Manchester Running Company has wrapped up the 2013 USATF-Connecticut Grand Prix with a convincing win at the New Haven Road Race 20k on Labor Day. It was a hot and humid day with light rains in the morning on the streets of New Haven but seven men from MRC did not let that stop them in their pursuit of the second victory of the season.
Brian Nelson was the top runner for the MRC club and the top overall finisher in the USATF-CT ranks as he finished the 12.4 mile course in 1:08:55 and 29th place overall. The New Haven Road Race also served as the USATF 20k National Championships this year.
Following Nelson’s top performance, was James McKirdy who made his MRC debut, and right on time, as he was the squad’s second runner in 1:12:31 and 44th overall. McKirdy was just out of the reach of MRC’s third runner Jake Gurzler who finished 52nd in 1:13:21, Garrett Ash was clocked in 1:16:37, good enough for 67th overall and Kevin Cox snuck in the top 100 (99th) with a time of 1:20:37 to round out the scoring five for MRC. Matt Maynes and Patrick Byrne had tough races but were able to finish 111th and 256th, respectively.
MRC’s cumulative time was 6:12:01, earning a victory over the New Haven Road Runners who totaled 6:18:43; EKG was third in 6:30:00.
The victory is the second of the year for MRC, the last coming in New Haven on March 17th in a 5k, the other two times MRC has scored in the Grand Prix, they took third at the Delaney Dash and Branford Road Race, both in June.
Despite running without a women’s team, MRC’s Laura Nelson had a fantastic 20k as she crossed the line in 1:36:44 which was 27th in her age group.
The 5k featured a pair of MRC members as well with Steve Clayton taking fifth place overall in a time of 16:31 and Sean Barkasy was clocked in 23:04 in less than ideal conditions.
The next USATF race for MRC squad is the Connecticut Cup on October 20th in Madison followed by the Mayor’s Cup in Boston the following week.