Mark McCarty and Kevin Beals pushed each other through the line at the Delaney Dash in Old Saybrook on Saturday (May 23) to secure a third-place team finish for the Manchester Running Company men’s open team and keep the squad in a tie for first place through four events. McCarty and Beals were both timed in 27:32 and were the fifth and sixth runners across the line for the team. The team was out-dueled by SoundRunner Racing and the Mohegan Striders, but finished comfortably in third place in the team standings with a cumulative time of just over 1:57.
The Delaney Dash is a four-mile course in Old Saybrook and part of the USATF-CT Grand Prix Series. Conditions were ideal for running, a cool breeze at the start and a flat course. The field started out at a very fast pace and never slowed down, as the winner broke the course record. Steve Clayton was the first Manchester Running Co. runner across the line as he maintained a 5:23/mile pace to finish in 21:31 and eighth place overall. Just behind Clayton was Chris McCormack who took ninth overall and was clocked in 21:36.
Running a more conservative race, Matt Maynes was the third MRC male across the line. He started out with a 5:37 mile and progressively picked off runners to finish in 22:14 (a 5:33 pace) and 13th in the field. Patrick Byrne ran one second faster than last year to cross the stripe in 24:18, fourth on the team, and 30th overall. In addition to McCarty and Beals, Larry Spencer also competed for MRC, finishing 135th out of 380 runners and just a hair over 30 minutes.
The MRC Open Men are now in a tie with Mohegan Striders for the overall lead with SoundRunner Racing just a point behind.
Despite an incomplete team, the MRC ladies were led by Ashley Gurzler’s fifth place finish in 25:15 while Laura Tignonsini completed the course in 28:13 and was 6th in her age group.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be back in action on the MRC home event on Saturday, June 13th at the Spring Street Mile in Manchester.