All eleven MRC runners who competed at the WPLR ShamRock ‘n Roll 5k in New Haven on Sunday (March 1st) placed in the top eight of their age group as MRC had strong showings in four divisions. The event was the second leg of USATF-CT’s Road Running Grand Prix and acted as the 5k road championship for 2015.
MRC featured a men’s open, women’s open, men’s master’s and men’s grand master’s team. Team results were not available at press time (four days later…).
The women’s team was led by Kristina Miner (also an HMF team member) who made her MRC team debut. Miner kept a consistent pace the entire way and picked off runners one by one; she finished as the fifth overall female and second in her age group with an impressive time of 19:07. Miner was followed closely by Ashley Gurzler who was clocked in 19:21, good enough for fourth in the age group and the ninth overall female. The women’s team was capped by Laura Nelson’s 22:48 showing, which landed her eighth in her age group.
For the second consecutive race, the MRC men were led by Brian Nelson’s efforts as he was the third overall finisher in a very competitive field. Nelson ran a very consistent 5:11 pace and finished in 16:04; he also won the age group. Nelson was followed by Matt Maynes’ 17:11 performance (12th overall) and Chris McCormack, coming off of injury, made his season debut with a 17:24 showing, just two places back of Maynes, but third in the 30-35 age group. The men’s side was capped by Mike McCall and Patrick Byrne who ran side by side for much of the race to finish in 18:12 and 18:15, respectively. McCall was 26th and Byrne was 30th overall.
Running as both master’s and grand master’s runners, Joe Hallisey, Tom Soisson, and Alan McCall put the MRC club on the board once again. Hallisey was first for the group in 19:37 (3rd in his age group), while Soisson took seventh in the age group at 20:24. Alan McCall rounded out the top three with his eighth place run in the age category and 26:37 running.
The team is back to work on March 29th for the longest leg of the series, the Danbury Half Marathon. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the club, competitively or otherwise please feel free to join today!