings are national and are based on race results throughout the 2014 year. Tania took home the high honor of coming in first in her age group and was lauded the 2014 Intermediate Masters Long Distance Runner of the Year for ages 45-49. Kirsten came in second. It’s unusual to see two teammates in a national ranking so close together like that.
CLICK HERE to see the story and all of the age group lists on USATF.org.