Three Manchester Running Company club records fell and all four MRC teams placed in the top three at the Delaney Dash on Saturday, May 28 in Old Saybrook. The Delaney Dash was the USATF-CT 4-Mile Road Racing Championship and race #3 on the Grand Prix Circuit.
In very warm conditions Tracy Deeter, Kevin Vallez and Kathleen Shaw each took down respective club records for the 4-mile distance. Deeter claimed the top women’s spot, Vallez the top men’s masters and Shaw the top women’s masters times. On the team side of things the men’s open squad took their third consecutive runner-up placing, the women’s open was also second and the women’s masters team took a top three placing for the first time this season with second place; the men’s masters squad was third.
Morgan Kennedy was the top overall runner for the MRC team, running to a third-place overall finish in 20:54. Morgan went out with the lead pack and was able to stave off any competition from the fourth place finisher. Kennedy was followed by Steve Clayton, making his season debut in 22:22 and 14th overall and Vallez was 16th in 22:25. Adam Gootnick finished among MRC’s top five men for the third time this season, running 23:25 while Shizhong Yang rounded out the scoring in 23:41. The men’s open team was second to SoundRunner but managed to sneak in front of Mohegan Striders by 31 seconds.
Vallez led the masters men to a third-place team finish with Suresh Jatti (24:15) and Chris Eckett, making his team debut, closed the scoring quickly with a 25:38 clocking. The masters win went to Mohegan Striders, Milford Road Runners were second and MRC snuck into third, edging Hartford Track Club by just nine seconds.
On the women’s side, Deeter led the charge with a fifth-place individual finish in 25:06; her performance was even more impressive as she is coming off a 3:00:14 marathon just a week ago. Deeter was followed by Ashley Gurzler (26:03) and Briana Demers (26:13) closed the door quickly on the scoring; Demers has now scored in all three Grand Prix races for the club. The MRC ladies took 5-6-7 places overall but the top two of SoundRunner put a little too much distance up front to earn a 3-minute victory.
Kathleen Shaw was the top masters female for the club with her club record-setting 28:07. Amy Heffernan made her season debut and was the second masters lady for the club with a time of 28:37 and Sarah Ferrero secured the second-place team finish in a time of 29:29. The team finished just under three minutes behind Mohegan Striders and 20 seconds up on Total Training.