Manchester Running Company pushed its win streak to five races in the Open Men’s division of the USATF-CT Grand Prix Road Racing series with a victory at the WPLR ShamRock ‘n Roll in New Haven on March 2nd.
The conditions were cold and a little windy but the MRC crew was up to the task and stayed with the lead pack throughout the race. Jake Gurzler was in to second place by the half mile mark and held on to finish in second with a time of 15:37, which was just one second off the leader, Chris Rosenberg who ran 15:36.
Gurzler was supported by an eighth place showing from teammate Steve Clayton who ran a season best 16:22 and Chris McCormack was just a few steps behind Clayton in 16:30 and tenth place overall.
Garrett Ash continued his strong 2014 campaign running 5:24 pace to cross the line in 16:47, which was good enough for 13th overall and Matt Maynes used a strong finishing kick to round out the top five for MRC with a time of 17:21 and 21st place overall. Joe Hallisey provided backup for the crew by running a 19:38 and was the 75th overall finisher to go along with 10th in the Master’s division.
The club took the victory with a cumulative team time of 1:22:37, which was 90 seconds better than the New Haven Road Runners.
While not fielding a women’s team, a pair of MRC women had an excellent race including Mary Bugbee running to a 6th place finish in the division while breaking the tape in 20:54. Ashley Gurzler was the second female for MRC, finishing in 22:30.
Next up for Manchester Running Company is the Finally Spring 5k! on March 22nd. While not part of the USATF Series, the Finally Spring 5k is still everyone’s favorite race.