The Janes finish off the Southern California USATF Grand Prix Road Racing Series in second place behind Club Ed Running team. Club Ed Running scored a total of 21,350 points in front of The Janes’ point total of 21,002. The Janes scored 13 runners to Club Ed’s 24 runners and many of them were men so not a bad showing on the part of the Janes. (In fact, there was not one other team in the field of twelve that had only women scoring on their teams. All the others were either all men’s teams or a mix of men and women.)
Our brave leader, Tania Fischer with 4,420 points, was the individual leader holding off second place Alison Atkinson (Club Ed Running, 4,371 points) as well as a Natalie Higley, who was running well early in the series before she got injured. Kirsten Leetch had a strong finish at the final race of the series, the Thanksgiving Day Dana Point 10k by running 35:50, to go from fifth place to third overall with 4,335 points. Tania, Alison and Kirsten were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the overall series scoring with men and women combined.
The 2011 Southern California Road Running Grand Prix Series will kick off at the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 5k on February 6th. Awards for the 2010 Series will be presented there as well.
For complete results and more details on the race series, click here.
The Janes competed in the 13th Annual USATF Club Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina this past Saturday where they came in 18th in a competitive field at the McAlpine Greenway Park scoring 456 points. Emily Field was 30th (20:53.1), Tania Fischer 88th (21:50.3), Sarah Montez 122nd (22:20.5), Adrienne Schumm 164th (22:55.6), Cambria Wu 170th (23:00.9), Jenna Dee 180th (23:16.0) and Emily Mitchell 181st (23:16.5) over the 6-kilometer course.
As usual, the USATF club national course does not disappoint with how rugged it can be. The course was a mostly dirt trail 3k circuit that was run twice. There was a hill that the ladies had to run twice that had an treacherous downhill to it. Temperatures were in the low 50′s.
The Flagstaff based McMillan Elite club captured the open women’s first team title scoring 69 points to last year’s winning team, Running Republic of Boulder who scored 109 points. Rene Metivier Baillie of the Running Republic of Boulder took the overall individual title in the women’s 6km, running 19:51.
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Cami Chapus was 13th overall and first Californian at the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland this past Saturday. She ran 19:10.7 over the muddy and sloppy 5000 meter course beating out some good girls in the meantime. Cami went out right off the front girls and maintained her place throughout finishing with a strong kick. It was a cold day with temperatures in the low 40′s and a wind chill that made it feel like it was in the low 30′s. Brutal conditions for our California girl which makes it an even more impressive feat.
For more on the meet including results, pictures (and pictures of Cami) and race video (you’ll see a good long shot of her at 8 minutes into the race video), check out DyeStat’s coverage here.
Barbara Parker was at the 10th Annual Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic 5k Race at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City yesterday. There, Barbara led a team stretch to a large group of young ladies who are part of the Girls On The Run and she sent them off for the race.
Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.
The objective of Girls on the Run is to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.
To learn more about Girls on the Run, click here.